20 Mouth-Watering Singaporean Delicacies that Will Give Anyone an Instant Foodgasm!
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. It is a country built by immigrants, and is today, packed with people belonging to various cultures. Each culture brings with them their rich heritage of foods, giving birth to the amazing Singaporean cuisine. From the robust spices of Indian cuisine to the subtle flavours of Malay style cooking, the Singaporean cuisine is an amalgamation of the finest aspects of Asian cooking. Though, there are innumerable dishes that truly represent the spirit of Singapore, let’s have a close look at 20 mouth-watering delicacies that are sure to give you a foodgasm.
1. Oyster Omelettes
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Oysters are delicious. Eggs are delicious. Combine them together and you have a foodgasm! This popular breakfast item is found across the country in roadside food stalls. It’s made from oysters, eggs and potato starch, and packs quite a punch.
2. Fish Head Curry
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This dish is originally from South India, but there is a Chinese version also available. Made with the head of a red snapper fish, this curry also comprises of vegetables like brinjal and okra. It tastes best with a bowl of steamed rice.
3. Roti John
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Mince meat, eggs, and bread – how could you go wrong? This flavourful dish is the favourite on-the-go dish for most Singaporeans.
4. Chicken Rice
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From the streets to high-end restaurants, the Chicken Rice is present everywhere. It’s is also considered by many to be the national dish of the country.
5. Chilli Crab
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Made with a red hot curry, Singaporeans, and even foreign tourists, can’t get enough of this crab delicacy. The crab’s sweet and soft meat gels well with the curry. Eat it with mini mantou buns.
6. Bak Kut Teh
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Distinctly Singaporean, this tea coloured soup is a humble dish that’s perfect for people who enjoy a good pork soup. Its mild flavours will make you feel happy from the inside.
7. Wanton Mee
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Noodles, wontons and a sweet & spicy soup base, this dish incorporates all the ingredients everyone loves. One bite and you’re transferred to another world.
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This fish curry is born from Chinese and Singaporean influences. It is not just popular in Singapore – it is equally in demand in neighbouring countries.
9. Kaya Toast
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Singapore’s favourite breakfast item, Kaya is a coconut custard jam that is liberally applied to toasted bread with some melted butter. Sounds delicious? You bet it is!
10. Fried Carrot Cake
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Don’t be tricked by the name. This is not a dessert, and the carrot is actually radish. This is a savoury dish that combines radish cubes, grated radish and rice flour. They are made into cakes and deep fried.
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Though it is popular around the world, nothing tastes better than Singaporean satay. Available in beef, chicken, mutton, and pork, satay is something you should not miss.
12. Sambal Stingray
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This is as tasty as it sounds weird. People hated the taste of stingray, until one genius combined it with sambal. Voila! A flavourful dish was born.
13. Ice Kacang
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So far, we’ve mostly seen savoury dishes. It’s dessert time! Ice Kacang is shaved ice topped with multiple sugar syrups, condensed milk, cream corn, agar jelly, and many other sweet toppings.
14. Chwee Kway
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This is a breakfast rice cake topped with chilli and preserved radish. This savoury dish is a quite popular street food that is mostly available in the morning. It is the perfect start to a productive morning.
15. Dum Biryani
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Singapore has a large Indian Muslim population who brought with them their signature dish – Dum Biryani. Basically, it is meat cooked in spices and fragrant basmati rice. The dish can also be made with chicken, beef and fish. It is food for the hungry soul.
16. Nasi Lemak
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Originally from Malaysia, Nasi Lemak is a versatile dish that comprises of coconut rice, egg, anchovies, peanuts and sambal served on a banana leaf.
17. Indian Mee Goreng
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This dish will not be found in India. You’re going to have to come to Singapore. This delicacy is simple. Yellow egg noodles are fried with mince mutton, tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, green chillies, and eggs. The result is Indian Mee Goreng.
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Is it a spring roll, or is it a burrito? Taste for yourself and decide. Various fillings like braised turnip, carrots, Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, shredded omelette, crab meat, shrimp, and crushed peanuts, are wrapped in a wheat or rice flour pancake, and smeared in sweet & spicy sauce. Can it get better?
19. Roti Prata
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This popular street food is perfect for a quick fix. Onions, mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and chillies, are added to flour to make dough. The dough is then rolled out into a flat crepe like pancake, and cooked on a metal plate. The result is a mouth-watering delicacy.
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Another shaved ice dessert, Cendol is delicious in its simplest form consisting of coconut milk, light green cendol, gula melaka, and a dash of salt. Your Singapore trip would be incomplete if you have not tasted this.
Singapore imbibes the best of all cultures, resulting into a cuisine that is now world renowned. Many tourists leave the country with stories of some of the best foods they have tasted in the world. Come to Singapore, you can avail for a Singapore tour package to experience a gastronomic safari.