Singapore is a very diverse country that has a mix of various ethnic cultures. It is clearly seen throughout the country with different Malay, Chinese and Indian cultural influences. It is very blessed to have a diverse mix of cultures because you will be spoiled for choice when choosing your dining options. There are many choices of different types of food in Singapore, where they all provide an authentic taste with their respective ethnic backgrounds. The following are examples of good “must try” foods from Malay, Chinese and Indian backgrounds in Singapore.
Chinese food is seen everywhere in Singapore. This has a predominantly strong influence on Southern Chinese style cuisine where fresh vegetables, meat and seafood are used. In addition, in Singapore Chinese food has a unique local touch where Southeast Asian ingredients are used, such as chili. Foods to be tried from this group include Hainanese chicken rice, chow kuey teow (wide fried noodles), fried oyster omelette, and fried fried chilli crab.
Malay food in Singapore has a strong heritage that can be found from where the source comes from; in neighboring Malaysia. Malay food in general is quite spicy and often very tasty where a lot of food is cooked in coconut milk. What is certain to be tried include nasi lemak (fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk and chili), red beef (curry), boiled mee (noodle dish with thick peanut sauce), and satay (barbecue meat sticks, such as chicken, beef and lamb , served with warm bean sauce known as satay sauce).
Indian food in Singapore can be found in the South and North Indian styles. The South Indian style is usually more spicy than the North Indian style, and vegetarian choices are usually abundant with both types of Indian food. Apart from that they also have a local touch using a variety of Southeast Asian ingredients. Must try Indian food including roti prata (a type of flat pan pancake served with curry), chicken briyani (chicken curry rice served with fragrant rice), and fish head curry.
When traveling to Singapore, be sure to sample a few dishes from each of the main ethnic backgrounds above to get the most complete experience from Singapore. You will surely be spoiled for choice by enjoying the many food choices in Singapore.