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43 Food To Eat In Singapore

During the coronavirus pandemic, dining in is not allowed in Singapore. Meanwhile, take note of these food to try, for the time when we can all eat out again.

I am based in Singapore, and there are so many types of food here to enjoy. Today, I present to you 43 Food To Eat In Singapore.

Do take note that this is not an exhaustive list. I do my best to try to feature only Singapore food.

And I am aware that there are also food from other countries served here in Singapore; such as Thai food, Italian food, western food, Korean food, etc. I do not add these to this list. Maybe I will do another list of foreign food in Singapore later.

For now, here is this list. Do note that in each of the list, I have recommended places to try the food. Again, this is not an exhaustive range. Also, I am sure there are many more places serving the food better than what I wrote here.

If you do know of a new place or an existing food place that serves better food, please do share, and let me know in the comments section. After all, we are a community, and sharing is caring, right?

Note – the numbers are not to indicate any ranking. The food is simply listed in alphabetical order.

#1 Bak Chor Mee

Almost every hawker centre and food court that I have been to in Singapore has at least one stall selling this popular dish. It comes in dry or soup choices you can choose the type of noodles you’d like to have.

Then it is cooked with minced pork, pork balls and braised mushroom with soya sauce and vinegar. For the dry version, you can choose to add chilli or tomato sauce or both sauces.

Where to Try

There are many Bak Chor Mee stalls that are famous for their taste. And always have long queue of loyal customers. There is a well known Michelin Star stall at Crawford Lane. It is called Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles. I have tried it before it earned the Michelin Star. I found it too sour. Maybe it suits your taste?

I much prefer the Bak Chor Mee at Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim at Bedok Road. Love the flavors, and chewy noodles texture.

#2 Bak Kut Teh

When the weather gets a little cooler in Singapore, this is one of the dishes I would enjoy having. There are a few different varieties of Bak Kut Teh. Most stalls sell the version where the soup is flavored with garlic and pepper.

In the soup, there are tender pork ribs cooked to succulence and juiciness. It is eaten with rice. Some places serve side dishes with a set. And many Bak Kut Teh stalls offer the option of having this with fried dough called Yu Tiao.

Where to Try

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is the only Bak Kut Teh brand that has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand. I have tried it with my family, and it is not bad. A good alternative is Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House at Rangoon Road.

#3 Chai Png – Mixed Economic Rice

Would you like to enjoy a meal that is USD3 or less? You can at any Mixed Economic Rice stall, also called Chai Png stall. The dishes are all pre-cooked and displayed at the front of the stall. You pick and choose the dishes you would like to add to your plate of rice.

The dishes are cooked every morning. And the menu changes daily. Here are a few examples of what is prepared – sweet and sour pork, chicken cutlet, chicken curry, stir fried binjal with sambal chilli, mixed vegetables, steamed egg, fried egg, and many more.

Where to Try

Chai Png is quite common, and you can find it at almost every coffee shop, hawker centre or food court. Just look for a stall that sells a lot of dishes displayed at the front. Also, the stall name would say – Mixed Economic Rice. Look at the queue to decide if the food is popular. Usually, a sign if the taste of the food is good or not.

#4 Char Kway Teow

This is a dish where noodles are stir fried with an egg, some vegetables, slices of fish cakes and Chinese sausages. Some stalls still cook it with cockles. If you like your Char Kway Teow with cockles, you have to ask if the stall cooks with it. If they do not, please do not insist.

When you order, you have to say if you would like to add chili or not. For me, I have it usually without chili. And I ask for more dark sweet sauce because I like the sweet taste and the lovely dark hue of the dish when cooked with it.

Where to Try

Just like the above Bak Chor Mee, not all stalls serve the same great tasting Char Kway Teow. Also, everyone’s taste for this dish is unique. But most people would agree that the one served at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee is delicious. The stall is located at Hong Lim Food Centre. Be prepared to queue more than an hour during peak periods.

Hill Street Fried Kway Teow at Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre is also popular. The ‘wok hei’ (a kind of smoky flavor that brings out great taste in local food) is undeniably present and good.

#5 Chicken Rice

This is one of the most famous dishes of Singapore. Fortunately, there are a few chicken rice stalls near my home that serves really decent tasting ones. So, I get to enjoy it few times a month.

