Food Guide:
SINGAPORE

With over 6,000 restaurants in Singapore, there are tons of great food menus to choose from. This Food Guide in Singapore features the depth and diversity of the local flavors in Singapore with exclusive photos. From the rugged to the refined, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

12 MUST-TRY DISHES IN SINGAPORE

Food in Singapore has cultural influences from everywhere and have been assembled together to create something totally unique. Find out Chinese, Indonesian, Southern Indian influences and not surprisingly, a significant Malay influence here in Singapore. 

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CHICKEN RICE

Singapore's national dish - consists of poached chicken and seasoned rice, served with chili sauce and a small side of cucumber garnishes.

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CHILLI CRAB

Star dish of Singapore's food scene - commonly made using mud crabs that are stir-fried with tomato and chili sauce.

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KAYA TOAST

A popular breakfast & tea time item amongst locals, kaya spread between slabs of cold butter and crusty bread.

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FISH HEAD CURRY

Singapore’s iconic & multicultural dish that uses the head of red snapper, along with a mix of vegetables, such as okra and eggplant.

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FRIED CARROT CAKE

There’s no carrot in this carrot cake. Instead, blocks of white radish are steamed, cut into cubes and stir-fried with garlic, eggs and chye poh (preserved radish).  

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HOKKIEN PRAWN MEE

The yellow noodles and thick bee hoon (rice vermicelli) are stir-fried with prawns, squid, pork belly strips, and egg in a rich stock made from pork bones and prawn heads.
 

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BAK KUT TEH

Bak Kut Teh is a pork rib soup, made up of juicy pork ribs, simmered for hours in a rich herbal broth. Having boiled for hours, the pork is tender and will literally fall off the bones.

 

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CHAR KWAY TEOW

Stir-fried dish made of flat rice noodles, with prawns, eggs, slices of Chinese sausages, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, & shrimp paste.

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LAKSA

A popular breakfast meal with the locals which comprises rice cooked in coconut milk served with a variety of side dishes - deep fried chicken/fish, anchovies, sambal, etc

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ROJAK

This sweet yet savory Asian version of salad is made of fresh cucumber, pineapple, tofu puff and dough fritters tossed in prawn paste, and tamarind sauce garnished with chopped peanuts.


 

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NASI LEMAK

A popular breakfast meal with the locals which comprises rice cooked in coconut milk served with a variety of side dishes - deep fried chicken/fish, anchovies, sambal, etc.

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ROTI PRATA

A flaky South Indian flatbread, that is crispy on the outside but soft to the bite; best eaten plain or with an egg cracked onto it. It is often served with a savoury, spicy curry.

 TOP 8 HAWKER CENTRES IN SINGAPORE

Find the most affordable and delicious local dishes under $10 at these open-air hawker centres. These include delicious meals from different ethnic groups—Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Eurasian—as well as halal and vegetarian options.

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LAU PA SAT
 

Lau Pa Sat located in the heart of the financial district offers local dishes as well as international cuisine such as Korean, Japanese, Indian, and Vietnamese.

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NEWTON FOOD
CENTRE

Our famous hawker centre which got featured in Crazy Rich Asians; remains a favorite of locals and visitors. Enjoy various barbecue seafoods in just one place! 

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MAXWELL FOOD 
CENTRE

One of its famous stalls, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice serves excellent chicken rice that beats chef Gordon Ramsay’s version in the Hawker Heroes Challenge.

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OLD AIRPORT ROAD
FOOD CENTRE

Built over 40 years ago, this is one of the largest hawker centres in Singapore & a highly recommended food stop for its abundance of Singapore hawker legends.

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CHINATOWN COMPLEX FOOD CENTRE

One of the largest hawker centres, travelers can find the entire spectrum of Singapore hawker food from Michelin-starred joints to rare local traditional snacks.

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EAST COAST LAGOON FOOD VILLAGE

Located along East Coast Beach, the village is a popular hawker centre among locals where visitors can sample local favourites while enjoying the sea breeze and view.

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TEKKA MARKET FOOD CENTRE

Housed in one of the most iconic buildings in Little India, Tekka Market Food Centre has many hidden hawker gems offering great local food that will leave you crave for more.

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GEYLANG SERAI MARKET AND FOOD CENTRE

Established in 1964, Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre houses a wide variety of traditional Malay and Indian delicacies. Makan (eat) to your heart's content!

