10 Weird and Wonderful Foods to Try in Singapore

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Singapore is full of weird and wonderful local dishes to try during your stay. Here are the top 10 handpicked foods to try in Singapore. Disclosure: as a vegetarian, I was not able to try the meat dishes selected for this feature. However for the sake of all meat lovers, these non-veggie friendly dishes come highly recommended by a Singaporean local – thanks Josephine!

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1. Soft-boiled (slurpy) eggs & Kaya Toast

Singapore has one main traditional breakfast: Soft-boiled eggs (you slurp out of a bowl) and Kaya toast. Remember the good old days when bread was just white, thinly sliced, and lathered up with butter as a kid? Traditionally you will eat your kaya toast this way, however the spread is a sweet coconut flavour with a good dose of melted butter – Y.U.M. Of course these days you can order brown bread, if you must!
Best Kaya Toast & Slurpy Eggs in Singapore:
Killiney Kopitiam: 67 Killiney Road, Singapore 239525
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903 (closed on Mon)
Ya Kun Kaya Toast: 18 China Street #01-01, Far East Square,  Singapore 049560 (there are over 30 outlets of Ya Kun in Singapore)

2. Chwee Kway (水粿 lit. Water Rice Cake)

Singapore’s second breakfast dish worth trying is a hot alternative that is also veggie friendly (though it really doesn’t look to be – I asked a thousand times), is regularly seen at Hawker’s Centres in Singapore and Johor. The base is a steamed rice cake that is topped with chai poh (preserved radish) and hot chilli. The younger generation avoid this carb-heavy dish, but it is well worth a try to taste the flavours of old Singapore.
Best Chwee Kueh stall:
Jian Bo Shui Kueh: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-05, Tiong Bahru Market and Food CentreS(168898)


3. Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶 lit. Meat bone tea/ Pork Ribs soup)

There are many stories about the origins of the Bak Kut Teh’s origins, but my favourite is that during the days of olden Singapore, a starving beggar came by a street stall selling pork noodles and begged for food. The stall owner himself was in poverty, but wanted to help him, so he boiled some left over pork bones and threw in some cheap spices to give the soup flavour. And the rest is history!
Best Bak Kut Teh stalls: 
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh: 11 New Bridge Road #01-01, Singapore 059383
Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup: 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building Singapore 218453  (closed on Mon)
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh: 7 Keppel Road, #01-05/07, PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex, Singapore 089053 (closed on Mon)


4. Pomelo Salad (veggie friendly)

You can’t go wrong with a pomelo salad. Pomelo is sort of like a grapefruit but sweet instead of sour. It goes fantastically in Asian salads and is a common ingredient for Singaporeans in their entree course. Try it, it will surprise you!

5. Wanton Mee (云吞面)

Ahhh, Wanton noodles! A signature dish for the East, particularly in Hong Kong, these dry noodles are often drenched in sweet sauce and topped with slices of pork and wanton dumplings (also filled with pork) and a small portion of soup served on the side. Great if you like pork, I suppose!
Best Wanton Mee stalls:
Fei Fei Wanton Mee: 62 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427785
Parklane Zha Yun Tun Mee House: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-53, Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652

 6. Laksa

The curry laksa is an important dish for Singapore because it is a merge of both Chinese and Malay elements, of which Singapore is itself. This is most commonly known as Peranakan culture. There are plenty of differing version of laksa, so be sure to try a few!
Best Laksa in Singapore:
328 Katong Laksa: 51/53 East Coast Road, Singapore 428770
Sungei Road Laksa: Blk 27 Jalan Berseh, #01-100 Singapore 200027
Janggut Laksa: 1 Queensway, Queensway Shopping Centre, #01-59, Singapore 149053

7. Popiah

This thin wafer filled with ingredients such as prawns, builed eggs, chinese sausage, bean sprouts, carrots, lettuce and turnip is often served with a sweet hoisin sauce and a great snack if you’re on-the-go.
Best Popiah Stall:
Glory Catering: 139 East Coast Road, Singapore 428829 (closed Sun) 

