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Cuisines of Singapore

  1. Michael Filippone
  2. Friday, September 21st, 2012

Image Courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Image Courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Cuisines of Singapore

Cuisines of Singapore are as varied as the people who live there. Singapore is a melting pot with many ethnic groups being represented, each making their own contribution to the cuisines of Singapore.

The Europeans first developed Singapore as a trading port in 1819. With them, they brought their food. European cuisine can be found in some very good restaurants in Singapore today. Two of the best are the Keystone Restaurant ,The Garden of Eden.

The Europeans were interested in trading with those on the Indian sub-continent. These immigrants also brought their own food to the land that we know as Singapore. The best Indian cuisine in Singapore can be found at Ananda Bhavan Restaurant  and at Annalakshimi.

When the Suez Canal was opened in 1969, Singapore became an important port for Chinese merchants. Within a few years, immigrants of Chinese heritage made up almost 62 percent of the population of Singapore. Those enjoying cuisines of Singapore started enjoying the Chinese cuisine. That influence remains in Singapore today. The best Chinese food in Singapore can be found at Beng Hiang Restaurant , at Ming Jiang and at LingZhi Vegetarian.

In addition, coming immigrants were quickly arriving from Peninsular Malaysia. These immigrants also left their influence on the cuisines of Singapore. The best Malay food can be found at Hjh Maimunah .

Many wanting to try cuisines of Singapore will want to travel to a hawker center. These hawker centers are similar to American food courts and allow diners to choose from a wide variety of foods all in one location.

The East Coast Seafood Center has some of the best available crawfish, chili crab, or black pepper crab. The East Coast Seafood Center can seat 1200 people. The facility is under the control of the National Parks Board. This center first opened in 1987.

The second hawker center that must be visited is the Lau Pa Sat Food Center. When eating here make sure to try the rice cakes, known as putu piring. Other great choices include the fried hokkien mee and chicken rice. Lau Pa Sat Food Center originally opened in the 1890s. This is a great place to people watch as you will see a vast cross-section of the people who live in Singapore.

The third hawker center that must be visited is the Adam Road Food Center. This center features mainly Indian food and food from Malaysia. Make sure to try the Noo Cheng prawn noodles and the nasi lemak at this center.
The cuisines of Singapore are highly varied with much of it coming with the immigrants during different periods. While each cuisine has its own great restaurants, hawker centers allow diners to try the many cuisines of Singapore all in one place.

Cuisines of Singapore.


Michael Filippone

About the Author: Michael Filippone

Michael Filippone has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. Each year he travels several hundred thousand miles. He regularly visits Singapore for business and has a great love of the Orient.

His favorite things are morning runs in big cities and getting lost. He has a great passion for all things that are water-sport related: paddle surfing, surfing, free diving, fishing, rowing… Here you will find his musings on everything from where to go get lost on a jungle adventure to a road-trip in Thailand to a romantic cruise weaving through the Indonesian archipelago. Here too are hand-selected articles penned for him by writers he likes on the best places to go from Singapore. As well as being one of the key drivers behind setting up Singapore.com, he runs and part-owns Asia.com – a travel site on all things happening in the wider region. Michael is known to be fond of skipping rope and other than the odd beer, his preferred beverage is coconut water. He loves to fish and play volleyball with his children. He trained as an Olympic rower and loves to see his children find their way in sports and life.

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