Khoollect explores: a food writer’s guide to Singapore

London-based food writer, stylist, and brand strategist, Shu Han Lee, shares her favourite spots to soak up the atmosphere, get a taste of the culture, and serve up a big fat helping of delicious food in her native Singapore. Warning: this item is heavily skewed towards food.

Top three foodie spots

  • Tiong Bahru – the Tiong Bahru market has the most delicious char siu, steamed filled baos, and the chwee kueh is to die for. The younger generation of Singaporeans have also taken to the relaxed vibe of this old neighbourhood and opened up lots of cafes where you can relax with a coffee and something sweet.
  • Katong/ Joo Chiat – this is the ideal spot to sample delicious laksa and Peranakan food.
  • Chinatown – head to Chinatown for bak kwa (barbecued sweet sticky meat jerky) and my favourite shaved ice dessert stall.

Best cheap eats or hawker stalls

The best hawkers are dotted all over Singapore, so I couldn’t point you to just one spot! However, the good thing about this is you are never far off from a hawker centre and delicious cheap eats.

One must-eat dish, or place to eat in Singapore

There are too many! But since breakfast is one of my favourite meals, I would say Chwee Kueh – steamed rice cakes topped with a preserved radish relish. The one at the Tiong Bahru market is my favourite.

Handmade Teochew fishballs studded with minced pork. #surfandturf

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Best drink to keep cool in Singapore

A tall glass of teh bing (iced tea with condensed milk).

Best spot to rest after all the eating

Bukit Timah Hill – it’s a short walk from my parent’s home and I often go for a hike there and watch the monkeys play with each other.

Best foodie souvenir to take back home

A jar of kaya (pandan coconut jam). Spread it thickly on salty buttered toast, and eat with soft boiled eggs and a strong coffee whenever you miss Singapore.

Have you traveled to Singapore? Tell us your top foodie tips in the comments below…

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