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15 Top Singapore Foods & Dishes and Where to Eat Them

15 Top Singapore Foods & Dishes and Where to Eat Them

By Coco YangUpdated Apr. 8, 2022

Food plays an important role in creating unforgettable memories. Singapore has a truly global culinary culture, but Singaporean cuisine, which combines Malay, Chinese, Indian, and other food cultures, prides itself as being a unique Asian cuisine. From street food to signature dishes in restaurants, let us take a bite of Singapore together…

Chili Crab Chili Crab

1. Chili Crab 辣椒螃蟹

If you like seafood and spicy flavors, you should not miss out on chili crab, which is Singapore’s best-known dish. It consists of an entire crab, whose meat is cut out and then stir-fried in a tangy tomato and chili sauce. It is served with bread or a Chinese-style steamed bun, which you can dip in the gravy for a satisfying and decadent meal.

Where to eat it:

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

Add: 20 Upper Circular Road #B1-48, Singapore 058416

Tel: +65-6534-3435

Cost per person: about USD$30–45 

No Signboard Seafood Esplanade Branch

Add: Esplanade Mall 8 Raffles Ave #01-14/16, Singapore 039802 

Tel: +65-6336-9959

Cost per person: about USD$30–60

Long Beach Seafood Restaurant

Add: 1018 East Coast Parkway East Coast Parkway Squash Centre, #01-04, East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449877

Tel: +65-6448-3636

Cost per person: about USD$30–60

Fish Head Curry Fish Head Curry

2. Fish Head Curry 咖喱鱼头

Fish head curry, a great combination of Indian, Chinese, and Malay cuisines, is one of the best-known dishes in Singapore. Usually paired with rice, fish head curry is eaten with soft steamed bread that soaks up the gravy. The sweetness of the bread perfectly balances the piquancy of the curry. So, do not hesitate to order fish head curry even if you do not usually eat spicy food.

Where to eat it:

Ocean Fish Head Curry Restaurant

Add: 181 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068629

Tel: +65-6324-9226

Cost per person: about USD$12

Muthu’s Curry

Add: 7 Dempsey Road, Singapore

Tel: +65-6474-5128

Cost per person: about USD$16–26

Yu Cun Curry Fish Head 渔村砂煲咖喱鱼頭

Add: 147 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore

Tel: +65-6286-0491

Cost per person: about USD$16–26

Hainanese Chicken Rice Hainanese Chicken Rice

3. Hainanese Chicken Rice 海南鸡饭

Hainanese chicken rice is one of Singapore’s most famous dishes. The succulent chicken and flavorful rice served with sliced cucumber, chicken soup, and special sauces are considered a delicacy. Hainanese chicken rice is cooked in a particular way. The succulent chicken is steamed, cut into pieces, put on a plate, and sprinkled with sesame oil and soy sauce. The rice is steamed with chicken oil and chicken stock, to make it fluffy and delicious. This delectable dish is available in all local food centers in Singapore.

Where to eat it:

Tian Tian Chicken Rice

Add: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Center, Singapore 069184

Tel: +65-9691-4852

Cost per person: about USD$3–5

Wee Nam Kee

Add: 101 Thomson Road, #01-08 United Square, Singapore 307591

Tel: +65-6255-6396

Cost per person: about USD$4–12

Boon Tong Kee

Add: 18 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599742

Tel: +65-6463-2289

Cost per person: about USD$11–25

Bak Chor Mee Bak Chor Mee

4. Bak Chor Mee 肉脞面

Bak Chor Mee is also known as minced meat noodles, and it is a noodle dish cooked with minced pork. After a long period of development, the ingredients with the noodles have become more abundant, with mushrooms, fish balls, pig liver, shrimp, gongwan (pork balls), pork slices, wontons, minced meat, etc. Besides, the sauce is different from restaurant to restaurant.

The most famous restaurant for Bak Chor Mee in Singapore might be Tai Hwa Eating House, who won a Michelin star in 2021.

Where to eat it:

Tai Hwa Eating House

Add: 466 Crawford Lane (Lavender MRT), #01-12, Singapore 190465

Tel: +65- 6292-7477

Cost per person: about USD$5–8

Mee Pok 栗原

Add: Block 710 Clementi West Street 2, Singapore 120710

Tel: +65-8742-6540

Cost per person: about USD$5

58 Bak Chor Mee

Add: 3 Yung Sheng Road, #03-150 Taman Jurong Food Centre, Singapore 618499

Tel:+65-8245-8975

Cost per person: about USD$5

Bak Kut Teh Bak Kut Teh

5. Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶

Bak kut teh has had a far-reaching impact on the food culture of Singapore and is a popular dish for breakfast or supper. It is mainly composed of pork bones stewed with herbs, garlic, and spices. It is served with rice, deep-fried fritters, spicy soy sauce, and other condiments, such as pepper, vinegar, and salt. This dish is simple but not boring. Do not forget to round off your repast with a cup of strong, and slightly bitter, kung fu tea.