8. Fried Carrot cake (菜头粿)

Singaporeans love their fried carrot cake, as do Malysians. Typically it encompasses fried eggs served with radish (chai poh) and white radish flour cake.
Best Fried Carrot Cake Stalls:
Carrot Cake 菜頭粿 (that’s the literal name of the store): 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 557269  (closed on alternate Tues)
Fu Ming Carrot Cake: Blk 85 Redhill Lane, Redhill Food Centre, Singapore 150085
He Zhong Carrot Cake: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre, Singapore 588172

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9. Dim sum (点心)

Needing no introduction, dim sum is a staple in many parts of the East and Singapore is no exception. There are many great places to try dim sum, but for the most tried and tested, be sure to check out Tim Ho Wan.
Best Dim Sum:
Tim Ho Wan: 450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #02-02, ERA Centre, Singapore 319394

10. Chilli Crab

You can’t come to Singapore without seeing chilli crab on the menu. It’s everywhere.
Best Chilli Crab in Singapore:
Red House Seafood Restaurant: 68 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188661


World of Wanderlust visited Singapore as a guest of Singapore Tourism Board. Some of these recommendations were suggested by STB, however my opinion is as always, my own.

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    My Seasoned Travels
    February 19, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Youre vegetarian?? So am I! 😀 I’m interested in why you’re veggo – have you ever done a post about it? Oh and also – fried carrot cake!… Incredible!

    February 19, 2015 at 3:27 am

    i freaking love dim sum and won ton !! need to go to asia asap! check out my travel blog 😉

    February 19, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for the suggestions!

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    Leesa and Kate
    February 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Love this article. Proving that weird can also be delicious!

    xx Leesa & Kate

    February 18, 2015 at 11:51 am

    You could try Chinese Vegetarian meal! They are shaped and taste like meat, such as vege satay, etc.

    Marie @ Marie Away
    February 18, 2015 at 7:40 am

    It looks like you’ve been eating well! The pomelo salad sounds very interesting… but now I can’t stop thinking about toast with butter and coconut spread!

    Charlie B.
    February 18, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I didn’t know you were veggie too! It makes this site even better!

    Alex @ TRVL 101
    February 18, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Some of those would make me think twice.. but hey, when in Singapore, do as the Singa…porians?

    Cheers! Thanks for the post

    Alex @ TRVL 101

    February 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Love the sound of Fried Carrot cake, thanks for recommendations!

    February 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I’m surprised by how little Indian and Malay food you were introduced to by STB.

    I’ll just add that you can ask for a vegetarian popiah without prawns, sausages or even eggs as it’s made a la minute. Besides chwee kueh, other vegetarian dishes include gado gado (without the prawn crackers), sayur lodeh and dosai.

    Elizabeth @ Awesome Wave
    February 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    We were also in Singapore recently and I would add to your list… Murtabak – muslim bread filled with meat dish. We had the best one at Zam Zam’s in the Arab district.

    Kate @ Nonstop from JFK
    February 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Mmmm kaya toast! When I was in Singapore visiting my friend my morning would consist of going to the street vendor to get waffles with kaya and a bubble tea and laying by the pool. I brought back a jar of that kaya stuff when I went home!

    Francesca @onegrloneworld
    February 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Mmmmm, Wantan Mee sounds soo good!

    Stephanie Rogers
    February 17, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I am not a fan of asian food but all of these sound so good! Can’t wait to try when I visit in Summer. Thanks for the tips!

    February 17, 2015 at 8:41 am

    This food looks so odd! I bet it tastes good, though.

    Karen Farber
    February 17, 2015 at 7:32 am

    You’re right these do sound weird! I don’t think I could do “slurpy” eggs…just thinking about the texture made me a little nauseous. Fried carrot cake on the other hand, sounds pretty delicious!

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    February 17, 2015 at 7:13 am

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    February 17, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I loooove Laksa. Never been to Singapore but my family lives in Hong Kong so I was planning on taking a few days to go to Singa next time I made my way over to that side of the world.

    February 17, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Would love to try the Fried Carrot cake. I love the fact that you get take away coffee in tiny plastic bags in Singapore (really worth a try). Cheers from Berlin

    February 17, 2015 at 5:36 am

    Wow all of these sound so delicious! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

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