Top 12 Authentic Food in Singapore You Want To Try

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When “Makan” or “have you eaten”, is the main greeting in Singapore, that immediately tells you something about the importance of food in the country.

On our quest for authentic food in Singapore, we were surprised by the depth and diversity of the local flavors. 

Food in Singapore has cultural influences from everywhere and have been assembled together to create something totally unique. You’ll find Chinese, Indonesian, Southern Indian influences and not surprisingly, a significant Malay influence. 

Choosing the 12 authentic food and dishes to highlight was actually a really difficult task. The country offers so much to choose from, and there are many similarities to the food in Malaysia. 

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does take you on a culinary journey across the island to taste the best authentic Singapore food.

Ready to explore Singaporean cuisine? Let’s go!

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1 – Chili Crab – The National Dish of Singapore

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Chili Crab – one of the famous local foods in Singapore

A 2011 CNN poll ranked the World’s 50 Best Foods and Singapore Chili Crab made the list at number #35. 

Your visit to Singapore will not be complete without trying this iconic Singaporean seafood dish, known as Singapore’s national dish.

While there are many ways to cook up the delicious crab, the two most famous styles are Singapore crab with a spicy tomato chile sauce and crab with black pepper sauce.

This dish is said to have been invented in 1956 by a couple who ran a pushcart. The husband asked his wife to experiment with other methods of cooking crab other than steaming. 

After adding chili to stir fried crab in tomato sauce, their crabs became wildly popular. 

Later, a local chef added a slight twist to the dish using sambal sauce (local chili and shrimp paste), tomato paste and eggs to cook the gravy. This has now become the version most commonly served in Singapore. 

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Flavorful Claypot Crab Bee Hoon – another famous food in Singapore

Our friend Sheena, a teacher in Singapore who writes at, guided us through the Singapore chili crab scene.

Our Singapore crab experience took place at Mellben Seafood, one of the Singapore must-eat restaurants.

 We ordered both the chilli crab and the claypot crab vermicelli soup also called claypot crab bee hoon. The dishes were accompanied with salted egg yolk green beans.

The crabs were gigantic in size with the most juicy and succulent chunks of meat we have ever eaten.

The chili crab is actually not chili or spicy despite its name. It is slathered in a thick delicious chili paste perfect to dip fried buns called mantous, served with the crab.

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Mantous for dipping in the iconic Singapore Chili Crab

The amazingly delicious and flavorful broth of the claypot crab bee hoon soup made us melt from the first spoon of soup.

The milky aromatic broth filled with meaty and chunky pieces of crab took us straight to culinary heaven. 

Combined with the delicate rice vermicelli noodles, we couldn’t help but keep slurping away at this delightful Singapore food soup.

Where To Eat Chili Crab in Singapore

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Mellben Seafood, Tze Char restaurant for the best Singapore chili and black pepper crab

Mellben Seafood is a local Tze Char restaurant also spelled Che Char or Zi Char. These uniquely Singaporean restaurants serve home style dishes in more elaborate settings than hawker centers. 

The prices are also more expensive than hawker centers, but cheaper than upscale restaurants.

Hawker centres are large food courts in Singapore where they serve mostly street food.

This particular location was in Toa Payoh, a  residential neighborhood. In the open courtyard setting are several restaurants, hawker stalls, fruit stands, and local shops.

Mellben Seafood TPY

Address: Blk 211 Toa Payoh Lorong 8 #01-11/15, Singapore 310211

Hours: Daily, 4:30pm to 11:30pm 

Average Food Price: SGD 55, approx $39.70 USD

Jumbo Seafood

While we didn’t eat here, Jumbo Seafood is also recommended by locals for their award winning Singapore chili crab.

