The island city of Singapore is a smorgasbord of international flavors. With gigantic Hawker Centers completely dedicated to cuisine, an abundance of Celebrity Chef-owned restaurants, and a few of the world’s smallest yet critically acclaimed eateries, this city has made its mark on the culinary map. If Singapore isn’t already on your foodie wanderlist, it’s about to be.
Eat Around the World Without Ever Leaving the City
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures, and this multilingual, multi-racial metropolis has a food scene that’s as diverse as the city itself. The streets are a long, winding buffet of local and international food – Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan food exists side by side with cuisines from all parts of the rest of the world including Japanese, Thai, Italian, Spanish and many varieties of western-Asian fusion. Fill up on Hainanese chicken rice at the famous Tian Tian food stall, indulge in the sweet, buttery fruit of durian, and savor a bright orange noodle dish called laksa. But of all the food you need to try, Singapore’s signature Chili Crab dish is one you can’t leave the city without tasting. Don't let the name scare you. This dish isn't as spicy as it sounds. Hard shell crabs are stir-fried and served in a thick tomato chili sauce that is delightfully salty, sweet, and sour, making it a favorite among locals and travelers alike.
A Perfect Blend
Thanks to Singapore’s deeply diverse past, the Peranakan culture arose when the descendants of the Chinese immigrants who originally settled the city intermarried with the local Malays, creating a unique fusion of cultures and cuisine. Using Chinese ingredients and wok techniques with the spices from the Malays and Indonesians, Peranakan dishes are boldly fragrant, tangy, and spicy. For some of the best Peranakan food in Singapore, stop into PeraMakan for some Beef Rendang braised in a spicy coconut sauce or Chicken Ayam Sio in tamarind and coriander – both are local favorites. Or follow the scent of bunga rampay – a traditional Peranakan potpourri – to True Blue for authentic dishes and dinning atmosphere. To sample an array of Peranakan dishes in one sitting, pay a visit to Candlenut and order the ‘ah-ma-kase’ menu, a full meal of assorted canapes, soups, main courses, and desserts. No matter where you decide to get your fill of Peranakan cuisine, be sure to leave room for something sweet. Their coconut-based desserts and cakes are famously good.
Anthony Bourdain is on to something when he claims that there’s nothing quite like Singapore’s Hawker Centers. In fact, these very food markets inspired him to create the up-and-coming Bourdain Market in New York City. These gigantic markets boast rows upon rows of food stalls serving everything from Dim Sum to ice cream sandwiches. The tantalizing scents wafting from these centers will easily draw you in. Step into the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre to visit some of the city’s most famous food stalls, or head to the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, the largest of them all. With over 100 Hawker Centers in the city, there’s no need to worry about going hungry. Your biggest concern will be what to try next.
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Critically-Acclaimed Street Food
Michelin- starred Chef Chan Hong Meng prepares meals at his Hong Kong Chicken Rice and Noodle stall at the Chinatown Complex
Street food has become an ever-growing trend, but Singapore proves this quick cuisine can hold its own against upscale, world-renowned restaurants. Two Hawker stalls, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, have made culinary history for being the first Michelin-starred street vendors. You can’t miss this chance to have a full, Michelin quality meal for less than three dollars.
Cuisine With Celebrity Status
Singapore is no stranger to Michelin Star restaurants. In addition to the two groundbreaking Hawker stalls, about 200 of Singapore’s restaurants have earned their place on Michelin’s Singapore Restaurant Guide, 29 of which received the sought-after star rankings. News of Singapore’s tantalizing culinary scene has even reached the noses of Celebrity chefs. Savor a delectable meal at distinguished restaurants owned by world-renowned chefs such as Joël Robuchon, Tetsuya Wakuda, Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali, Justin Queck, Jamie Oliver, Cat Cora and David Myers. From street food to fine dining, Singapore’s culinary scene has a flavor that appeals to every type of foodie.
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