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Begin your day with kaya toast – toasted bread with butter and kaya, a sweet jam made from eggs, coconut milk and pandan leaves, spread on. Locals swear by Chin Mee Chin Confectionery on East Coast Road, set in a charming, old shophouse.

While you’re in the Katong neighbourhood, home to the Peranakan (Straits Chinese) community, look for kueh pie tee (deep-fried pastry cups filled with shredded turnip) at Peranakan establishments Glory Catering and Casa Bom Vento.

Don’t miss laksa either, a rich concoction of rice noodles, bean curd puffs, prawns and cockles in a spicy gravy. Dig in at 328 Katong Laksa, for one of the most sought-after versions in town.

Then head to Chinatown for the popular chicken rice. Visit the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre for a stellar example.

Another must-try is char kway teow: rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, cockles and Chinese pork sausage. Fried Kway Teow, the name of a stall at Amoy Street Food Centre, a short walk from Maxwell Food Centre, cooks this dish to perfection.

Next are staples of the Malay and Indian community: roti prata and nasi lemak. Roti prata is a South Indian flat bread that’s served with curry. Try it at Spize at River Valley Road – its range is impressive and, as a bonus, it opens till late.

End your journey with nasi lemak, rice infused with coconut milk and served with dishes like deep-fried chicken wings. Located minutes away from the airport, Changi Village Food Centre has at least five stalls selling their version: Try Mizzy’s Corner or HJH Salbiah Muslim Food.