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Singapore, being a food obsessive nation that it is, the dishes available in this country are vibrant and delicious. Talking about street food culture in Singapore, it’s a spectacle in itself. While the Chili Crabs is a highly popular dish, it comes at a hefty price, which means that the dish isn’t what the locals eat regularly. Here’s a little something for all you travelers and foodies to try and help you save some bucks, while making sure that your taste buds don’t have to compromise on anything.
Widely considered to be Singapore’s national dish, it is a simple yet delicious dish. First, the chicken is blanched then it goes through an ice bath before being sliced. The rice is cooked in chicken stock, ginger, and garlic and is aromatic and fluffy with a tinge of pandan leaf. This dish can be found everywhere, literally everywhere due to its popularity and high demand, but the perennial favorite of the locals for this dish is Wee Nam Kee, located in central Singapore.
Recommended Spot: Wee Nam Kee, 6, #04-102B Raffles Blvd, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
One of Singapore’s most popular street food items, the Char Kway Teow is basically flat rice noodles that are charred or stir-fried in a wok. It is charred in soya sauce and contains bean sprouts, Chinese sausage slices, and blood cockles. Some even come with cubes of deep-fried lard. Two of the most popular places to cop this dish are Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee and Hill Street Fried Kway Teow.
Recommended Spots: Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee, 531A Upper Cross Street, and Hill Street Fried Kway Teow, Block 16 Bedok South Road.
A popular dish among the Chinese community, Bak Chor Mee is a delight and a celebration for all pork lovers and has become a Singapore staple street food dish. These are thin egg noodles tossed in oil, black vinegar, some hot chili paste, and served with minced pork, pork balls, pork lard and in some cases, pieces of dried sole fish that has been fried till it becomes crispy and achieves a golden hue. Some amazing places to try this dish are Tai Wah Pork Noodle and Tai Hwa Pork Noodles.
Recommended Spots: Tai Wah Pork Noodle, 531A Upper Cross Street, and Tai Hwa Pork Noodles, 466 Crawford Lane.
Wanton is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine. Unlike the prawns only wanton from Hong Kong, Singapore’s special Wanton Mee is prepared with a mix of pork and prawns. The Wanton Mee is springy egg noodles, commonly served dry with barbecue pork and leafy greens. The best place to try this savory dish is Eng’s Wanton Noodle House.
Recommended Spots: Eng’s Wanton Noodle House, 287 Tanjong Katong Road.
Cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf with rice, this dish is a fragrant rice dish typically a popular choice for breakfast in Singapore. The ingredients may vary from place to place and may range from simple assortment of fresh cucumber, omelet, peanuts and sambal chili. The luxurious options usually include deep-fried chicken and a Singapore style 'Kuning' fish. The best place to cop this would be the Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak.
Recommended Spots: 2 Adam Rd, #01-02 Food Centre, Singapore
One of the city’s most famous street food items, this Chinese inspired dish is plated thick noodles dipped in a spicy, coconut milk infused, barely cooked cockles, fish cakes and bean sprouts. The best Laksa can be found at Sungei Road Laksa.
Recommended Spots: 27 Jln Berseh, #01-100, Singapore 200027