There is a choice of steamed or roasted chicken. It is served with fragrant rice cooked with chicken stock, garlic and ginger. On the side, there is usually slices of cucumber. Enjoy the dish with chili sauce. I would drizzle dark soya sauce on the rice for extra flavor.

Where to Try

The most famous Chicken Rice stall is Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre. Look for long queues, and double check that the sign says Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Other good choices are Yet Con Hainanese Chicken Rice at Purvis Street, and Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice that has quite a few outlets in Singapore.

#6 Chilli Crab

I have enjoyed this dish since a young boy. My parents would bring us to the old Seafood Centre, and we would have a set meal of seafood dishes. The highlight was always the Chili Crab. Back in those days, we dip slices of white bread into the yummy chili sauce. The combination was delightful. Today, most places serve this dish with the option of man tou (Chinese bun).

Where to Try

Roland Restaurant at Marine Parade Central claims that they are the creator of the Chili Crab. It is a title heavily contested as there is no proof of who originally created this dish. Nevertheless, the Chili Crab here is really great tasting, and the crab and other seafood is really fresh.

Other restaurants that serve good Chilli Crab are Red House Seafood Restaurant, Tunglok Seafood, and No Signboard Seafood.

#7 Chwee Kueh

I was at odds whether to add this to this list. This is because some people eat this as a side dish, and some people have it as a snack. I will be writing a list of snacks to try in Singapore. Ah well, I will add it here, and also on the snack list.

This is a very light dish to eat. It is made of soft steamed rice cakes. Usually, one person would eat at least two cakes. And if you are dining with friends, multiply the number accordingly. Oh, and the cakes are served with aromatic oily radish that really adds to the taste.

Where to Try

One of the favorite places with Singaporeans is Jian Bo at Tiong Bahru Food Centre. Another, and this is my favorite, is Bedok Chwee Kueh that has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand.

#8 Claypot Rice

Claypot Rice is a dish where the rice and ingredients are placed inside a claypot, and cooked. You can choose what ingredients to have in the claypot. For example, the most popular is the Chicken Claypot Rice. This choice has pieces of chicken and slices of Chinese sausages included in the pot.

Then the pot with all the food inside is cooked. The preferred result is that the rice at the edges of the claypot is almost cooked to a crispy texture. When the dish is ready, some flavoring such as soya sauce and sesame oil are added.

Where to Try

One of the popular stalls serving this is at Holland Drive. The name of the stall is New Lucky Claypot Rice. To me, I find the Claypot Rice at Geylang Claypot Rice, located at Beach Road, to be one of my favorites.

#9 Curry Chicken Noodles

I just had this dish a day ago before writing this article. And it is so piquant and delicious. The broth is supposed to be curry. But I find it more similar to laksa (more info about laksa further down, #20 on this list).

You can choose white rice noodles called bee hoon or yellow noodles. It is boiled to cook. Then added to the curry which has tau pok (fried bean curd), slices of tender chicken, and bean sprouts.

Where to Try

A colleague of mine, who is from Canada, loves the Curry Chicken Noodles sold at Hong Lim Food Centre. He says the one sold at Ah Heng Chicken Curry Bee Hoon Mee is the best tasting. This is another hawker stall that won a Michelin award.

Alternatively, if you find the queue too long, you can try the stall downstairs. It is called Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee. I heard it is not too bad, too.

#10 Dim Sum

Dim Sum is not originally from Singapore. But it has become a popular food to enjoy here. I am one of the many people who enjoy dim sum a lot. I love to have it with Chinese tea.

It is a range of small dishes such as BBQ Pork Buns, Prawn Dumplings called Har Gao, Pork and Shrimp circular dumplings called Siew Mai, Rice rolls with either prawns or BBQ Pork slices called Cheong Fun, and many more delightful food.

Where to Try

There are many restaurants that serve really good Dim Sum. There is the famous Tim Ho Wan from Hong Kong. And there is the traditional Red Star Restaurant where they still serve Dim Sum on trolleys.

#11 Duck Rice

For this dish, you get a choice of having it with white rice or yam rice. The braised duck is cooked till it is tender and succulent. Then sliced and served with a boiled egg and some pickled vegetables. Every bite of the duck should be bursting with flavor.

Where to Try

Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap at Chinatown Complex Food Centre is one of the choices to try this. It is unique from other Duck Rice stalls as it serves with a Japanese style lava egg with runny yolk. Another good choice is the Duck Rice at Long House Soon Kee Boneless Braised Duck , now located at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10.