TOP 8 RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE

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KOMA
SINGAPORE

KOMA Singapore is a fine dining establishment that features contemporary Japanese cuisine, incorporating fresh and seasonal ingredients from Japan.

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SPRING COURT RESTAURANT

Opened in 1929, the oldest Chinese Restaurant in Singapore offers a repository of the local Chinese cuisine; served with a “Singaporean twist”, incorporating local tastes.

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BBR BY
ALAIN DUCASSE

This 122-year-old restaurant, encapsulates the essence of Portugal, Spain, Italy and France, bringing guests on a culinary journey along the Mediterranean coast

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OCEAN
RESTAURANT

Visitors can bask in wonder and watch the graceful manta rays and mighty sharks swim by while dining on modern, sustainably-sourced seafood.

Looking for unique dining concepts or heritage restaurants or celebrity fine dining, or modern restaurants while you are in Singapore? Check them out below!

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TWG TEA SALON
& BOUTIQUE

Established in Singapore in 2008, TWG Tea offers dine-in areas for guests to enjoy more than 800 afternoon tea in a chic setting available islandwide.

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CUT BY
WOLFGANG PUCK

Michelin-starred CUT by Wolfgang Puck is a place for steak connoisseurs who can enjoy an Extensive international wine list of over 500 outstanding selections.

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HJH
MAIMUNAH

Established in the 90s, Hjh Maimunah has become a familiar name in the local Muslim community for its variety of mouth-watering nasi padang dishes.

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TIONG BAHRU
BAKERY SAFARI

Go glamping under Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari’s expansive tent where you can enjoy sweet and savory artisanal pastries, sandwiches & desserts baked fresh every two hours.

HALAL RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE

Halal food (means ‘permissible’ in Arabic), is food that adheres to Islamic law, which covers everything from its source to preparation. With the sizeable Muslim community in Singapore, there is no shortage of halal establishments, which are 100% Muslim-owned or are certified by Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura. Find out more below.

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FATPAPAS
 

Created by the makers of Fatboy’s The Burger Bar and Singaporean rapper Sheikh Haikel, diner chain FATPAPAS is the halal version of Fatboy’s The Burger Bar.

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POSITANO
RISTO

An Italian restaurant birthed from its co- founder’s inspiration of the Italian cliffside village Positano, Positano Risto serves affordable halal Italian cuisine.

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JIAK MODERN
TZECHAR

Indulge in an array of authentic, home-style zi char dishes located within the most iconic Singapore landmark, the Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay.

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STREATS ASIAN
CAFE

This café in Resorts World Sentosa serves street food
from all over Asia to cater to the diverse taste and flavours of travellers.

TOP 8 VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN SINGAPORE

Explore meat-free eateries from a range of budgets, cuisine types and dietary preferences, whether vegetarian, vegan or Jain-friendly. We've got you covered; check out our latest guide on finding vegan foods in Singapore!

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HERBIVORE JAPANESE  & WESTERN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

 Herbivore’s vegan menu offers Japanese meals beyond the usual vegetable-based ramen, avocado, cucumber sushi rolls & other meat-free eateries under one roof.

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MADRAS NEW WOODLANDS RESTAURANT
 

In the industry since 1983 and is known for its curries, chutneys, full-flavored dhals (Indian dish of cooked lentils) & the mock mutton vegetable soup.

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JOIE RESTAURANT
BY DOZO


 

Influenced by dining trends in Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, the dishes at Joie Restaurant by Dozo are created with "artful" everyday ingredients, root vegetables, and mushrooms.

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AFTERGLOW BY
ANGLOW


 

Afterglow by ANGLOW, an eatery that serves vegetarian, vegan and raw food is one of the few hip restaurants opened along Keong Saik Road in Chinatown.

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KOMALA
VILAS

Komala Vilas opened in 1947 and has become a household name for its delicious Indian vegetarian fare, specialising on 40 types of thosai.

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WHOLE
EARTH

Awarded the MICHELIN Bib Gourmand four years in a row since 2016, Whole Earth is popular for its Peranakan-Thai vegetarian dishes.

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VEGANBURG
 

Billed as the world’s first vegan burger fast food joint, VeganBurg serves the best 100% plant-based burgers in town.