What To Eat When You’re In…Singapore

3rd May 2019

Singapore is the starting point for many of our South-East Asia cruises, acting as a gateway to a part of the world that offers fascinating culture, vibrant and diverse people, and…some fantastic food. So, before you head off to enjoy the delights of destinations such as Phuket, Malacca and Kuching, here are some delicious dishes to hunt down in the intoxicating city of Singapore.

Carb Cravings

Kaya Toast

Kaya Toast

If you’re trying to avoid having too many carbohydrates in your diet, Singapore may not be too kind to you. You’ll be tempted by all sorts of morsels, including this popular dish that is often eaten at breakfast time but is just as good throughout the rest of the day. Kaya Toast is made by taking slices of traditional white bread and smothering them with kaya – a type of Malaysian jam made from eggs, coconut and caramel. The slices are then sandwiched together with oozing butter in the middle, before being dipped in runny egg yolks. There are also versions that use brown bread or even French Baguettes.

Roti Prata

On its own or by the side of a flavourful fish curry, roti prata is a great choice when you’re feeling peckish. These thin pancakes/flatbreads are the perfect example of the diversity that’s on offer in Singapore as they are heavily influenced by Indian, Malay and Chinese culture. Stay traditional with a plain version or mix it up by choosing a cheese or mushroom roti prata. There are even dessert iterations available if you’re in the mood for something sweet.

Curry Puffs

Looking for something you can easily eat on the go? Try a curry puff and the chances are you’ll be going back for more pretty quickly. With a satisfying crunch on the outside and the soft filling of potatoes, meat and egg in the centre, you’ll find a contrast that you’ll immediately be on board with. The meat in question can vary from something simple like chicken to more exotic options like fresh sardines.

Versatile, You Can’t Help But Smile

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Perhaps the most basic of Singaporean dishes is also one of the tastiest. You’re sure to be inundated with choice when it comes to this versatile meal, with versions differing in everything from the way the chicken is cooked to the final flourishes on top. Typically, a whole chicken is boiled in pork stock and then paired with fragrant rice and chilli sauce to give it a kick. Other versions include ‘black chicken’, where the bird is roasted instead, and an adaptation that’s given a generous helping of soy sauce.

Popiah

The basics of popiah are beansprouts, carrot and turnip – as for what else you choose to have wrapped inside this spring roll-like dish, anything goes really. Throw in some Chinese sausage, prawns, boiled eggs or whatever takes your fancy to make something perfect for whatever mood you’re in.

Mee

When you see the word ‘mee’ in the title of something, it’s a good sign that the food contains some kind of noodles. As for which type and the accompaniments, well that can vary. Bak chor mee, for example, takes flat noodles and fries them up with minced pork, meatballs and liver and covers it all in a vinegar-based sauce. Conversely, Hokkien mee uses round egg noodles and includes a rich array of seafood such as prawns and squid.

Street Food Staples

Sambal Stingray

Satay

This is one dish that you may already be familiar with but there’s no better place to sample some authentic satay than on the streets of Singapore. The rows of skewered meat will stand out on the various hawker stalls but the best satay is judged by the flavour of its peanut sauce. Allow yourself plenty of ‘research’ to get to the bottom of it.

Chilli Crab

This is not one to eat if you’re wearing your favourite jumper, as the chances are you’ll be wearing a fair bit of chilli crab afterwards too. The crab meat is extracted by first boiling and then frying the animal so that it comes away from the shell perfectly. Ingredients such as tomato paste, egg, sambal (chilli sauce) and vinegar are then used to create a broth which presents the most satisfying part of this dish – the chance to mop it all up with some mantous (steamed buns) at the end.

Sambal Stingray

If this dish was a music artist, it would be a hardened rapper, born and raised on the streets. Sambal stingray has been served from street food stalls for many years and is one of the locals’ favourite things to enjoy. The meat of the fish is butterflied and given a liberal covering of chilli sauce, tomatoes and shrimp paste. It’s then wrapped up in a banana leaf and cooked on the grill to give it a pleasing char.


If you would like to try any of these sumptuous foods for yourself, find out more about our South-East Asia cruises by calling the team on 0845 200 6145. Don’t forget, you can also speak to an advisor through our online chat.

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