Singapore food has a rich past. The food here is ethnically as diverse as its people, inspired and impacted by Malay, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and Western influences.
If you visit the local places to eat in Singapore, you would be astonished to see that they are as eye-opening as they are gastronomically gratifying. Here are four famous local foods that you should definitely try when in Singapore.
Singapore Chilli Crab
If you have to name Singapore’s number-one culinary claim to fame, then it is this dish. It was invented long back in 1956 by Madam Cher Yam Tian who used to sell her mud crab from a pushcart back then. It was topped with sweet and spicy tomato sauce. Though she migrated to New Zealand many years back, the dish is still a big hit in the country.
Hainanese Chicken Rice
This is one of the quintessential Singaporean dishes where they serve garlicky gingerly steamed chicken atop a dome of fluffy white rice that is cooked with chicken stock. This fulfilling lunch dish oozes with flavour and that appetizing fragrant aroma. The quality of chicken stocks plays a crucial role in enhancing the overall taste of this dish.
This dish is very addictive and it is a salad, which can have many variants. The main ingredients consist of tofu, crunchy fruit, veggies and deep-fried dough sticks. These are topped with a dark and sticky sauce and then some peanuts are sprinkled over it. The sauce has the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and sour flavours, which is acquired by mixing chilli, tamarind paste, palm sugar, shrimp paste and lemon in the right proportion.
Orh Luak or Oyster omelette, as it is called, has oysters mixed into a starchy omelette batter. The batter is thickened with either tapioca or potato starch. When cooked, it is crispy on the edges and tender in the middle. It is then topped with a tangy and spicy chilli sauce and some coriander leaves.
Unless you try these local delicacies, your trip to Singapore would remain incomplete.