Food Culture

Food Culture

From hawker centres to Michelin-starred restaurants, discover the Lion City's distinctive food culture

Food Culture

From hawker centres featuring different ethnic cuisines to Michelin-starred restaurants, food is an important aspect of Singapore’s multicultural society. Malay cuisine largely uses coconut, belacan and a variety of spices, with popular dishes being Satay, Beef Rendang and Soto Ayam.

Indian cuisine in Singapore, with its generous use of spices brings and localised flavours brings you wildly loved dishes such as roti prata, mee goreng, Indian rojak, nasi padang and mutton soup. Another large ethnic group in Singapore are the Chinese, and their food subdivides into different dialect groups, namely the Cantonese, Hakka, Teochew, Hainan and Hokkien. Popular dishes include the quintessential chicken rice, Laksa, Char Kway Teow and Hokkien Mee.

Popular local food centres in Singapore include Lau Pa Sat, Maxwell Food Centre and Newton Food Circus.

Some of the best casual-dining options can be found along Keong Saik Road in Chinatown. The area has developed from Singapore’s red-light district into a culturally delightful area with some of the most eclectic and creative food choices served in beautifully restored and colourful colonial and art-deco-style shophouses. Traditional Malay food, barbershops and trendy coffee houses characterise the area called Kampong Glam along North Bridge Road near the Masjid Sultan mosque, within a 10- to 15-minute walking distance of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.

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