Jumbo Seafood

Address: East Coast Seafood Center, Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, Singapore

Hours: Daily, 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday’s, 12:00pm – 12:00am

Average Food Price: SGD 50, approx $36 USD

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: Taking a food tour is one of the best ways to explore the food in Singapore while learning about the city’s history. We loved our experiences going deeper into one of the world’s best food cities and discovering the intriguing mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese specialties. For the best food tours in Singapore, see our detailed review of 7 of the Best Food Tours in Singapore You Want To Try

2- Hainanese Chicken – Chicken Rice from Hainan Province 

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Unbelievably flavorful Hainanese chicken rice

This is one of my favorite local Singapore foods. What I love about Hainanese chicken is that it is as succulent as it is simple. It practically melts in your mouth!

Hainanese chicken is a rice dish with juicy steamed white chicken cut into thin pieces. The chicken is served over fragrant rice with light soy sauce. 

The dish is topped with cilantro and sesame oil, and accompanied by a garlic-chilli sauce. The rice is cooked in the chicken broth with ginger and pandan leaves giving it its unique fragrance.

This traditional food in Singapore comes from the Chinese immigrants from the province of Hainan in Southern China. They kept the traditional methods of cooking the chicken and the rice which gives this dish its unique flavor.

Our visit to Singapore would not have been complete if we did not eat at Tian Tian, ranked one of the best hawker food stalls in Singapore. 

Where To Eat Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

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Waiting in line at Tian Tian at Maxwell center one of the best hawker centers in Singapore

Tian Tian is celebrated for its Hainanese chicken rice. It has been popularized by celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain as well as voted by locals as the best chicken rice in Singapore.

After waiting in line, we sat down to enjoy the most tender chicken and flavorful rice that exceeded all other chicken and rice dishes we previously had. Satisfied and content, we recognized that same look in diners eating close by.

Tian Tian

Address: Maxwell Road Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore

Hours: Everyday, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

Average Food Prices: About SGD 3.50, approx $2.50 USD

The queue for chicken rice at Eng Kee food stall at Eunos hawker center

In Singapore, you will find many places where you can have Hainanese chicken rice. Every Singaporean has their own favorite Hainanese chicken stall.

While Tian Tian was our favorite, we also discovered the Eng Kee food stall at Eunos hawker centre where we were staying.

Like at Tian Tian, you also have to wait in line at this popular vendor to get this famous local Singapore food.

Eng Kee – Eunos Food Hawker Centre

Address: Eunos Food Center, 7 Eunos Crescent, Singapore

Hours: Everyday from 6am to 10pm

Average Food Prices: About SGD 2.80, approx $2.00 USD

RELATED: The Best 6 Hawker Centres to Eat in Singapore

3- Nasi Lemak – Famous Malay Local Dish

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A hearty plate of Nasi Lemak, a popular local Singapore dish

Nasi Lemak is a Malay dish, a very popular food in Singapore. There are several ways of preparing Nasi Lemak. At the core, it is a rich rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. 

This popular Singapore food is typically served with deep-fried fish or chicken wings, grilled fish paste, fried anchovies and peanuts, eggs, cucumber slices, and sambal (spicy chilli paste).

Flavorful and rich, this hearty dish and best eaten when you have a big appetite. 

Where To Eat Nasi Lemak in Singapore

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Writing on the walls is part of the eating experience at Nasi Lemak Kukus

Nasi Lemak Kukus

This local joint and self-service concept is quite popular with Singapore locals. With your Singapore dish, you can have unlimited rice and sambal chili sauce. 

With this option, you can have Nasi Lemak with different sides and taste the local specialties all on one plate.

From experience, we found the steamed rice to be quite addictive. When you taste it once, you’ll want to have more. 

For the sides, we recommend the lamb and the anchovies. These two local Singapore foods were definitely our favorites.

The food and concept is quite uniquely Singaporean and you won’t be disappointed either by the decor. 

The illustrated walls, where customers can write messages, makes this local restaurant a unique venue for your food travels to Singapore.

Nasi Lemak Kukus

Address: 229 Selegie Road, Singapore

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00pm to 10:30pm, closed on Sundays

Average Food Prices: About SGD 4.00, approx $2.9USD

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: Planning a trip to Singapore? Download Food Trails Singapore the self-guided food trail to help you navigate the local food scene. For only $3.99, get the local insights for what and where to eat with all the Singapore foods and addresses mentioned in this article.

