Top Singaporean Street Foods to Eat Before You Die


 Singapore is a foodie’s paradise as there is no dearth of options to choose from. Right from gourmet food to the humble but super-delicious street food there is something for everything! If you enjoy hot pot cuisines, then Singapore is the place to come. There are countless cuisines to choose from.

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Delicious Street Food in Singapore

And surprisingly, many are a combination of rich heritage food dishes. They have all be influenced by Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian cuisines. If you reside in Singapore, then you have probably seen many of these amazing dishes in major locations near your place of residence. They will also be found in many food courts in popular shopping centers and in ancient areas of the country too.

 Here are the top Singaporean street foods, which you must relish and savour before you die!

1.       Bak Kut Teh:

Bak Kut Teh’s invention is a strange mind blowing combination of ingenuity and creativity coupled with necessity. Bak Kut Teh was once a very poor beggar and he was always hungry as he had no food. In fact, he had to go as far as begging for food. He often found himself begging for food at a humble pork noodle store.

Even though the owner of the store was in poverty himself, he still wanted to assist this poor beggar. He found a way to do this by boiling some discarded pork bones. He also added some cheap spices to give some flavor to the soup like Star anise and pepper. This led to a soup, which resembled tea and henceforth it was known as pork bone tea. It has also been stated in another place that this was a tonic invention. The purpose of this was to ‘reinvigorate’ Chinese coolies. These Chinese coolies were working in the Clarke Quay area of Singapore at  the time. So, do try this new and interesting savoury tea, when you are in Singapore!

 2.       Wanton Mee

 Have you heard of Singapore Wanton Noodles? Well, we can tell you that this has likely been inspired  by the Hong Kong cuisine. However, throughout the years, the Singaporean culture has continually refined it and recreated their own versions. The version that has been created by Singapore is normally eaten without a gravy, unlike the original version. In the new version, the dish is also garnished with some delicious slices of pork and a slightly sweetish sauce. This dish is typically served with a small bowl of soup, which can be customised as per your spice levels.

A hawker prepares mouth-watering street food in Singapore

A hawker prepares mouth-watering street food in Singapore

3.       Fried Carrot cake

Fried Carrot cake is a Teochew dish and understandably, it is one of the most popular dishes in both Malaysia and Singapore. There are many variants of the dish. One such variant includes the interesting ‘black’ version, which has a sweet molasses sauce. Another popular version is the crispy version. The fried cake sits on atop a beaten egg, which creates an interesting textural crust with the chunks of the cake. The Singapore version of this dish also comes with one radish cake chopped up in cubes.

 4.       Dim sum

This dish originally comes from Shang Hai/Hong Kong and its latest version can be found in Singapore. However, Singaporean’s call it ‘Dian xin’ or Dim Sum.  It is more than one dish or rather it is a set of small dishes. Each of the small dishes is savored together in a group. This is what Chinese people often do as part of their dining custom. There are many popular delicious dim sum dishes. Some of these include the following: Chee Chong Fun, BBQ Pork Bun, Siew Mai and Xiao Long Bao. 

Do visit Singapore and gorge on these excellent and delicious delicacies, which are bound to make you drool for some more!

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