Singapore Dishes: Top Five Dishes to Sample

View of the Singaporean skyline at night.
View of the Singaporean skyline at night. Photo credit: David Mark.

Primarily recognized as a financial hub, Singapore is an incredibly diverse country. Its population is descended from a variety of regions, including China, Malaysia, India, and Eurasia — so its not surprising that such a rich mix of cultures gives rise to some great cuisine.

In Singapore, you can find a vast array of flavors to satisfy any epicurean fancy. Below is a just a small sampling of some of the most popular Singapore dishes that you should try on your next visit to the city-state:

Hainanese Chicken Rice

A picture of Hainanese chicken rice.
A picture of Hainanese chicken rice, a traditional Singapore dish. Photo credit: Josephine Lim.

If Singapore had a national dish, this would be it! Chicken, roasted or boiled, served with steamed vegetables and fragrant rice. Usually, the dish is paired with a zesty chili and lime sauce

Kaya Toast

This quintessential breakfast dish is toast served with a thick egg and coconut jam called kaya, accompanied with soft-boiled eggs in a teacup saucer and a fragrant cup of kopi-o, the local coffee.


A picture of rojak, a fruit and vegetable salad.
A picture of rojak, a fruit and vegetable salad. Photo credit: Terence Ong

Rojak is a salad of fruit and vegetables mixed in dark prawn paste and nuts. This dish often includes dough fritters, bean curd, sprouts, turnip, pineapple, and mango.

Yong Tau Foo

Another great Singapore dish is Yong Tau Foo, a noodle soup with your choice of bean curd, eggplant, okra, spinach, fish paste, and mushrooms. Pick the ingredients you want and hand them to the hawker, who will prepare the noodles for you.

Sambal Stingray

A shot of the Singapore dish, sambal stingray.
A shot of the Singapore dish, sambal stingray. Photo credit: Lmteo

This succulent stingray is served with spicy sambal chillies and lime. The dish, also known as spicy banana leaf stingray, can easily be found at hawker stalls throughout Singapore.

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Looking for more delicious savory cuisine to sample? Check out our blog post on great meat dishes in Croatia.

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