#12 Fish Beehoon Soup

Whenever I feel like having something light, Fish Beehoon Soup is a good choice. The soup is hot and milky, and added with thick white vermicelli (bee hoon). You can choose to have slices of fresh fish that is cooked with the soup, or deep fried fish.

Many of these stalls also serve the Sliced Fish Soup, which is a clear broth. Slices of fish with slices of tomato and bean curd goes with this dish. It is delightfully light, and eaten with a bowl of rice.

Where to Try

One of the popular places to enjoy Fish Beehoon Soup is at Beach Road Fish Head Beehoon. Take note that the stall is not at Beach Road. It is actually located at Whampoa Food Centre. The one at Blanco Court Fried Fish Noodles is very popular too. Strangely enough, it is at Beach Road.

#13 Fish Head Curry

Oh, this is one of the foods that I find is so rich and yummy! I love the sour and spicy curry taste that is a little sweet too. But not too sweet. And the meat of the fish head is so soft, tender and flavorful. My favorite thing to do is to pair this meal with mango lassi. Perfect combination!

Where to Try

Most Indian stalls and restaurants sell this dish. Even Chinese seafood restaurants have a Chinese version. One of the best restaurants to try is Muthu’s Curry at Race Course Road. A definitely must try! Another stall that sells yummy Fish Head Curry is Xin Yuan Ji at Tan Quee Lan Street.

#14 Fishball Noodles

I find this almost similar to Bak Chor Mee (listed as #1 above, only because this listing is in alphabetical order). The difference is that instead of minced pork, pork balls and braised mushroom, the noodles are served with fishballs and a little bit of lettuce. The fishballs are made from fresh fish, and have a soft and bouncy texture.

You can ask for the dish to be served dry or in soup style. The dry version includes chili or tomato sauce, vinegar and soya sauce. The soup is a clear broth that is tasty. I like to order the soup version on days when I feel like eating something light.

Where to Try

Almost every food court or hawker centre has a Fishball Noodle stall. There are popular ones like Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles at Amoy Street Food Centre, Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles (available at various outlets in Singapore), and Song Kee Fishball Noodle at Tembeling Road.

#15 Fried Carrot Cake

Another dish that can be a main meal or a snack. I am adding to this list because my Mom sometimes have it for breakfast or lunch. It can be quite filling.

The dish consists of pieces of radish cake that is stir fried. Comes in white or black versions. The white version is the original taste of the radish cake fried with seasoning and egg. The black version is the same with the additional dark sweet sauce for that extra flavor.

Where to Try

These days, Fried Carrot Cake is sold at the same stalls that sell Fried Hokkien Mee and Fried Kway Teow. Today, it is rare to find a stall selling solely Fried Carrot Cake. But there ar some, such as Ang Moh Kio 107 Carrot Cake at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, Bukit Merah View Carrot Cake at Bukit Merah View, and Ghim Moh Carrot Cake at Ghim Moh Road.

#16 Hainanese Curry Rice

Do not be surprised that I did not know of this food until my 30s. I learned of Hainanese Curry Rice from ex colleagues who wanted to have it one day. They insisted to buy from Beach Road Scissor Cut Curry Rice at Jalan Besar. I tried it, and to be honest, I was not impressed.

It is a unique Singapore food in the sense that it is a mix of Chinese and Malay influence. You get to choose a few dishes like deep fried pork chop, pork belly, mixed vegetables, fried egg, etc. And then they lather the entire plate with this gooey looking curry. It is tasty. But somehow I could never find it palatable.

Where to Try

Still would like to try this dish? Go to Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice at Eng Hoon, No Name at Bukit Ho Swee Beo Crescent, Feng Kee at Pasir Panjang, or Beach Road Scissor Cut Curry Rice at Jalan Besar.

#17 Hokkien Mee

I used to think that all Fried Hokkien Mee are the same. That was until I tried the one at Bedok Food Centre. The Hokkien Mee sold by Bedok Corner Hokkien Prawn Mee has a unique flavour. And it is very delicious.

Most Hokkien Mee stalls cook the dish with mostly yellow noodles. Bedok Corner Hokkien Prawn Mee cooks theirs with a nice mix of vermicelli and yellow noodles. Ingredients added are prawns, squid rings, few pork belly slices, egg and pork lard. There is a distinct prawn aroma, from the prawn stock used, that is just nice, making the dish flavourful.

