Singapore, the world’s only island city-state, is a tropical country in Southeast Asia. It is situated at the southernmost tip of continental Asia and peninsular Malaysia, with Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the south.
With its multi-cultural cuisine, influenced by Chinese, Malay, Indian, and other ethnicities that populate this country, Singapore has become welcome place for foodies from all over the world. Singapore’s cuisine has a lot in common with the cuisine of the neighboring Malaysia, but in comparison with Malaysian dishes Singaporean dishes are milder when it comes to heat. (You can read about Malaysian cuisine here.)
For starters, let’s consider my breakfast plate, in the picture below, a sampling plate. As you see it has a strange combination of foods on it. That is what I do when I travel, I add something new to my plate even if it doesn’t make sense. In this case, I added following foods from the breakfast buffet at Grand Park Orchard Hotel:
- pickled peanuts
- smoked mackerel
- cubed white dragon fruit, which looks like dice
- har gow, shrimp filled dumpling in thin wheat starch skin
All of the above listed foods were delicious, but I wouldn’t necessarily eat them for breakfast. I especially liked the pickled peanuts, which are popular not only in Singapore but in the neighboring countries as well.
As Chinese comprise 74 % of Singapore’s population, a wide variety of Chinese dishes are available in hawker centers and food courts all over the city. Below are the pictures of the delicious dim sum, bite-size portions of food, I had in one of the Chinese restaurants in ION Shopping Center.
These dumplings are filled with either chicken, pork, shrimp, or vegetables and are wrapped in a translucent rice flour or starchy wheat skin and served with soy sauce.
The chicken feet are prepared by frying, braising, and steaming the feet in the sauce in which the main ingredients are bean paste, sugar, and soy sauce. They don’t have much meat on them but are very flavorful.
Famous hawker centers, which operate well into the night, are the most popular foodie attraction in Singapore, and I had a chance to visit two of them, Singapore Food Trail and Newton Food Center.
Smoked Duck with Bok Choy was my lunch at Singapore Food Trail.
Even though it was dark at Newton Food Center, around 10 p.m., and I didn’t have my camera with me, I decided to take pictures with a phone camera anyway.
On the left image is the world’s largest shrimp, which can weigh up to 1 lbs each, and on the right is the barbecued stingray. The stingray is coated in sambal (spicy sauce made with chili peppers), wrapped in a banana leaf, and then grilled. Both dishes are served with Calamansi limes.
Walking around the hawker center that night, I noticed that many stalls had smoked duck, smoked pork, and satay similar to the ones I saw in the neighboring Malaysia.(You can learn about satay from Johor Bahru Evening Market.)
If you haven’t heard about famous Singapore Sling cocktail yet, let me tell you about it. The Singapore Sling is the most popular alcoholic beverage of Singapore. It was created in 1915 at the Long Bar in Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. In the cozy atmosphere that takes you back to 1920s, you can relax, crack some peanuts and toss the shells right on the flour, which is uncharacteristic when it comes to cleanliness of the rest of Singapore, and sip on the world famous cocktail.
The drink is made with gin, cherry liqueur (cherry brandy), Cointreau, DOM Benedictine, Grenadine, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and Angostura bitters and served in a Hurricane glass and garnished with Maraschino cherry and pineapple.
Wine Connection is a great place if you feel like having wine and some appetizers. The menu has a wide selection of wines from all over the world and foods that pair well with wine.
I would like to finish my post on a sweet note by sharing with you the picture that was taken in front of an ice-cream trolley on Orchard Road, downtown.
One of the most popular ways to eat ice cream in Singapore is ice cream wrapped in rainbow bread.
Happy food adventures!