visiting singapore for a couple of days in Feb
We are foodies and love to try out avant garde cuisine on our travels. This time around I am also looking for local delicacies and best places to find them. For dinner, we want to splurge but for lunch we want to have quick service. Any recommendations for both lunch/dinner?
Singapore is a fantastic place for foodies :) I spent almost 3 weeks there trying to eat everything and found some really amazing dishes. One thing to note is that the Singaporeans really like waiting in lines. So a lot of the best places have long queues. I almost wondered at some point if the cooks deliberately cooked slower so there would be a longer line and thus indicate better food... So lunch at some of my fav hawker places may not end up being all that quick (though they're worth it)
- 328 Katong Laksa - the best place to try the classic Singaporean Laksa soup
- Ya Kun Kaya Toast - more of a breakfast spot, Kaya Toast is a super singaporean place and the original one at 18 china street is the best (and most scenic). Kaya is a really delicious coconut jam (i brought several jars home as gifts)
- Maxwell Road Hawker center has several very popular (and very good) stalls including Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (featured on just about any Singapore eats list - it really was worth the hype. I recommend trying to get there right before it opens to avoid the lines) and Zhen Zhen porridge - it's rice porridge (congee) with fish and very very good. Long lines at both of these places. And while you're there, also go to Lao Ban for their soya pudding (SO GOOD.)
- Geylang Lorong 29 fried hokkien mee are delicious friend hokkien style noodles.
- Song Fa Bak Kuh Te is another traditional Singaporean food and the best of all the bak kuh te chains. Also get the braised pork trotters - heavenly. Not street food, this place would be a great lunch or more casual dinner.
**There's also some great Indian food in Little India due to the large Indian population**
- Bismillah Biryani is a really really good Dom Biryani (the rice and meat are all cooked together)
- Singapore Zam Zam has a really delicious murtabak
- Tekka Center is the Indian hawker food stall and has some really good indian food
For singaporean crab, I recommend Melben Seafood or Uncle Leong - the other places (Long Beach, No Signboard, etc) were more expensive and just meh. Roland restaurant was also pretty good, though it's weirdly located on a floor of a parking garage (looks nice inside, but was so empty when we went it felt a little sterile).
The interesting thing about Singapore is that they have to import everything - nothing grows on the island. So for high end restaurants, all the ingredients will be imported... which means that they're all very similar to high end restaurants in other cities. You'll be fine picking any place on a list of the top restaurants. We did go to Iggy's which was good (in the same way a restaurant is good in NYC or San Francisco) but not particularly "Singaporean." All their ingredients were flown in from Japan, which made me think that the food in Japan would probably be way better since it wouldn't be traveling over the ocean...
Happy eating and have a great trip!