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!

Pronunciation:oh tahk
Description:Also known as the Otak-Otak, the Otah is a small, flat strip of meat paste wrapped in a banana-leaf strip and roasted over a burning charcoal fire. This Peranakan specialty usually consists of fish mashed with a good mix of coconut milk, chilli paste, lemongrass and garlic. Although fish is the most common base, some otahs use prawns, cuttlefish, crabs and fish heads as a alternative to the norm.
Trivia:Otah means “brains” in Malay due the soft, mushy nature of the Otah's texture. A pretty morbid name for such a delicacy if you think about it.
Oyster Omelette
Description:The Oyster Omelette is pretty self-explanatory. Hailing from Teochew/Fujian origins, it comes in two variations - Or-jian or Or-luak. In the case of the Or-jian, the egg is used as a coating and what you get is a bunch of lightly fried oysters, each coated with a crispy egg layer. Or-luak on the other hand is an egg omelette with oysters filings instead of your usual ham, cheese or onions. Both versions are served with chilli and garnished with coriander leaves.