Where to Try

You can find stalls all over Singapore selling Fried Hokkien Mee like Swee Guan Hokkien Mee at Lor 29 Geylang, Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee, and Chia Keng Hokkien Mee at Chomp Chomp Food Centre. But I still find the one sold at Bedok Corner Hokkien Prawn Mee the best. The stall always has a long queue of customers, and is located at Bedok Food Centre.

#18 Kaya Toast

Ahhhh. This is one of Singapore’s favorite breakfast meal. Toasted bread is slathered with butter and kaya; also known as coconut jam. The jam is made of coconut milk, sugar, eggs and pandan flavor.

Most people buy the set which includes a hot or cold beverage, the kaya toast and soft boiled eggs. I like mine with coffee or yuan yang, which is a mix of coffee and tea.

Where to Try

One of the most popular places to enjoy Kaya Toast is at Ya Kun Kaya Toast. Alternatives have emerged, such as Wang Cafe and Coffee and Toast. Frankly, I like Wang Cafe. And of late, Coffee and Toast is proving to be really good, too.

#19 Kway Chap

Do not try this if eating pig parts is not your taste. Kway Chap is a set meal that comes with broad rice noodles in fragrant soy sauce and herbal soup. On the side, you get pig’s parts like braised pig intestines, sliced pork and pork skin. Also, egg and dried bean curd. You can also opt for a la carte, and choose the sides you like to have.

Where to Try

The Blanco Court Food Centre Kway Chap is famous. It is now located at Old Airport Food Centre. I have tried it, and it is really good. Alternatives like Old Bugis Kway Chap at Sengkang Square, Boon Tong Kee Kway Chap Braised Duck at Zion Riverside Food Centre, and Lao San Kway Chap at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 are also good.

#20 Laksa

The soup that is Laksa is similar to curry. But unlike curry, it is cooked with cockles, prawns, fishcake, dried bean curd and bean sprouts. Also, there are these laksa leaves added to it that gives it the unique flavor. Also, how the dish got its name – Laksa.

I enjoy Laksa when there is good one around. So, do take not that not all Laksa are the same. Some taste weak. Some taste all right. And some taste like what Laksa should taste as.

Where to Try

Katong Laksa is famous. But be careful. There are copycat stalls and restaurants. Sungei Road Laksa is also popular. And I do really like their laksa. It is so rich and flavorsome.

#21 Lor Mee

Another gooey dish. Lor Mee has thick flat yellow noodles in thick starchy gravy, which is prepared with spices and seasonings. A bowl of Lor Mee will include slices of pork belly, boiled egg, sometimes fish cake, bean curd, and some bean sprouts.

Where to Try

Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee is popular and there is always a long queue of hungry customers. It is located at Old Airport Road Food Centre. If you must try Lor Mee, this is the one to have. Another popular stall is Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee at Hougang.

#22 Mee Rebus

This is another of my favourite Malay dish. I love the spicy potato-based gravy. It’s thick, a little bit sweet and a little bit sour. Served with yellow noodles, boiled egg, small cubes of fried bean curd, and bean sprouts. I always ask for more bean sprouts. They add a little crunch to it.

Where to Try

One of my favorite Mee Rebus stalls is Afandi Hawa & Family Mee Rebus at Haig Road Cooked Food Centre. Their version’s gravy is very flavorful. I suspect they use some mutton to add to the taste, and it’s delicious. Another good one is at Inspirasi Stall at Bedok Town Centre.

#23 Mee Siam

This is another Malay dish. The word ‘Siam’ in the name is in reference to Thailand. And when you try it, you will understand why. The broth is slightly sweet and mostly sour. This is almost similar to the Thai Tom Yum soup. Except that it’s less piquant.

In the broth you’ll find orange coloured thin rice vermicelli, a hard boiled egg, small cubes of dried bean curd, and bean sprouts.

Where to Try

You can’t go wrong with Jia Xiang Mee Siam at Redhill Lane. They have been selling Mee Siam for around 50 years. Other choices include Shi Xian at Ang Mo Kio Market and Food Centre, and Grandma Mee Siam at Tekka Centre. Many say the latter is one of the best mee siam in Singapore.

#24 Mee Soto

This is one dish I rarely have. To me, it is nothing great. Just a noodle soup. But if you like to know more, here is what it is.

