FOOD TOUR: AN IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF SINGAPORE’S HISTORY AND CULTURE THROUGH FOOD
Ask any Singaporean what their favorite past time is and they will say eating. You only have to mention the word food and eyes start to sparkle and lengthy discussions ensue about which restaurant really does make the best Chicken Rice / Laksa / Chilli Crab / Rojak. Eat like a local on a food tour and discover why Singaporeans love their food so much!
This tour is offered as either a private tour (only you and your family / friends) or as a small group tour (a mixed group of visitors). We take a maximum of 9 people on the small group version of the tour. Information on availability and pricing for both options can be found below.
Your food tour lasts 5.5-hours, 6-hours if you book a private tour and also require a hotel pick-up.
Small group food tours run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and start at 9:00am in the East Coast / Katong area of Singapore. Private food tours can be booked any day of the week and can start any time between 9:00am and 2pm.
Over the course of the food tour we will undertake an in-depth exploration of Singapore’s food culture. You will learn about the history of food in Modern Singapore, from it’s founding in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles through to the present day.
With a permanent resident population of 2.9million Chinese, 500,000 Malays and 350,000 Indians Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. It is that melting pot that we will dive into and re-emerge from with full bellies!
We start our food tour in the East Coast Area of Singapore, a district also known as Katong. It is here that we learn about the early Chinese immigrants to Singapore. The focus will be on food but we will also talk about the types of jobs that they had, how they lived and who they married. It was through the marriage of Chinese immigrants to Malay ladies that the distinctive Peranakan culture was born.
We will start our food tour by sampling a selection of Singapore’s favourite foods with Chinese and Peranakan heritage.
Kaya Toast with Eggs and Kopi Popiah
Laksa Bak Chang
From the East Coast we travel by public bus to the Old Airport Road Hawker Centre. The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre is a firm favorite amongst Singaporeans. Why? Because it is home to so many ‘hawker legends’. It is here that we try two of three distinctly Singaporean dishes, Hokkien Mee, Rojak and Carrot Cake.
Hokkien Mee Carrot Cake
Our next stop is the district of Kampong Glam, a short 10 minute bus ride away. Kampong Glam is the center of the Malay community in Singapore and is where the stunning Sultan’s Mosque is located. We will discuss the history of the district, the Sultan’s role in the founding of Modern Singapore and we will try the most popular local foods from the Malay, Arabic and Indonesian communities.
Murtabak Teh Tarrik
Beef Randeng Sultan Mosque
Our fourth and final stop on our food tour is Little India. We will discover why the Indian community choose to settle in this district of Singapore and learn about how it developed over time.
We will be trying some popular savory Indian dishes and then finishing with some Indian sweets and Masala Chai.
Indian Sweets Masala Chai
Throughout the tour you will discover the histories and stories behind the foods that you eat, as well as the restaurants that you eat them in. This tour will give you a solid understanding of what it means to ‘eat like a local’ and how Singapore’s iconic dishes became imbedded into Singapore’s culture.
Small group food tours: Small group food tours cost US$100 per adult (anyone aged 12 years old and over) and US$67 for children (anyone aged 6 to 11 years of age). Anyone aged 5 years and under is free of charge. Running every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The price includes all of the food and speciality tea consumed during the tour. Prices listed do not include the costs of transport to get to and from the start and end points of the tour. They do include the costs of public transport used during the tours.
On certain days some of the food stops might be closed. We guarantee at least 10+ foodie stops on each tour. In the case of closures we order more selections or larger portions in other stops.
Private food tours: Available 7 days per week and priced as follows:
All prices listed are in American $ and are the TOTAL price for the Singapore food tour and NOT the price per person. A person is anyone aged 12 years or older. There is a small surcharge of US$20 for children aged 6 to 11 years. Children aged 5 and under join the tour and eat for free.
Prices include all of the food and speciality tea consumed during the walking tour. Prices listed do NOT include the costs of transport to get to and from the start and end points of the tour but DO include the costs for public transportation used during the food tour. If you would like to be picked up from your hotel you will need to add on an extra half an hour when booking. The fee for the extra half an hour also includes the cost of the taxi which will be used to take you to the start point of the Singapore food tour. On certain days some of the food stops might be closed. We guarantee at least 10+ foodie stops on each tour. In the case of closures we order more selections or larger portions in other stops.