12 gourmet experiences to live in Singapore

Singapour Food Festival

Singapour Food Festival

Singapore Food Festival


Singapore is a city that will appeal to foodies . The local cuisine reflects the diversity of the people: Chinese, Malay, Indian, Indonesian, English, Peranakan etc.. There is a nice offer both in the street food and in the more gastronomic restaurants . The Michelin guide has just released its first ranking of the city and Michael Ellis, the International Director of the Auvergne-based company says:

Singapore is a true crossroads of trade and commerce, with multiple culinary influences that have the gift to please both locals and visitors . It is a city with a very good reputation, thanks to the quality of its street food and the recent emergence of a high level gastronomic scene created by young and talented chefs.

All this constitutes a real jewel for our experts!

Singaporeans often eat lunch in food courts

, which are halls with many stalls around them and tables in the center. People buy, take away and sit on the tables. Besides, if you come for the Singapore Food Festival, you will be able to experience these convivial spaces, often in the open air where you can dine, listen to music or play beer pong :p

Beer Pong (c) Ernesto Borges - CC BY-NC 2.0

Beer Pong (c) Ernesto Borges – CC BY-NC 2.0

1 – Breakfast as a local



Singapore , the traditional breakfast consists of toasted sandwich toast, spread with salted butter on which Kaya is spread. Kaya

Kaya

Kaya toasts - oeufs et sauce soja (click for recipe) is a coconut spread. In its composition we find eggs, sugar, coconut milk and pandan). But if you use a coconut jam, it must work very well too. It is succulent!

Breakfast like a local with Kaya toasts – eggs and soy sauce


With this, you are served 2 very soft

eggs (not cooked enough for me), accompanied by soy sauce. It works very well. By the way, I recommend you to twist your eggs shells to put a few drops of soy sauce. You’ll see that it awakens the taste buds.

An address to taste it: Ya Kun Kaya Toast.


2 – Drink a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

Boire un Singapore Sling à l'hôtel Raffles

Drink a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

The Raffles Hotel is a mythical hotel in Singapore created in 1887. You have to go there to drink a Singapore Sling, a pink cocktail (recipe here) while nibbling peanuts.

3 – Try the adventure of durian (or not)


Durian

is a common fruit in Southeast Asia that smells extremely bad.

Durian - Singapour

When you taste (after all you shouldn’t die a fool), you say to yourself the first second, arf, it’s not as bad as the smell. Yes, but it lasts, it lasts, it lasts. #Han!

Anyway, try it and see if you are one of those who love or hate.


4 – Enjoy a chili crab (chili crab) or a pepper crab (pepper crab)

These 2 emblematic Singapore recipes are absolutely succulent. I will give you Jeffrey’s Pepper Crab recipe in a few days. He had us over to his house and prepared the meal for us, it was absolutely great.

Crabe au poivre et crabe au piment

Treat yourself with Pepper Crab and Pepper Crab

For the Pepper Crab, it is cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. CNN had ranked it 35th in its list of 50 dishes to taste in the world.

An address to taste it : Long Beach Sea Food


5 – Sip a cocktail while admiring the view of Singapore from the roof top of 1-Altitude

Vue depuis le Altitude Rooftop Bar

Sip a cocktail – View from the Altitude Rooftop Bar

Located at the top of the building at 1, Raffles Place, the 1-Altitude Bar is the highest outdoor bar in the world. The view of Singapore is magnificent!

A site: www.1-altitude.com

6 – Taste the otah otah


Taste the otak otak – Katong – Singapore ©Takeaway CC BY-SA 3.0

Otak otak - Katong - Singapour ©Takeaway CC BY-SA 3.0

They are also known as otak otak.

7 – Have a drink at Cé la vie, the Marina Bay Sands bar and take 3000 pictures of the pool

This huge hotel complex (more than 2,500 rooms) is an impressive architectural achievement by Moshe Safdie.

Marina Bay Sands - Singapour Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

It consists of three 55-storey hotels, topped by a one-hectare terrace with the world’s longest high-altitude swimming pool with a 146-meter overflow. To be able to swim in it, you have to be a hotel guest and from what I understand it costs one kidney.

The bar upstairs, the Cé la vie costs the other kidney but frankly, the view of the pool stuck with me. If you have about fifty Singapore dollars to spend, go ahead.

Piscine - Marina Bay Sands Pool – Marina Bay Sands

Please note that no one is swimming but everyone is taking pictures of the view or in selfie mode.

8 – Enjoy chicken rice at one of the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurants


Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

Try the adventure of one of the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurants : Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle

There was Mak Kwai Pui in Hong Kong, now there is Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore. For less than 2 dollars you will enjoy a typical dish from the local street food, the chicken rice

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Chicken Rice

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Hong Kong Soy Chicken Rice Sauce & Chicken Rice Noodle – 335 Smith Street, #02-127, Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre

9 – Fall for Kue Dadar Gulung, pancakes colored with pandan juice and filled with a mixture of coconut and palm sugar.


Kue dadar gulung (c) Aris Setya shutterstock Bite into a Kue dadar gulung (c) Aris Setya shutterstock

It’s too much too good.

10 – Chinese lunch at Yum Cha


Just choose the drawings on the map (the equivalent of N°12 for the Cantonese rice 😉 ) and whatever you have is to fall on the ground so good it is!

Yum Cha

Yum Cha restaurant : www.yumcha.com.sg


11 – Don’t leave without having tasted a laksa

Laksa

Laksa is a kind of spicy coconut milk noodle soup topped with shrimps. It is super good. I will try a few recipes to be able to offer you one. At 328 Katong Laksa in Singapore, it is served with a fish paste papillote (otah otah) I told you about above and a glass of lemonade (ultra chemical 🙂 )


Except the lemonade, the rest is absolutely delicious!

328 Katong Laksa

– 53 East Coast Road – Singapore

Popiah (c) Matthew Hine - CC BY-NC 2.0

12 – Enjoy Popiahs (local spring rolls)

In short, as you can see, there’s a lot to enjoy in Singapore. Don’t hesitate to taste it!

You can do without : kueh (sticky rice cakes made of layers of different colors), triangular sticky rice curls (not great for me either) and mini pineapple tarts (not my thing).

Enjoy!

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