Mee Soto is actually an Indonesian-style noodle soup. The soup is light in taste but can be a bit oily. Together with yellow noodles, you get shredded chicken and bean sprouts. That’s it.

Where to Try

Fans of Mee Soto have spoken. The dish served at Warong Pak Sapari Mee Soto & Mee Rebus is the best in Singapore. The other choice is Warung Soto at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre. And those who tried said it is just as good.

#25 Murtabak

See #36 Roti Prata. This dish uses the same Roti Prata. The difference is a bigger piece of prata is used, and it is filled with meat such as mutton, chicken or even fish. Pieces of vegetables and onions can also be added in.

If you like Roti Prata, you might want to try this, too. It is aromatic and spicy. Served with curry sauce for you to dip a cut piece of Murtabak into. Then with all the curry, you take a bite. Some people like to pour the curry over the whole piece of Murtabak, and then cut it into to bite sizes to consume.

Where to Try

Tekka Market has many stalls that serve this delightful Indian dish. Zam Zam at North Bridge Road is one of the more popular places to enjoy this dish.

#26 Mutton Soup

This Singapore version of mutton soup has been losing popularity over the years. I believe one reason is it is not viewed as a healthy meal. Another reason is that the aroma can be quite strong and overwhelming. Some people do not like it.

For me, I enjoy a good bowl of mutton soup. The soup comes with pieces of mutton parts cooked to a tender texture. There is a sweet aroma of a mix of herbs from the soup that I particularly like.

Where to Try

There is one stall known to serve mutton soup that is not so strong tasting. Many have said it is quite pleasant and flavorful. Also, the soup has a nice aroma because of the herbs used. The stall is Chai Chua Tou Yang Rou Tang at Bukit Merah View Food Centre.

#27 Nasi Biryani

This is Indian cuisine, and it is fragrant. Nasi means ‘rice’, and they use basmati rice for this dish. The rice becomes a nice range of yellow to orange color due to the strong spices used for cooking this meal.

A complete set is the Nasi Biryani with a choice of meat in curry. The meat can be chicken, fish or mutton. My favorite version is the mutton Biryani. Pickled vegetables are served on the side, and they blend perfectly in taste.

Where to Try

Some say the Dum Nasi Biryani at 50A Dunlop Street is the best. For me, I like the one at Tekka Market. The meat is so tender, and the biryani is flavorsome. The stall’s name is Yakeder Dam Briyani.

#28 Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is almost every Singaporean’s favorite dish. The sweet aroma of the rice is because it is cooked with creamy coconut milk and pandan leaves. Side dishes accompany the rice that include deep fried crispy chicken wings or cutlets, deep fried fish, deep fried ikan bilis with peanuts, fried egg, otah and cucumber slices.

You can choose sets where there are a few of the side dishes, or a la carte where you can pick and choose what you would like to have with the rice. And the best part is the sambal chili that gives that zing to the entire meal.

Where to Try

Some Singaporeans love the Nasi Lemak served at the stall called Punggol Nasi Lemak. Many, like me, prefer the ones served at Adam Road Food Centre. There are two stalls for your choice – Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak and No. 1 Adam’s Nasi Lemak. Selera Rasa has gone franchise. So, you can find them at a few shopping malls.

#29 Nasi Padang

Nasi Padang is a meal where there are many pre-cooked dishes for you to choose from. They are displayed at the front of the food stall. The server places rice on a plate, and you pick and choose which dishes to add to that plate.

Choices of dishes include sambal goreng (stir fried vegetables), curry chicken, beef rendang, fried fish, squid in squid ink sauce, grilled chicken, fried egg, egg omelette, and many more. This is not the exhaustive list, and the dishes cooked are not the same every day.

Where to Try

Hjh Maimunah Restaurant at Jalan Pisang is well known for serving more than 40 delicious dishes. Other than here, you can find Nasi Padang stalls at many coffee shops, hawker centres, and food courts.

#30 Orh Luak aka Oyster Omelette

This is an omelette dish cooked with a difference. Starch is added to give it a slight chewy texture. Egg and small oysters are added to make it into Orh Luak. To make it spicy, ask for the chili version. If you cannot take, spicy, remember to inform when you place the order.

