Local Food in Singapore

If you ask any Singaporean what they miss most about home when they are overseas, they will tell you – Local Food. Sharing on my favourite local food, in response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme – Local.

Singapore is a multi-racial nation and a metropolitan city, we are spoil in terms of choice of food.  As a Singaporean, whenever I am overseas especially in US for conferences, what I miss most is Singapore’s local food. Following are my favourite local food that are available at the hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts. These pictures were taken by my friend, Michael Lee, an amazing baker. Check out some of his creations at FinallyBakes.

Soon Kueh is a dumpling with turnip filling, serve with dark sweet sauce and chilly. We usually have this for breakfast or afternoon snack. I like the Soon Kueh from the store at Amoy Hawker Centre on level two.


Chwee Kueh is steam rice cake or water rice cake (direct translation from Teochew) served with fried chye po or preserved radish as topping.  We usually have this for breakfast. I like the Chwee Kueh from Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre.


Char Kway Teow or Fried Kway Teow is my favourite comfort food.  A must have whenever I am back from a US or Europe trip. It is super unhealthy, so make sure you go for the best.  I like the Char Kway Teow from the corner store at Zion Road Hawker Centre. Be prepared to wait as the queue is usually long during lunch and dinner time. Another store that I frequent for Char Kway Teow is the corner store at Amoy Hawker Centre.  Just writing about it, makes me crave for it. 🙂


Another of my favourite is Chai Tao Kueh or Fried Carrot Cake or Fried Radish Cake. By the way it is also the favourite local food of Joseph Schooling, Singapore’s first Olympic Gold Champion. This is another unhealthy food, so make sure you go for the best. I like the Chai Tao Kueh at Zion Road Hawker Centre. You can choose between frying with dark soy sauce or light soy sauce. Both just as good.


Wrapping up with dessert, Tau Suan or Mung Bean Soup. It is served warm with fried fritters. This is a comfort food to me. Eating this always reminds me of my childhood days.



Simple things in life like local food makes me miss home whenever I travel. The above is a brief introduction on a few of my favourite local food. They are available in both Singapore and Malaysia though the way of cooking/serving may be different.

Fella Singaporeans, would love to hear from you on where you would go for the above mentioned food. Give your comments on the box below.


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