Food Guide

taste a delicious Bak Chang on a Singapore food tour

Bak Chang

Bak Chang is a triangular gluttonous rice dumpling wrapped in a bamboo leaf. Originating from China they made their way to Singapore with the early Chinese immigrants. A wide range of fillings are available. The Cantonese Bak Chang typically has a bean paste filling, and the Hokkien version uses dark soya sauce in the glutinous rice. The Nonya Bak Chang is a unique variation, created in Singapore and it is this one that we try on our Singapore food tours.    

Bak Chor Mee

Bak Chor Mee is Teochew Chinese for “minced meat and noodles”.  It comes in two varieties, a soupy version and a dry version. In the soupy version minced pork in a broth is served with egg noodles. In the dry version the minced pork is served on noodles that are tossed in vinegar, lard and chilli. Soup often comes on the side. The noodles can be flat (see pok), or thin (mee kia).  

Take a private food tour in Singapore and learn to eat like a local with Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh literally translates to ‘meat bone tea’. It is pork rib soup with a broth made from fragrant herbs and spices. Hokkien immigrants are thought to have introduced the dish to Singapore from China’s Fujian province. There are several variations of the dish available in Singapore. The Hokkien version has a thick cloudy soup made from a wide variety of herbs, rock sugar and dark soy sauce. The Cantonese version is less salty and has more medicinal herbs giving it a stronger herbal taste. The Teochew version is clear and light and flavoured with garlic and pepper. Bak Kut Teh is normally eaten with rice, you tiao (dough fritters), offal, tofu skin and preserved vegetables.

singaore food tours with beef noodles

Beef Noodles

Beef noodles are rice noodles (normally thick beehoon or kway teow), covered with a thick brown beef gravy or a delicate beef broth. Sliced shin meat, brisket, tendon, stomach and/ or beef balls finish the dish off. Pictured here is the thicker gravy version with sliced shin meat.    

food tours in Singapore and Little India

Biryani

Biryani also known as biriyani or biriani, is a mixed rice dish with its origins among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It is generally made with spices, rice, and meat. The spices used in biryani include  nutmeg, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, onions, tomatoes, and garlic. In all biryani, the main ingredient that accompanies the spices is chicken or mutton; special varieties also use beef and seafood. The dish is often served with chutney or raita, curry sauce, a sour dish of aubergine (brinjal), boiled egg (optional), and salad. One of the best places to get Biryani in Singapore is the Tekka Centre in Little India. If you are taking a food tour with us we’ll point out some of the best ones to you!  

Try a carrot cake on your Singapore food tour

Carrot Cake

Fried Carrot Cake is made of cubes of radish cake stir-fried with garlic, eggs and preserved radish. The radish cake is made from white radish and steamed rice flour. There are no carrots in a Carrot Cake! The dish has two common versions: the white version, which is seasoned with light soya sauce, and the black version, where dark soya sauce is added instead. The below picture is half black and half white Carrot Cake. The dish was invented by early Teochew immigrants to Singapore. It is based on a rice cake they ate in China. Radish or turnip was added and it was called a Carrot Cake! Chinese people often translate the word radish as carrot 🙂 If you would like to try a carrot cake on your tour in Singapore just let us know!

take a food tour in Singapore and enjoy a fresh plate of Char away meow noodles!

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow is a dish of flat rice noodles and tubular yellow wheat noodles fried in garlic, sweet soya sauce and lard, with ingredients such as egg, Chinese waxed sausage, fishcake, beansprouts and cockles. A smoky aroma is essential to this dish, and a charcoal fire is believed to provide the best flavours. In the Hokkien dialect of Chinese, char means “stir-fried” and kway teow refers to flat rice noodles. You can commonly find this dish at Hawker Centres across Singapore.

Enjoy a food tour in Singapore and learn to eat like a local

Chendol

Chendol is an iced sweet dessert that contains slivers of worm-like green rice flour jelly, red azuki beans, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. It is commonly found in Southeast Asia and is popular in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma. Additional fruit toppings are sometimes added.

want to try and old fashioned local dessert? Ask your tour guide in Singapore to take you for a Cheng Tng

Cheng Tng

Cheng Tng literally means clear soup. It is a dessert that is light and refreshing, sold in the olden days to coolies who worked down at the quay. Typical ingredients found in Cheng Tng are gingko nuts, dried longan, red dates, white fungus, dried persimmon and candied winter melons. The soup is made from sugared water and it can be ordered hot or cold.

Want to know what the best chicken rice is in Singapore? ask your Singapore food tour guide!

Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of Singapore’s national dishes and a visit to Singapore is not complete until you have eaten (at least one) Chicken Rice. But what makes it so special? The chicken is blanched in boiling water untill it is fully cooked, and then soaked it in cold water ensuring the meat remains tender and succulent. The rice is cooked in chicken stock with some ginger and pandan leaves making it deliciously fragrant. And finally the dish is served with a side portion of tangy chilli sauce. Where can you find the best Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore? That is a widely contested question! Ask your Singapore tour guide for their top three and try them all!

Oh my god, its delicious Singapore chilli crab!

Chilli Crab

Here it is, the mother of all Singaporean dishes; Chilli Crab! The sauce is sweet and savoury and a little bit spicy. It is made from tomato paste, samba chilli paste and eggs. It might sound a little strange but it is finger licking delicious! Eat it with Mantou; little bread buns which you can mop up the sauce with. You can find Chilli Crab all over Singapore from Hawker Centres to high-end restaurants. One of our personal favourites is Melben Legend Seafood. Your personal Hello Singapore tour guide can make a few other recommendations for you.  

