12 Must-Try Singaporean Dishes

There are food, good food, and finger-licking dishes. All these foods have one basic aim-to eradicate hunger. However, super delicious, finger-licking dishes won’t not only satisfy your hunger but also do it in style.

Every country has a unique array of dishes which is adored by the locals and sometimes even by foreigners. Singapore is among the countries with the most delicious meals worldwide.  If you have never eaten a Singaporean dish, you’re doing your taste-buds an injustice. Although the list of Singaporean dishes is almost endless, there are some of the country’s foods that you should try out. Here are some of them: 

Wanton Mee

Wanton Mee is a noodle dish that has some inspiration from Hong Kong cuisine. Singaporeans eat it dry and served with char siew (pork slices), leafy greens like choy sum and a small bowl of sweet soup. You can have it spiced with chilli or spice-free (with tomato sauce mixed in) depending on your preference.

Kaya Toast & Soft-Boiled Eggs

This is a staple, traditional breakfast in Singapore. Kaya toast is traditional bread which is a rectangular, white loaf which is toasted on a bread grill and lathered up with kaya. Kaya is usually a sugar, coconut milk and egg topping. A thick layer of SCS butter is then applied on the toast for a yummy taste. Alternatively, thinly-sliced brown bread or round could be used in place of the white loaf. Kaya toast is normally served with soft-cooked eggs.

Laksa

Laksa comprises of rice cut-up noodles served in a single bowl with spicy coconut curry soup and some pieces of proteins such as fish cakes, an egg and chicken meat. Some vegetables and herbs are also added. In some cases, cockles and tofu puffs could also feature in this bowl of delicacy. This dish is popular not only in Singapore but also in in the entire Malay Peninsula. 

Chili Crab

Chili Crab is the signature Singaporean seafood dish and was ranked among the World’s 50 Best Foods in the CNN poll of 2011.  This food can be cooked in many ways but the majority of Singaporeans prefer to stir-fry crab with a curried tomato chili sauce or with black pepper sauce. Whichever the case, it’s always tasty and more delicious if tomato paste and eggs are incorporated in the gravy.

Despite its name, Chili Crab is neither chilly nor spicy. It’s mostly served with mantous (dip fried buns) and is a perfect accompaniment for the buns.

Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken if you are looking for a succulent rice dish with chicken accompaniment that will melt in your mouth, you can’t go wrong with Hainanese Chicken.  It is a dish comprising juicy steamed white chicken and fragrant, seasoned rice and is served together with some light chili or soy sauce. The topping of this mouthwatering dish contains cilantro and sesame oil. What makes this rice outstanding from any other you might have eaten is because it is cooked in chicken broth which has ginger and pandan leaves. As a result, the smell of the rice will certainly blow your mind away and leave you craving to have at least a bite of the dish.

Fish Head Curry

Fish Head Curry is one of the most popular curries in Singapore. It comprises a large fish head which is cooked together with vegetables to for a super-delicious and very healthy curry. But why fish head and not any other part of a fish? Well, if you didn’t know, the meat below the gills and at the back of the neck of a fish is not only sweet but also delicate/fine.  As such, the meat absorbs the flavors of the sauce in which it is cooked. Fish Head Curry is served with either rice or bread and is mostly accompanies by a glass of local lime juice known a calamansi.

Otak Otak

Otak Otak is a Singaporean cuisine that incorporates Chinese ingredients and an array of Malaysian spices and cooking techniques. This dish contains a grilled or steamed fish cake blended with tapioca starch and spices.  You can eat Otak Otak as a snack or with rice as a main meal. Besides, some people take it as an appetizer because it is light and refined in taste.

Satay

Satay is seasoned, skewered and grilled meat (pork, chicken, beef or mutton) served with ketupat (a rice cake), cucumber-chili relish as well as peanut sauce. If you are in search of an excellent starter or a platter for your party, satay could be the perfect match.  It’s strong turmeric scent and flavor as well as great taste makes it an excellent starter and party platter.

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh is a popular food in Singapore and in Malaysia. With a Chinese origin, the name Bak Kut Teh means meat bone tea, a Chinese tea that’s taken together with this dish by the Chinese. Bak Kut Tey is a soup that’s made up of juicy pork ribs. The ribs are simmered in a herbal broth for several hours. Herbal ingredients such as pepper and, garlic are used to achieve the best flavors.  The pork is so tender that it literally falls off the bones and the flavors make it insanely tasty. 

Oyster omelette

Oyster omelette is an egg omelette blended with flour and then fried with several small oysters. The blend is garnished with the leaves of coriander, crispy bean sprouts, as well as a sweet, spicy sauce.  This omelette can be soft or crispy, depending on how it’s cooked.

Har Cheong Gai

HAR CHEONG GAI is chicken wings which are marinated in fermented shrimp paste and a mixture of flour. The marinated chicken wings are then left to marinate overnight and fried later. The resulting chicken wings are juicy and savory and have a strong umami taste.

Barbecued stingray

Barbecued stingray is a popular seafood dish in Malaysian and is mostly served at hawker stalls. It is made up of stingray meat and thick sambal sauce. The dish is wrapped in a banana leaf to get cooked gently on a grill.

If you happen to visit Singapore, you should try at least one of these dishes, if not all. They are not only tasty but also rich in nutrients.