Singapore Food and Drink
Due to the multiculturalism that exists within Singapore, there are not many uniquely Singaporean dishes, instead, the cuisine found on this island nation is a mixture of Malay, Thai, Chinese and Indian dishes. Restaurants found in Singapore also reflect this multiculturalism and offer Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French and American foods. If visitors wish to experience a true local eating experience, they must visit open-air hawker centres where various families operate cooking stalls. At these stalls, secret family recipes that have been passed down through the generations are on offer, and one can tell the best stalls by the length of the lines.
Being an island nation, seafood is very popular in Singapore. Favourite dishes include barbecued stingray which is smothered in sambal (a spicy chili sauce) and served on banana leaves. Crabs that have been chopped and covered in a tangy chili sauce are favourites, while crabs and crayfish that have been served in a thick black pepper and soy sauce are quite popular.
Cantonese cuisine is traditionally found to the west of the country and one of the most popular dishes is clay pot rice which is rice that has been cooked with chicken, Chinese sausage and mushrooms and is prepared in a clay pot.
A favourite Indian dish is Murtabak which is an Indian/Muslim dish of folded roti prata dough that has been stuffed with spiced mince meat, onions and eggs. Murtabak is traditionally served with curry.
Malay cuisine in Singapore is a fusion of Indonesian and Thai influences. Common Malay dishes include rendang, which is a dry, dark and heavy coconut-based curry that is served over meat. Satay is also very well liked and is tasty barbecued meat kabobs that are quite sweet and are dipped in a chili peanut sauce.
Despite being created in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, the Singapore Sling cocktail is more popular internationally rather than locally. The original recipe called for gin, Heering Cherry liqueur, Benedictine and fresh pineapple juice, however, by the 1980s the recipe had evolved to simply gin, bottled sweet and sour and grenadine. Local drinks like Bandung, a rose syrup served with evaporated milk are quite common, so too is sugar cane juice. Teh halia tarik or ginger tea with milk is found throughout the country, while Tiger Beer, launched in 1932 became Singapore’s first locally brewed beer.
Singapore Travel Information
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