Must Eat Food for Visitors in Singapore

These are the twelve food that I would always recommend to my visitors who are visiting Singapore for the first time. I wouldn’t miss any of the food listed below.

1. Laksa

A spicy dish. The broth in cooked with a concoction of spice and coconut milk. Rice noodle is served with this broth together with prawns and fishcakes slice.


2. Fried Kway Teow

Fried Kway Teow is better known as Char Kway Teow. The dish consist of both rice noodle and wheat noodle. The two types of noodle are fried in a black sweet sauce and chinese sausages and cockles, the highlight, are added into the dish.

Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow


3. Chicken Rice

The rice are cooked in chicken broth. The rice is served with either steam chicken or roast chicken


4. Mee Siam / Mee Rebus

Mee Siam is with mee hoon and it is served in a sour and spicy gravy. Usually the dish has hard boiled egg.

Mee Rebus is wheat noodles with a spicy and slightly sweet gravy that has a little Japanese curry taste in it. It is accompanied with fried “hard” tofu cube, hard boiled egg and slice chilli.


5. Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles has wheat noodle, rice noodle and prawn as the main ingredients. The fried mee is rich in prawn flavour as it is cooked in a prawn stock which is the key iingredient. Not all stalls serve a good plate of Fried Hokkien Mee.


6. Fried Carrot Cake

You can choose to have the Fried Carrot Cake sweet or savoury. We usually call the sweet Fried Carrot Cake as black and the savoury as white.

The steam radish rice cake is cut into cubes and fried with garlic and eggs. If patron requests for black, it will further fried the dish in a black sweet sauce. Otherwise, white is order, it will be served without the black sauce. Chilli sauce can be added to fried with the dish in both the black and white.

Fried Carrot Cake
Fried Carrot Cake


7. Fish Ball Noodles (dry/soup) / Bak Chor Mee (minced meat noodle)

The two dishes are a common items which you can find in almost all food centers or food courts. Both the Fish Ball Noodles and the Bak Chor Mee are simple dishes that can be served dry or in soup. For the dry noodles the noodles, chilli, oil, ketchup are added to enhance the taste.


8. Kaya Butter Toast

Kaya is an Asia jam which is made mainly with coconut and eggs. The bread used is usually the traditional bread, toasted and the kaya is spread generously on the toasted bread together with a piece of butter sandwiched between the toast bread. Sinfully delicious.

Kaya Butter Toast
Kaya Butter Toast


9. Chilli Crab

The crab is cooked in a special chilli sauce. The sauce is great for the mantou, fried or steam.


10. Chwee Kuey

Chwee Kuey is a savoury dish. It is made up of two main items; the steamed cake which is made of rice flour and it is topped with fried preserved salted turnip bits (aka chai poh). The preserved salted turnip are fried with garlic and onions so that it is fragrant.

This dish is served with chilli sauce.

Chwee Kuey
Chwee Kuey


11. Rojak

Rojak is a dish of various fruits and vegetables mixed in a fermented prawn paste sauce. It has an acquired taste. Visitors should try this dish, as the taste is very unique.


12. Popiah

A wrap of cooked vegetable with stripped turnip and carrot, sweet sauce, chopped boiled egg, chinese sausage, lettuce, chopped peanuts. Some may add prawn to the wrap.

If you are daring, I would urge you to try durian, a strong unique smelling fruit. Some would describe the smell as aammonia. That’s for people who do not like it. Don’t be discouraged by the smell, pick up your courage and at least lick it. You may be surprise to find yourself enjoying the fruit after that, but that’s not a guarantee. It has an acquired taste. As for me, I am a durian lover.


It may not be practical for visitors to travel all over Singapore to find the best food for all the items listed above, unless the purpose your trip is solely to find the best food in Singapore. I would strongly recommend visitor to visit Food Republic, People’s Park Food Center, Chinatown Food Center and Old Airport Road Food Center. You can find all the above listed food in these four places. Most importantly, they serve delicious authentic local food.

I have done a chart to show the availabilities of the food items in the four food place with recommended store and its unit. How do you read the chart? A ‘x’ at the column of the food place for a food item indicate it is available in that particular food center or food court listed. If you see a green cell at a particular food place, there is a rerecommended store. The name and its unit is listed.

