10 street food dishes from Singapore that are worth trying

10 street food dishes from Singapore that are worth trying

Since the 19th century, selling street food in Singapore is considered one of the easiest ways to earn money. Here the Indian, Chinese and Malay cultures were mixed, and the city quickly became a center of international trade.

Since 1970, street vendors have become more difficult to control, and the government has begun to build special bazaars for the food trade. Nowadays, these can be observed in many, if not all, countries. In general, there are many shops with several dishes and tables in the middle, where you can sit and eat what you have bought. Most of the time in Singapore, these markets are located in sleeping neighborhood, but here food is still sold in restaurants and in the patios with air conditioning.

They say Singapore’s street food business is in crisis. While the previous generation is retiring, it is very difficult for newcomers to start a business: the rent is too high. This year, the Singapore Food Festival will be held for the twenty-fifth time (July 13-29). The concept of the festival is built around four zones: “Modernity”, “Culture”, “Art” and “Traditions”. In each of them, it will be possible not only to buy food but also to taste it. We highly recommend you to visit the festival if you have planned a trip to Singapore at this time and try the dishes we will be showing below.

1. Tze-char

In one of the Chinese dialects, “jo-char” means “fried in hot oil”. It can be sweet pork with spices, beans with rice or tofu. These dishes are very popular in Singapore. They are served everywhere: in coffee shops, street food restaurants, shops. You can save money if you do not order crab or steamed fish.

Where to try

In a small room Keng Eng Kee Seafood. The air conditioning works there. The best dishes: pork liver, cuttlefish with spinach and ribs in coffee sauce.

Keng Eng Kee Seafood

Opening hours: 12: 00-14: 30, 17: 00-22: 00

Address: 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, # 01-136

2. Roti Prata

 Steamed Roti is considered one of the best breakfasts in Singapore. This dish is also called Asian croissant. The puff pastry is fried in a pan with melted butter, after which it becomes crispy and tasty. Served with lamb curry and sugar for children. You can order a supplementary egg with Roti Prata.

Where to try

Some of the best roti in Singapore are served at Mr. Cris & Mrs. Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata. You can ask to make a vegan dish or with fish or meat.

Super Crispy Roti Prata by Mr & Mrs. Mohgan

Working time: 06: 30-13: 30 (Monday – free day)

Address: 7 Crane Road, Poh Ho Eatery

In Sin Ming Roti Prata it is worth trying a roti-prata called “coin”

ming roti prata

Opening hours: 06: 00-19: 00

Address: Jin Fa Kopitiam, Blk 24 Without Ming Road # 01-51

3. Nasi Lemak

The rice cooked in coconut milk is a traditional Malay dish. Served on a banana leaf with egg, cucumber, fried anchovy, and chili paste. It happens that the nasi-lemak is served with chicken or fried fish. Then it is more expensive.

Where to try

In Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak, Nasi Lemak they prepare long grain basmati. Get ready for queues.

Selera rasa nasi lemak

Opening hours: from 07:00 to 17:00 (closed on Friday)

Address: 2 Adam Road # 01-02

Adam Road Food Center

4. Cha-shao and shao-yuke

Cha-shao is grilled pork, shao-yuke is grilled pork belly. Finding both dishes in one place is almost impossible. Cha-sha pork should be tender, while sha-yuk should have a crunchy crust. You can order these dishes on their own and with rice and other accompaniments.

Where to try

The Foong Kee coffee shop is located in the heart of Singapore’s financial district. There are many people here at lunchtime. Better to come at 11 in the morning. The shop is open every day, except Sundays and holidays.

Foong Kee Coffee Shop

Working hours: 11: 00-20: 00 (Sunday – free day)

Address: 6 Keong Saik Road

Lau Phua Chay authentic grilled delights

Working hours: 11: 00-19: 00 (Saturday – closed)

Address: Blk 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1 # 01-20

Alexandra Village Food Center

5. Wonton – my

The egg noodles are fried with pork slices and Chinese meatballs with shrimp, pork and lamb. A similar dish they have in Hong Kong. But there they only put shrimp in meatballs and serve them in broth. In Singapore, Wonton-mi is eaten with vegetables and without broth.

