Selamat Datang, tourists! If you're in Singapore, you're in for a great adventure, especially when it comes to the eclectic cuisine! Going on a food trip to Singapore is one of the best decisions you can take, as it guarantees a wide range of choices - consider this as a gateway to the delightful East! The Lion City is famous for its choices in food and drinks, as it caters to a vast audience. Be it Taiwanese, Malay, Chinese, Japanese, Indian or continental, Singapore always has food to serenade your taste buds! So, on your next trip experience the different flavours it has to offer, with our ultimate food guide to the Lion City!
Here are 15 must-try street food in Singapore:
1. Hainanese Chicken RiceOne of the most popular local dishes of Singapore, every shop from street vendors to posh restaurants serves a variation of this dish. What makes it special is the spices and sauces used, which give the dish a unique, lingering and lip-smacking taste. The whole chicken is marinated in chicken broth and pork to absorb the flavours. There are many variations to chicken rice including the roasted chicken known as the black chicken and the white chicken as well. You can de-bone the chicken as per your wish. The dish is made more attractive with red chilli and garlic and sometimes it is topped with chopped ginger and soya sauce. Hurry to these joints first thing in the morning, because this is sold out by evening! Ditch KFC and try this local dish. Oh, the dipping sauce that comes with the dish is indescribably delicious!
1. Boon Tong Kee: 401, Balestier Road, SingaporeSGD 15
2. Ming Kee Chicken Rice and Porridge: 511 Bishan Street 13, Singapore
3. Tian Tian, Maxwell Food Centre (11:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
4. Boon Tong Kee, Balestier Road (11:00 AM - 4:45 PM, 5:30 PM - 3:00 AM)
5. Loy Kee, Balestier Road (9:30 AM - 10:30 PM)
2. Chilli CrabListed as the 35th most delicious food in the world by CNN Go, the Singaporean chilli crab is a stir-fried crustacean dish, doused in sweet, spicy and savoury tomato sauces. Served with deep-fried buns called mantous, this dish is a Singapore staple which is a must-try for seafood enthusiasts. There are two styles of cooking crabs in Singapore with a sweet, spicy tomato-ish chilli sauce or with black pepper sauce to achieve an amazing texture the crabs are first boiled then fried so that the meat doesn't stick to the shell. Chilli crabs are coupled with fried buns which are dipped in the talising. Many new famous styles have also been discovered like crab bee Hoon and salted egg crabs.
1.No Signboard Seafood: 414 Geylang, SingaporeSGD 25-90 (depending upon the size)
2. Long Beach King Seafood, 220 Stadium Boulevard (open 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 1:30 AM)
3. No Signboard Seafood Restaurant, Geylang (open 12:00 noon - 1:00 AM)
4. Jumbo Seafood Restaurant, Upper Circular Road (open 12:00 noon - 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 12:00)
3. Bak Chor Mee (Minced Meat Noodles)Literally translating to 'minced meat and noodles', this delicious dish is soupy, meaty and noodle-y all at once! This is a typical noodle dish with fish cake slices, liver, minced pork and a signature sauce that makes it steamy, encompassing all the qualities needed to make it one of the more enticing delicacies among the street food in Singapore. This dish is normally ordered dry to enjoy the full ingredients of the sauce, and we can even choose between chilli or ketchup and the different types of noodles too! Varieties include the soup version with homemade noodles. This dish sells out very quickly, so buy your plate ASAP!
1. Tai Hwa Pork Noodle: Blk 466 Crawford Lane, SingaporeSGD 17
2. Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Mee, Lorong Toa Payoh (open 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
3. Poh Minced Meat Noodle, Bedok North Street (open 6:00 PM - 3:00 AM)
4. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, Crawford Lane (open 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM)
4. Char Kway Teow
Literally translating to 'stir-fried rice noodles', this Singaporean delicacy is a staple of the locals, getting sold out instantly. Your taste buds will call out this mixture of noodles, flat rice and egg noodles stirred proteins like egg, Lap Cheong which are Chinese sausages. It is also mixed with Chinese chives and bean sprouts. The heart of this dish is lard which makes it super delicious but sometimes for a healthier variation, it is replaced by oil and served with more vegetables instead of proteins. This stir-fried masterpiece will leave you craving for more!
Where to find it?
