Singaporeans love to Eat and their preoccupation with culinary matters means that finding good food here – at the right price – presents no problems. You can see the reviews at the food blogs in Singapore. The variety of foods available in Singapore is simply astounding and staggering! There are venues to suit all budgets and tastes, ranging from the popular hawker centres and coffee shops to swish, contemporary restaurants.
As a large proportion of Singapore’s population is Chinese, it is not surprisingly that Chinese cuisine (in its many varieties) dominates, but the main cuisines include Indian cuisine and Malay cuisine. For more uniquely Singaporean food, you have to try the local hybrid Peranakan cuisine (or Nonya) food, a blend of Chinese cuisine and Malay cuisine that is hugely popular and widely available. Do note however that some of the local food is spicy, as Singaporeans are known to have a fondness for spice and chilly.
Singaporean cuisine is flavored by influences from many decades of cultural interaction with the Chinese, Malays, Thais, Arabic, Indians, the English and the Portuguese. Being a port located in a strategic position in Southeast Asia, Singaporean recipes have been modified, molded and adapted according to the available raw materials and original culture of the cook. A cook of Chinese ancestry will cook a traditional dish of noodles with curry inspired spices while an Indian cook will use ethnic Malay vegetables for an Indian stew. Such is the normal occurrences with Singaporean recipes.
The most popular Chinese inspired Singaporean recipe is that of the Singaporean Chicken Rice, also called White Chicken. It is found on every food court on the island. In Singapore, the chicken rice occupies the same level of popularity as the fried chicken in the western world. Singaporean chicken is a whole chicken boiled in a flavorful broth seasoned with ginger and other spices. It is usually served with three kinds of sauces, a green onion ginger dip, a spicy chili sauce and a sweet soy sauce. Like the main cultures on the island, the three kinds of chicken rice sauces are meant to satisfy all of the various palates in multicultural Singapore.
Malaysian food, also known as Malay food, is also popular in Singapore simply because Malaysia is Singapore’s neighbor and there are a whole lot of Malaysians living there; Spicy Malaysian gravies are laced with belachan, which is made from baby shrimps and the Malaysian desserts are usually based on coconut milk, palm sugar and freshly grated coconut. Then, of course, there are the rice and noodles too, which any Malaysian cannot live without. All these go to make an exotic eating experience. Some Malaysian food you must try out in Singapore: Laksa (coconut-based gravies) and Satay (grilled and skewered meat).