4 – Otak-Otak – A Nyonya Cuisine Specialty 

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Otak Otak or steamed fish cakes

Otak Otak is a popular classic Nyonya specialty that can be found in Malaysia and Singapore alike. 

Nyonya cuisine refers to the cuisine from the descendants of the early Chinese immigrants who settled in Malaysia and Singapore. 

The cuisine is the result of blending Chinese ingredients with various distinct spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay.

Otak Otak actually means “brains” in Malay due to its texture and shape. Not to worry, however, this food in Singapore has nothing to do with brains.

This popular Singapore food is grilled or steamed fish cake made with the fillet of fish which is mixed with tapioca starch, and wrapped in a banana leaf. 

This Singaporean dish can be eaten as a snack or as a main meal with a side of rice or rice noodles.

We enjoyed this dish as an appetizer and we found it light and refined in taste. A nice treat to open up to Nyonya flavors.

READ MORE: Discovering Nyonya Food in Malaysia

Where To Eat Nyonya Food in Singapore

The interior of Guan Hoe Soon Nyonya Restaurant

Guan Hoe Soon is a Nyonya restaurant located in the Joo Chiat foodie neighborhood of Singapore. Open since 1953, it is one of the oldest Nyonya restaurants in Singapore.

Dedicated to Nyonya cuisine, you will find several Nyonya specialties to enjoy including the delicious otak-otak.

Guan Hoe Soon

Address: 40 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore

Hours: Open everyday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Average Food Prices: Expect to pay SGD8.00 for otak-otak appetizer ($5.80 USD). A meal will cost you around SGD $20.00 to $30.00, approx $15.00 to $20.00 USD)

5 – Bak Kut Teh – Pork Rib Soup

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A steaming bowl of Bak Kut Teh soup

This humble dish of Chinese origin is one of the most popular Singapore foods. It is a popular street food in Malaysia and we actually had it in Kuala Lumpur, the capital.

Bak Kut Tey is a pork rib soup, made up of juicy pork ribs, simmered for hours in a rich herbal broth. 

While it sounds simple, the soup is actually highly complex and demands the right amount of peppers, garlic among other ingredients to achieve the best flavors. 

The name Bak Kut Tey, literally means meat bone tea and is in reference to the Chinese tea that is consumed with this dish.

We enjoyed this delicious soup and found the broth nice and peppery. Not spicy, but just the right amount of flavors for a nice bite. 

Having boiled for hours, the pork was tender and literally fell off the bones. 

Where to Eat Bak Kut Teh in Singapore

To taste this famous food in Singapore, here is the best spot recommended by locals to try: Bak Kut Teh.

Founder Bak Kut Teh

This restaurant has been serving Singapore Bak Kut Teh for over 40 years. It is an institution that is globally famous for its meaty, pork ribs simmered in a delicious broth using a family secret recipe.

Address: 347 Balestier Road, Singapore 329777

Hours: 12:00pm to 2:30pm and 6:00pm to 2:00am (Closed on Tuesday)

Average Prices: Expect to pay between SGD 6.50 to SGD 10.00 (approx $4.50 USD to $7.50 USD)

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST RECIPE: Enjoy your Singapore food with a traditional local drink. Get the simple Iced Bandung Recipe – How To Make Singapore Rose Milk Drink

6- Kaya Toast with Kopi – Best Singaporean Breakfast

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Unbelievably delicious Kaya Toast and Kopi

Toast and coffee might not seem that exciting as a breakfast dish. But in Singapore, it is a national treasure. 

We first tasted Kaya toast and Kopi or coffee when we landed in Singapore’s Changi Airport and were immediately blown away. The taste and flavors are outstanding.

Kaya toast is a toasted bread with butter and kaya, a jam made from eggs, sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves. Not too sweet, this is one of the most delicious jams we’ve had.

This breakfast dish is enhanced even further when paired with soft boiled eggs and a steaming cup of coffee or tea. 

