Passports at the ready! We’ve rounded up 10 must-try dishes in Singapore and the best places to eat them. With our mouth-watering guide to eating out in Singapore, you’ll want to jump on a plane quick smart.
At Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (78 Smith St). Be prepared to queue for a simple plate of chef Chan Hon Meng’s soy-glazed chicken from this iconic eatery, which was recently named the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant.
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At Wee Nam Kee (101 Thomson Rd, #01-08) or the Anthony Bourdain-approved Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre). Enjoy the comforting combination of silky poached chicken with stock-enriched rice, broth and punchy chilli sauce.
At Muthu’s Curry, 138 Race Course Rd. Muthu’s was the pioneer of this South Indian-style Singaporean specialty, served in a bright, modern setting in three locations.
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At Sungei Road Laksa (Blk 27 Jalan Berseh #01-100), where the spiced coconut soup is cooked over charcoal and comes simply topped with fishcakes and cockles. Or, place your order via iPad at 363 Katong Laksa (29B Lorong Liput), where the aromatic laksa is thick and rich.
At Chin Mee Chin Confectionery (204 East Coast Rd), where you can breakfast with the locals on toast spread with kaya (coconut jam) with a side of soft-boiled eggs.
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At Long Beach Seafood (220 Stadium Blvd), which lays claim to creating the original Singapore black pepper crab. Also try the Singapore chilli crab in a spiced tomato and egg sauce.
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At Eng’s Noodle House (287 Tanjong Katong Rd), Kuong’s (205 Sims Ave) or Fei Fei Roasted Noodle (Yuhua Village Food Centre, Stall 28, 254 Jurong East St). There’s fierce debate over the best wanton mee in Singapore. Chilli fiends flock to Eng’s, others love the charcoal-grilled char siew and pork-bone broth at Koung’s, and Fei Fei’s has its fans for springy egg noodles and succulent roast pork.
At Fu Ming Cooked Food (Block 85 Redhill Lane, Redhill Food Centre, #01-49), where the toothsome radish cake is fried to perfection, creating a crunchy, charred coating offset by the sweetness of the sauce.
At Tian Tian Lai (Come Daily) Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (Block 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1, #02-27), where they have been specialising in this stir-fried noodle dish since 1969.
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Hungry for more? Read our essential guide to Singaporean cuisine.
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