For a tiny island in Asia, Singapore’s international reputation as a food paradise is well-deserved. But did you know that there are also dishes here that cannot be found in the places of their supposed origin – even though they are named after them?

One example is Hainanese chicken rice, which is named after an island in China. With succulent steamed white chicken heaped upon fragrant rice with a delicious garlic-chilli dip, this signature food item was actually created by our early Hainanese immigrants who were craving a taste of home.

The ‘Roti John’ was not in fact named after the man who created it. A baguette with egg and tomato sauce on the side, a Malay hawker was said to have created this for an Englishman in the 1960s when he asked for a hamburger.

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