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18 Strangely Wonderful Things You Can Eat In Singapore

All of these things are real. Impress your mouth with a trip to the world's most delicious destination: strangely wonderful Singapore.

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1. You can start the day with Kaya Toast.

It's a breakfast favourite in Singapore: soft-boiled eggs; strong, sweetened coffee; and Kaya toast. Kaya toast is heavenly comfort food: simple white toast covered in layers of butter, and delicious, creamy coconut jam. Have breakfast like a local and dip the toast in your runny eggs.
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It's a breakfast favourite in Singapore: soft-boiled eggs; strong, sweetened coffee; and Kaya toast. Kaya toast is heavenly comfort food: simple white toast covered in layers of butter, and delicious, creamy coconut jam. Have breakfast like a local and dip the toast in your runny eggs.

2. You can feast on a fragrant Fish Head Curry.

If you find it strange having a Red Snapper head floating in your curry, you'll get over it once you taste this wonderful Singaporean dish. Each ethnic group has its own unique take on the dish, mixing fragrant spices of a South Indian curry with a fish head — a Chinese delicacy.
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If you find it strange having a Red Snapper head floating in your curry, you'll get over it once you taste this wonderful Singaporean dish. Each ethnic group has its own unique take on the dish, mixing fragrant spices of a South Indian curry with a fish head — a Chinese delicacy.

3. Or try some Fish Ball Noodle Soup.

Spongy minced-up fish, rolled into balls and served over a bowl of soup and rice noodles? Yes please. This fresh, simple soup is a staple at many hawker centers and is the perfect dish for when you feel like something light.
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Spongy minced-up fish, rolled into balls and served over a bowl of soup and rice noodles? Yes please. This fresh, simple soup is a staple at many hawker centers and is the perfect dish for when you feel like something light.

4. You can snack on Popiah.

These are the Singaporean version of fresh spring rolls. Fresh and crunchy and delicious, and another favourite to be found at the hawker stands.
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These are the Singaporean version of fresh spring rolls. Fresh and crunchy and delicious, and another favourite to be found at the hawker stands.

5. Or order some Claypot Frog Legs.

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Frog legs, dried chilli, oyster sauce, and more Singaporean magic, all served up on a bed of rice...or porridge! Frog porridge sounds weird, but it's actually one of the tastiest things you can eat in Singapore. And frog legs taste just like chicken, anyway.

6. You can try a plate of Rojak.

"Rojak" means "mixture" in Malay and is traditionally a sticky, delicious mixture of pineapple, green apple, mango, guava, cucumber, squid fritters, tamarind, chilli, black bean paste, honey, chopped peanuts, and even more wonderful things that we won't list because you haven't got all day.
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"Rojak" means "mixture" in Malay and is traditionally a sticky, delicious mixture of pineapple, green apple, mango, guava, cucumber, squid fritters, tamarind, chilli, black bean paste, honey, chopped peanuts, and even more wonderful things that we won't list because you haven't got all day.

7. Sample Hay Piah (Chinese Prawn Fritters).

You'll find this delicious appetizer at hawker stands, night markets, and food courts.
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You'll find this delicious appetizer at hawker stands, night markets, and food courts.

8. Indulge in some...pig intestines.

Pig bits...and boiled eggs...and noodles — oh my! Known locally as kway chap, this hawker delicacy is served with a soy sauce broth and flat rice noodles, and you have to try it at least once in your life. It tastes better than it sounds, promise.
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Pig bits...and boiled eggs...and noodles — oh my! Known locally as kway chap, this hawker delicacy is served with a soy sauce broth and flat rice noodles, and you have to try it at least once in your life. It tastes better than it sounds, promise.

9. Or order some fresh Sambal Stingray.

This is an inexpensive treat that you can find at most hawker stands that serve seafood. Stingray fins are covered in a spicy Sambal sauce, barbecued, and served up on banana leaves with a fresh calamansi (golden lime).
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This is an inexpensive treat that you can find at most hawker stands that serve seafood. Stingray fins are covered in a spicy Sambal sauce, barbecued, and served up on banana leaves with a fresh calamansi (golden lime).

10. You can eat Scissor Cut Curry Rice.

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No, seriously. It's called Scissor Cut Curry Rice, and no picture could ever do this gooey, sweet-and-spicy curry justice. It looks ugly, but it's a Singapore staple, and it tastes beautiful — promise.