Where to eat it:

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh (Rangoon Road)

Add: 208 Rangoon Road Hong Building Singapore 218453 

Tel: +65-6291-4537

Cost per person: about USD$6–12

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh 

Add: #01-01, 11 Xinqiao Road (near Upper Circular Road), Singapore 059383

Tel: +65-6533-6128

Cost per person: about USD$6.50

Legendary Bak Kut Teh

Add: 154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431

Tel: +65-65359969

Cost per person: about USD$7–22

New Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh

Add: 257 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799458

Tel: +65-6484-3224

Cost per person: about USD$12

Laksa Laksa

6. Laksa 叻沙

Nyonya dishes constitute Singapore’s traditional cuisine. Nyonya culture draws from Chinese food traditions and also has Malay flavors. Laksa is its most representative and popular dish, and it is a must-try snack in Singapore.

Authentic Nyonya laksa combines the freshness of coconut milk, the sweetness of shrimp, and the sharpness of homemade chili oil. Coarse rice noodles form the base of a bowl of laksa. Topped with ingredients such as fresh clams, fried tofu, and bean sprouts, a bowl of delicious laksa is sure to leave you content.

Where to eat it:

328 Katong Laksa

Add: 51 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770

Tel: +65-9732-8163

Cost per person: about USD$7.50

Lau Pa Sat Food Court

Add: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582

Tel: +65-6220-2138

Cost per person: about USD$7

Satay Satay

7. Satay沙爹

Satay, a colloquial word for kebab, is a traditional Malay delicacy. To make the meat tastier, it is diced, marinated, skewered, and then grilled over a flame. The choice of meat includes beef, lamb, chicken, or pork.

To eat it the Singapore way, you must dip the satay in the thick satay sauce before biting into it. Satay sauce is made of peanut butter, coconut butter, baby shrimp, etc. While it is usually eaten on its own, it can sometimes be served with Malay rice, gherkins, and onions.

Where to eat it:

168 CMY Satay

Add: Block 335, Smith Street, #02-168, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335

Tel: +65-9475-2907

Cost per person: about USD$19

Kwong Satay (Geylang)

Add: 517 Geylang Road, Lorong 27A, Singapore 389473

Tel: +65-9755-2771

Cost per person: about USD$15–18

Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Add: 20 Kensington Park Road, #01-34 Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 557269

Cost per person: about USD$7.50–23

Haron Satay 55 (East Coast Lagoon Food Village)

Add: Stall 55, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, 1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468960

Tel: +65-6441-0495

Cost per person: about USD$8

Kaya Toast Kaya Toast

8. Kaya Toast 咖椰吐司

Kaya toast is the national breakfast of Singapore, and you can find it literally everywhere. The mellow kaya sauce is made from coconut, sugar, and pandan leaves. Grilled bread is slathered with butter and kaya sauce and served with soft-boiled eggs — this is a filling breakfast you will love! A cup of local coffee can be a pleasurable conclusion to this meal.

Where to eat it:

Ya Kun Kaya Toast is highly recommended and there are more than 70 branch-shops in Singapore. The cost is from USD$2.50, as it is in other eateries.

Chinatown Shop

Add: 18 China Street, Far East Square, Singapore 049560

Tel: +65- 6438-3638

Orchard Road shop

Add: #01-32/33/34, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895

Tel: +65-6341-9554

Raffles City shop

Add: 252 North Bridge Rd, #B1-80, Singapore 179103

Tel:  +65-6338-0026

Char Kway Teow Char Kway Teow

9. Char Kway Teow 炒粿条

Char kway teow developed dynamically over time. It was earlier sold at night by fishermen or farmers who wanted to supplement their income. They typically used leftover food to make this dish, so there are many ways to make it. Char kway teow consists of wide rice noodles stir-fried in soy sauce, belacan (Malaysian shrimp paste), tamarind juice, bean sprouts, leeks, sausages, and cockles. Originally, people fried the rice noodles in lard, but with increased health consciousness, less oil is used and more vegetables are added. Fried char kway teow is served on banana leaves, which are said to enhance the flavor and keep the dish moist.

Where to eat it:

Apollo Fresh Fried Kway Teow

Add: Marine Parade Food Centre #01-174, Block 84 Marine Parade Central, Singapore 440084

Cost per person: about USD$3–5

Maxwell Road Food Centre

Add: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184

Cost per person: about USD$4

Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Add: 20 Kensington Road, Singapore 557269 

Cost per person: about USD$4

Nasi Lemak Nasi Lemak

10. Nasi Lemak 椰浆饭

Nasi lemak belongs to Malay cuisine. Nasi means ‘rice’ and lemak usually means ‘grease’ (here it refers to coconut milk). Rice is soaked in coconut milk and then cooked. It is consumed with a special sauce that lends the nasi lemak a salty, sweet, and spicy taste. Start your day with a delicious nasi lemak breakfast!

