4 Affordable Must-Try Foods in Singapore
I don’t say the ‘a’ word very much (by the way, I’m referring to ‘affordable’). I look for quality first and foremost. But, everything in life need not be Hermés and Michelin stars. I believe quality can be found even at rock-bottom prices. And in a city as notoriously expensive as Singapore, this notion can be a godsend for your wallet. So, if you’re hopping around southeast Asia, here is your guide to 4 affordable must-try foods in Singapore:
I mentioned these casual eating spots in a previous post about things to do in Singapore. Don’t be deterred by the not-so-chic ambience here. Hawker centers are low-key, outdoor food courts with numerous food stalls offering cheap, delicious meals. Take your pick. You have endless options of authentic spicy and flavorful noodles (other options, too!). Perfect for a quick, flavorful meal in between all the sightseeing.
With a significant portion of the population being of Chinese descent, the old civilization has largely influenced Singaporean culture. Unsurprisingly, Chinatown is big in Singapore and home to many classics. A personal favorite: dim sum. Make your way to Chinatown, and grab a seat for freshly made steamed buns, savory noodle dishes, and hot dumplings. And, if you can’t get enough Chinese food try…
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese chicken rice is a Chinese dish reinterpreted and can be found at all kinds of establishments. Based off a dish called wenchang chicken from Hainan—hence the name—a whole bird is poached in water and the resulting stock is used to make the accompanying rice. The two are served with various dipping sauces of grated ginger, hot chili sauce, and soy sauce. The rice is packed with flavor, the chicken is cooked through but moist, and it’s considered a national dish of Singapore.
Black Pepper Crab
Another dish that’s as equally regarded is black pepper crab. Fried in a generous amount of black pepper, oyster sauce, and a few other things, the sweet flavor of the hard shell crabs comes together with the robust seasonings for a well-rounded and powerful dish. A little disclaimer: this ish gets messy. But, totally worth it. Leave the rings at home and go to town on that crustacean.