11. You can try a rich, dark stew known as Ayam Buah Keluak.

This is a Peranaken (Straits Chinese) staple, a chicken stew made with richly flavored "keluak" black nuts. These nuts are actually deadly poisonous if consumed raw — they contain cyanide — but are buried for 40 days, boiled, and completely detoxified before they make it to the markets and into this delicious stew.
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This is a Peranaken (Straits Chinese) staple, a chicken stew made with richly flavored "keluak" black nuts. These nuts are actually deadly poisonous if consumed raw — they contain cyanide — but are buried for 40 days, boiled, and completely detoxified before they make it to the markets and into this delicious stew.

12. On one day of the year, you can toss some Lo Hei.

Also known as Yu Sheng, or the "Prosperity Toss," this colourful salad is traditionally enjoyed on the seventh day of the Chinese New Year, the day on which humans were thought to be created. Ingredients — including pickled ginger, carrots, radishes, raw fish slices, crackers, a fragrant plum sauce, and sesame oil — are placed on a plate. Today, family members and friends will gather around to toss the salad together, a tradition that is thought to bring great fortune.
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Also known as Yu Sheng, or the "Prosperity Toss," this colourful salad is traditionally enjoyed on the seventh day of the Chinese New Year, the day on which humans were thought to be created. Ingredients — including pickled ginger, carrots, radishes, raw fish slices, crackers, a fragrant plum sauce, and sesame oil — are placed on a plate. Today, family members and friends will gather around to toss the salad together, a tradition that is thought to bring great fortune.

13. You can find a crab dish on every corner.

Make sure you try Singapore's unofficial national dish, Chilli Crab, a hard-shell mud crab soaked in delicious sweet-and-spicy sauce. But the crab doesn't end there... Whether it's white pepper crab, black pepper crab, or some other variation of the dish, you're going to find it everywhere in Singapore. You're not going to be able to escape the crab. So don't even try.
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Make sure you try Singapore's unofficial national dish, Chilli Crab, a hard-shell mud crab soaked in delicious sweet-and-spicy sauce. But the crab doesn't end there... Whether it's white pepper crab, black pepper crab, or some other variation of the dish, you're going to find it everywhere in Singapore. You're not going to be able to escape the crab. So don't even try.

14. Warm up with a bowl of Mee Rebus.

Mee Rebus is a popular noodle dish in the region, and comprises boiled yellow egg noodles in a sweet, thick, potato-based curry sauce, served with boiled egg, bean sprouts, and fried shallots. Noodles that'll warmmmm your soul.
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Mee Rebus is a popular noodle dish in the region, and comprises boiled yellow egg noodles in a sweet, thick, potato-based curry sauce, served with boiled egg, bean sprouts, and fried shallots. Noodles that'll warmmmm your soul.

15. And then graduate to Mod-Sin.

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Mod-Sin cuisine is the reinvention of native Singaporean food culture, started by a new generation of chefs who take the familiar flavours of traditional hawker dishes and reinterpret them with modern cooking techniques and Western ingredients. Like this fresh sweet-and-savoury pineapple sorbet, inspired by the traditional snack of pineapple with chilli and soy sauce.

Are you ready for dessert now?

16. You can see if you're on Team Durian.

Some say it tastes like rotten mushy onions, others live for this squishy tropical fruit, regarded as the King of Fruits in Southeast Asia. You need to try it once in your life, if only to see where you stand.
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Some say it tastes like rotten mushy onions, others live for this squishy tropical fruit, regarded as the King of Fruits in Southeast Asia. You need to try it once in your life, if only to see where you stand.

17. Stuff your cheeks full of Ondeh Ondeh.

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These sweet, glutinous rice balls are filled with Gula Melaka (palm sugar) and coated with shredded coconut. They'll explode in your mouth when you take a bite.

18. And finish it all off with some Cendol.

This traditional Southest Asian dessert is usually some combination of: green jelly noodles, coconut milk, pandan flavouring, and palm sugar — but the adventurous can add toppings like red beans, creamed corn, and grated ice. It's the epitome of strange but wonderful, and it's the best way to end your culinary escapade in Singapore.
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This traditional Southest Asian dessert is usually some combination of: green jelly noodles, coconut milk, pandan flavouring, and palm sugar — but the adventurous can add toppings like red beans, creamed corn, and grated ice. It's the epitome of strange but wonderful, and it's the best way to end your culinary escapade in Singapore.