Whether you are going to Singapore on a budget or travelling in style, you have to enjoy Singapore to the fullest. These are 5 dishes you should eat in Singapore that are going to change your life.
When I was dating a guy who lived in Singapore, I got to travel there at least every month. Sometimes for a weekend, or sometimes for a few weeks.
So I had lots of opportunities to try great restaurants! Here are 5 foods you should eat in Singapore.
Warning: this food is going to make your tummy rumble and make your mouth water!
5 Foods You Should Eat in Singapore
If you go to Singapore without having these meals, I am sorry but you will miss out on some good things from Singapore. These are 5 foods you should eat in Singapore and are really going to blow your mind.
1. Chicken rice
Hainanese chicken rice is one of the signature dishes from Singapore. You can find it anywhere in Singapore, from hawker stalls to fancy restaurants.
You might underestimate the simple hawker stalls in Singapore, but personally I could say that these places are fantastic in Singapore. If you are not familiar with hawkers, a hawker centre is an open-air complex and food court, that is quite common in Singapore.
There is even a Michelin-rated Hawker for chicken rice in Singapore. Yes, you read it correctly, a Michelin-rated Hawker!
a. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell
This place is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00-20:00. Make sure to visit well before closing though, because they might close earlier if the food is sold out before that time.
They serve a very fragrant and tasty Hainanese chicken rice. You could taste the stock in the rice so well that it spoils your taste buds to the fullest.
Once you take a bite of the very tender chicken and juicy meat, you just can’t stop anymore. I can honestly say that Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell is the best chicken rice restaurant I ever tried.
They sell a full chicken rice set with a bowl of chicken stock only for S$ 5.00, so you can get the best experience at a very reasonable price.
b. Liao Fan Hawker Chan
Liao Fan Hawker Chan has opened in some places in Singapore. The original place is in Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, but now you can find the restaurants in some malls, too.
Their signature dish is soy sauce rice and soy sauce noodle. Try it and experience it yourself.
- Chicken Rice: S$3.8 – $4
- Noodle: S$4.8 – $5
- Hor Fun: $4.8 – $5
Hawker Chan – Chinatown (Michelin-Awarded Stall)
- Address: 335 Smith St, #02-126 Chinatown Complex Market & Good Centre, Singapore 050225
- Opening hours: 10:30 – 15:30
- Days: Monday to Saturday
- Address: 78 Smith St, Singapore 058972
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00
- Days: Everyday
- Address: 18 Tai Seng Street, #01-02, Singapore 539775
- Opening hours: 10:30 – 21:00
- Days: Everyday
- Address: 107 North Bridge Road, #01-03, Singapore 189097
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30
- Days: Everyday
For the best experience, you should try the Michelin-Awarded place because the flavour is really good. I have tried three of the places; the Michelin-awarded place in Chinatown, Chinatown street, and Funan.
In my opinion, The Michelin-Awarded place is the best, but if you find that they are sold out there, rest assured because the food in the other places is also good.
If you feel like having a fancy dinner and a local dish, you could try to go to Chatterbox.
The luxury meal of chicken rice is very authentic and good. You could even have a nice glass of white or red wine with it.
As the French always say, choose the wine according to the colour of the meat. So probably, white wine is going to suit the best.
- Address: Level 5 Mandarin Orchard Hotel, 333 Orchard Road
- Price: S$36 per set
- Phone: (65) 6831 6291
- Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 – 01:00
Friday, Saturday and Public Holiday: 10:00 – 02:00
2. Bak Kut Teh
What comes to your mind when I say Bak Kut Teh? The rich broth, the ribs, the juicy meat? Or everything?
Bak Kut Teh (BKT) is a must eat meal in Singapore, definitely! But what if you don’t like ribs, like my friend?
No worries! If you do not want ribs, you can try the other dishes at the restaurant too.
a. Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House
Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House has been established in 1977. They say the authentic taste has stayed the same over the years.
When you order the Ribs Bak Kut Teh, you could taste the mild-spicy broth, that you could only taste here. Your body will feel warm with every spoon you eat.
The meat is tender and juicy. You don’t need to bite too hard because it is so tender.
- Address: 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building Singapore 218453
- Opening Hours: 7:00 – 22:00
- Days: Tuesday to Sunday
- Tel: (65) 6291 4537
b. Legendary Bak Kut Teh or You may Know as Founder Bak Kut Teh
If you like a bit of sweet, juicy, peppery broth, then Legendary BKT is the best place you could go. Not to mention their fat-marbled meat that is so tender and will just melt in your mouth.
The portions are very generous. You can enjoy the meat by itself or you could dip the meat into the chilli sauce for more flavour.
Either way, you just cannot stop eating until the last bite. Definitely a good experience for your tummy.
- Address: 154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:30
- Days: Closed every Wednesday
- Tel: (65) 6293 0938
c. Song Fa
Craving a midnight snack and looking for a warm meal with a good broth? Definitely go to Song Fa, because it is open till 2:30 AM.
They will serve you 2 ribs with a very warm and nice broth. Even better: you can always ask for a refill. Other than that, the braised pig trotters in black sauce is also one of the best dishes at Song Fa.