If you would like to eat like a local in Singapore ask your private tour guide to introduce you to some traditional Singaporean foods like chew kueh on your walking tour.

Chwee Kueh

Chwee Kueh are steamed rice cakes topped with fried radish. They are made from rice flour and starch. The direct translation of Chwee Kueh is ‘water cake’. When cooked the cakes have a little depression in the middle in which water pools. They are one of the most traditional delicacies and are fast disappearing so try them whilst you still can. We  can recommend Jian Bo at Tiong Barhu’s hawker market. If you would like to try them on your walking tour of Singapore just let us know!

A tasty snack which is perfect to enjoy on the go. Crispy pastry with a chicken curry filling. If you are getting hungry on your Singapore Tours we will get you one!

Curry Puff

Curry Puffs are another firm favourite in Singapore. Usually semicircular in shape they are pastry shells filled with a curry filling. If you are British think of it as a miniature crispy curried Cornish Pasty. Most often the filling is chicken curry with potato but tuna curry, vegetable curry and other variants are also available. Such is the love of the Curry Puff in Singapore that countless tests have been conducted to try and find the best puff in Singapore and #thecurrypuffincident trends on Instagram.

whilst traditional a breakfast dim sum is enjoyed at all times of day and night on our Singapore tours and by the locals.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum hails from the province of Canton in Southern China. Essentially ‘Chinese Tapas’ it is a serving style rather than a food itself; small portions of food designed to share. You can find everything from steamed buns to dumplings, to deep fried snacks, to seafood, meat and sweet snacks on a Dim Sum menu. Dim Sum arrived into Singapore with the early Chinese immigrants from Canton and Hong Kong. It is a firm favourite on our food tour in Hong Kong.

Dosa is one of the foods on our food tour Singapore. Enjoyed in the district of Little India tours it will delight your taste buds!

Dosa

Dosa is a South Indian speciality that made its way to Singapore with the Indian immigrants. It looks like a big rolled up pancake and it is served with a selection of dips. The main ingredient of Dosa is rice and black gram (an Indian pulse) which is ground to form a batter. Fried in ghee it is not the healthiest of foods but it is delicious!   You should eat Dosa with your hands if you want to do it in the traditional way. Make sure you use your right hand, the left is the one you use when you go to the toilet! Use your thumb and fingers to tear off a bit of the Dosa and then scoop up the sauce. Join one of our Singapore food tours for a master class in how to eat them correctly!  

Duck Rice can be enjoyed in Singapore at both lunch and dinner time. Add it to your eat like a local list of foods to try on your singapore private tour.

Duck Rice

Duck Rice is predictably duck meat served on rice. There are two main types of Duck Rice in Singapore originating from two different groups of Chinese immigrants to Singapore. Teochew duck rice has a light thin gravy and is served with white rice. The meat is braised, de-boned and thinly sliced. Hokkien duck rice has a thicker gloopier gravy and is occasionally served with yam rice. The meat itself is roasted. Pictured is a Teochew duck rice.

Durian is the king of fruits. try one as part of your Singapore walking tours or perhaps try the durian ice cream instead!

Durian

Durian is known as the King of Fruits. It is also know as the Vomit Fruit so potent is the smell! Like Blue Cheese and Stinky Tofu once you get passed the smell (IF you can get passed it) your taste buds are in for a treat! Durian is insanely popular in Singapore with people paying as much as US$40 per kg! If you haven’t tried Durian before we suggest that you go with one of the cheaper ones (circa US$11-18 per kg) to see if you like it first. If the smell is too strong to get passed how about a Durian Ice-cream to ease you in? Click into this post for a picture of me (Laura) trying the ice cream on one of our Singapore walking tours.

Fish Bee Hoon is another Singapore food that can be enjoyed on your private Singapore tour, just ask your private guide in Singapore to take you to one of the many wonderful Hawker Centres.

Fish Bee Hoon

Fish soup bee hoon, also known as fish head bee hoon, is a noodle soup dish. The noodle is the bee hoon noodle which is better know as rice vermicelli to none Singaporeans. There are two main types of Fish Head Bee Hoon; one with milk and one without. Our picture shows one with milk which has a whiter cloudier consistency. The snakehead fish is most commonly used in this soup but some restaurants will use pomfret or grouper. This is one of the healthier foods in our foodie guide.

Yes that is a fish head in that curry! It s a popular food in Singapore and if you would like to one just ask your Singapore tour guide where the best ones are!

Fish Head Curry

Fish head curry is unique to Singapore. It is, as it sounds, curry made and served with a fish head in. It is the invention of a Indian immigrant to Singapore called Mr Gomez. Noticing that the Chinese REALLY liked to eat the fish head he added it to his traditional South Indian fish curry recipe from Kerala and it was an instant hit! You can find Fish Head Curry in both Chinese and Indian restaurants in Singapore. If you do try one on your food journey around Singapore don’t forget to scoop out and chow down on the eyes!  

Take a long relaxing lunch break on your 8 hour private tour of Singapore and enjoy a Steamboat for lunch!

Steamboat

Steamboat is a Chinese hotpot. You have a ‘boat’ of soup or stock base in which to cook your selection of raw ingredients (fish, meat, veggies). Some Steamboats are divided into two, three or even four sections allowing you to mix and match a number of different soup bases. Put this on your list of ‘must try’ in Singapore for a fun night out.