Business_news 50 mouthwatering photos of street food in Singapore

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Some of Singapore’s signature dishes include chili crab.

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  • Singapore reigns as the world’s most expensive city for the fifth year in a row.
  • Despite its status, the country is also known for its inexpensive street food.
  • From delectable chili crab to rice cake topped with savory vegetables, Singapore boasts a variety of street foods to get your hands on.
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Singapore is officially one of the most expensive cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual report.

But that doesn’t mean you have to blow a ton of cash on fantastic food in Singapore.

While Singapore has plenty of five-star fine dining options, most people opt to eat street food in the city’s inexpensive hawker centers, which are open-air food courts where vendors prepare everything from Malaysian curries to Indian roti and Chinese noodle soups.

We ate our way through Singapore, trying everything from hawker centers to fine restaurants. Here are the best things we ate.

Disclosure: Our trip to Singapore, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by the Singapore Tourism Board.

Business_news Chicken rice is Singapore’s unofficial national dish. First, chicken is boiled in a flavorful broth. Then the rice is cooked in that same broth. The result is a fragrant, flavorful, succulent rice that pairs perfectly with the juicy chicken.


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Business_news Chili crab is another one of Singapore’s national dishes. The crab is doused in a spicy chili-tomato gravy. eating it is a messy affair — the best way to eat it is to crack the shell with your hands and slurp out the meat. Then mop up the gravy with doughy buns.

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Business_news Choy sum is a Chinese vegetable that’s a thinner version of bok choy. It’s prepared with garlic as a side dish that complements chili crab.


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Business_news Laksa is another signature Singaporean dish. The Katong Laksa is a Peranakan (a Singaporean ethnic group) fish soup that’s made with rice vermicelli noodles in a rich and spicy coconut broth. The soup is filled with seafood like shrimp, squid, and fishcake.


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Business_news Char kway teow is another iconic Singaporean dish. It’s made from flat rice noodles that are stir-fried with soy sauce, chili, shellfish, and chives.


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Business_news This is Singapore’s version of carrot cake, called chai tow kuay — but it’s nothing like the sweet confection we think of as carrot cake. The “cake” is cut up into little pieces and fried with soy sauce, eggs, vegetables, and fish sauce. It’s greasy and delicious.


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Business_news Barbecue stingray with chili sambal is another iconic Singaporean dish. The stingray is coated in a spicy chili sauce, wrapped in a cleaned banana leaf, and grilled for a smoky, spicy, and delicious flavor.


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Business_news Fried Hokkien Mee is made with a combination of thick yellow egg noodles and rice vermicelli noodles which are cooked in a seafood broth and topped with shrimp, squid, pork belly, and lard. Singaporeans love to add chili sauce for an extra kick.


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Business_news Kaya toast is Singapore’s national breakfast food. The toast is grilled over an open charcoal flame, and then slathered with kaya (a coconut jam made with coconut, milk, and sugar).


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Business_news The kaya toast is served with coffee and soft-boiled eggs. You’re supposed to add soy sauce and pepper to the eggs, then dip the kaya toast into the warm, liquidy concoction.


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Business_news Chui Kueh is a dense rice cake that’s topped with savory preserved vegetables.


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Business_news Lontong is a Malay dish that consists of a spongy rice cake cut into strips and cooked in a rich curry with vegetables and egg.


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Business_news Hong Kong-style wonton noodle soup is savory and delicious.


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Business_news Roti prata is a fried Indian pancake that’s tissue-thin, greasy, and delicious.


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Business_news Murtabak uses a dough that’s similar to roti prata, but is stuffed with minced lamb, egg, and onions. It’s usually served with a side of curry for dipping. You can get this at hawker centers all over the city, but the best place to eat it is at Zam Zam, in Kampong Glam (the traditionally Arab neighborhood in Singapore).

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Business_news Bok choy is served in a garlicky brown sauce as a green side dish.


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Business_news Rojak is a fruit and vegetable salad that’s made with pineapple, cucumber, and dough fritters tossed in a fish paste sauce and topped with crushed peanuts. It’s a sweet, spicy, and gooey mixture.


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Business_news This sweet crispy prawn from the Majestic Restaurant, served with scallions, was enormous.


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Business_news Dim sum has a few vegetarian options, like these mushroom dumplings.


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Business_news This roast pork, from Crystal Jade Palace Restaurant, is crunchy and crispy on top and fatty and delicious on the bottom.


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Business_news Bird’s nest soup is a Chinese dish that’s made with the saliva of a swiftlet bird and is considered to have healing powers. The soup is incredibly expensive: a bowl can easily cost about $100.


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Business_news Chinese fried rice with seafood is typical hawker center fare.


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Business_news Some hawker center stalls display their dishes behind glass, like this Chinese squid with celery dish.


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Business_news You’ll find roast chickens and ducks hanging in restaurant windows and hawker center stalls all around Singapore.


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Business_news That roast duck or chicken is used in several Chinese dishes, like this noodle soup.


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Business_news This hawker center vendor serves spit-roasted pork and chicken.


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Business_news Fried Indian snacks, like samosas, are displayed behind glass in hawker centers.


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Business_news People help themselves to fried pakora (vegetables) and other fried Indian treats.


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Business_news Indian food vendors sell fried fish with masala sauce.

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Business_news Big tubs of chana masala (chickpeas with masala sauce) smelled delicious.


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Business_news Tandoori chicken is a typical Indian dish.


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Business_news Singaporeans love their food spicy. You’ll find trays of chili condiments all around the hawker centers.

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Business_news Chinese fish cakes are a quick and savory snack.


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Business_news Vendors grill satay — skewers of meat — over an open flame.


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Business_news The satay meat is typically chicken or mutton, and it’s served with a side of cool cucumbers and onions and a sweet peanut sauce.


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Business_news There’s also prawn satay.


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Business_news This Chinese seafood omelette is topped with chopped scallions.


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Business_news Otak-otak is a cake made of mashed fish that’s mixed with coconut milk, chili, and spices, wrapped in a banana leaf, and grilled over charcoal. It’s a traditional Peranakan (a local Singaporean ethnic group) dish.


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Business_news Singaporeans eat cockles either raw or cooked in various noodle dishes.

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Business_news You can get fried fish and prawns on a stick.


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Business_news People choose to wash down their meals with fresh coconut water or soy-based drinks.

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Business_news Sweet red bean buns make for a nice dessert.


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Business_news This grass jelly with IQ balls is a sweet gelatinous dessert that’s made with ice, syrup, and jelly.


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Business_news Kaya cake is a sweet spongy cake that’s made with kaya (coconut jam).


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Business_news Fried bananas are crispy on the outside and gooey and delicious on the inside.


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Business_news Pineapple tarts are a traditional Peranakan dessert.


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