Where to try

At Eng’s Wanton Noodle House, Wonton Eat serves an unlimited amount of fried lard and very spicy chili sauce. The latter can make you cry.

Eng ‘Wanton Noodle House

Opening hours: 11: 00-21: 00.

Address: 287 Tanjong Katong Road

6. Kaya toasts

Finely sliced ​​toast with kaya jam (coconut, egg, and sugar) and butter, hard-boiled eggs in black sauce and a cup of coffee are Singapore’s perfect breakfast. Some establishments sell the jam separately, so you can take it with you.

Where to try

Tong Ah Eating House is located in Chinatown. Breakfast here is an interesting experience in itself. It smells of food and coffee, merchants prepare fresh dishes, the city wakes up. By the way, the name of the local coffee jargon is “mine”.

Tong Ah eating house

Opening hours: from 07:00 to 21:30.

Address: 35 Keong Saik Road

Visit the old Chin Mee Chin Confectionery Cafe to enjoy your own roasted coffee, homemade cakes, and special coconut marmalade.

Barbie mee chin confectionery

Working hours: 08: 30-16: 00 (Monday – closed)

Address: 04 East Coast Road

7. Buck – Chor – Mi

Chinese popular dish. Translated as “noodles with minced pork”. It is cooked egg noodles, which added oil, black vinegar, spicy chili sauce, pork or pork balls with meatballs, fried bacon bits.

Where to try

In Tai Hwa Pork Noodle it is better to come before eight in the morning to avoid queues.

Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

Working time: 07: 30-19: 30

Address: 531A Upper Cross Street # 02-16, Hong Lim Food Center

Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

Work time: 09: 30-23: 00

Address: 466 Crawford Lane # 01-12, Tai Hwa Eating House

8. Chaukuotiu

One of the most popular street food dishes in Singapore. It’s fried rice noodles in a wok with dark soy sauce, clam pulp, soybean sprouts, and sliced ​​Chinese chorizo. The best chhaukuotiu in the city is served with well-roasted lard.

Where to try

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee is one of the best Chaukuotiuu stores in Singapore. In the morning it is quite free here, but at any other time of the day, there are a lot of people.

Outram Fried Kway Teow Mee Park

Opening hours: 06: 00-16: 30

Address: 531A Upper Cross Street # 02-17, Hong Lim Food Center

Hill Street Fried Kway Teow differs from others because of the ingredients; they use Chinese onions, which is considered a delicacy.

Hill street fried kway Teow

Working hours: 12: 00-16: 00, 18: 00-22: 00 (Monday – closed)

Address: Blk 16 Bedok South Road # 01-41, Hong Lim Food Center

9. Hainan Chicken Rice

Hainan is a tropical island in China between Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Hainan chicken rice is considered the national dish of Singapore. First, the chicken is boiled and then submerged in water with ice, so that the meat becomes tender. The chicken stock is boiled with rice, in which the ginger and garlic are added to make the dish very fragrant.

Where to try

Wee Nam Kee is one of the most popular places in the center of Singapore among gourmets. The chicken is juicy, the rice is not too fat, the chili sauce is well maintained. Along with the chicken, we recommend ordering kai-lang cabbage with onion. There are several Wee Nam Kee establishments in Singapore and its suburbs, but the most important of them is on Thomson Road. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Wee Nam Kee

Working time: 11: 30-22: 30

Address: 101 Thomson Road # 01-08, United Square Mall

10. Lax

Lax – spicy soup with rice noodles, fish and bean sprouts. This is one of the most popular dishes of Peranakan cuisine in Singapore.

Where to try

Sungei Road Laksa has been operating for 60 years, and embers are still used here to cook broth.

Sungei road laksa

Working time: 09: 30-17: 30 (Wednesday – weekend)

Address: Blk 27 Jalan Berseh # 01-100

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