Tastes like Singapore

Singapore is one of the most expensive countries in the world but I did enjoy Singapore food without going bankrupt thanks to the numerous Chinese eateries spread across this city-state. On an average I had to shell out S$ 8-14 for each dish with drinks costing extra. Compared to the rest of Southeast Asia it is still expensive.

As of February 2016, 1S$ = INR48.32, $0.71, € 0.64, £0.49.  It seems Chrome and Firefox cannot display Rupee symbol correctly(?)

For cheap food, I would suggest Singapore Food Trail, located near Singapore Flyer and Chinatown Food Street in Chinatown. These 2 are a collection of eateries (just like Kerala’s Thattukadas) where local food is served. Tipping is not practiced in Singapore. The hostel in which I stayed offered breakfast (self-service) which included bread, fruits and lots of tea and coffee. On the 3rd day me and my good friend Nithin explored Little India and ate delicious Biriyani.

I never thought eating ice cream will be rocket science here in this part of the world. The ice cream seller gave me a a short lecture on how to eat this ice cream: The ice cream is covered with 2 cups – a paper cup covering the bottom cone part and a plastic one covering the upper ice cream part. First you need to put the whole thing into the plastic cup as shown in the picture (below, No. 11 on the list), and start enjoying the ice cream. Once you have finished the top part, take out the plastic cup and close it back. Invert it, and this time take out the paper cup to get the cone and continue enjoying the ice cream. Whew!!!

Just when I finalized this blog post’s title, I found a page with same title while googling – Tastes like Singapore, an illustrative poster on Singapore’s famous local cuisine by graphic artist Goh Welyn. I tried to contact Goh Welyn but in vein. I hope Goh won’t mind me borrowing the blog title. I am also waiting to see more exceptional art work from Goh.


 

  1. Smoked turkey sandwich, Singapore botanical gardens
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  2. Ang Mo Kio Yong Hengfriend Baby Squid Hokkien Mee, Singapore Food Trail


     

  3. Ice Kachang, Singapore Food Trail


     

  4. Nasi Chicken,  restaurant near Paya Lebar MRT station


     

  5. Bread and Beanut Butter, hostel
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  6. Chicken Hor Fun, Prawn Wanton Soup and Lee Tong Kee Fresh Lime, Chinatown Food Street


     

  7. Chicken Satay and Coconut, Chinatown Food Street, my favorite in this list apart from good old Dum Biriyani!!!


     

  8. Cheng Teng, Chinatown Food Street
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  9. Soya sauce chicken rice, Chinatown Food Street


     

  10. Sugarcane juice, Chinatown Food Street
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  11. Softcorn ice cream, Chinatown Food Street
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  12. Singappore Chilli Crab Noodles and Pineapple juice, restaurant near Merlion Park


     

  13. Mutton Dum Biriyani, Little India


     

  14. Chicken Rendang and Iced Yuan Yang, Changi airport

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Author: Sreejith Vijayakumar

Have a great liking for travelling and learning about different cultures and communities. Strongly believe that world is a wonderful place to live in.

18 thoughts

  1. My wife & I will be in SIN in April, just for four nights – we are sailing from SYD to SIN in March. Many think of SIN as Switzerland with heat . . . .expensive, clean and no longer Asian.
    I wrote in an earlier blog about my first visit to SIN in 1963 (showing my age). You have some great pictures of the food, we are looking forward to the food around Chinatown & dhal dishes near Mustafa’s .

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  2. Agree with super cheap eats at and around Chinatown like those four-dollar laksas. Haha! I guess the only thing that’s expensive everywhere there is alcohol. :p

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