As promised, here is Tae sharing his take on what to eat in Singapore.
First of all, I’d like to thank my wife for letting me guest post on her massively successful blog.
For me, one of the main reasons for visiting Singapore was to try all the cross-cultural dishes I had drooled about for years (for those of you not familiar, check out No Reservations – Singapore). Due to its unique history and demographics, Singapore is the only place that offers food that combines flavors from Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Indian cuisines; in some cases all in one dish.
Breakfast at Killiney Kopitiam
We landed around Midnight Singapore time so our first stop on our food tour was a close-by breakfast place called Killiney Kopitiam. During the three days we were staying near Orchard Rd, we went to this restaurant every morning for breakfast. It was always packed in the morning, even the morning after NYE. Even though it is a chain, the food tasted very homemade and the prices were very reasonable. As you can see in the pictures, like other Asian cultures, Singaporeans eat the same food breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, Chelsea didn’t particularly enjoy the fish flavored dishes and spices for breakfast and stuck to her french toast for the most part.
Killiney Kopitiam – Killiney Road location
Mee Rebus ($3 USD) – The dish is made of yellow egg noodles with a spicy slightly sweet curry-like gravy. The gravy is made from sweet potatoes, curry powder, water, salted soybeans, dried shrimps, and peanuts.
Chicken Curry w/ Prata ($5) – Chicken made in spicy coconut milk based curry.
Nasi Lemak ($2) – Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaf.
Mee Siam ($3) – a dish of thin rice vermicelli with gravy made from rempah spice paste, tamarind and taucheo (salted soy bean).
Cheong Fun ($2) – thin roll made from a wide strip of rice milk served with warm sweet soy sauce.
Laksa ($3) – rice noodles fish, served in spicy soup, based on rich and spicy curry coconut milk.
French Toast ($2) – Hawaiian bread toasted in egg with apple sauce (we think?) and butter.
Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
On our first full day in Singapore, we went to the world famous Maxwell Road Hawker Centre in China Town. It is a semi-open food court with dozens of tiny (15 x 15 ft) food stalls that specialize in a few items. Hawker centers are ubiquitous in Singapore but this is by far the best one in terms of food quality, cleanliness and popularity.
Ah Tai – Ex-employees from the famous Tian Tian started this restaurant just a few stalls down from Tian Tian. Tian Tian had a line about a 1/4 mile long so we ate here instead.
Chicken Rice w/ Bok Choy in fish gravy ($3) – By far one of the most popular/famous dishes in Singapore. I can’t say enough about this simple and boring-looking dish as this was our (Chelsea loved it too) favorite dish of the entire trip. Probably the best rice I’ve had in my life. The rice in this dish has a mixture of ginger and garlic flavors that is hard to describe but amazing. For three US dollars, I would eat this daily if I lived in Singapore.
Oyster Omelette ($6) – Egg fried with fresh oysters served with sweet chili sauce.
Carrot Cake – Black ($3) – Oddly named dish since there is no carrot in it. Made with radish cake (steamed rice flour, water, and shredded white daikon), which is then stir-fried with eggs, preserved radish, and other seasonings.
We were stuffed from eating at Maxwell, but we headed over to Little India to try some Indian cuisine. There were so many dishes we (mainly me) wanted to try so we had to eat even when we were completely full. Definitely the reason why I signed up for Weight Watchers after I came home.
Mutton Biryani ($7) – Spicy Indian rice served with Mutton curry.
Fish Head Curry ($30) – head of a red snapper is semi-stewed in a Kerala-style curry with assorted vegetables such as okra and eggplants.
Golden Mile Food Centre
The next day, we were on a mission to try the famous Chili Crab. We heard a rumor to try the next place and then were very clearly told by many to NOT try the chili crab there and to try the following.
Golden Mile Food Centre – Another well-known food court
Hokkien Prawn Mee ($3) – Egg noodles and rice noodles stir-fried with egg and prawns, and garnished with sambal sauce.
Young Tau Foo – Clear broth soup with fried tofu, vegetables and seafood.
No Signboard Seafood
For our last night in Singapore, we decided to go big and try the Chili Crab. Chili Crab is claimed by Singaporeans as one of their national dishes. Although you can get cheaper versions of it at food courts, we decided to take a couple of local people’s recommendations and head to No Signboard Seafood by Marina Bay for a fancy last meal. It was a good thing that we were able to eat cheap at the food stalls because this meal was around $250!
Lobster Salad – Lobster and fruit topped with creamy custard.
Shark Fin Soup – traditional soup or stewed item of Chinese cuisine served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets.
Chili Crab – Various types of crabs stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, Chilli Crab is not a very spicy dish.
And there you have it -our version of what to eat in Singapore. I know that we missed places, but two people can only eat so much! Have you been there? Did we miss your favorite place? Share the food wealth and tell us everything!