Kopi, the signature coffee drink comes with sugar, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. 

This Singaporean breakfast is the perfect start to a new day or a delicious snack in the middle of day.

Where to Eat Kaya Toast in Singapore

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Kaya Toast from Yakun in Singapore

We ate this delicious Singaporean breakfast several times, and each time our appreciation for the flavors increased. 

We stumbled onto Toast Box, while escaping the rain on a chilly afternoon and enjoyed Kaya Toast and hot Kopi in a cozy environment. 

Ya Kun Kaya Toast is a popular Singaporean chain with locations throughout the city. At Changi Airport, be sure to make a stop at Wang Cafe for the last time or welcome breakfast into Singapore.

Toast Box

Address: More than 70 locations across Singapore

Hours: Daily, 8:00am – 10:30pm

Average Food Price in Singapore: Between SGD 2.00 for Kaya Toast and SGD 1.50 for Kopi, approx $1.44 USD to $1.10 USD

Ya Kun Kaya Toast 

Address: Several locations throughout Singapore

Hours: Daily, 8:00am – 10:00pm

Average Food Price in Singapore: Between SGD 2.00 for Kaya Toast and SGD 1.50 for Kopi, approx $1.44 USD to $1.10 USD

Wang Cafe

Address: Changi Airport, Terminal 1, #01-02, Singapore

Hours: Everyday, 24/7

Average Food Price in Singapore: Between SGD 2.00 for Kaya Toast and SGD 1.50 for Kopi, approx $1.44 USD to $1.10 USD

7 – Murtabak – Stuffed Folded Omelette Pancake

Murtabak at one of the best affordable restaurants in Singapore. This food in Singapore is one of the best dishes to eat in Singapore for dinner. It is also one of the famous local food Singapore.
Murtabak at ZamZam restaurant in Singapore

We love Indian food, although most of the Indian dishes we’ve had have been mostly in the U.S. Murtabak, this famous Singapore food was new to the both of us and highly recommended as a dish not to miss in Singapore.

The single place that kept coming up to have Murtabak was Zam Zam, an Indian Muslim restaurant with an international reputation.

Murtabak is like a huge and stuffed pancake filled with either chicken, beef, and mutton, which are the most popular fillings. However, you can also find venison and sardine versions as well.

At Zam Zam, we ordered their signature chicken Murtabak. Given this calorie-laden and oversized dish, we opted to share just one.

There is everything to like about Murtabak. Layers of crispy buttery naan pastry with a golden, flaky appearance. Bursting on the inside are chunks of succulent chicken, folds of egg and sweet onions, and spices that give it an orange glow.

The Murtabak comes with a bowl of thick chicken curry, that pairs perfectly with the chicken.

While Murtabak is flavourful on its own, it reaches a higher level of deliciousness when coated liberally with the curry sauce.

Where to Eat Murtabak In Singapore

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Zam Zam, one of the best local restaurants in Singapore

Singapore Zam Zam

This is one of the most well-known restaurants in Singapore for murtabak and also one of the oldest restaurants, founded in 1908.

At Zam Zam, watch the theatrics of different vendors flipping dough and sizzling flatbread. It is truly fascinating to watch the preparation of Murtabak.

Address: 679 North Bridge Road, Singapore

Hours: Daily, 7:00am to 11:00pm

Sizes: Five different size: Small, Medium, Large, Special, Super Special

Average Food Price In Singapore: Prices range from SGD 6.00 to SGD 17.00, approx $4.30 USD to $12.30 USD

AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST RECIPE: Make chicken murtabak at home using our simple recipe. Murtabak Recipe – How To Make Delightful Singapore Chicken Folded Flatbread

8- Biryani  – Aromatic Fried Rice Dish

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Flavorful Chicken Biryani

Biryani is a fried rice dish of Indian Muslim influence and a popular food in Singapore. The rice used is a distinctive long grain rice, usually Basmati rice which cooks to a light and fluffy texture. 

 Meats can be added and the most popular is chicken, mutton or fish.

