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!

Tau Suan
Pronunciation:Dao Suean
Description:Meaning 'split green bean soup', this is a dessert that can be found in hawker centres and markets all over Singapore. The beans are known as moong dal, which are actually green in colour when husked and yellow when dehusked. This explains why the dessert is obviously yellow in colour despite its name. Served hot, it is usually accompanied by a few small chunks of you tiao (fried dough).
Teh Tarik
Pronunciation:tay tah-rik
Description:Teh tarik (Malay for 'pulled tea') is a tea served with condensed milk (specifically, a Singaporean brand called "Carnation") and sugar. The concoction is then poured from one mug to another from a great height thus giving the illusion that the tea is being pulled. This technique enables the tea to froth which enhances its flavour. Although generally served hot, the teh tarik can also be served with ice, without milk or sugar upon request.
Trivia:Although the teh tarik is widely available in every hawker stall across town, some of the best teh tariks are concocted by Indian stallholders with their artfully crafted 'pulling' techniques.
Turtle Soup
Description:Turtle soup is Chinese delicacy made from the flesh of the turtle. Fresh (soft-shell) turtle meat is brewed in a mixture of Chinese herbs till the herbs' essence are fully immersed in the turtle meat. Turtle meat is highly sought for its dense collection of collagen. Its fats has also been said to enhance blood circulation.

According to Chinese folklore, turtle eggs are supposed to be aphrodisiacs and in specialty shops, these are also served in the soup.
If it makes you feel any better, the turtles used to make this soup is actually a Chinese soft shell turtle cultivated primarily to be food.