Best Restaurants in Singapore
With heavy influences of Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and
British, the cuisine in Singapore is far from dull and fusion food
is the order of the day. Street vendors are common in this bustling
city for a tasty meal on the go, and most specialise in one dish
with favourites including fish head curry or Mee Goreng (yellow egg
noodles stir fried with ghee, tomato sauce, chilli, egg, vegetables
and various meats or seafood). Seafood such as prawns, oysters,
crabs and lobsters are also popular dishes on most Singapore menus
and traditional dishes such as laksa (soup), popiah (spring rolls),
and satay (barbecued meat skewers) are worth trying. Those with a
sweet tooth will enjoy the sugary desserts like kuih (steamed
cakes), bubur cha-cha (coconut milk soup), and ice kachang (shaved
ice with sweet red beans).
Hawker centres are the cheapest places to eat, and come with
their own unique atmosphere, which is somewhere between a market
and a food court. Prices are low and the food is very good, so it''s
a great way to try a lot of dishes. Find a table first, and many
stalls will deliver your food to you. Popular hawker centres
include Newton Circus, Glutton''s Bay, and Lau Pa Sat, as well as
several options in Chinatown.
Singapore has its share of international fast food chains, but
local takeaway options worth trying include Bengawan Solo''s Chinese
pastries, Old Chang Lee''s deep-fried curry puffs, and the
traditional Singaporean breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast.
Singapore''s more upmarket restaurants have a lot to offer as
well, with plenty of variety. A special focus is on Chinese cuisine
and seafood, however. Head to the Orchard Road area and the
historic district for eateries of every nationality, or for a
trendy night out then a trip to Boat Quay or Clarke Quay along the
riverfront is a must.
Restaurants will often display the prices with plus signs:
$19.99++ indicates that service charges and sales tax are not
included and will be added to the bill. Tipping is not practised in
Singapore, and is officially discouraged by the government.