The spices used are heavy in flavor with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and bay leaves. In one dish, the rice is served with the accompanying chicken or mutton curry.

Where to Eat Biryani in Singapore

You’ll find Biryani served at several Singapore hawker centers. We enjoyed this simple and delicious dish at Eunos market food centre, where we stayed. 

Listed below are additional recommendations given to us by locals of the best places to have chicken biryani. 

Allauddin’s Biryani, Tekka Food Center

Address: 665 Buffalo Rd, #01-229, Tekka Food Centre, Singapore

Hours: Daily, 9:00am – 8:00pm

Average Food Price in Singapore: Between SGD 4.50 – SGD 6.50, approx $3.25 USD to $4.70 USD

Singapore Zam Zam

Address: 679 North Bridge Road, Singapore

Hours: Daily, 7:00am to 11:00pm

Average Food Price in Singapore: SGD 6.50, approx. $4.70 USD

9- Roti Prata – South Indian Flatbread 

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Roti prata with different dipping curries

Roti Prata is a signature Singapore food. It is also extremely popular in Malaysia where it goes by the name Roti Canai. 

Its history can be traced back to the Indian subcontinent as well as Pakistan. 

The meaning of Roti Prata is simple. Roti means roti or bread and Prata means flat. The Indian version is known as Paratha.

This local Singapore food is a simple and tasty dish. The pancake-like flatbread is served with a meat-based or vegetable-based curry. 

You simply tear up slices of the roti and dip it into the delicious curry and have a light meal or a filling snack. Tasty and flavorful, this was one of our local favorite Singapore foods.

Where to Eat Roti Prata in Singapore

Komala Vilas Restaurant

This popular Indian restaurant in Little India, serves delicious and inexpensive South Indian and North Indian vegetarian foods.

Address: 76-78 Serangoon Road, Singapore

Hours: Daily, 7:00am to 11:00pm

Average Food Prices in Singapore:  range from SGD 6.00 to SGD 17.00, approx $4.30 USD to $12.30 USD

Singapore Zam Zam

Address: 679 North Bridge Road, Singapore

Hours: Daily, 7:00am to 11:00pm

Average Food Price in Singapore:  Prices range from SGD 6.00 to SGD 8.00, approx $4.30 USD to $5.80 USD

10- Fried Hokkien Mee – Famous Singapore Stir Fried Noodles

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Fried Hokkien Mee, the Singaporean Way

Hokkien Mee, a dish found in Malaysia and Singapore originated from Hokkien, in the Southern province of China.

Hokkien Mee is prepared differently depending on where you have it. In Singapore, it is a stir-fried dish made of a combination of egg and rice noodles. It comes with prawns, squid, oysters, spring onions and fresh lime. 

The dish is served with a thick and fragrant sauce made from fresh shrimp and dried prawns.

On the side is a sambal sauce with red chilis and a light soy sauce for additional flavoring.

Where to Eat Hokkien Mee in Singapore

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At the counter of KIm’s Famous Fried Hokkien Mee

Kim’s Hokkien Mee is a famous local joint at the corner of a busy street. You will not miss the flashy neon sign with the name “Mr Kim.”  We got this recommendation from our Airbnb host, a local Singaporean. 

The open air seating is inviting and you will find several variations of Kim’s Hokkien Mee on the menu. 

Rich and creamy, this Hokkien Mee will satiate your hunger. Enjoy it with fresh coconut juice.

Kim’s Hokkien Mee

Address: 62B Jalan Eunos, Singapore

Hours: Open everyday from 11 am to 1 am

Average Food Prices: Expect to pay between  SGD8.00 – SGD 12.00, approx $5.78USD – $8.66 USD

11- Char Kway Teow – Famous Local Singapore Food

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Plate full of the addictive and delicious Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is one of the most popular dishes found in both Singapore and Malaysia. This dish is part of the Singapore food culture.

This is a stir-fried dish made of flat rice noodles, with prawns, eggs, slices of Chinese sausages, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, shrimp paste. It is stir-fried over very high heat with a light and dark chili soy sauce.

