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Eating in Singapore: Chinese Cuisine

Updated on May 5, 2014

Dim Sum!

Cha Siu Bao (Pork Bun)
Cha Siu Bao (Pork Bun)

Eating: A Favourite Pastime

Singapore is a multiracial country with people of different races such as the Chinese, Malay and Indians. Hence, you will find a variety of local food here. As the majority are Chinese, you will find it easy to locate Chinese cuisine all over this country. Chinese food itself is very diversified, and this would include Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien, Teochew, Shanghainese and lots more types of food. So take your time and try them all slowly!

Fish porridge or congee

Hawker Centres in Singapore

One of the best places to try local Chinese food is at the many hawker centres. In the central business district, Lau Pa Sat would be a good choice as the place is huge and has lots of stalls to choose from. You can try carrot cake, yong tau foo and many varieties of rice and noodles here, Rice and noodles are the staple foods in Chinese cuisine and for some, they cannot go without at least one meal of rice each day. There are also many stalls selling satay here.

If you are coming to Lau Pa Sat on a weekday, try to avoid lunch hour. This is because many office workers from nearby offices throng the place for lunch. It will be hard to find seats and as the place is not air-conditioned, it can be pretty hot. If coming here on a weekday, I would suggest coming for dinner instead. Farther from the city, there are many other hawker centres with good food such as the one at the Bedok Interchange.

Duck Rice

Dim Sum for Breakfast or Brunch

Since we are on the topic of Chinese cuisine, how can we forget dim sum? It is an all-time favourite choice of breakfast or brunch. When eating dim sum, it is best to come in a larger group so that you can order many different types of dim sum. If I am in a small group, I usually stick my personal favourites are as the char siu bao (pork bun), liu sha bao (custard bun), chee cheong fun, siew mai and har kao.

So, if you are in Singapore now or heading to Singapore soon, enjoy the food!

Chicken Curry Noodles

Claypot Chicken Rice

Chinese Cuisine in Singapore

Brinjal or eggplant cooked in claypot style.
Brinjal or eggplant cooked in claypot style.

Beef Noodles

Custard Bun (Liu Sha Bao)

Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung

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    • lilian_sg profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Singapore

      You are most welcome =)

    • greeneryday profile image


      7 years ago from Some tropical country

      Great thanks, look forward to read more of your hubs...

    • lilian_sg profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Singapore

      For Indian food, the best place is definitely Little India. Lots of choices here AND do note that Indian food is also pretty diverse. Won't be recommending any specific restaurant though as I am not an expert at this cuisine.

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      7 years ago from Some tropical country

      Hello lilian_sg 4, thanks for your kind reply, I will make sure to pay a visit to both Lau Pa Sat and Bedok Interchange. By the way, could you please recommend where to find the best Indian food in Singapore?

    • lilian_sg profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Singapore

      I have named 2 in my article above: Lau Pa Sat and Bedok Interchange. Note that not all stalls here are excellent though. Just look for the queues! Or if you have a specific food item , you wish to try, then you can let me know =)

      Thanks both for commenting!

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      7 years ago from Some tropical country

      Hello, I love eating and Singapore is one of the place that offer so many dish from different culture and background. Can you recommend some of the best hawker / food court center so the next time I visit Singapore I know where to go... thanks...

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Delicious food! apart from the curry chicken, didn't try these during my first visit, but next time I go there I will. Great hub! Makes me hungry!!


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