Must Eat List Table
Must Eat List Table


Food Republic – Vivocity

Level 3, VivoCity (next to Sentosa Express Monorail), 1 Harbour Front Walk, Singapore 098585

Getting There: By MRT, HarbourFront Station

Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 1000 to 2200; Fri, Sat & Public Holiday 1000 to 2300. Toast Box opens from 0830 daily


People’s Park Food Centre

Block 32 New Market Road, Level 1, Singapore 050032

Getting There: By MRT: Northeast line – Chinatown Station

Opening Hours: Depending on stall. Generally, daily 1100 to 0900


Chinatown Complex Market

Block 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex Market, Level 2, Singapore 050335

Getting There: By MRT: Northeast line – Chinatown Station, East West line – Outram Park Station

Opening Hours: Depending on stall. Generally, daily 0700 to 0930


Old Airport Road Food Center

Block 19 Old Airport Road, Level 1, Singapore 390019

Getting There: By MRT: Circle Line – Mountbatten or Dakota

Opening Hours: Depending on stall. Generally, daily 0700 to 0930


Cookies, Who doesn’t love Cookies?

Cookies is our beloved family dog. She belongs to my sister. My mom pet seat her on weekdays and at times on weekend too. Whenever she is with us on weekend, we take her for her morning walk. We bring her with us when we are going to cafe for breakfast, of course only to those that allow dog at their outdoor seats.


If you see her, remember to say “Hi” to Cookies. She is shy but once she warm-up with you, you will find her friendly, lovely and playful.


My Five Usual Breakfast Haunt at Chinatown Food Center, Singapore

During weekend, after my morning exercise with my dad, we would have breakfast. When at Chinatown Food Center, there are a few breakfast items that I will usually eat, which also means, there are some stalls that I usually patronise.


1. Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun is my all time favourite breakfast item.

Chee Cheong Fun Store (多记)
Chee Cheong Fun Store (多记)


Unit 02-216 (Blue Zone)

Opening Hours: 0730 to till sold around late morning


2. Vegetarian Fried Mee Hoon

Vegetarians Fried Mee Hoon does not fried with garlic and onion. You can choose to have it with curry vegetables or stir fried vegetables. I like it with curry vegetables.

Vegetarian Fried Mee Hoon

Hao Xiang Ju Cooked Food (好香居熟食)

Unit 02-142 (Red Zone)


3. Chwee Kuey
I like the chai poh on the chwee kuey and the chilli but not the oil.

Bedok Chwee Kuey Store
Bedok Chwee Kuey Store

Bedok Chwee Kuey

Unit 02-43 (Yellow Zone)


4. Soon Kuey

At times, I will have soon kuey as lunch if I have a very full breakfast.

Jia Ji Mei Shi
Jia Ji Mei Shi

Jia Ji Mei Shi (佳记美食)

Unit 02-166 (Red Zone)


5. Fried Mee Hoon

I always prefer mee hoon to mee so it is no surprise that I choose fried mee hoon over fried mee. The fried mee hoon is fried with lots of onions and garlics which added lots of fragrance to the dish.

Chang Ji Gourmet
Chang Ji Gourmet

Chang Ji Gourmet

Unit 02-110


Chinatown Food Center

Block 335 Smith Street Level 2, Chinatown Complex Market, Singapore 050335


Getting There

By MRT: Northeast line or Downtown line – Chinatown station; or East West line – Outram Park station

By Bus:

alight at New Bridge Road bus stop 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 80, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

alight at South Bridge Road bus stop 61, 80, 145, 166, 197;

alight at Eu Tong Seng bus stop, outside People’s Park Complex 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 143, 197, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

alight at Eu Tong Seng, outside People’s Park Center 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851


Tip: The stall is located at the blue zone. The food center is divided into four colour zones; yellow, red, blue and green. You can identify the zone by looking at the colour of the tables and chairs.

Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cake Shop Charm

The traditional chinese pastry and cakes are loosing its charm with the Gen Y and also with the Millennium. With this trend going strong, soon all the traditional chinese pastry will eventually extinct. One after another Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes Shop has permanently closes its door.

The Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes when compared to its “peers”, the french and ‘western’ pastry and cakes, is not as attractive. The image of the Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes is boring, no surprises, no change. Most of the Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes are not as colourful. They are mainly brown or yellow, not aesthetic. As for these Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes shops, they are not as cool as the cafe and bakery.

Fortunately, there are still a few of the Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cakes shop exist in Chinatown. And thanks to Continue reading Traditional Chinese Pastry and Cake Shop Charm

The Clan Restaurant @ Bukit Pasoh Road – Part 1

I have been to The Clan a few times. This time was for my Birthday celebration.

The Clan has both A La Carte and Set Menu to choose from. I have always go for the Set Menu. The Clan serves both lunch and dinner. The Clan is a Continue reading The Clan Restaurant @ Bukit Pasoh Road – Part 1

Dinner at Restaurant Ember at Hotel 1929 @ Keong Saik Street

The food at Ember Restaurant at Hotel 1929, located at Keong Saik Street, has always been consistent. I always enjoy the food at Ember Restaurant. Continue reading Dinner at Restaurant Ember at Hotel 1929 @ Keong Saik Street