Where to Try

When you are at Chomp Chomp Food Centre, you must try the Orh Luak at Ang Sa Lee Food Centre. At Fengshan Food Centre, check out 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster. Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette at Toa Payoh Lorong 7, Heng at Newton Food Centre, and Huat Heng Fried Oyster at Whampoa Drive Food Centre are just as good.

#31 Peranakan Food

Peranakan is a heritage Cuisine. Like the Peranakan culture, the food combines Chinese, Indonesian and Malay cooking styles. As such, Peranakan Food is tangy, spicy and full of aroma.

Examples of Peranakan Food include Babi Ponteh, Babi Buah Keluak, Itek Tim, Otak-Otak, Kueh Pie Tee, and Chap Chye. Whenever I have Peranakan Food, I must order the Babi Buah Keluak and Babi Ponteh. They are so yummy!

Where to Try

There are Violet Oon’s Retaurant, Blue Ginger, and True Blue Cuisine that offers true blue Peranakan Food. The one you must try is the only Michelin-starred one, which is Candlenut at Dempsey.

#32 Pig’s Organ Soup

Another local Singapore dish that serves animal parts. In this case, it is pig parts. So, if you are averse to eating this, move on to #33.

Pig’s Organ Soup is what it is exactly. A soup that is flavored to a natural sweetness using pig bones. In the soup, you can choose the standard set with comes with cut pieces of pig liver, tripe, intestines, pork belly, and also pork balls and lean meat.

Where to Try

Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup at Tiong Bahru Food Centre is popular with Singaporeans. So is Cheng Mun Chee Kee at Foch Road.

#33 Porridge

Ahhh, Porridge, the food for the emperor. I love having porridge on cold and rainy days. In Singapore, it is sold with porridge as the base. You can choose to have chicken, pork or fish porridge. Slices of the chosen meat will be added to it as well as egg (optional). You can also have a version that have mixed meats.

Where to Try

Every neighbourhood in Singapore has at least one stall selling porridge. There is even one near my home, and it tastes all right. Popular places to enjoy this dish include Weng Kiang Kee Porridge at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Tiong Shian Porridge Centre at New Bridge Road, and Ah Chiang’s Porridge at Tiong Bahru.

#34 Prawn Noodles

Prawn stock cooked with the head and shells of prawns make the rich and sweet flavor of the soup. You can choose to have the dry version or soup version. Most Singaporeans eat the soup version. It includes the choice of noodle, slices of prawn, slices of fish cake, and bean sprouts.

Alternatively, get the dry version and you enjoy the piquant sauces that is mixed with the ingredients. And you also enjoy a small bowl of the soup, too.

Where to Try

Blanco Court Prawn Mee at Beach Road is popular. And so is the famous Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle at Zion Road. I have also tried the Prawn Noodle at Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee, and it is very yummy!

#35 Rojak

This is my favourite local salad. There is an all vegetable version, an all fruits version and a fruits and vegetables version.

The fruits and vegetables are cut into pieces. Yu tiao, dried bean curd, sugar, crushed peanuts and a unique watery sauce are added. And it is all mixed with a dark prawn paste. The Rojak created is a delight to enjoy.

Where to Try

The Rojak at Balestier Road Hoover Rojak at Whampoa Food Centre is very popular. I have tried it and it is delicious! I also like the Rojak sold at Rojak, Popiah & Cockle at Maxwell Road Food Centre.

#36 Roti Prata

Roti Prata is supposed to be crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. But not all prata are created equal. Some stalls sell soft and cold prata that is awful to eat.

In the earlier days, prata was had either on its own or with an egg, onion or both. Today, you can have it with cheese, chocolate, and many other ingredients. There is even a type of prata cooked into a tall cone shape called tissue prata.

This simple delight is served with curry or dhal. The curry can be vegetable, fish or mutton.

Where to Try

You can find prata at almost every coffee shop, hawker centre or food court. There are also some restaurants that sell this. Here are some of them – Springleaf Prata Place, Casuarina Curry, Zam Zam and many more.

#37 Sambal Stingray

A small slab of stingray barbecued with sambal chilli is truly a treat for your taste buds. The stingray is cooked to a soft and tender texture. And the sambal chilli gives this seafood dish a fiery taste.

Where to Try

Seafood stalls that sell Sambal Stingray at Newton Food Centre are popular with locals and tourists. This dish served at Chomp Chomp BBQ at Fenghan Centre is also a favorite with Singaporeans.

