25 Must Try Singaporean Dishes for the Ultimate Culinary Experience

Popularly known for its iconic landscape and lavish lifestyle, Singapore is also no less than a beautiful terrain of unique food culture. It is a land where people like to greet each other with “have you eaten?” that silently speaks a lot about its culinary tradition. Singaporean food culture is the fusion of various cuisines from all over the world such as Japanese, Chinese, South Indian and a considerable tinge of Malay food culture.  From local food corners to multi-starred restaurants, this place offers a plethora of dishes to try.

Here is a list of top 25 dishes of Singapore that are no less than a tasty treat for food lovers.

1. Bak Kut Teh

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Bak Kut Teh is one of the most wanted dishes of Singapore. It is a Chinese soup made of pork ribs and is served as a meaty broth, perfectly simmered in herbs and spices. People can be found eating this dish any time of the day, be it breakfast or dinner.
Where to eat
Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House, Rangoon Road; Founder Bak Kut Teh Restaurant, 347 Balestier Road; Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, 11 New Bridge Road

2. Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Named after immigrants of Hainan province in southern China, this dish was first introduced in Singapore by them. It consists of poached chicken seasoned with rice and served with cucumber garnish and chilli sauce. It is a perfect delight for all the chicken lovers out there.
Where to eat
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant, Thomson Road; Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Kadayanallur Street; Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice, Katong Shopping Centre

3. Chai Tow Kway (Carrot Cake)

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Chai Tow Kway is one of the most loved and common dishes of Singapore. One can easily find different versions of this recipe almost at ever hawker food centre throughout the city. Popularly known as Carrot Cake, this is made from rice flour, pork, eggs and the shreds of Daikon carrots and is given the shape of a rice cake. However, this snack is a bit heavy and greasy, but its crispiness is surely going to melt to heart.
Where to eat
Song Zhou Luo Bo Gao, Bedok Interchange Food Centre; Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar, Tanglin Road; Hai Sheng Carrot Cake, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6

4. Fish Bee Hoon

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Originally from Guilin, China, this dish is popularly eaten and served in Singapore as well. It is a soupy noodle dish mostly made of noodles, fish and fish bones. It is marinated with vegetables, milk and light spices which add on to the flavour of the dish.
Where to eat
Jing Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon, Maxwell Food Centre; Beach Road Fish Bee Hoon, Whampoa Drive Makan Place; Fai Kee Fish head Bee Hoon, Commonwealth Crescent Market

5. Orh Luak (Oyster Omelette)

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Typically a dish of Southeast Asia and Thailand, this famous dish is popular in Singapore as well. The dish consists of fried potato starch batter combined with eggs and bean sprouts. Orh Luak is then garnished with fresh Oyster and is generally served raw. Due to oiliness and high-calorie factor, this omelette, this dish is generally eaten occasionally, but its taste completely deserves to be in your must-eat bucket list.
Where to eat
Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette, Toa Payoh Lor 7 Food Centre Stall; Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette, Newton Circus Food Centre; Ang Sa Lee Fried Oyster, 20 Kensington Park Road

6. Roast Meat

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Singapore has a wide range of roast meat, typically including chicken, duck, pork and pork belly. They are served along with rice and are seasoned with different herbs and spices, providing almost a perfect taste and flavour. You can eat a combination of all sorts of meat topped on rice or can have a separate platter for each. Roast meat of Singapore is widely acclaimed as the unique fusion of Chinese, Malay and Thai culinary.
Where to eat
Kim Heng Roasted Meat, Serangoon Avenue; Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck, Serangoon Ave 4; Kay Lee Roast Meat, Upper Paya Lebar Road

7. Laksa

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Singaporean Katong Laksa is yet another must dish which is quite similar to Malaysian Assam Laksa. Originally hailed from Katong neighbourhood in China, it is a bowl of rice noodles served in a broth made of coconut milk, dried shrimp and spices. It is seen as one of the best traditional dishes of Singapore.
Where to eat
Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa, Bukit Merah Lane; Janggut Laksa, East Coast Road; Katong Laksa, East Coast Road

