Singapore is fast becoming a major international foodie destination. Featuring some startling and inventive cuisine, the food scene in the city is fresh, exciting and new. Singapore has long since been an exciting city, with much action and adventure to offer a traveler looking to tick it off his or her bucket list; but in the last ten years, the culinary side has completely caught up, offering a tasty selection of local and international delights from a wide selection of varied restaurants, some no bigger than a mere stall!
Despite the number of prestigious fancy restaurants available in this city-cum-country, to get an authentic yet delicious taste of Singapore, you need to look no further than street food. To call it street food is doing it a disservice; the quality on offer here can easily match the sit-down fare, and the vendors have the Michelin stars to prove it. Don’t believe us? Hop on to BUCKiTDREAM and check out other travelers’ recounting of the glorious splendor of Singaporean street food. Once you’re suitably inspired (not to mention hungry!), grab that BUCKiTDREAM planner and start checking out our list of important stuff you need to know about the street grub of Singapore!
It Comes With a Pedigree Singapore consistently appears in prestigious lists of the best cities in the world for street food and is considered a classic of the genre. Whenever anyone talks of the best cities to land some of the tastiest street food around, you can bet that Singapore will be top of the pile. For food lovers all over the world, heading East is the best bet to sample some authentic, street-level delights.
It’s Won a Michelin Star Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle is the unimaginative name of one of the most famous vendors (or ‘hawkers’, as they’re known locally), in Singapore. In August of last year, this unassuming little street stand was awarded the prestigious seal of approval from Michelin, the coveted purveyors of good taste (literally), for their standout, yet simple, menu. And unlike other entries in the Michelin guide, having a meal at this particular outlet won’t cost you the traditional Michelin prices; you can grab a bowl of their signature chicken and rice dish for around $2 a go!
It’s Actually Won TWO Michelin Stars Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle wasn’t the only street stall blessed by the patron saint of cuisine last year. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle was also deemed tasty enough to receive the honor, this time for their signature pork noodle specialty (the clue, again, is in the title). You’ll need to be around early to get a look in with these two, though; since their success, they regularly sell out of produce, due to burgeoning queues of hungry street diners!
It’s Favored By The Locals Though Singapore is undoubtedly a food lover’s paradise, you’ll rarely see plates of the luxurious food on offer hitting local tables. The natives know the value of their street food, and would often much rather grab a bowl of noodles or chicken for a much more reasonable price than their sit-down counterparts.
You Can Find All The Signature Dishes There There’s a lot to love about native Singaporean cuisine, and a lot to experiment with. From Korea to Japan, the East has always had a defined and unique culinary sensibility that’s never lost despite the constant pressure of globalization. Singapore is no different; whether it’s chili crabs, fish-head curry, Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, or even the highly exotic sambal stingray, you can sample an authentic taste of Singapore straight from the hawkers’ stands.
You’re Spoilt For Choice There are so many hawkers in Singapore that the government had to put in measures to try and keep them all in one place. These days, they can be found gathered at large, open market spaces. You won’t want for choice either; you can find almost any local dish under the sun. It might take you a large portion of lunchtime to actually make a decision on which hawker to try first!
It’s Amazingly Affordable Coming in at anywhere between $1 and $4 per dish, street food in Singapore is delightfully cheap, and a lot healthier than grabbing a similarly priced McDonald’s or Burger King. Even with the bestowing of the Michelin stars, prices in Singapore’s busiest hawker district have stayed low; and the good news is, the chefs are determined to keep them that way.
It’s Going Global Anthony Bourdain is such a fan of Singaporean hawkers, he’s bringing the phenomenon to his native New York. Anthony plans to open his hotly-anticipated Pier 57 food hall in 2019. With young entrepreneurs intent on preserving and expanding the tried and tested tradition of Singaporean street food, it’s a sure bet that it’s going to be around for a long time.
If you don’t feel like waiting until 2019 though, what’s stopping you from jetting off to Singapore in 2017 and sampling the delights yourself? Keep your BUCKiTDREAM planner handy and start getting excited for some serious East Asian chow-down time!