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!


Nasi Lemak
Pronunciation:nah-see lÉ™-mahk
Description:As its name suggests, nasi lemak was originally a Malay dish. A rice cooked in coconut milk served with ikan bilis (fried anchovies), nuts, fried fish, cucumber and sometimes an egg omelette. The Chinese take on nasi lemak varies slightly with an offering of chicken drumsticks, chicken franks, fish cakes, curried vegetables and luncheon meat (Asian Spam) to compliment the fragrant coconut rice. Both versions are usually accompanied by a sweet chilli condiment to give it that extra oomph. Although typically enjoyed as a breakfast meal, the nasi lemak can be eaten at any time of the day.
Trivia:Some eateries still retain the tradition of wrapping the rice in a banana leaf to enhance its flavour. An Indian version is also available which consists of fresh coconut cream, curry leaves, corn and fenugreeks in a delicate basmati rice.
Ngor Hiang
Pronunciation:nor hiahng
Description:A popular Chinese delicacy consisting of minced pork and prawn flavoured with Five-Spice Powder rolled inside a bean curd skin and deep-fried. The Five-Spice Powder is made out of star anise, fennel, clove, cassia bark or cinnamon. The dash of either black pepper or sichuan pepper makes the ngor hiang terribly addictive and a proper blend of these ingredients promise to leave you begging for seconds.
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