Singapore Food Dictionary


Constantly on the lookout for the best places to indulge ourselves in our favourite foods, Singaporeans always have a diverse range of recommendations for every kind of cuisine. Must-try Singaporean foods include Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chilli Crab, Katong Laksa and the Singapore Sling. Other signature dishes in Singapore include Nasi Lemak, Bak Kut Teh, Kaya Toast and Roti Prata. Spend some time indulging your stomach in Singaporean classics during your stay here. Browse through the list we have compiled in our Food Dictionary and start your culinary adventure here!


Ah Balling (Glutinous Rice Balls)
Pronunciation:ah-bo-ling
Description:Basically, a Chinese (Teochew) dessert consisting of glutinous rice balls filled with either red bean, peanut or sesame paste.
Trivia:Usually served in a sweet broth, it is a dessert best eaten hot.
Ang Ku Kway
Pronunciation:ahng-koo-kuey
Description:A type of sticky, usually red, Chinese cake that looks like a tortoise shell, its filling can be green bean or peanut paste. The skin is made from glutinous rice flour, while the peanuts for the peanut filling is roasted and coarsely grounded.
Trivia:A popular snack for all occasions, it can exist in many different colours - red, green, yellow and even purple. It is shaped like the shell of a tortoise because it is believed that eating these long-living creatures would bring longevity to the person eating it.
Ayam Buah Keluak
Pronunciation:ah-yumm buuah ka-luuak
Description:It is a Peranakan chicken dish cooked with “keluak” nuts The Keluak nut has a tough shell exterior, but contains a piquant liquid inside. The contents in the nut are removed and cooked with spices, then stuffed back into the shell again.
Trivia:It takes alot of time and effort to prepare this dish, usually about 3 whole days from preparation to serving.