I am defiantly proud to call this hotbed of culinary experiences home. Similar to Malaysia, it’s a mish mash of the four main races that live here — and then, add a little bit more. Follow this guide that you’ll open up the nether regions of your palate you never knew existed.
Just be warned that you might need some heavy duty TUMS too.
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Breakfast: Mee Rebus, Inspirasi Stall, SGD$ 2.50 (approx. $15)
They’ll tell you to start your morning with kaya toast. I say that can wait. Instead, start your morning with Mee Rebus. Literally translated to mean ‘boiled noodles’, this Malay dish of yellow noodles is served in a spicy, slightly sweet, slightly tangy thick curry-like gravy. The dish is served with a hard boiled egg, spring onions, green chillies, fried bits of tofu and bean sprouts.
You get to trek off the beaten path and have it in a local hawker centre in the heartlands. Plus, it’s a few train stops from the airport, making it your perfect start to your culinary adventures!
208B New Upper Changi Road #01-11 Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre Singapore 462208
Snack: Durian Pengat, Sinpopo Brand
You won’t be disappointed when you make your way to the Joo Chiat vicinity, just for the refurbished shophouses, a historical architectural trademark in Singapore. And you’ll probably need a snack and some time in air-conditioning by now.
Delve deep into the world of durians with Pengat, a delicious Peranakan concoction of durian flesh with coconut milk and palm sugar. Sinpopo may not be a mom-and-pop business that has been churning this stuff for 80 years, but their durian pengat has been updated with handmade coconut ice cream & browned butter croutons and I approve.
458 Joo Chiat Road. Closed on Mondays
Lunch: Laksa, 328 Katong Laksa
After a gander around the Joo Chiat and Katong area, you have to make a pit stop for some laksa, a popular spicy noodle soup comprising of chicken, prawn, fish, or sometimes cockles. Made with coconut milk, it’s spicy, sweet and little sour and you can slurp it all down at 328 Katong Laksa.
Add a dollop of their hot sauce, if you’ve got the palette for it.
51 East Coast Road, 428770
Dinner: Burnt Ends
Time to shower the grime of the day away and put on something nice. Burnt Ends is not to be missed on your Singapore foodie expedition. Reserve your seats months in advance as it’s constantly swarmed with diners, even more so since it’s number 14 on the World’s Best 50 Restaurants. Just about everything here is touched by its heat and smoke, and it’s not just another smoky meat joint. The menu changes seasonally.
20 Teck Lim Road Singapore 088391 tel: +65 6224 3933
Tipple time: Native
Leave the top of Marina Bay Sands to the clueless tourists. Native is a tiny bar on Amoy Street making headlines for their eclectic cocktails that feature local and regional ingredients, and one of their headliners in the cocktails? Actual ants. They keep their spirits Asian too, including Ceylon Arrack from Sri Lanka and Nepalese rum in a glass bottle shaped like a dagger.
52A Amoy Street, Singapore 069878
I’m a fan of savory breakfasts and there’s no sure-fire way to my heart than some crispy fried dough, to be dipped with some spicy fish curry. Available literally in every food court, coffee shop and hawker centre in Singapore, it’s not hard to come by even though there are a lot of contenders for the best ones.
If you want them sweet, some places have even made them all fancy, drizzling chocolate sauce, sprinkles and even ice cream!
Lunch: Idli, Murugan Idli Shop
You’ll find dosa aplenty all over the world, but idli is something that’s not as popular amongst non-Indians – and that’s exactly why you should try it. They’re savory cakes made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. Served usually with 3 to 4 different gravy varieties, this is a great option for vegetarians and vegans.
81 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207660
Snack: Local ice cream sandwich, literally anywhere
A time-honoured delicacy, you’ll find ice cream vendors parked in corners of the street selling them from their motorbikes. For only $1 (approx $6), you can choose your ice cream flavour to be sandwiched between a sweet slice of bread. Fold it up and eat it like a hot dog, and you’ll find that it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
Dinner: Hokkien Prawn Mee, Geylang Lorong 29 Fried Hokkien Mee
This delight for the senses is a mixture of yellow noodles and bee hoon, that has been first, fried with eggs to before braised in a rich and flavoursome prawn broth. Different places have different proteins added to the mix, most commonly prawns, squid and sliced pork belly.
396 East Coast Road, Singapore 428994 Opening Hours: Tue-sun 11.30am to 9.30pm. Closed on Mondays.