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Discover 5 Must-eat Dishes in Singapore - Make Your Taste Buds Dance with Delight

If you're a passionate foodie who wants to try out various cuisines of the world, Singapore is an ideal stop that would let you experience some of the most delectable culinary delights from near and far. Here are some of the most flavoursome Singaporean dishes that would make you long for a taste.


Hainanese Chicken Rice

With its origins lying in Maritime Southeast Asia, Hainanese Chicken Rice is a best-loved meal among the natives and foreigners alike. It is a flavourful dish of poached chicken and seasoned rice garnished with cucumber and chilli sauce. It is acknowledged that this delicious dish was adapted from the Chinese immigrants from Hainan province in Southern China. Hainanese Chicken Rice is a frequent request in the many hawker centres scattered throughout Singapore.


Char Kway Teow

Roughly translating into stir-fried flat noodles, Char Kway Teow is another favourite among the Singaporeans. This wok and toss dish is stir-fried with egg, soy sauce, chilli, shrimp paste, whole prawns along with some blood cockles, Chinese chives, Chinese sausage, and fishcake. Moreover, bean sprouts are added to the mixture for a fresh, crunchy touch that makes this dish stand out among the other dishes of Singapore cuisine. Char Kway Teow is a highly popular dish eaten for breakfast and sold at many food stalls in Singapore.


Kaya Toast

Kaya is the ultimate Singapore dish to tease your taste buds. Being a staple food of Singapore, Kaya toast is rather popular among the young and old alike. The main ingredient of the dish is Kaya, a toothsome coconut jam that would satisfy all your sweet cravings. This all-time favourite culinary delight is made more flavoursome with a topping of sugar, coconut milk, pandan, eggs, and a bit of butter. At times the toast is swathed in a soft-boiled egg along with a dash of white pepper and a little dark soy sauce.



A trip to Singapore will not be complete without a taste of this delectable dish. Although it is originated in Indonesia, this skewered, grilled meat dish is quite the rage in the hawker centres in Singapore. Skewered with bamboo skewers or the midrib of a coconut palm frond, these are grilled over a wood or charcoal fire. Marinaded with a variety of spices to bring out its mouth-watering flavour, Satay is best served in a blend of soy and peanut sauce.


Chili Crab

Soaked in a deliciously sweet and spicy tomato and chilli sauce, Chili Crab is one of the national favourites out of the many dishes available in the native cuisine. The juicy and delicious tribute to Singaporean national cuisine has a mouth-watering presentation and is voted as one of the world's 50 most delicious foods in a survey conducted by CNN. Chili Crab is traditionally eaten using both hands to savour the luscious crab meat with all its sweet and spicy galore. It is a highlight of the menu in some of the best value hotels in Singapore. One such hotel to savour this culinary marvel is Destination Singapore Beach Road.

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