Food in Singapore

Singapore has a rich and lively food culture. The variety of food and number of interesting eating establishments in Singapore are staggering. A guest in Singapore for a couple of days can’t possibly have a complete experience of all of the meals Singapore could offer. If you prefer to eat like the locals eat, then here’s a list of a few “Must Try” meals in Singapore. Evidently, the list is not exhaustive and the choice is extremely subjective.


Sometimes thought to be Singapore’s unofficial national dish, the rice has been cooked in chicken stock and ginger and can be consumed with cut pieces of chicken.

Where to attempt? It can be found in most Singapore halal food directory courts and hawkers’ centres and in roads neat Raffles Hotel. Locals such as Tian Tian Chicken Rice at 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Singapore 069184 and Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant in 101 Thomson Road, #01-08, United Square, Singapore 307591.

It is said to be one of the hardly any unique dishes made in Singapore. The crabs are cooked in thick tomato and chilli sauce. No other way to actually enjoy the dish using your hands.

Where to try? It can be found in many seafood restaurants and some food centers. Locals like Long Beach Seafood at 1018 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449877 and Mattar Road Seafood BBQ at #01-63, Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051.


Singapore Laksa is thick rice vermicelli cooked in coconut milk flavoured with dried shrimp and sambal chilli. Toppings typically include fish cakes, shrimps, cockles, taupok (beancurd puffs).

Where to attempt? There are many stores in Katong and at a few food centres. Locals like The Original Katong Laksa in 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square #01-64 Singapore 428769 and Sungei Road Laksa at Block 27 Jalan Berseh, #01-100 Singapore 200027.