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Singapore cuisine: Where diversity meets creativity
2022-12-16
Singapore cuisine: Where diversity meets creativity
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Singapore is one of the most diverse countries in the world, with different ethnicities, languages, and cultures coming together. Matter of fact, statistics indicate that "foreigners account for nearly 30% of the total residential population." It's why Singapore boasts one of the most diverse cuisines in the world.
Even if you've only lived on this island for a short while, you may already know there's no end to how many flavours, aromas, and tastes you can experience on every street corner. Singapore's food diversity is renowned globally - from its Chinese and Indian roots to its Spanish and Italian influences.
Is it surprising that Singapore is known as "the food capital of Asia"?
As is the case, with diversity comes creativity - as the definition of a truly Singaporean plate of food remains a fluid concept. After all, it's not always about enjoying expensive meals at high-class establishments. Instead, Singapore's food culture also stems from providing affordable communal eating. Hence, the ability to be creative in the kitchen plays a significant role in how food diversity is represented.
5 dishes that represent Singapore's food diversity
So, what dishes best epitomise this beautiful nation's kaleidoscope of food creativity and diversity? Let's look at five of them:
1) Mee Goreng Mamak
Singapore's version of Indian-style noodles is often sold at Mamak eateries. Consisting of potatoes, tofu, beans sprouts, and eggs - it is also very popular in Malaysia. This stir-fried noodles dish is fiercely colourful as it is tasty.
2) Hainanese Chicken Rice
This delicious poached chicken with rice dish originates from the hands of Hainan immigrants in southern China. The rice is well-seasoned and served with chili sauce, sliced cucumber, and fresh cilantro
3)Chai Tow Kway
This breakfast- favourite in Singapore, with roots in the Chaoshan region of China, is also known as a "fried carrot cake." However, it is dissimilar to the Western version since this dish also comes with stir-fried radish cubes, eggs, and spring onions. Yes - it tastes as awesome as it sounds.
4) Chilli Crab Pasta
Pasta may be as Italian as it gets, but this chili crab pasta dish is wholesomely Singaporean! It comprises spicy crab meat, fluffy eggs, and freshly made pasta - served with pesto or different sauces.
5) Chicken/Beef Fajitas
This southwestern (Tex-Mex) delight is hugely popular worldwide. Singapore has its spin on them - given the quality of ingredients and unique cooking styles. They are served with tortilla wraps and generally served with mouth-watering mixed greens, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and guacamole salsa.
To summarise
The best part of Singapore's food diversity isn't restricted to any specific establishment, brand, or infrastructure. You can experience it everywhere - from hawker food stalls down the street to Michelin-star-winning restaurants in world-class hotels. The reason is that food cooking and eating practices come from a mix of cultural, racial, and ethnic mindsets that are spread across Asian and Western footprints. Hence, it has been woven into the fabric of how people interact - making it one of the country's topmost favourite past-times. For many others, like the numerous food influencers in Singapore - food diversity is also a matter of passion.

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