For those of you who have not been to Singapore and are thinking what you should try while you are there. Below is a short list of things you should try. Please note, this is not an extensive list, but are items that I tend to go for while in Singapore
Durian – these interesting fruits have a spiky outer slightly similar to jackfruit but has this very pungent smell to them.
Many people who have not seen this fruit or tried it before would be put off by the smell. Though I am not one of those busy eaters and definitely enjoy my fair share of Durian. you basically eat the yellow flesh inside which usually houses a large seed. It has a nice creamy texture to it which I love.
Mangosteen – one of my favourite fruits when I visit Asia is mangosteens which are a dark purple outer encasing a snow-white, soft, fleshy, triangular segments similar to an orange.
Singapore Style Crabs are the likes of Chilli crabs which s the most famous one, though there are other flavours as listed below. Everytime I make a visit to Singapore, one of the must have items is the Chilli Crab. Even though its name sake, the dish is not spicy. Its more like a steam crab in this eggy/sweet chilli sauce which is best eaten while it is still steaming hot. It is usually served with some fried buns in which you use the buns to dip into the delicious sauce.
Chilli Crab – Chilli crab is a Singaporean seafood dish popular in Singapore and Malaysia. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish
Black Pepper Crab – Black pepper crab is one of the two most popular ways that crab is served in Singapore. It is made with hard-shell crabs, and fried with black pepper
Salted Egg Crab – similar to the black pepper crab, not as popular as the other two. sauce is made using salted egg yolks.
Otak – having been to two hawker centres, were both Mr Wasabi and I could not find any Otak around, I managed to spot a store within Raffles City that did a small selection of different flavour Otak. I decided to order two to get my fix. Oak is something very local to singapore. it is basically a fish paste that is then steamed and grilled within a banana leaf. in which you generally have it as a side to nasi leamk.
Original – was nice. exactly what I was after. a brown colour with a smooth texture where the fish had been minced very finely.
Crab – Slightly spicy with an red/orange colour to it. it was nice. you can clearly taste the crab flavour in it. but suspect there was not a lot of crab especially when you pay 90c each for them.
Chicken Rice – Hainanese chicken rice popularity amongst Singaporeans and overseas visitors. Hainanese chicken rice is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore. Hainanese chicken rice is served everywhere from school canteens, hawker stalls to major restaurants. Most stalls serve extras such as braised dark soy hard boiled egg, chicken liver, braised dark soy firm tofu and kai-lan with oyster sauce as side dishes and a bowl of plain chicken stock soup. The choice of white (steamed) or roasted chicken is commonly available at almost all eateries.
Roti – is a fluffy and flaky Indian pancake that goes perfectly with a bowl of spicy curry. If you ever had Malaysian cuisine back home, you would know what I am talking about. You do not really want to see how they make this as it can be quite off putting, knowing how much oil is used in making these delicious pancakes. You can generally find them everywhere, predominately at the hawker centres where they are cooked on demand, and sometimes quite a interesting show how the stretch out the dough before placing it on a hot griddle. These can be plain or stuffed with mutton, onion and egg, cheese, banana etc.
Most of these foods can be found in local hawker centres, food courts and restaurants. For further details of where I ate in Singapore please click here.