It is hard to resist a delicious plate of Char Kway Teow. We named it the Pad Thai of Malaysia.

If you love fried noodles, you will love this dish. It can be quite fatty but it is truly exceptional.

Where to Eat Char Kway Teow in Singapore

Chon Hiang is a famous Char Kway Teow food stall in the East Coast Lagoon Food Village, one of the best hawker centres.

Ms. Mui Mui, a second generation hawker, is known for her cooking skills. And her food stall was recommended to us by several locals. 

While we didn’t eat Char Kway Teow in Singapore, we ate it several times in Malaysia. Focused on the unique food specialties and authentic food in Singapore, we skipped it.

However, if you make it to this relaxing hawker center by the beach, don’t forget to visit Ms. Mui Mui food stall.

Chon Hiang

Address: 1220 East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore

Hours: Open everyday, 10:30 am – 2:00 am

Average Food Prices: starts at SGD3.00, approx. $2.20 USD

12 – Pork Satay – Singapore’s Favorite Late Night Food

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Pork Satay, one of the best street food in Singapore

Pork Satay is a grilled bamboo skewered pork served with spicy dipping sauce. The sauce is made of a combination of soy and peanut sauce with chili. 

This classic Singaporean street food It is often served with cucumber and onion. It is a great snack to enjoy on a late night.

Where to Eat Pork Satay in Singapore

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The spectacular Gardens by the Bay at night

One of the best places to have Pork Satay is at Satay by the Bay. Not only will you have the choice of six satay food stalls, you will also enjoy the Gardens by the Bay.

Wander through the different food stalls and sample the different skewers. Let your nose and taste buds guide you. Besides pork, you can also try beef, chicken, mutton and prawns satay.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

Hours: Everyday from 8pm to 11pm and until 2am on weekends and Wednesdays

Average Food Prices in Singapore: About SGD0.70 / per skewer, approx $0.50USD

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In Summary 

Singapore is a paradise for food lovers. The country’s multi-ethnic culture has resulted in a variety of unique flavors and dishes. 

In one of the most exciting cities for food, be prepared to eat and leave room in your belly for more.

There are not many places in the world, where you can eat the diversity of high-quality dishes for under $5.00 USD.

With the variety of dishes that we have presented, we trust you will have a true taste of the diversity found in local Singapore food. 

Have you had any of these Singaporean dishes before? Which food in Singapore tempts you the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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54 Comments on “Top 12 Authentic Food in Singapore You Want To Try”

  1. Hi Claire and Rosemary! Found you through Pinterest. Love the site!

    Nasi lemak is good but Indonesian nasi uduk is great! I hope we can start traveling again and you can come visit my country and try it and all our other wonderful dishes. : )

    Btw you are right that Kaya Toast is unbelievably delicious! Keep up your great work on the site.

  2. Authentic food in Singapore you will adore is offered in the restaurant Paradise Dynasty at Woodlands Square. Amazing food and great service at this expensive but worth the money restaurant. The staff are helpful and nice, food is of course tasty! Therefore, it is worth visiting the restaurant for everyone who will be in Singapore.

  3. Wow, it has been 20 years away from SG for seeking happiness in west . Those all are my favorite food and still missing all of them. can’t wait to eat them again.

  4. Visiting Singapore for the first time then must try this combination of brininess from Tagiasce olives, bitterness from Castelfranco radicchio and umami from veal tongue makes for a flavor party on the palate.

  5. We ate in Little India during our short Singapore visit. It was really good and authentic. Singapore is such a beautiful city I imagine that they do everything top notch. Gardens By the Bay is beautiful so that bumps Satay at the Bay way up on our list. Might have to get an original Singapore Sling while we’re in the neighborhood.

  6. WOW! I didn’t know much about Singapore cuisine before reading your post. I am not fan of crab, but my favourite dish would be Nasi Lemak, and I think I picked the right one since it is one the popular dishes in Singapore. I also would like to try The Stuffed Folded Omelet Pancake 🙂

  7. This whole article had me salivating! I haven’t visited Singapore, but when I do I will indulge in all the food! I am a fan of Hainanese Chicken rice and Roti Prata, and I’d eat street food style all the time given the chance!

