As we wait with bated breath for the official rollout of the Air Travel Bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore (expected to start “within weeks,” according to officials), we’re already looking forward to all the dining hotspots to add to our bucket list. Here’s the ultimate guide to navigating the food paradise that is the Lion City.

Singapore’s rich culinary heritage has been defined by the humble hawker centres scattered all across the island: Step into any hawker centre and you’ll come across a dizzying array of dishes and food traditions — anything from regional Chinese cuisine, traditional dishes from the Malay Archipelago and South Asia, and uniquely Singaporean plates that you won’t be able to get your hands anywhere else.

Here’s our guide to some of the dishes you simply can’t miss when you’re in Singapore.

Nasi Lemak

Here are the best nasi lemak stalls in Singapore

Nasi lemak is arguably one of Singapore’s most iconic dishes. Typically consisting of coconut rice, fried chicken, eggs, peanuts, and a generous side of sambal, it’s the perfect dish for any time of the day.

Where to find heritage kueh in Singapore

Kueh are well-loved traditional snacks that are the amalgamation of the many food cultures present in Singapore. Check out these old-school bakeries that still produce these labour-intensive treats.

Biryani

Discover these traditional and modern biryani dishes

Biryani is a fragrant dish made with long grain rice, tons of spices, and pressure-cooked meats. Nasi biryani is the local take on the dish but read on for its many variants.

Prawn mee

Where to go for a steaming bowl of prawn noodles

Prawn noodles consist of egg noodles, fresh prawns, and a flavourful broth that’s made with an artful combination of prawn heads, pork ribs, spices, and sauces. Read on for why this winning combination deserves a dedicated visit.

Teochew porridge

Where to go for traditional Teochew porridge

Teochew porride (also know as muey) consists of grain cooked in broth. It’s usually accompanied by braised and minced meat, and steamed fish.

pandan chiffon

Sate your sweet tooth with these old-school cake shops

Head to these traditional bakeries for a satisfying snack, be it pandan chiffon cake, egg tarts or mini muffins.

curry puff

Where to get the best curry puffs in Singapore

Curry puffs are the quintessential Singapore snack. These golden pastries are stuffed with fillings such as potato, fish, and egg.

Chicken Rice

Where to find the best chicken rice in Singapore

Available in variations of steamed, roast, and soy sauce chicken, this dish might be one of Singapore’s most beloved culinary treasures.

Chilli crab

Where to get your chilli crab fix in Singapore

Whether you like your chilli crab sweet, spicy, or even with a more tomato-based sauce, this list is sure to hit the spot.

Kaya

Where to get artisanal kaya

Kaya today can be found in traditional Nyonya and Hainanese variants, with the former boasting a rich pandan flavour and deeper green hue, and the latter being sweeter and brown in colour.

Roti prata

Where to get the best Roti Prata in Singapore

The beloved dish has its roots in South India, with ‘roti’ meaning bread and ‘prata’ or ‘paratha’ meaning flat in Hindi. The recipe is simple but in no way does that undermine how satisfying it is: dough is flavoured with ghee, before being stretched and fried to golden brown perfection.

Hokkien Mee

Where to find the best Hokkien Mee

Think a stir-fried plate of umami goodness, comprised of yellow and thick vermicelli noodles married with a lip-smacking broth of pork bones and prawn heads, which is then elevated with prawns, squid, pork belly strips, egg and crispy fried pork lard.

Bak Chor Mee

Our hit-list of the best Bak Chor Mee in town

Available in soup and dry variants, these Bak Chor Mee options are perfect for a delicious, quick fix on any day.

Bah Kut Teh

These bowls of Bak Kut Teh are sure to hit the spot

The best part of any rainy day is slurping a hot bowl of soup — and one of our favourite has to the herbal and peppery broths of Bak Kut Teh.

Laksa

Where to find the best laksa in Singapore

Here are some of our favourite laksa variants and where you can get them in Singapore.

Feast on authentic Teochew cuisine

Take a deep dive into this unique Chinese community in Singapore and its delightful dishes.

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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