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Famous Singapore Food to Try – For a burst of local flavour

Singapore is a cultural hub with individuals from various cultures mixing around. Most of the population is made up of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Indonesian nationalities. Singapore's amazing dishes originate from these main 4 cultures.

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Bak Kut The

This is also known in English as "meat bone tea" and came to be in the early times of Singapore. There are several myths about how the dish was invented. But the most common belief is that one day, a beggar stopped at a noodle stall asking for food. The stall owner was poor himself, but still wanted to help. He offered the beggar the only dish he could cook up with cheap spices and pork bones, the only ingredients he had left. The bones are boiled with spices like star anise and pepper giving the broth a tea-like look.

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Wanton Mee

This is a dish that originated in Hong Kong but has made its way to Singaporean cuisine as well. The local version of Wanton Mee is eaten dry but soaked in some sweet sauce that is light on the taste buds, soft wonton dumplings that are stuffed with pork and pork char siew delicately sliced. A small bowl of soup will be provided as a side as well. The Auntie at the stall will ask you if you want your Wanton Mee prepared spicy. The kid's version of the dish will be prepared with tomato sauce.

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Kaya Toast and Soft-Boiled Eggs

Head over to one of the cafes at the hotels like PARKROYAL On Kitchener Road Singapore for breakfast the typical Singaporean way! Freshly baked bread is toasted. Coconut or egg kaya is then rubbed on the slices and a cube of butter is left between the toast sandwiches to melt into it for a glorious taste! The egg for this dish is prepared by placing it for 7 – 10 minutes and cover it with a metal plate. Once done, crack the egg into one of the plates provided and season it with pepper and soya sauce. Dip the toast into the egg, take a bite and boom...the explosion of flavour!

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Chilli or Pepper Crabs

Seafood is the favourite of many people and Singapore's chilli, or pepper crab is one of those favourites. The chilli dish is served in a red sauce while the pepper version is served with black sauce. For this dish, the main ingredient, crab, is boiled and then fried so that the flesh doesn't stick to the shell. It is often eaten with soft buns called mantous. Hotels in Little India Singapore are surrounded by restaurants and cafes that might serve up this delicate dish.

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Bak Chor Mee

In other words, this is called "minced meat noodles", which consists of minced fish balls/meatballs, liver and minced pork. This combination is drenched in a vinegary sauce that provides pleasant wetness to the dish. When ordering this particular delicacy, you will be given a choice of noodles from mee kia (a thin noodle) or mee pok (a thick noodle) and is served dry with a choice of ketchup or chilli sauce.