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!

Yong Tau Foo
Pronunciation:yong tow foo
Description:Yong Tau Fu is an assortment of pre-cooked ingredients mostly made from a soya bean curd base (tau hu, tau kwa) and vegetables such as kangkong and mushrooms. The customer grabs a tong and picks the various ingredients (fish balls, meat balls, crab sticks, bittergourds, eggplant, mushrooms, cuttlefish, lettuce, ladies fingers and chilis) he would like from the shelves before passing it to the vendor to reheat them. Customers can also request for rice, thick yellow noodles or bee hoon (vermicelli) to go with their soup. Sauces such as vinegar, chili sauce and brown sweet bean sauce are usually available at the side for customers to use as dips.
You Tiao
Pronunciation:yoh tiow
Description:You Tiao is a long, golden-brown, deep fried strip of dough and is usually eaten for breakfast. Conventionally, You Tiaos are lightly salted and made so they can be torn lengthwise in two. You Tiaos are normally eaten as an accompaniment to rice congee or soy milk.

Trivia:The You Tiao has a very interesting story behind it that dates back to the story of Yue Fei during the Southern Song dynasty. Yue Fei was a patriotic and well-respected General who fought many wars to protect the kingdom. The Prime Minister of the time, Qin Hui, resented him out of thirst for power. Together with his wife, Qin Hui fabricated charges which resulted in Yue Fei's death. The general public despised Qin Hui for killing their beloved war hero. Out of anger, a baker invented the You Tiao which resembles two people being twisted together to signify Qin Hui and his wife. This fried bread was named “You Zha Gui”, meaning deep-fried ghost. Patrons who ate the “You Zha Gui” did so as a sign that they had burnt Qin Hui and his wife in hot oil and eaten them up.