Singapore Hawker Food: Sampling The Best Of The Best

One of the reasons why Singapore is a top tourist destination is because of hawker food; it’s both tasty and inexpensive. Hawker Foods are everywhere in Singapore, some in open air setting while others in much improved air-conditioned environment.

Singapore Hawker Food Singapore Laksa photo by InterContinental Hong Kong via Flickr
Singapore Hawker Food – Singapore Laksa photo by InterContinental Hong Kong via Flickr

The flavours range from mild to hot or extremely spicy; there are rice meals and noodles and choices of any meat like chicken and duck and seafood too so if you want to immerse in the food culture of Singapore, eating Hawker Food is your best bet.


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Visit a Hawker Central after you go shopping or touring the place.

Chili Crab

Singapore Hawker Food Chili Crab via Wikipedia
Singapore Hawker Food – Chili Crab via Wikipedia

If there is one specialty that says Singapore, it’s this dish. They use a sweet and thick sauce made of tomato and chilli on stir-fried mud crabs and the result is this dish although it is not as spicy as other dishes despite the name.

Where to eat:

  • Roland Restaurant – #06-750, 89 Marine Parade Central
  • Dragon Phoenix Restaurant – #06-00 Novotel Clarke Quay, 177A River Valley Road

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak

This dish may be Malay in origin but it is also well known in Singapore. The first thing you’ll notice about this dish is the aroma because they use coconut milk and pandan leaves to cook the rice.  It is the partnered with deep-fried ikan kuning or yellow scad, ikan bilis or fried anchovies, kangkong or water spinach and sambal or chilli paste which is made of shrimp paste, garlic, shallot, scallion, ginger, lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce and vinegar.

Where To Eat:

  • Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak #01-106, Blk 221B Boon Lay Place

Rojak

Rojak
Rojak

In Malay terms, Rojak stands for “mixed” and this dish makes use of Chinese and Malay ingredients like kangkong, bean sprouts, Chinese turnips, pineapples, young mango, jambu or rose apples and fried beancurd. The dressing to complete this dish is made of fermented prawn paste, sugar, lime and chili paste and they top it with chopped peanuts.

Where To Eat:

  • Lau Hong Ser Rojak #02-14, Dunman Food Centre, 271 Onan Road

Roti Prata

Roti Prata
Roti Prata By Jpatokal assumed CC BY-SA 3.0

Roti Prata is a dish from India but was loved by Singaporeans ever since it was introduced to them by immigrants. They cook this dish by frying it in a flat grill and partnered with curried meat or onion and egg, banana and even instant noodles.

If you want to taste something different try sampling roti tissue or ice cream prate which is served with sugar or ice cream.

Where To Eat:

  • The Roti Prata House 246M Upper Thomson Rd

Laksa

Super Spicy Laksa
Super Spicy Laksa

Creamy, salty and spicy; that’s laksa for you, it’s a typical mix of rich chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce, dried shrimp paste, anchovies made into a thick broth. Rice noodles, prawns, tau pok or fried bean curd skin, fishcakes, cockles and egg complete this delicacy.

Laksa is not only common in Singapore but in Indonesia, Malaysia and Southern Thailand as well.

Where To Eat:

  • 328 Katong Laksa (53 East Coast Road)

Fish Head Curry

Fish Head Curry
Fish Head Curry Photo credit: wZa HK via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

The head of red snapper is commonly used in this dish which also has some vegetables in it. There are times when tamarind paste or coconut milk is added for additional flavour.

It is common for this dish to be served in clay pots.

Where To Eat:

  • Muthu’s Curry – #01-01, 7 Dempsey Road

Chicken Rice

Singapore Chicken Rice
Singapore Chicken Rice

Chicken rice or Hainanese chicken is a simple dish made of three simple ingredients like roasted or poached chicken chunks, pandan rice and a spice mix of ginger and chilli.

It’s of Chinese origin although Singapore considers it one of their national dishes.

Where To Eat:

  • Boon Tong Kee – #01-93, 34 Whampoa West
See Also: Enjoy While Sticking to Your Budget: The 5 Best Hawker Centers in Singapore

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