When you are travelling to Singapore, you need to be involved in the culinary exploration. After all, one point of travelling is to try the local dishes – and it so happens that Singapore is a melting pot for many cultural combinations of different countries, such as China, Indonesia, and also Malaysia. Your trip to Singapore won’t be perfect if you haven’t tried these popular dishes.
Bak Kut Teh
It means Pork Bone Tea, which is quite popular in Singapore and Malaysia. It was originated in China but it has developed in many ways and methods. You probably think that the pork bone is cooked with the tea, but the name originated from the fact that people would consume strong tea along the pork soup. The purpose is to wash the grease down so it won’t be too fulfilling.
Bak Kut Teh has a quite strong taste because of the herbs and spices. Not only it is flavorful, but it is also comforting. It is often consumed with a bowl of rice and other side dishes, such as braised tofu or preserved mustard greens. One of the most popular spots for the Bak Kut Teh is the Outram Park Yahua Rou Gu Cha, especially because of the open space location. A dish costs you around S$7 a bowl, while the complete meal for two people will cost you around S$36. Getting to the place is pretty easy. You can take the cab or MRT to Tanjong Pagar. From there, it is only 10 minutes of walking distance. Other locations are in Ng Ah Sio Pork Rib Soup at 208 Rangoon Road and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh at 11 New Bridge Road.
This is one Singapore’s national dish with 2 major cooking ways: whether to use the black pepper or the spicy tomato chilli sauce. The dish was created in 1956 when the seller first wanted to find a way to cook the crab – not only to steam it. It turned out that adding chilli to the tomato sauce has really improved the taste of the food. Afterwards, a chef added tomato paste, local shrimp and chilli paste, and also eggs for the gravy. This is the currently popular version.
The crab is basically served with the thick chilli paste that can be slathered on the crab. Along the dish, you will see Mantous, the fried buns that can be dipped into the paste. One of the most popular spots for the dish is the Mellben Seafood in Toa Payoh. The whole dish will cost you S$55 or around $40. Another option is to go to Jumbo Seafood that is located on the East Coast Seafood Center. The price is around S$50 or $36.
Char Kway Teow
Kway Teow is a kind of rice noodles with wide and flat appearance. Char kway teow is a popular and favourable local dish that is stirred fried with dark soy sauce, eggs, chilli, and shrimp paste. Sometimes, it is often accompanied by blood and Chinese sausage. You can’t really stir-fry the Kway Teow without some experience and skills. But in Singapore street stalls, you will get some satisfying outcome.
There are many places selling the char kway teow, but one of the most popular spots is in Hill Street at Dr Leslie Tay food court. The surroundings are friendly and relaxed, and the service is pretty fast. A plate of fulfilling serving only costs you $4. The place is situated at Bedok South Food Center and Market, which is only 10 minutes away on foot from MRT Bedok Station.
Of course, there are still plenty of must-eat-dishes when you come to Singapore. Don’t forget to plan your culinary itinerary when coming to Singapore. You can ask for a help from Airpaz.com when you want to manage the flights as well as the recommendations for the interesting spots.