8. Rojak

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Rojak means ‘eclectic mix’ is Malay and clearly shows the fusion of food cultures in Singapore. It is a fine blend of different vegetables, fruits and dough fritters, giving it a salad-like look. Finally, the dish is garnished with black sauce, ginger shreds and chopped peanuts. The dish is widely known for its strong flavours and its rich nutritional value.
Where to eat
Soon Heng Rojak, Lor 6 Toa Payoh; Brothers Rojak, Clementi Ave; Balestier Road Hoover Rojak, Whampoa Dr

9. Satay

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It is originally a dish from Indonesia and the Middle East but is widely found in many hawker food centres of Singapore. It mainly consists of grilled meat, most typically chicken, beef and mutton and is given a hot spicy taste through many herbs and spices. Satay is served with sweet and tangy peanut sauce, rice cakes and cucumber and onion salad.
Where to eat
Alhambra Satay, Geylang Serai Food Centre; Satay By The Bay, Marina Gardens Dr; Kwong Satay, Bukit Batok Cres

10. Ice Kacang

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No cuisine is ever complete with a satisfying icy desert, and one such amazing dish in Singapore is called Ice Kacang. It consists of different jellies at the bottom of the bowl and light packed shaved ice added on the top, further followed by a sugary treat of different types of syrups, condensed milk and sweet cream corn. However, you can find a wide of Ice Kacang recipes having an innovative and unique blend of different items.
Where to eat
Berseh Ice Kacang,  Berseh Food Centre; Smoocht, Jurong East Street; Jin Jin Dessert, ABC Brickworks Food Centre

11. Durian

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Although Durian is not a cooked dish, the fascination for this strange fruit completely justifies its position in this list. It is a spiky, circular fruit having the aroma of sweet jungle honey and tasted sweet, buttery and creamy. Originally a Malay fruit, Durin has now largely grown in Singapore also.
Where to eat
Combat Durian, Balestier Road; Mao Shan Wang,Temple St; Ah Sheng Durian, Ghim Moh Road

12. Nasi Padang

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It is an Indonesian dish served along with rice. Nasi Patang is a dish consisting of various curries like Redang, made of different kinds of vegetables prepared and served with sambal chilli sauce.
Where to eat
Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang, Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre; Tamako Meal, Casuarina Road; Sari Ratu, Pahang Street

13. Nasi Lemak

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Nasi Lemak is one of the most signature dishes of Malaysia and is also an integral part of Singaporean culinary culture. The most important part of the dish is rice, which is slightly different from regular steamed rice and is fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk, salt and pandan leaves. This rice is served with sambal chilli sauce and fried anchovies. Some restaurants also offer Redang curries with this dish. Nasi Lemak is a traditional breakfast dish.
Where to eat
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak,Adam Road; Ponggol Nasi Lemak Centre, Upper Serangoon Road; Chong Pang Nasi Lemak, Sembawang Road

14. Murtabak

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This dish is yet another perfect example of a unique fusion of Arab and Indian Cuisine, which is popular in Singapore as well. It is a kind of ‘tandoor’ chapati stuffed with different kinds of vegetables or meat. Initially, covered with a layer of egg, a customised spread of spices, meat and onion gives this dish a fine taste and flavour. Some restaurants also offer a side dish such as curry etc. along with this dish.
Where to eat
Singapore Zam Zam, Bridge Road; Victory Restaurant, North Bridge Road; Pancake Boss, North Bridge Road

15. Chili Crab

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Given with a tagline of ‘one of the national dishes of Singapore’, this dish is a must-try when visiting Singapore. There are various versions of this dish present in various parts of Singapore. Most typically black mud crabs are cooked with sweet and tangy goopy sauce. Some versions of this dish have eggs and additional spices in it. Apart from this black pepper crab is one another variety of this dish popular in Singapore which has an additional flavour of black pepper and butter in it.
Where to eat
Long Beach, East Coast Seafood Centre; Mellben Seafood, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3; Chinatown Seafood Restaurant, 51 Pagoda Street

16. Sambal Stingray

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Sambal Stingray is a barbeque dish made of steak marinated in sambal sauce made up of chillies, shallots, cane sugar, tamarind and other spices. They are wrapped in banana leaves and are often found at open-air barbeque restaurants and shops in Singapore.
Where to eat
Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Kensington Park Road; Leng heng Barbeque and Claypot deluxe, East Coast Parkway; B.B.Q Seafood, Yung Sheng Road