1. No. 18 Fried Kway Teow- Zion Riverside Food Centre on Zion Road. Singapore
2. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow- Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, Singapore
3. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee, Upper Cross Street (open 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
4. Hill Street Fried Kway Teow, Bedok South Market and Food Centre (open 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
5. Chomp Chomp Fried Kway Teow Mee, Chomp Chomp Food Centre (open 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM)
Cost for two
5. Wanton MeeWanton Mee is a perpetual popular Singapore street food. Some like the dumpling part while others are a fan of the texture of the noodles. The vendor offers Wanton chilly and soup in addition to the customer. Many customizations have been added in the recent years and variations include Malaysian, Thai and Hongkong take on the dish.
Where to find it?
Lau Phua Chay Authentic Roasted Delicacies, Blk 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1Foong Kee Coffee Shop, 6 Keong Saik Road
6. Kaya Toast and Soft Boiled EggsKaya Toast and Soft Boiled Eggs are the one and only conventional Singaporean breakfast with a white loaf, slathered with egg kaya or coconut, toasted on a bread grill and butter. There are many variations of this Singapore street food favourite including round buns or brown bread. The dish is also sometimes fused with pepper and dark soya sauce, dipping the Kaya Toast into the egg mixture for extra deliciousness. This aromatic brew combined with hot Kaya toast is a delectable meal which gives you a boost in the morning, to power you through the day!
1.Killiney Kopitiam: 67 Killiney Road, Singapore
2.Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, East Coast Road (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)3. Heap Seng Leong, North Bridge Road (open 4:00 AM - 8:00 PM)SGD 1-3
4. Ah Seng Coffee, Maxwell Road (open 5:30 AM - 4:00 PM)
7. LaksaThis traditional Peranakan dish is a favourite street food in Singapore, and for a good reason! Made of flat noodles, coconut soup, fish cakes, prawns and cockles, Laksa tastes best paired with Otah, which is fish cake served in banana leaves. It is a fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine and is of two types - Asam Laksa and Curry Laksa. Curry laksa is more popular street food in Singapore while Asam laksa is commonly available in Malaysian regions like Penang. There are many variations of laksa regarding fish and noodles. Taste the many flavours of the ocean with this bowl!
1. 328 Katong Laksa, East Coast Road (open 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM)SGD 8
2. sungei Road laksa: Blk 27 Jalan Berseha, Singapore
3. Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa, Bukit Merah Lane (open 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)
4. Janggut Laksa, Queensway Shopping Centre (open 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM)
8. SatayThis street food of Singapore is a local delicacy because it is made of pork, chicken, beef or mutton, which is candied and skewered. Satay has its inception from Indonesia but has become very popular in Singapore, found in both fancy restaurants and street vendors. The meat is marinated with turmeric which is barbecued in the open air. The vendors are usually Chinese, Indians or Malays. The meats commonly used in the preparation are mutton, Beef, chicken and even pork which is sold by Chinese stall owners. Served with peanut sauce, onions and rice dumplings, this snack can be eaten all day long, but get yours soon as they sell out quick!
1. Fang Yuan Satay, Toa Payoh Food Centre (open 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM)
2. Shi Xiang Stat, Chinatown Complex (open 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
3. Chong Pang Huat, Gourmet Street (open 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM)
9. BBQ Sambal StingraySambal is a special sauce made from chilli peppers, shrimp, fish sauce, shallot, sugar, vinegar and ginger. Combined with the soft, delicate and distinctive stingray meat, the palate is exquisite. This dish tastes best barbequed. This popular street food of Singapore is inspired by the Malay culture as they were the ones who discovered that Sambal on top of Stingray is delicious. After this, nobody could stop this dish from growing and winning the hearts of its visitors, thus transforming it into essential street food in Singapore. It is also known as Ikan Bakar and is traditionally wrapped in banana leaf and barbecued with Sambal on the top. In the end, lime is squeezed on the fish for better taste.
1. Chomp Hai Wei Yuan Seafood Barbecue: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp, SingaporeSGD 10
2. B.B.Q. Seafood: Yung Sheng Road, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, Singapore
3. Chan BBQ, Fengshan Market and Food Centre (open 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM)
4. Ming-Yen BBQ, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market (open 5:00 PM - 3:00 AM)
5. Chomp Chomp BBQ, Fengshan Market and Food Centre (open 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM)
10. Fish Head CurryYou heard that right - this dish consists of the head of a fish, marinated and cooked in curry sauce, with a mixture of vegetables like eggplants and okras. Having origins in Kerala and Malaysia, this dish is best eaten with rice or rotis. Curry Fish Head is an enigmatic dish which has a South Indian origin but is inspired by the culture in Singapore. Either the whole head or half a head of red snapper is cooked in curry with boiled vegetables. It has a variety of heavy spices. Variations include Assam style Fish Head curry which has a flavour of the tamarind fruit. Tangy, ocean-y and spicy, this dish wins on all fronts!
