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Singapore is Asia’s food paradise. Step into any food centre and you will be spoilt for choice by the array of cuisines offered. One doesn’t have to look further for a good kick of spice, homemade sauces and cooking from the heart. For stalls that have existed for generations, newspaper articles or clippings are likely to tell a story of their journey from Singapore’s past.

Local food in Singapore

You’ll find all sorts of Chinese dishes under one roof at Maxwell Food Centre in Chinatown: century egg congee, char kway teow (flat rice noodles stir-fried with pork lard and cockles) and the world-famous Hainanese chicken rice from Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice.

Local food in Singapore

If you are seeking vibrant flavours, Malay fare delivers, with use of herbs and spices. For satay (grilled meat on skewers, served with a spicy peanut sauce), try one of the many pushcarts at Satay by the BayHajah Maimunah in Kampong Glam is famous for its nasi padang, white rice served with a choice of meat and vegetable dishes.

Local food in Singapore

Peranakan (Straits Chinese) fare combines both Chinese and Malay flavours. For Peranakan eateries, head to the Katong precinct. Try laksa, a noodle dish with spicy coconut milk-based broth, at 328 Katong Laksa, or hit restaurants like Guan Hoe Soon for good old Peranakan fare.

Local food in Singapore

Eurasian cooking combines Southeast Asian flavours with Portuguese, Dutch and British influences. Try Quentin’s for favourites like devil’s curry, or head over to Casa Bom Vento for grilled baby stingray with black peppercorns and curry leaves. The menu also features a wide range of Peranakan dishes.

Local food in Singapore

Indian food in Singapore is extremely popular. For prata, (fried flatbread, often served with curry), a local favourite, head to the popular Jalan Kayu. In Little India, try Muthu’s Curry for fish head curry or Komala Vilas Restaurant for vegetarian options.

Local food in Singapore

Can’t decide? Sample everything at places like Newton Food Centre and Makansutra Glutton’s Bay.

With a spread of dining deals available, there is no better time to visit the Lion City.