Top 10 Cuisines in Singapore


Singapore is a "foodie’s paradise". It is well known for its variety of colorful mouth-watering cuisines and wide range of dining options. Singapore’s distinct ethnic culture has been deeply influenced by cultural interactions with different communities from all over the world. The strategic location of Singapore has further helped in globalizing the palette of the people residing in Singapore. The top 10 cuisines served in Singapore are:

1. Chinese:: Chinese cuisine was introduced to the land of Singapore by early immigrants like Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Hainanese, Hakka etc. However, due to non availability of ingredients, the recipes of many mainstream Chinese dishes have been altered, using locally available ingredients. Some of the popular Chinese dishes served in China are Bah Kut the, Bak Chang, Bak Chor mee, Ba Mian, Char Slew Rice, Drunken Prawn, Egg Tart, Char png, Hainanese chicken rice, kaya toast,  You Tsia Kway and many more.

2. Malay: Malay Dishes have been strongly influenced by the food served on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Riau. The dishes have also been adapted to local taste and availability of ingredients. Malay cuisine uses Spices and Coconut milk as the key ingredients and over the years, Chinese ingredients like tofu and taupok have also been integrated. Chinese and Tamil variations of the dish are also widely popular. Some of the available Malay dishes are Acar, Bakso, Asaam Pedas,  Gulai Daun Ubi, Keropok, Mee rebus, Mee Siam, Nasi lemak, Nasi Padang , Sambal, Satay, Soto ayam  etc.



3. Indian: Like any other ethnic cuisine, the Indian cuisine in Singapore has also undergone a number of adaptations. Modern Singapore serves both North Indian as well as South Indian delicacies alike. Some of the most popular Indian dishes are Achar, Appam, Butter Chicken, Murtabak, Naan, Roti Prata, Soup kambing and many more. Indians are believed to have brought the culture of "Tandoori" to the culture and cuisine of Singapore.

4. Peranakan: Peranakan is a blend of Chinese and Malay cuisines brought to the islands of Singapore by Peranakans, descendants of early Chinese culture. It is also known as the Nonya Cuisine and uses coconut milk, galangal, candlenuts and tamarind as key ingredients. The Nonya deserts are colorful, sweet and sticky but above all they are delightful.

5. Indonesian:Since Singapore was earlier a part of Indonesia, the culture and cuisines of Singapore are very much similar to the Singaporean cuisine. The cuisine relies on spices such as cloves and nutmeg to provide a strong flavor and Aroma. Popular Indonesian dishes are bakmi, bakso, lumpia, Soto, gado-gado.

6. Thai: Thai cuisine is known for its “balanced flavors”, the food usually balances 3 to 4 fundamental senses on a single platter. There is tradition in Thailand, according to which the number of dishes must be more than the number of guests seated on the table. Spices and herbs are the life of Thai food. Commonly used herbs and spices in preparation are cilantro, lemongrass, basil, mint, galangal, tamarind and black peppercorn. Some of the popular Thai dishes are Nam Tauho, Khanom chin nam ngiao, Kho Phat and Khao pat Khai.

7. Portuguese: Portuguese cuisine was introduced into the land of Singapore by Portuguese tradesmen, who came to Singapore for commerce. Being an island country, Singapore offers a wide variety of seafood, which is an essential part of Portuguese cuisine. Ameijoas a bulhao Pato and Cozido a portuguesa are some of the popular Portuguese dishes.

8. European Cuisine:European cuisine is also known as Western cuisine, which mainly comprises of bread and meat served with condiments and seasonings. French bread, grilled Steak, Italian Pasta and German Black Forest Cake are some of the commonly known western dishes.

9. Middle Eastern Cuisine: The cuisine comprises of olives, olive oil, pitas, honey, sesame, dates and parsley as main ingredients. Shawarma, Kibbeh, Labneh and Fatayer are some of the popular middle-eastern dishes.

10. Singaporean Cuisine: Singapore is a small country, which supports a dense population. Thus, there is very little land left in Singapore for agricultural purposes. Therefore, Singapore procures most of its food supplies from other countries. Hang Hir, Black pepper crab, chili crab and Oyster Omlette are some of the most popular Singaporean dishes.


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