True Singapore Food – Carrot Cake aka Cai Tao Kueh

It goes without saying that Carror Cake or Cai Tao Kueh (CTK) is the mainstay of Singapore hawker food. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. It has its roots in Teochew, but has certainly evolved to become something uniquely Singaporean. I used to avoid eating CTK because it is too unhealthy […]

True Singapore Food: Hainanese curry rice

Hainanese curry rice is pretty common in Singapore, but not so much in Malaysia (by the way, it definitely did not originate from Hainan in China). I don’t recall ever seeing Hainanese curry rice in KL, but apparently you can find them as far north of Singapore as Malacca. In any case, it is not easily found […]

True Singapore Food: Chwee Kueh

Chwee Kueh (steamed rice cake) is as Singaporean as it gets. I have not seen it anywhere else in the region. No, not really in Malaysia, other than in neighbouring Johor, which may well have imported it from Singapore. Not in Thailand, nor Indonesia. It is interesting for being light enough as an after-meal snack, yet heavy enough […]

True Singapore Food: Yellow Noodles

If Fried Bee Hoon is ubiquitous in Singapore, one could say Yellow Noodles is at least equally so, making an appearance in a wide range of dishes, including but not limited to Fried Mee (sibling to Fried Bee Hoon at economic Bee Hoon stalls), Mee Goreng, soup noodles (think prawn and pork ribs soup noodle […]

True Singapore Food: Fried Bee Hoon

Fried Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli) gets my vote as being the national dish of Singapore. The “official” national dish of Singapore is Hainanese Chicken Rice, but I think the popularity of chicken rice has slowly been eroded away over the years. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about Fried Bee Hoon that makes […]