5 great places to sample local dishes in Singapore
SINGAPORE is city that not only offers world-class entertainment, it also offers a wide variety of food for those willing to try some local delicacies that might not be considered gourmet, but will definitely make you crave for more. Here is a list of the top 5 local street eats that Singaporeans have come to love.
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
This is one of the best chicken rice restaurants around. The Wee Nam Kee chicken is prepared by boiling the entire bird in a flavorful chicken bone broth that is seasoned with garlic and ginger. Paired with rice cooked in rich chicken stock, the grain texture is soft and literally melts in the mouth. The secret is in the dip, which is made from chili sauce and pounded ginger.
Where to go: 275 Thomson Road, #01-05 Novena Ville (opposite Novena Church), Singapore 307645. Business Hours: 10am – 12.30am. Tel: +65 6255 6396.
Singaporeans love their bubble tea, or boba, as they call it in the US. When the bubble tea craze first hit Singapore, there were only a few types of milk teas to choose from. Flavors such as Mango Au Lait and Strawberry Au Lait are gaining popularity amongst bubble tea aficionados. Try Gong Cha’s Lemon Jelly Fig for a refreshing taste.
Where to go: Located at various parts of Singapore. these are the outlets in the central area: 313@Somerset #01-37, *SCAPE #02-39, China Square Central #01-56, International Plaza #01-36 10 Anson Road, Orchard Central #B1-02
Lao Ban Soya Beancurd
Made from fresh soya beans, Lao Ban beancurd is a soft and silky. Famous for its creamy and smooth texture, the popular beancurd supposedly melts in the mouth with a milky taste. Be sure to try this beancurd that has attracted long lines at its outlets.
Where to go: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-91 Maxwell Food Center and 51 Old Airport Road, #01-127 Old Airport Road Food Center.
He Zhong Carrot Cake
Different from the Western carrot cake, the Singaporean carrot is made from radish, steamed white flour, and water. After the carrot cake is fried, the hawker adds in chye poh (salted radish) and then mix it with garlic and eggs. It tastes like a fragrant piece of frittata, and smells heavenly.
Where to go: Bukit Timah Food Center, #02-185
Yes, stingray brings to mind Steve Irwin. However, stingrays are not perceived to be deadly creatures in Singapore. Instead, they are a local street food delicacy. Fresh stingrays are barbecued and a special sambal (chili sauce) is spread on top of the fish. Before tucking in, squeeze a slice of lime to give that refreshing zest to the fish.
Where to go: Boon Tat Street BBQ Seafood, Chomp Chomp Food Center