#38 Satay

Satay has four pieces of cubed meat, seasoned with herbs, on a stick. The meat can be pork, chicken, beef or mutton. Satay sticks are then barbecued till slightly charred. It is served with peanut sauce as a dip, and rice cakes known as ketupat.

Where to Try

Most people head to the open air eating area next to Lau Pa Sat. I find the best satay there is a stall, no pun intended, called Best Satay. Another great place to enjoy satay is at Chomp Chomp Food Centre. The stall name is Chomp Chomp Satay.

#39 Satay Bee Hoon

This dish is popular with the older generation in Singapore. Most of the millenials and after do not seem to appreciate this dish.

In #38 Satay, there was mention of the peanut sauce. This hot satay peanut sauce is poured over vermicelli, pork slices, prawns, cockles, cuttlefish, and kang kong. It is actually quite delicious. Wonder why the younger generation do not seem to like it?

Where to Try

There are still a few stalls selling this dish. You can find this food at Shi Wei Da, Feng Shan Food Centre, Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon at Bukit Timah Food Centre, and Bak Kee TeoChew Satay Beehoon at 85 Redhill Food Centre. Go try it before this dish totally disappears.

#40 Soya Sauce Chicken

The soya sauce chicken has been relatively popular dish in Singapore in the past. Recently, it has gained more fame because of Liao Fan Hawker Chan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle. It won a Michelin star.

And to be honest, I tried it, and it is very yummy! I love the texture of the noodles. Just the right amount of chewiness. And the meat – the soya sauce chicken, cha siew, and all – are tender and braised to a fragrance that is unforgettable. Seriously, I find the sauce really good. It works so well with the rice or noodles.

Where to Try

If you are in Singapore for a holiday, and would like to try soya sauce chicken, then you must try Liao Fan Hawker Chan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle. It located at Chinatown Complex, and has expanded to a restaurant on its own at Smith Street.

It claims to be the ‘Cheapest Michelin Star Meal in the World’. And it is right. A soya sauce chicken rice or noodle dish is only at around USD3!

#41 Wanton Mee

There is a variety of versions for Wanton Mee. There is the local version where the chilli is the deciding factor on whether it is good or not. Then there is the imported Pontian version from Malaysia that is tasty with great chilli and dark soya sauce. And there is the Thai version. And many more.

The essential thing to now is that Wanton Mee has the thin yellow noodle that is best when it is cooked to as springy and chewy texture. It is served with cha siew, few pieces of vegetables, and wanton dumplings. You can have it dry or in soup.

Where to Try

Pontian Wanton Noodle is available at almost every food court and hawker centre. It is worth trying. My favourite is Kok Kee Wanton Noodles. The sauce is different from the others, and its taste has me reminiscing the 70s when most wanton noodles taste just like that.

#42 Yong Tau Foo

Cut pieces of vegetables, bean curd, cuttlefish, and many other ingredients are displayed on a counter in front of a Yong Tau Foo stall. You pick a few into a bowl. Usually, the standard is at least 6 pieces.

Then you hand it to the server who will cook it in a broth. You then inform the server whether you would like the dish in dry version or soup. The dry version allows you the opportunity to slather the food with chilli and/or sweet sauce.

If you opt for the soup version, you can also put the chilli and sweet sauce in a separate small container. This is for you to dip the food into the sauce.

Where to Try

The key to a tasty Yong Tau Foo meal is the soup and the chilli. Yes, even when you order the dry version, you are served a bowl of soup to enjoy. And it must be tasty.

I have tried some Yong Tau Foo stalls that failed in the flavor of the soup, the taste of the chilli or sweet sauce, or all three. I never go back to those stalls again. The ones I go back include Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Foo at Chinatown Complex Food Centre. The foods are handmade, fresh and tasty.

#43 Zi Char

Zi Char is a food stall that cooks a wide variety of food. It includes sweet and sour pork, pork ribs king, sambal kang kong, har cheong chicken, beef hor fun, seafood hor fun, fried rice, and many more.

Some have specialties; dishes that they are really good at. Usually, these will be the popular dishes, and the reason why many patronize the stall.

Where to Try

This is again another stall that has at least one in every food court, hawker centre or coffee shop. It is convenient and not expensive. A fried rice is less than USD5.

To my knowledge, there is no one really popular Zi Char stall. As I mentioned, each has their specialty. You have to try to find out if the Zi Char stall you chose cooks really tasty food.

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