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8 traditional dishes of Singapore- The Authentic Flavours

The Singaporean cuisine is as ethnically diverse as its people- thanks to it's melting pot of culture. Here are some of the most authentic flavours you ought to try.

1

Kaya Toast

This is a thick spread made of jam, eggs and coconuts and can be compared to dulce de leche. It is usually spread on toast and served alongside soft boiled eggs and a cup of coffee as a traditional breakfast meal. It is also a popular dish that is included in almost any menu of the best restaurants in Clarke Quay-the most exciting place for a foodie to be due to the many restaurants and hotels around this area; an example being the Park Hotel Clarke Quay.

2

Pisang Goreng

A dish that is influenced by the Malays, this is a dish made with fried bananas and is one of the most sought-after comfort foods. They can be eaten on its own or accompanied with either honey, chocolate sauce or even cheese.

3

Tau Huay

This is a dessert influenced by the Chinese and is made with bean-curd tofu. It can be consumed either cold or hot and can be served along with glutinous rice balls (Tang Yuan) or grass jelly. Recently, a variation of this dessert became quite popular- with a more rich and gelatinous texture and additionally incorporates a fruity flavour- most commonly either mango or melon.

4

Oyster Omelette

This is an omelette that also combines a generous helping of oysters, flour, coriander leaves and a unique sauce which is spicy and sweet. They can either be crispy or soft and is quite the delicacy that can be found in Taiwanese night markets.

5

Mee Siam

Meaning "Siamese noodles" is a popular dish among the Chinese and the Muslim community of Singapore. It is a dish made of vermicelli noodles that are soaked in a tamarind flavoured spicy gravy along with fermented bean paste and dried shrimps. It is usually served with beansprouts and boiled egg.

6

Fried Carrot Cake

This differs from the western dessert and most commonly uses white radish flour and a preserved radish which is what resembles a white carrot and thus, the name. The dish is quite popular in both Malaysia and Singapore. Another variety calls for a sweet sauce made of molasses which gives rise to the black version of the fried carrot cake.

7

Satay

An Indonesian dish that has won the hearts of many Singaporeans, it is one of the most abundantly found street-food item in Singapore. It is basically turmeric-marinated meat on a skewer which is then grilled. They are usually enjoyed with a side of a spicy peanut dip or even included as a part of a set menu with rice.

8

Curry Puff

A version of a baked pie which is traditionally made using the shortcrust pastry. It is a common snack and the filling is usually a mix of curry chicken gravy, eggs and potatoes. Vegetarian variations include yams as the alternative stuffing.