Singaporeans also enjoy a wide
variety of seafood including crabs, clams, squid (known as sotong in
Malay), stingray, oysters and lobsters.
Favourite seafood dishes
- Barbecued stingray ("hang hir" in Hokkien), smothered in sambal and
served on banana leaf. It is also known as Ikan Bakar. Unique in
Singapore and uncommon in Malaysia.
- Chili crab, hard shell crabs cooked in a thick tomato and chili-based gravy.
- Fried oyster or Oyster omelette, an oyster omelette mixed with flour and fried, garnished with coriander leaves.
- Black pepper crab, hard shell crabs cooked in a black pepper sauce.
highly-noticeable trend in recent times is the growth of vegetarian
eating places in Singapore. More people are changing their diet for a
healthier lifestyle. The Singapore Vegetarian Society has a list of the
vegetarian-food outlets in Singapore.
seen dishes like Chicken Chop, Fish and Chips, mixed grills, cheese
fries and etc., are generally popular in Singapore, typically spotted in
hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts in Singapore.
Singapore popular tropical
fruits include the mangosteen, jackfruit, longan, lychee, rambutan and
pineapple. Some of these fruits are also used as ingredients for other
dishes: iced desserts, sweet-and-sour pork, and certain kinds of salad
such as rojak.
A typical open-air kopi tiam in Singapore
Local names for coffee and tea
- Bubble Tea, is traditionally made by adding boba balls(made from a
mixture of tapioca and carrageenan powder), large or small, to shaken
milk black tea.
- Horlicks Dinosaur, conventional Horlicks served with lots of Horlicks powder on top
- Milo Dinosaur, conventional Milo served with lots of Milo powder on top
- Milo Godzilla (aka Milo T-Rex), Milo Dinosaur with a scoop of ice-cream and optional whipped cream
- Singapore Sling
- Soya bean milk
- Sugar cane juice
- Teh halia tarik, ginger tea with milk pulled (tarik)
- Teh tarik, tea mixed with evaporated milk, usually Carnation brand.
This tea is unique in that during preparation, the tea is tossed
repeatedly from one mug to another to create a thick froth (hence the
name teh tarik, meaning '"pulled tea"). See picture here.
- Tiger Beer
- Kopi, coffee
- Kopi-gau, coffee
- Kopi-po, coffee
- Kopi-C, coffee with evaporated milk
- Kopi-C-kosong, coffee with evaporated milk and no sugar ('kosong" means empty in Malay)
- Kopi-O, coffee with sugar only
- Kopi-O-kosong, coffee without sugar or milk
- Kopi-O-kosong-gau, a strong brew of coffee without sugar or milk
- Kopi-bing or Kopi-ice, coffee with milk, sugar and ice
- Kopi-xiu-dai, coffee with less sweetened milk
- Kopi-gah-dai, coffee with extra sweetened milk
example like the above list could be extra ordered adding more ice or
more sugar or milk. For example, one can add the "bing"(Ice in mandarin)
suffix to form other variations such as Teh-C-bing (tea with evaporated
milk with ice) which is a popular drink considering Singapore's warm
weather. See also Ordering at a coffee shop.
- Teh, tea with milk and sugar
- Teh-C, tea with evaporated milk
- Teh-C-kosong, tea with evaporated milk and no sugar
- Teh-O, tea with sugar only
- Teh-O-kosong, plain tea without milk or sugar
- Teh tarik, the Malay tea described above
- Teh-halia, tea with ginger water
- Teh-bing, tea with ice, also known as Teh-ice
- Teh-xiu-dai, tea with less sweetened milk
- Teh-gah-dai, tea with extra sweetened milk