Food Guide: Enjoying Singaporean Cuisine and Culture

Tourists walking Singapore

Are you feeling excited about your Singapore holiday? If you are like most vacationers, you have already looked at all the places worth visiting in the city-state. Perhaps you have made a list of activities you want to try, never mind that they might take more time than you originally plan to spend on them.

There is also the matter of food. Singapore is a haven for tasty food and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. You will not run out of restaurants to try. In fact, that might even be the problem if choosing is not your strongest suit. Let the following help you fine-tune your options.

Try Popular Singaporean Dishes

This might sound like a no-brainer, but you will be surprised how many travellers choose food that reminds them of home instead of options that are local to the place they are visiting. What some tourists do is try familiar food and then compare it to the ones they eat back home. What you are missing here is a serving of kaya toast or other Singaporean favourites. You might also be missing out on food deals in Singapore just because you refuse to experiment.

Try the Fast Food Once

You might get plenty of recommendations to avoid fast food and go for gourmet, but this is one thing to cross off your list. McDonald’s in Singapore, for instance, offers exclusive meals you will not find in your local chain back home. This makes the experience a wonderful part of your holiday. Once that is done, however, you can try all the other restaurants around Singapore.

Take a Night Stroll

Couple eating at Singapore

Singapore is famous for hawker culture, so do not be surprised to get recommendations taking you to a stall instead of an actual restaurant. Do not judge the food until you have tried it. There is a lot to try on the streets of Singapore, especially at sundown. So, go ahead and go on a late night stroll. Let your nose follow the scent of food and your ears follow the sound of activity. You will soon find where everyone is gathering for a nice chilli crab, Hainanese chicken rice, laksa or bak kut teh.

Join the Queue

Your restaurant guide will give you the names of the best restaurants in Singapore, but once you get there, you might be discouraged by the long lines. If you are out for breakfast, be there before the shop opens to beat the long queue that is bound to greet late diners. Even if you do come late and have to wait with everybody else, do not let the waiting time discourage you. They do not get this kind of crowd if they offer disappointing food. Once you have tasted it yourself, you will know why it was worth the wait.

There are endless reasons to be in Singapore. Prepare to be drawn in by the food and the culture, both of which you will not forget if you experience them with an open mind.

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