The Singapore decathlon

Best multi-cultural food to try when visiting Singapore

29 Mar, 2015 by Kalyan Karmakar

Singapore takes pride in being a multicultural society with Chinese, Malay and Tamil communities forming its base.

This is a list of places where you can try out the range of its local fare. Most of these are not too difficult for the tourist to find.

Ya Kun Kaya Toast: Toast with kaya jam, runny eggs and black coffee are a Singaporean breakfast specialty. You can go to one of the many Ya Kun Kaya toast outlets to try them out.

The Tiang Bahru Market food court is a good place to taste Malay breakfast specials such as otak-otak, nasi lemak, lontong and mee rebus. There are a number of small family-run hawker counters from where you can order your meal.

Tian Tian: One Singaporean must-eat tourist experience is the Anthony Bourdain-blessed chicken rice at the Tian Tian stall in the Maxwell Hawker Centre.

Sungei Road laksa at Kelantan Street: The fragrant laksa at the Sungei Road stall, makes for the perfect lunch break.

Jumbo Seafood: If you are looking for the famous chilli crab in Singapore, you will possibly be sent to one of the many Jumbo outlets. The black pepper crab is a local favourite and often favoured over the more-touristy chilli crab.

Muthu’s: This is the place for the local Tamil fare of Singapore. The most uniquely Singaporean Tamil dish here is the fish head curry.

Founder’s Bak Kut Teh: The Singaporean Chinese are big fans of the pork rib-based clear soup called bak kut teh, a dish which is supposed to give you strength. Founder’s is open late into the night and is located at Rangoon Road near Little India.

Dim Sum at Swee Choon: Dim sum places in Singapore stay open pretty late as the Chinese who eat dinner early come here for a late supper. Local cabbies will point you to Swee Choon if you ask them for the best dim sum place.

Chinatown Hawker Street: This newly-created market is a good place to come to if you want to try out the local street food without travelling across the city.

Durian at Geylang Street: The true food adventurer cannot leave Singapore without trying the noxious smelling but rather creamy durian.

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Kalyan Karmakar authors the popular award winning blog, Finely Chopped and is an authority on the food of Mumbai. His extensive knowledge of the city's food scene has been featured in publications such as Femina, Mumbai Mirror and BCC Good Food. He was one of the founding critics of EazyDiner's Mumbai team.

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