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Try Your Way Through Six Local Singapore Dishes

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Singapore is known for many things, from their cheap souvenirs, beautiful sunny summers, endless parks, clean streets, and one-of-a-kind food. I can't say that I've tried all of these, but these are the staples that Singaporeans love.

Kaya Toast with Butter, Singapore
Kaya Toast with Butter

Kaya Toast

A local jam that Singapore is known for is coconut egg jam or Kaya. Singaporeans typically pair this local favorite jam with toast and a sweet sugary topping for the perfect breakfast dish. Neighborhood coffee shops have started adding this to their menus.

Roti Prata Singapore
Roti Prata

Roti Prata

The origin of Roti Prata or Paratha is a varied one, but there is nothing quite like it. Many say it has its roots in India or Malaysia as Roti Canai. Though the varied past, it is a flatbread fried in Ghee. It can also be served as savory, with vegetable or meat curries, or sweet with sugar and jellies.

Singapore Satay Singapore
Singapore Satay

Singapore Satay

This dish generally consists of grilled meat cubes, typically chicken, on a stick served with peanut sauce. The great thing about Satay is that it is available at many street stalls and hawker centers throughout the island. One of the most incredible places to find Satay is Boon Tat Street after 7 pm. You'll find spot after spot that serves this staple dish.

Singapore Chili Crab Singapore
Singapore Chili Crab

Singapore Chili Crab

This accidental dish has come about from a pushcart selling crab. The husband and wife duo improvised this recipe from a bottle of chili and tomato sauce. This receipt would later be duplicated and find its way into the hearts of the locals.

Ice Kacang Singapore
Ice Kacang

Ice Kacang

This genuinely unique Singaporean dessert will remind you of your childhood with a little bit of a twist. This icy snow cone is filled with red beans and corn, and other deliciously sweet toppings for this dessert. You may even find grass jelly or agar-agar and gula melaka syrup as a hidden prize at the bottom of your dessert. It can be topped with generally any sweet flavor of your choosing. It is easy to find all across the streets as an excellent way to cool off under the intense heat of the Singapore sun.

Yu Shen Prosperity Dish Singapore
Yu Shen Prosperity Dish

Yu Shen Prosperity Dish

This is a traditional dish that celebrates Chinese New Year. It is a special tradition that is only practiced in Singapore and Malaysia. As part of the celebration, this dish is tossed in the air as a symbol of prosperity. The dish you'll find comprises raw fish, herbs, spices, and fresh and pickled fruits and vegetables. The entire dish gets tossed, and then wishes of prosperity are passed around the group for the year to come.

Now that you have an idea of what you'll be able to eat when traveling to Singapore, schedule a consultation to start planning your trip.

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