Have you ever been on a food trip? Well, the idea may sound weird but in a place like Singapore, you are in for a treat. Lion City is popular not only for its amazing tourist spots but also for its delectable cuisines. Heading on a food trip to Singapore will provide you a getaway to the amazing South East delicacies. From Chinese to Continental, this place has all sorts of lip-smacking dishes that will give you a pleasing gastronomical experience. Want to savour those dishes? Well for that, book your flight tickets from Intermiles and add the following list to your sojourn plan. Trust me, with all the delicacies listed below, you won’t be able to resist licking your fingers.
Bak Kut Teh
Originating in China, Bak Kut Teh or the ‘pork bone tea’ is a popular dish throughout Singapore and Malaysia. While one would think of it as a preparation made of pork and tea, that’s not the case. It is named so because the pork soup is consumed with strong tea. This local dish is mainly made with pork ribs and includes some other items like mushrooms, offal, puffs and tofu. The soup is prepared with cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel and garlic. You can have this popular dish with a bowl of rice and with some other Chinese side dishes like Braised Tofu and Mustard Greens.
A traditional Peranakan dish, Laksa is one of the prime examples of the combination of Malay and Chinese flavours. It is prepared out of flat rice noodles with a mix of coconut soup, fish cakes, cockles and prawns. This food item tastes great if it is eaten with Otah. There are various types of Laska with some of them being prepared in the water while the others are made of rich coconut milk. It is a very popular dish in the Malay Peninsula and you’ll also come across it in the famous restaurants of Singapore.
Also pronounced as ‘Wantan Mee’, Wanton Mee is a very popular Chinese Cantonese dish that is available in almost all the food courts in Singapore. The recipe for this famous food item includes wonton dumplings, yellow egg noodles, slices of char siu and boiled vegetables. The tangy taste of the noodles is something that adds a distinctive flavour to the dish. For the dumplings, you can choose the mixture that includes shrimp, minced pork, sesame oil and other seasoning ingredients.
When it comes to fried noodles, Hokkien Mee is one of the most popular dishes in Singapore that always tops the chart for the food hawkers. It originated in China’s Fujian province and has made its way into the menu of Singapore and Malaysian cuisines with time. Hokkien Mee is a combination of fried white rice noodles and yellow egg noodles in the wok with egg. It also includes pieces of shrimp and squid and bean sprouts.
Char Kway Teow
Also translated as ‘stir-fried rice noodles’, Char Kway Teow is a fried noodle preparation that is mostly loved by the locals. It is a combination of flat wide rice noodles with dark soy sauce, egg, shrimp paste, bean sprouts, chilli and is topped with Chinese sausage. This is one of those few food items which requires serious skills and knowledge of the perfect mix of ingredients. Moreover, the sweet and tangy taste of this lovely dish with a soft texture makes it an easy go-to food to try.
Chai Tow Kway
Popularly called ‘carrot cake’, Chai Tow Kway is one of the famous snacks of Singapore that you will find in almost all the food centres throughout the city. It is also popular throughout the region of Southeast Asia like Vietnam, and Thailand. Unlike the western style carrot cake which is made with orange carrots, Chai Tow Kway does not contain any carrots but is prepared out of Daikon Radish. And the interesting fact about Daikon Radish is that in a Chinese dialect, it is referred to as carrot. The main ingredients that are used for making this popular dish include rice flour and daikon radish that are used for making the cake. After that, it is fried with lots of eggs and pork.
A most sought-after food in much of Southeast Asia, Oyster Omelette is also known as ‘Orh Luak’ in Singapore. This quintessential dish is made of a mixture of potato starch that is fried in lard and then combined with eggs. It is then combined with bean sprouts and finished by adding fresh oysters. However, due to its oiliness and richness, it is better to savour the food once in a while to avoid gaining weight.
Consider this list for your next Singapore sojourn and try their diverse food options from Chinese, Malay, Indian and Indonesian delicacies and your tastebuds will thank you.