How To Know What To Order At The Best Food Stalls In Singapore
Singapore is one of the best places to eat if you are in love with the various forms of Asian foods. You will find Indian, Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese food on nearly every street. Additionally, there are Italian, American, and fast food restaurants available but they really don't compare with the multitude of flavors offered in the Asian cuisines. There are two ways to shop for food, find the best restaurants and order what you like from the menu, or, pick a special dish and then find the restaurant that is best known for mastering it. Most people will agree that the master of the dish is the best way to go.
Bak Kut Teh (Bone Tea and Pork Rib Soup)
There are several rich stories on how this particular dish originated, one that it was a Chinese tonic and the other that it was to feed a poor beggar. Either way, it has now grown into a great soup made from pork bone tea. It has star anise and other herbs that came from Malaysia with several local peppers as well. It is best found from food stalls on the street such as the Song Fa Bak Kut Teh on 11 New Bridge Rd., or the Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup stand at 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building. As you can note, each of these small restaurants derives their names from this particular dish.
Kaya Toast And Soft Boiled Eggs
This is really one of the few breakfast foods that people in Singapore call their own. The bread is from the standard loaf bread that we all know and recognize, but it is toasted on a bread grill, then lathered in either a coconut or egg kaya with a large chunk of fresh butter to melt slowly. A few locations will make the same recipe using brown or wheat bread and some with French baguettes as well. The eggs will be fresh hot boiled eggs done the way you like them and you dip your toast into the eggs on your plate as you eat them. The top Kaya Toast Stall locations are The Good Morning Nanyang Cafe at Upr. Pickering St., Hong Lim Green Comty. Ctr, and the Ya Kun Kaya Toast Stall at 18 China Street, Far East Sq.
Laksa With Curry
This is a combination Malay and Chinese dish that has combined several local foods and a cooking method. The curry Laksa is more common in Singapore while in Malaysia a variety called Asam Laksa is more popular. The basic soup is made from fish, different types of fish at different locations, plus coconut milk, vermicelli, bean curd puffs, and shrimp. The best made Laksa is found at 328 Katong Laksa on 51/53 East Coast Road, and another is Janggut Laksa at 1 Queensway at the Queensway Shopping Center.
There are thousands of great food stalls in Singapore, many of them right on the street or along open markets. One unique peculiarity of the food stalls there is that oftentimes the name of the stall will contain the food that it is best known for. Many of the signs will be written in two or three languages, you can look to the English words to know what to order and get the best plate of food in the house.