1. Chili Crab
3. Hainanese Chicken Rice
4. Char Siew Bao
5. Ais Kacang (Ice Kacang)
6. White Rabbits
7. Curry Puffs
WHAT THEY ARE: The country's most popular street food, curry puffs are to Singapore what hot dogs and jumbo pretzels are to New York City. The traditional curry puff is a chicken and potato mixture coated in a mild, tumeric-based curry paste, wrapped in a thick, savory pastry crust, then baked or fried. The most popular vendor is the Old Change Kee snack chain, but the snacks are served at countless food stalls and restaurants.
WHY THEY'RE DELICIOUS: Similar to an Indian samosa, the sturdy crust is nice and savory, but plain enough not to distract from the strongly spiced chicken/potato filling. Also, they're small enough that you can eat lots of them (always a plus).
8. Sambal Stingray
9. Tiger Beer
10. Beef Rendang
11. Kaya Toast
12. Kopi Ice (Sweet Iced Coffee)
WHAT IT IS: Putting the Frappucino to shame, iced coffee at hawker stalls or traditional coffee shops in Singapore is brewed strong in a metal pot with a long spout, then mixed with sweetened condensed milk, poured over ice, and served in a small drawstring bag with a straw (pictured above).
WHY IT'S DELICIOUS: Between the strong brew and the super sweet milk, it's like drinking a thin milkshake with a serious caffeine kick.
13. Singaporean Hokkien Mee
14. Char Kway Teow
15. Nasi Goreng
16. Nyonya Kueh Lapis
17. Fried Carrot Cake (Chai Tow Kway)
18. Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts
WHAT THEY ARE: In the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year, mountains of red-lidded plastic cookie jars appear in markets throughout Singapore. They're filled with various Chinese confectionary, the best of which is the "pineapple tart," a ball of sweet, very dense pineapple filling baked into a buttery pastry shell.
WHY THEY'RE DELICIOUS: The shape varies — sometimes the cookies are balls, other times they are more like actual tarts, with pastry on the bottom and a dollop of filling on top — but the sticky pineapple filling and crumbly pastry are consistently excellent. Extra point for how extravagantly dense they are.
20. Mamee Monster Noodle Snacks
WHAT THEY ARE: Ramen noodles that have been baked into a salty, crispy brick, and they're meant to be eaten as is (so, truly instant ramen). The noodle snacks are available in a variety of flavors — chicken is the best, but barbecue is pretty stellar, too.
WHY THEY'RE DELICIOUS: What they absolutely lack in nutritional value, they make up for in addictive umami-ness.
22. Curry Laksa
23. Nasi Lemak
24. Seasons Ice Lemon Tea
WHAT IT IS: Seasons iced tea (made by the Singaporean F&N company) comes in a variety of flavors, some with milk and some without, but their iced lemon tea is the best.
WHY IT'S DELICIOUS: It's really strong, really sweet, and really perfect in 90 degree weather. Seriously, Arizona iced tea has nothing on Singapore's version.