The rice is so fragrant. Every bite feels good, whether you combine the rice with the meat or you just eat it separately.
Whenever you come and eat these foods, you will not feel disappointed with Song Fa. The best part is, Song Fa is almost everywhere in Singapore.
- Address: Chinatown Point #01-04, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 21:30, some places are until 2:30 am
- Days: Monday to Sunday (Everyday)
- Tel: (65) 6443 1033
d. Balestier Bak Kut Teh
For me, this is the best Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Singapore: Balestier BKT.
The meat is so tender and melts in your mouth. Not to mention the broth which is so good as well.
The Premium Loin Ribs is really huge and satisfying. Especially if you combine it with their Xiao Bai Cai, you could taste the tender meat, sweetness from the sauce, the spices. So good!
Of course, you can’t eat BKT without You Tiao, which is Chinese fried donut. You can order it separately and you will received a very generous portion of You Tiao.
If you like rice, you will enjoy yourself at Balestier, because the rice bowl they serve is pretty big compared to other restaurants.
The price is fairly low, but the taste is really good. I love to come to the one in Baslestier Road, #365 and 369, Singapore 329785.
PS: Most BKT places are not Halal, but they do serve vegetables dishes and meals without pork.
You might not expect cookies as a culinary recommendation, but trust me, there are very good cookie places in Singapore. If you miss out on these, joke is on you!
The price may seem a bit expensive but really, every bite it worth it. You won’t regret spending some cash on these delicious cookies.
a. Nasty Cookie
When you need an injection of sweetness, with a very moist and melted cookie go to Nasty Cookie. This is the best place I could think of.
You can choose from cookies and cream, crunchy pretzels, premium dark couverture chocolate, chocolate chip, biscoff cookie and many more. You should try each and every one of them!
The cookie’s price start from S$4.20 but with the generous size of the cookies, they are a guilty pleasure that is too good to pass on. My favourite is the Oreo Outrage with marshmallow injections!
Not enough of a guilty pleasure? Cookies and Creame with Marhsmallow also going to blow your mind (and tummy)!
- Address: 107 North Bridge Road, Funan Mall #03-35, Singapore 179105
b. Famous Amos
Who doesn’t know Famous Amos? It has been a go-to place for cookies for many decades in Singapore.
Depending on what you feel like, you can choose any size of cookie. If you feel like a small snack, go with the small size so you can try more kinds.
If you feel like you want to have a nice proper size, go with the normal. It will be enough to satisfy serious cookie cravings
Diet? What’s diet when you could please your tummy with these awesome cookies?
- Address: Raffles Place, #B1-09, Singapore 048616
4. Indian Food
Singapore has a large Indian community, so unsurprisingly some of the best Indian restaurants around South East Asia.
You could find a lot of Indian restaurants and hawkers around Singapore. Here are some of my favourites.
a. Imam Banana Leaf Restaurant
The portion is really generous and the price is very low. You can get Biryani Rice with Fried Chicken for only S$6.5. Not to mention, you could share the rice for 2 people and still you are going to be so full!
The fried chicken is so huge (as often in Singapore). The taste is really juicy and tender, perfectly cooked.
The biryani is really tasty and you could taste the strong spices. Eat it with some pickles and it is pure perfection inside your mouth!
- Address: 10 Lorong 10 Geylang 1 Geylang, Singapore 399043
b. Khansama Tandoori Restaurant
Khansama Tandoori is a very decent Indian Restaurant if you feel like spoiling yourself. It is located in Little India, which makes it easy to find the restaurant.
Must order meals are Biryani rice and chicken massala, the tandoori is also really good and tender. The portion is pretty generous.
You can taste how all spices are perfectly balanced when you eat it. As soon as the dish comes to your table, you know it’s going to be amazing just by the smell.
For a decent restaurant the price is still reasonable considering the portion and the taste.
- Address: 166 Serangoon Road Little India Junction of Norris Road, Singapore 218050
- Price: Starting from S$6 to S$20++
Last but not least, what better to end with than dessert? One you should definitely try in Singapore is Ice Cream. But is it different from ice cream in other countries?
There is a place in Singapore called Birds of Paradise. I will try not to exaggerate this, but for real you have to try and eat this.
Birds of Paradise makes a botanical Gelato, which means that it is made from unique ingredients and very tasty. For example, they have ice cream made of fruits, flowers, pods, herbs, and spices. Weird? Not at all!
You won’t even feel guilty when you take a bite of the ice cream. My suggestion is take the cone instead of the cup.
Why? Because the cone itself baked right in front of you and you can just smell the herbs when they make it.
- 63 East Coast Road #01-05, Singapore 428773
- Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:00
- Days: Tuesday to Sunday
Jewel Changi Airport (With In Good Company)
- 78 Airport Blvd, #01-214/215/216, Singapore 819666
- Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:00
PS: Try to come early, otherwise you will have to queue for a while because it is usually busy.
Those are the 5 Foods you have to eat in Singapore in my opinion. I like all of them and usually try to visit one of these every-time I got a chance to visit Singapore.