Where to eat it:

Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak

Add: 114 Lavender Street, #01-08 CT Hub 2, Singapore 338729

Tel: +65-9889-3466

Cost per person: about USD$4

The Coconut Club

Add: 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708

Cost per person: about USD$15–30 including other dishes

Ponggol Nasi Lemak Centre

Add: 965 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534721

Tel: +65-6281-0020

Cost per person: about USD$4–7.50

Rojak Rojak

 11. Rojak 罗惹

Rojak is a Malay word that means ‘hodgepodge’. It is a popular appetizer and side dish and a nutritious snack. Its ingredients include a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as pineapple, cucumber, sweet radish, bean sprouts, green apple, and raw mango. The ingredients are cut into small pieces, put together into a bowl with deep fried tofu, fried dough sticks, prawn crackers, fresh chili, lemon juice, and roasted peanuts, and mixed well. Enjoy a bowl of this refreshing and delicious salad while on a break from your sightseeing in Singapore!

Where to eat it:

Balestier Road Hoover Rojak

Add: 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06 Whampoa Drive Food Centre, Singapore 320090

Tel: +65-9021-4593

Cost per person: about USD$5–10

Toa Payoh Rojak

Add: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-108 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051

Cost per person: about USD$5–10

Otah Otah

12. Otah 乌打

Otah is the Singaporean name of the Malay/Indonesian dish otak-otak. Otak means ‘brain matter’ in Indonesian, but this otak is just a kind of fish cake in Singapore. Baked with minced fish wrapped in banana leaves, otah is another popular Singapore street snack. The color of minced fish is gray and looks like human brain after baking, hence its name. However, in Singapore otah fish cakes are baked with chili sauce and other spices, so the color is orange, which is very appetizing.

You can always buy otah in a laksa restaurant.

Where to eat it:

Hiang Soon Food Catering Service

Add: 261 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799490

Cost per person: about USD$4–12

Lee Wee Brothers

Add: 11 Rivervale Crescent #01-14, Rivervale Mall, Singapore 545082

Cost per person: about USD$4

Mackerel Otah

Add: 261 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427509

Cost per person: about USD$2–3

Yong Tau Foo Yong Tau Foo

13. Yong Tau Foo酿豆腐

Derived from Hakka tofu cooking methods, Singapore yong tau foo (‘stuffed tofu’) is made of tofu filled with fish or minced pork. You can choose to eat ‘dry’ or ‘soup’ yong tau foo, and it can also be eaten with rice, noodles, vegetables, meat balls, and so on.

Where to eat it:

Goldhill Hakka Restaurant

Add: 299A Changi Road, Singapore 419777

Tel: +65-6842-4283

Cost per person: about USD$4–12

Golden Mile Special Yong Tau Foo 黄金特制酿豆腐

Add: 505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-44, Singapore 199583

Cost per person: about USD$4–7.50

Jia Le Traditional Hakka Yong Tau Foo 家乐正宗客家酿豆腐

Add: Block 514, Bishan Street 13, #02-494, Bishan Bus Interchange Level 2, Singapore 570514

Cost per person: about USD$4–10

Fried White Radish Cake Fried White Radish Cake

14. Fried White Radish Cake 炒萝卜糕

This is a long-standing snack in Singapore. It is made by wrapping steamed rice flour and white radish into pieces, frying them with eggs until golden, and then sprinkling them with onion flowers. It is a very common food among Chaoshan residents in Singapore. You can order original flavor or with sweet soy sauce added. It is a convenient and delicious snack.

Where to eat it

He Zhong Carrot Cake合众菜头粿

Add: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-185, Singapore 588172

Cost per person: about USD$4–7.50

Heng 兴

Add: Newton Food Centre #01-28, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495

Cost per person: about USD$4–7

Chey Sua Carrot Cake

Add: 02-30 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre, 127 Lorong, Singapore 310127

Tel: +65-9816-9412

Cost per person: about USD$3–7.50

Curry Puff Curry Puff

15.  Curry Puff 咖喱角

Curry puff is a common snack in Singapore. It is made of a thin dough roll with fillings, which is then fried. It usually comes in triangular shapes. The fillings usually include mashed potatoes, onions, minced meat (beef, chicken, mutton, etc.) and spices (such as curry powder).

Where to eat it:

Old Chang Kee

Add: 2 Orchard Turn Ion Orchard ION Orchard #B4-36, Singapore 238801

Tel:+65-6884-4530

Cost per person: about USD$4

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