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5 Local Food you HAVE to Eat when in Singapore

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In Singapore, we often joke about how our favourite hobby is eating. But it’s true! The island is so small, so basically what we love doing on our free time is finding delicious food and enjoying them with friends and families.

Here’s 5 of my best recommendations if you are stopping by Singapore, their price estimates and where you can find the best version of each. My country is really small, so anyone can cover all of these 5 in probably 2 days! There’s no excuse to not try all of them! If you are only here for a couple of days, this is a quick guide to trying the best food in Singapore.

Ready? Here we go.

1. Bak Kut Teh

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If you love pepper, garlic, pork ribs and comfort food, this is my highest recommendation for a must- try dish in Singapore. It’s basically pork ribs cooked in pepper and herbal soup, served with rice. If you are curious about it’s name, ‘Bak Kut’ means meat bone, and ‘Teh’ means tea. Traditionally, this dish is paired with chinese tea.

I have tried Bak Kut Teh from many famous restaurants in Singapore but my favourite is still Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. I’ve also brought some of my friends to try various stalls and all of us conclude Song Fa serves the best version of it. Plus, they also sell their soup packs which makes it so easy to cook at home! I’ve tried cooking it with chicken, and it also tastes amazing.

Price: $7.50 to $20

Best Places to eat it: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (Various outlets)

2. Chicken Rice

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The recipe for making chicken rice is actually pretty simple. However, not all chicken rice are made equal and this simple dish can actually be crazy delicious depending on variations and secret ingredients, and always leave me wanting for more.

Price: $2.50 to $6

Best Places to eat it:

  • Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice (Various outlets)
  • Tian Tian chicken rice: #01-10 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069120

3. Prawn Hokkien Mee

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Sticky, gooey and filled with delicious umami flavour, friend prawn hokkien mee will always be a comforting guilty pleasure treat of mine. It’s made from prawn soup, pork bones and made extra sticky due to the added pork fat. Plus, they usually come with pork crackling, making the whole experience of eating it so wonderfully exciting and so, so mind- blowing. If you love spicy food, do not forget to add a little chilli sauce to it.

Price: $3 to $5

Best Places to eat it:

  • Nam Sing Hokkien Mee: Blk 51 Old Airport Road,#01-32, Singapore 390051
  • Tian Tian Lai: Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1, #02-27, Singapore 310127

4. Laksa

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Fragrant, spicy, coconut-y, creamy, the complex flavour of this rice noodle dish is something you should not miss trying here. The weather in Singapore is hot, but you shouldn’t miss out this spicy dish. I swear it’s worth a sweat!

Price: $2.50 to $5

Best Places to eat it:

  • 328 Katong Laksa: 51/53 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770
  • Sungei Road Laksa: Blk 27 Jalan Berseh, #01-100 Singapore 200027

5. Chilli Crab, Black Pepper Crab and Crab Bee Hoon

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For the less budget conscious, you HAVE to try these crab dishes in Singapore. Chilli crab is probably the most famous dish of Singapore, but don’t forget to also try the black pepper and bee hoon version! Most restaurants also serve up butter crabs and cereal crabs, which are equally mind- blowingly delicious.

Price: $60 to $150 depending on crab weight.

Best Places to eat it:

  • Melben Seafood: 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 Kebun Baru Palm View, Singapore 560232
  • Roland Restaurant: Block 89, Marine Parade Central, # 06 – 750, Singapore 440089

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