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Signature Dishes of Singapore

  1. Michael Filippone
  2. Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Signature Dishes of Singapore

credit: Image Courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

Signature Dishes of Singapore

With a variety of multicultural ethnicity, there is an abundance of different types of cuisine when it comes to signature dishes of Singapore. Food has a sanctified prestige here and the main signature dishes consist of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan gastronomy. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure, all of the recipes are sure to pleasure most everyone’s taste buds.


Wanton Mee

The Malaysian and Singapore signature dish of Wanton Mee is dumpling noodles and leaf vegetables served with pieces of barbecued pork. There is also a native Singapore version of bite size deep fried wonton dumplings served with sauces, such as soy sauce or a chili sauce.

Teh Tarik

Exclusive to Singapore in different behaviors, from the brand of condensed milk added to the tea, to the clever way the tea is blended by recurrently tossing the milk and tea mixture back and forth to make a thick froth. The modern versions of Teh Tarik can be ordered in various ways, including without milk and sweetened.

Chilli Crab

Almost all of the seafood restaurants in Singapore serve the signature dish Chilli Crab. This crab dish has a unique, intense, sweet and spicy sauce that includes chilli, tomato, garlic and rice vinegar. The sauce is ribboned with a flour and egg mixture. It is often served with crunchy toasted bread buns.

Black Pepper Crab

Singapore is unquestionably known for its fabulous seafood signature dishes because of being situated on the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Black Pepper Crab is at the top of the list when it comes to signature dishes of Singapore. The ingredients include deep fried hard-shell crabs that are sautéed in an oyster and soy sauce with butter, ginger, garlic and fresh ground black pepper. Some people prefer Black Pepper Crab over Chilli Crab.

Fried Sesame Ball

The Chinese bakeries in Singapore are popular with both the locals and tourists, and one of the most prevalent bakery items sold is the fried sesame ball. It consists of a crispy fried dough ball that is rolled in sesame seeds. It is sweet and hollow in the center, and some are filled with red bean or lotus seed paste. They are absolutely delicious!

Ice Kachang

The Ice Kachang signature dish is an updated version of an old recipe known as ice balls made of finely grated ice topped with a bright color of sugar coated syrup. Ice Kachang consists of balls of shaved ice topped with palm sugar syrup and other toppings, including red beans, jelly, creamed corn, nutmeg fruit, crushed peanuts and sweetened condensed milk. This is a very popular dessert signature dish of Singapore that every tourist will want to try.

Signature Dishes 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, he runs and part-owns – 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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