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!


Dim Sum
Pronunciation:deem-sum
Description:Dim sum consists of a range of traditional Cantonese dishes that are served small in portions but in great variety. They include Cantonese dumplings, steamed pork ribs, chicken feet, custard puffs, buns and other small pastries placed in a small steamer basket or on a plate. Dim sum is linked to the traditional term 'yum cha', which means to drink tea in Cantonese, as tea is typically served with dim sum. Other items you can order include rice noodle rolls (cheong fun), roasted meats and congee porridge.
Trivia:Individual Dim Sums are typically portioned for 3-4 small servings. Larger tables will probably order two to three plates of a same dish so as to cater to everyone at the table. Dishes can also be classified as 'small', 'medium' or 'large', with prices varying accordingly.