food glorious food - eat your way across singapore
You've not been to Singapore if you've not tried the following food that locals absolutely love! Singapore has gained a growing repute for her gastronomical offerings, ranging from the 'uber-chic' Michelin-starred, celebrity chefs helmed, swanky restaurants and eateries, to something more shall we say - down to earth? We're referring to the street food (aka 'Hawker Food') that we all grew up with.
Nothing quite represents a culture as well as the food that they eat. And certainly this is never more true for Singaporeans. A tantalising smogasbord of flavour and tastes await you when you step into any food centres here in Singapore, commonly known as food courts or hawker centres.
Singapore being an immigrant nation, enjoys a wide variety of cuisine that the incoming immigrants from all over the world brought with them. This include new immigrants from different parts of China, namely Guangdong province (Cantonese, Teochew and Hakka), Fujian and Hainan. Others came from North and South India, Java, Sumatera, Borneo, Malaya etc. From these areas, their individual style of cooking and preferred ingredients were tried out on the streets of Chinatown, Serangoon Road and Kampung Glam to name a few.
These evolved to what we know today as 'hawker food' or street food that were a taste of home, yet took into account the challenges of getting the original ingredients and spices from home. Much adaptation and creative fusion later, new tastes and flavours evolved. and we dare say a - new FOOD CULTURE!
Essentially organised under 'Chinese', 'Malay' and 'Indian', these tentalising street cuisine are usually found in FOOD COURTS, HAWKER CENTRES, COFFEE SHOPS and Speciality food chains. Often costing less than $5-6, it is a wallet-friendly choice of locals and tourists alike, and a great way to get to meet friendly locals too! So get ready for your food adventure in Singapore.
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chinese - noodles & rice, AND EVERYTHING NICE
TYPES OF NOODLES
Understanding the common types of noodles, will ease you into the ordering process when at a food stall, and have you put your orders through 'like a boss'.
MEE (THICK)- Thick round yellow noodles.
MEE KIA - Skinnier, stringy long noodles.
MEE POK - Flat long yellow noodles (a bit like Fettucine)
MEE MAGGIE - Curly skinny yellow noodle.
KWAY TEOW - White Rice flour, like Mee Pok
BEE HOON 'CHOR' - Rice vermicelli, stringy.
BEE HOON 'YEW'- Like Rice vermicelli except thinner.
malay - sedap!
Its basic starch component is compressed rice traditionally cooked in banana leaf, Other ingredients include hard boiled egg, boiled cabbages, carrots, turnips and deep fried minced shrimps, all swimming in a lovely gravy and so sedap (delicious)!
Vermicelli is used for this dish and the gravy strongly flavours the dish, sweet sour and spicy all at once. Diced fried tofu (Tau Kwa), hard boiled egg, spring onion and a small calamansi lime.
Boiled Mee, that's what that means. And again the gravy is the star. Thick and robust, made from potatoes, fried soybean, curry powder, peanuts etc. Garnished with egg, calamansi lime and green cut chilli.
Often on a plate or Banana leaf, Coconut and pandan leaves flavoured rice, often accompanied by anchovies, deep fried fish or chicken, cucumber and hard boiled egg. The wonderful sambal chili is sometimes the excuse to have the dish. Oh wow.
The hypnotic sight of the prata man flipping prata over the hot griddle, cracking an egg and smoothing it over the prata dough is enough to en-trance you. Exaggerations apart, generations of locals (Chinese, Malay and Indians) grew up watching that and enjoying the Roti Prata itself, with egg (Telur) or plain (Kosong) and a nice glass of Milk Tea. Enough said.
Indian Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)
You would have tried Naan, Chappati back home, but perhaps a quintessential local Indian dish is the Ikan Bilis (anchovies), Fried Rice, Noodle or Bee Hoon. Served with Green cut chili, cucumbers and tomato ketchup. Gorgeous.
Vegetarian Meal Set (on Banana Leaf)
Get down to it and let your fingers do the talking - or eating. Vegetarian rice set best eaten with fingers, served on Banana Leaf. Enjoy a simple meal, with lots of 'instagramable' moments!
Well, sure hope you'll have a wonderful time trying out these food. They are available everywhere. Make sure you visit our Eating Places guide to look for these food. Let us know how it went. Share our page as well with your friends.