  8. Can’t believe I missed out on Chili Crab the last time I was in Singapore. Another trip to Singapore is due soon! Gonna bookmark this list and try and grab atleast 8 of 12 items. I’ve had Biryani and Pork Satay before. I’m eyeing the crab, the pork rib soup and otak otak.

  9. I have not been to Singapore yet and I love crab so I am all about the crab chili and mantous buns! I’m also making a note to go to Tian Tian for Hainanese chicken rice. Not going to lie, I stop dead when I read brains… glad it isn’t really brains and think I would have to eat it so I could translate to meaning for my friends ?

  10. I didn’t know that Chili crab is the national dish of Singapore, and would LOVE to try it someday! Char Kway Teow is one of my favorite dishes (I’m originally Teo chew, and Char Kway Teow is also a Teo chew dish…) Anyway, your post is making me hungry! VERY hungry! So I’m off to get some food now! 😀

    • So did you get Char Kway Teow? Lucky you for having access to this Teo chew dish regularly. We absolutely loved it!! Singapore chili crab is a delicious experience. Hope you get to savor it soon. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Lucky you for learning how to make Hainanese chicken. The next time we are in Singapore, we’ll definitively take a cooking class. All the good food in Singapore.Yum. Those are some of our favorites as well. Cheers, Carol.

  11. I love the Singapore greeting. We certainly ate well when we visited. We don’t like it hot. But our son was travelling with us and loved the Chili Crab. We had it at Jumbo Seafood. The pot seemed bottomless! We tried Nasi Lemak and Biryani in a few spots. Even the food court! Loved the night markets for food choices.

  12. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to trying exotic foods. My husband has traveled to Singapore quite a lot and he has described some interesting foods, for sure! The Stuffed Folded Omelet Pancake actually sounds really good to me, and it looks safe! (As in, it wouldn’t be too spicy, right?).

    • Food is one of life’s simple pleasures and it must be enjoyed. Unlike many other Southeast Asian countries we visited, the food in Singapore is not as spicy and the conditions are pretty clean. You’d be safe there as long as you order from an “A” rated vendor. Branch out and join your husband on one of his trips to Singapore and enjoy the food!! Cheers

  13. There are so many of these dishes we missed out on last time we were in Singapore! I definitely want to try the chili crab, the Otak-Otak and Char Kway Teow sounds delicious too. I am definitely saving this to reference for the next time we go to Singapore. Thanks so much for sharing where to find all these dishes too!

    • You are most welcome Jen!! And we agree, there is so much good food to explore in Singapore. We would also go back in a heartbeat to explore even more 🙂 This list nonetheless does give you a great place to start. Do let us know what you discover 🙂 Cheers.

  14. Ah, this is blasphemy I know, but we spent 48 hours in Singapore and since our hotel included an executive lounge with complimentary breakfast, dinner and snacks, we pretty much didn’t eat anywhere else :S!! I did however note that walking through the many ethnic districts of Singapore, the flavors which wafted through the streets were diverse and enticing. Will have to get back and be a little more adventurous with our food choices :D!

  15. I absolutely loved the food in Singapore, especially at the hawker stands. It’s been over ten years since I was there though. When I head back, I’m going straight for Hainanese Chicken per your recommendation.

  16. Wow! You guys checked out the food scene in Singapore very well. Not sure if I would have the Chilli Crab but the chicken and rice looks cool (I like things simple and sweet) 😀

  17. So many different yummy foods! We visited Singapore last year and I was surprised to see the drastic changes in prices from one place to another, some as little as 0.50$ like you have shown and others as expensive as $40 for a pizza! Next time we visit I will keep your list in mind 🙂

  18. yum. it all looks so amazing. I would love the chili crab, the “Brains”, the Roti, the Biryani, and the Char Kway Teow looks especially great. It all looks so good and I bet the spices mixed in are delightful. I can imagine how the restaurants smell.


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