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Top 10 Authentic Food in Singapore You Want to Try - Ten Singaporean Treats Every Traveller Should Enjoy

Regarded as a haven for foodies exploring Asia, digging into authentic treats in Singapore is a must for all travellers. Here are ten Singaporean delights every tourist must sample at least once during a holiday in the Lion City.

1

Murtabak

This delicious stuffed and folded omelette or pancake is an Indian heritage dish that's been fused with Chinese cuisine to create a delightful breakfast or snack option in Singapore. The pancake is stuffed with meat or sardine and is often served in Muslim restaurants such as Zam Zam in the city.

2

Roti Prata

Usually served with some dhal curry or a meat curry, roti prata is a delectable Indian flatbread that's ubiquitous in snack stands and hawker centres across Singapore. The light fluffy South Indian bread pairs well with almost any gravy or sambal and can be consumed for breakfast or dinner.

3

Chili Crab

As one of the most famous local dishes in Singapore, this fragrant broth that melts in one's mouth is infused with vermicelli noodles to create a wholesome and mouth-watering meal with a lot of spice. Chunky crab pieces float on the surface of this creamy soup that's served in nearly every restaurant in town.

4

Nasi Lemak

As a traditional Malay dish, Nasi Lemak has become a staple lunch option for Singaporeans due to its rich flavour. The rice is cooked in coconut milk and served along with fish paste, chicken wings and fried anchovies while a few slices of cucumber and eggs are also popular side dishes that accompany a plate of Nasi Lemak.

5

Otak-Otak

As a favourite dish in conventional Nyonya cuisine that is fast diminishing from the island nation, Otak-Otak is a steamed or grilled fish cake that's made using tapioca starch and fish fillets. Eaten as a meal or as a side dish for rice, the dish's unusual name literally translates to "brains" due to the appearance of the fish cakes after preparation.

6

Hainanese Chicken

This fragrant chicken rice is infused with thin pieces of meat and topped off with soy sauce, cilantro and garlic chilli sauce. Cooked for hours in chicken broth, the unique flavour and aroma of the dish is unmistakable.

7

Kaya Toast

Known as the country's national breakfast, Kaya Toast refers to toasted bread coated in a jam that's made from honey, coconut milk and pandan leaves which are served with soft boiled eggs and a cup of coffee.

8

Fried Hokkien Mee

Served in Park Hotel Clarke Quay and in countless other venues deemed the best restaurants in Clarke Quay, this stir-fried dish of egg and rice noodles is a seafood lover's dream come true. Oysters, prawns, squid and other seafood varieties are thrown into the mix of this noodle dish that's served with a sauce that's also made using dried prawns and shrimp.

9

Biryani

The best place to dig into authentic Biryani in Singapore is undoubtedly the alleyway restaurants of Little India where this fragrant fried rice dish is prepared the traditional way. Diners can choose a meat or seafood variety to accompany the rice which is served with a thick gravy, boiled eggs and sambal.

10

Char Kway Teow

Another stir-fried dish that's composed of Chinese sausages, prawns, bean sprouts, eggs and shrimp paste, Char Kway Teow gets its unusual flavour from the dark chilli soy sauce in which it is fried.