A true melting pot with a rich multicultural heritage, Singapore’s array of local cuisines are a reflection of the city-state’s cultural diversity. Sample bites of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Peranakan specialties on this walking tour of the city’s most delicious neighborhoods.
Start at the bustling Geylang Serai Market, the heart of the Malay community. Housed in a traditional kampong house, this foodie destination is packed with Malay and Indian cuisine. The famous market has 2 levels, with a wet market selling fresh produce, live fish, and spices on the ground floor and a food center on the second. Check out all-time Singaporean favorites like roti prata (a grilled pancake with curry) and thosai (a lentil crepe) taken with a frothy glass of teh Tarik, or “pulled” tea.
Traditionally associated with the Peranakan and Eurasian communities, the Joo Chiat/Katong enclave is a treasure trove of colonial-era history with its picture-perfect shophouses. It’s also a well-known food haven, where you can sample laksa (spicy noodle soup), ondeh-ondeh (sweet coconut rice cakes) and other delicacies popular in the neighborhood.
If you’re lucky, you might get to watch popiah masters standing over hot griddles, twirling dollops of dough in mid-air to make paper-thin wrappers for these tasty fresh spring rolls.