Singapore is truly a melting pot, with cultural and culinary influences coming from Malay, China, Indonesia, India, Portugal, and the Middle East. With such a depth and diversity of flavors, it's no wonder many Singaporeans eat five or six times a day. Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.
If you only have time to try one dish in Singapore, make it chilli crab, made with fresh crab that gets stir-fried in a sweet, spicy, tangy sauce. Noodle lovers must try laksa, rice noodles served in a spicy coconut curry soup with chicken, shrimp, egg, or fish cakes, while locals also love char kuay teow, made from broad white noodles served in a soy-based sauce with fish cake, clams, and Chinese sausage. Hainanese chicken rice, a Chinese-influenced dish, comprises steamed chicken served on a bed of rice cooked in chicken stock.
- Head to the nearest hawker center—the Singaporean equivalent of a food court—and go crazy with cheap, tasty dishes
- Burn off some calories with a full-day bike and food tour
- Learn to prepare your favorite Singaporean dishes in a cooking class
- Tour Chinatown, the Geyland Serai Market, Little India, or Katong on a food-centric city tour
- Get an authentic taste of Singapore with a traditional home-cooked dinner in the home of a local family