17. Fish Head Curry

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Probably the most unsaid fact about the Singaporeans is their love for seafood, and this unique Chinese cum Indian dish is the proof of it. It is one of the most eaten dishes of Singapore and is made up of fish head cooked in Indian style and spices.
Where to eat
The Banana Leaf Apollo, Race Course Road; Samy’s Curry, Dempsey Road; Zai Shun Curry Fish Head, Jurong East Street

18. Peranakan Food

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This dish is named after the Peranakan people from Malay origin who are known for their unique food culture that blends Chinese, Malay and even Western culinary. Throughout Singapore, there are several restaurants and food joints that are preserving this culinary tradition brilliantly. Their dishes mainly consist of chillies, curry paste, shrimp paste and a wide variety of local fruits and vegetables.
Where to eat
Daisy’s Dream Kitchen, West Coast Road; Tingkat PeraMakan, Owen Road; The Peranakan Restaurant Singapore, Orchard Road

19. Char Kway Teow

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A visit to Singapore is probably incomplete without trying its traditional noodles culinary. Char Kway Teow is one such variety of noodles that are made up stir-fried wide rice noodles cooked with egg, soy sauce, shrimp paste and a few chillies. This ultimate favourite street food has a tangy taste almost perfectly balanced between sweet and spicy.
Where to eat
Hill Street Char Kway Teow, Bedok South Road; Day Night Fried Kway Teow, 163 Bukit Merah Central; 786 Char kway Teow, 115 Bukit Merah View

20. Wanton Mee

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It is one of the most popular and easily found dishes of Singapore. One can halt at any hawker food centre, and hot Wanton Mee noodles will be right at their table. It is a Chinese dish made of yellow egg noodles, wonton dumplings, some small boiled vegetables, and served with slices of char siu.
Where to eat
Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle, Tanglin Halt Food Centre; Koung’s Wanton Mee, Sims Ave; 6th Avenue Wanton Mee, Sixth Ave

21. Bak Chor Mee

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This is yet another noodles variety in Singapore. It is a soupy dish made from minced pork, noodles, liver and slices of fish cake. It is served with a wide range of sour and sweet sauces or can also have ketchup with it. Bak Chor Mee can also be customised in terms of thick or thin noodles you wish to have.
Where to eat
Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, Crawford Lane; Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles, Serangoon Garden Way; 58 Minced Meat Mee, Yung Sheng Road

22. Hokkien Mee

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Carrying with itself the Chinese originality, this noodle dish is one of the most widely-eaten meals. It is a combination of fried egg noodles or rice noodles cooked along with prawns, pork fat, squid and fish cake. However, some food centre offers garnishing of pork strips too to add more flavour to the dish.
Where to eat
Original Serangoon Fried Hokkien Mee, Serangoon Road; Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles, Kensington Park Road; Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, Ang Mo Kio Avenue

23. Curry Puff

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It is considered one of the traditional dishes of Singapore. It is a baked pie in the shape of a puff pastry typically filled with chicken, curry, potato and egg. Fillings vary from vendor to vendor, and many innovative experiments include filings of yam, durian etc.
Where to eat
Tip Top Curry Puff, Ang Mo Kio Ave; 1A Curry Puff, Orchard Road; Amk Curry Puff, Toa Payoh Central

24. Kaya Toast and Coffee

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Kaya Toast and Coffee is a comparatively lighter dish and is eaten as breakfast in Singapore. It is prepared by grilling rectangular loaf of bread, and then a layer of coconut on egg kaya is being spread between two loaves of bread. It is often served with soft boiled eggs and coffee. There are variations in the shape and flavour of bread loaves throughout Singapore.
Where to eat
Killiney Kopitiam, Killiney Road; Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, East Coast Road; Ya Kun Kaya Toast, China Street

25. Dim Sum

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Showcasing a typical Chinese cuisine and dining sharing custom, Dim Sum is not a single dish but a set of several dishes including BBQ Pork Buns, Xiao Long Bao, Siew Mai, Chee Cheong Fun and many more. Dim Sums are a popular Singaporean dish.
Where to eat
Swee Choon Tim Sum, Jalan Besar; Wen Dao Shi, Sims Ave; Tim Ho Wan, Toa Payoh Lorong
The dishes mentioned above are just a small pick from the vast and mouth-watering culinary tradition of Singapore. However, rice and seafood are significant ingredients of Singaporean food still as a whole; it has a little something for every food lover ever.

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