1.Gu Ma Jia: 45 Tai Thong Crescents, SingaporeSGD 20-50
2.Bao Ma Curry Fish Head: 505 Beach, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore
3. Ocean Curry Fish Head, Toa Payoh Lorong (open 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
4. Muthu Curry, Race Course Road (open 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
5. Samy's Curry Restaurant, Dempsey Road (open 11:00 - 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
11. Bak Kut TehLiterally meaning 'Meat bone tea', Bak Kut Teh is one of the most popular street food in Singapore. This local dish is a pork rib soup, in a broth of herbs and spices. Comprising of pork, offal, mushroom, choy sum, tofu and puffs, the soup is spiced up with cinnamon, cloves, garlic, fennel and star anise. This dish is relished with tea in the belief that tea will help saturate a large amount of fat in the soup. People have Ban Kut Teh for breakfast majorly, but it can be taken for any meals of the day.
Where to find it?SGD 20
1. First Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup: 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building Singapore
2. Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh: 7 Keppel Road, PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex, Singapore
3. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh, Connexis (open 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM)
4. Legendary Bak Kut Teh, Rangoon Road (open 9:00 AM - 22:30 PM)
5. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, Chinatown Point (open 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM)
12. Roti PrataThis Indian delicacy is a must-eat street food of Singapore for every traveller! Crisp, crunchy, doughy and soft Pratas dunked in delicious and tangy curry ought to get your mouth watering, and hungry for more. Made of wheat flour and served with beef, chicken, fish or vegetable curry, this Indian flatbread/pancake will linger long after you've savoured it.
1. Casuarina Curry, Casuarina Road (open 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM)SGD 14
2. The Roti Prata House: 246M Upper Thomson Road, Singapore
3. Mr and Mrs Mohgan's Super Crispy Roti Prata, Crane Road (open 6:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
4. Sin Ming Roti Prata, Sin Ming Road (open 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
13. Fried Carrot cakeThis cake is made with eggs, chai ooh and white radish flour cake, which is basically a white carrot, giving rise to carrot cake. It is very popular street food in Singapore and Malaysia both. It includes sweet sauce with the cake fried on top of a beaten egg to create a crust and chunks of cake.
Fu-Ming Carrot Cake: Blk 85 Redhill Lane, Redhill Food Centre, SingaporeCarrot Cake: 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, SingaporeSGD 5
14. Ice KachangThis delicious Malaysian dessert translates to 'iced beans'. A favourite of children and adults alike, this cold dish consists of shaved ice, red beans, grass jelly or agar-agar, sweet flavoured syrups and toppings like sweet corn and other goodies. Condensed milk is also poured on top, along with red rose syrup to produce the multicoloured effect. Ice Kachang has many variations including chocolate syrup, durian etc. and is the perfect way to end your tour of the street food in Singapore. What more do we need to tell you, to make you eat this?! Yum!
1. Annie's Peanut Ice Kacang: 20 Ghim Moh Road, Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, SingaporeSGD 8
2. Mei Heong Yuen: 65-67 Temple Street, Singapore
3. Peanut Ice Kachang, Maxwell Centre
4. Quig Tiang Cold and Hot Desserts, Redhill Lane (open 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM)
5. Lye Huat Ice Kachang, Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre (open 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM)
Drinks of Singapore
15. Singapore Sling
Where to find it?
1. Adrift by David Myers, Bayfront Avenue (open 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
2. Post Bar, Fullerton Square (open 12:00 PM - 2:00 AM)
3. Halia, Raffles Hotel (open 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM)Cost for two
Upwards of SGD 20
Things to Keep in Mind While Eating in Singapore
- Be aware of the different cutlery used in the cuisine - from chopsticks, spoons and forks. Some dishes even require you to use hands
- Be careful about nut and soy allergies, and lactose intolerance - most dishes use nuts, soy and dairy
- If you do not have a high tolerance for spice, ask your chef beforehand to go easy on the spice
- Street-food joints in Singapore sell out fast or have long lines, so reach the joints quickly and avoid the long waiting period
- Don't forget to Instagram your food! #FoodPorn much?
Which food did you enjoy the most? Which dish are you most eager to try? Comment below, and let us know! #FoodLove all the way!
~ Written by - Devyani Makan and Nivedha Narayanaswamy