I really didn’t have Singapore on my mental ‘bucket list’, but since I was down in Kuala Lumpur for a week, I thought I’d make the 4 1/2 hour journey to Singapore to try out something they are best known for… their cuisine. When I head somewhere with such high expectations, they are usually squashed right in front of my face. Kind of like going to a Britney concert and expecting Celine Dion vocals. So… did Singapore live up to my expectations?
That and then some. The food there was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. If Singapore was not so expensive, I probably would have cancelled the rest of my trip and just stayed in this culinary heaven. My first night there I ate dinner three times. I just couldn’t resist and knew I’d be mad at myself later if I didn’t stuff myself sick with food.
Singaporean food is an amalgam of the people that reside there… Malay, Chinese, Indian, etc. Some of the food stays true to the culture it represents while others are a delectable mixture of the cultures’ best dishes. This blending of cultures made for some serious mouth orgasms.
My recommendation is to get there and have a local dish out some of their recommendations. I was very lucky to have a local guy open up my map and identify places all around the city (for a good 30 minutes) that would give me divine culinary satisfaction. He pointed me away from restaurants that tourists typically flocked to and rather to ones that the locals dined at. This was helpful as my budget was tight in the expensive city-state and as usual, local hot spots are cheaper than tourist ones. He also advised me to check out a hawker center and told me to jump in line at the stall which had the longest line. He said this was a surefire way to eat the best food in the entire place. I obliged and got a savory full meal for a total of around $3.25.
Not only did I fall in love with Singapore for other reasons, but I fell madly in love with it’s food.
What has been your favorite place you’ve traveled to based on food?