We know that you are probably longing to spend part of your summer vacation, well, on vacation! However, if you aren’t able to travel, at least you can still have some food for thought. Here are five more Singaporean dishes for you to feast your eyes on!
Bak Kut Teh and Rice
This dish is a type of soup. In this case, pork ribs are cooked in a broth and infused with Chinese-style herbs and spices. Then both light and dark soy sauce are included in the mix and left to simmer for hours on end. This soup typically comes with rice as well and serves as a breakfast item. When it’s made with chicken, it is less fatty, and it can also be made halal for anyone observing Muslim dietary guidelines.
Want something else to go with your bak kut teh for breakfast? Then give kaya toast a shot! A sweet coconut egg jam is spread on toasted bread – nothing too fancy, but always delicious! The toast can be accompanied by half-boiled eggs and some black soya sauce for another dimension of flavor. This example of Singaporean cuisine is also good for couples and families to share, by the way!
Now we’re getting somewhere. Another excellent example of how unique Singaporean cuisine is, couples and families can enjoy this one together. Nasi lemak combines coconut rice, omelet slices, anchovies, a cucumber slice, and some chili paste. Then everything is wrapped up for the diner to consume – either in brown paper or more uniquely, a banana leaf!
Roti Prata and Teh Tarik
Given how Singapore is a melting pot of different Asian cultures and cuisines, some influence from the Indian subcontinent shouldn’t come as a surprise. Roti prata is a flaky bread that doesn’t have to have eggs in it, although it typically does. A vegetable-based lentil curry is often served alongside it. Teh tarik is a kind of tea; it’s often mixed with carnation milk and then a technique called “pulling” is used to transfer the liquid between two mugs and create a pleasant frothiness.
Now that you’ve had your fill, it’s time for the best part of any meal – dessert! Asia in general and Singapore in particular have a wide array of wonderful desserts for you to sample. Fresh fruit juice or coconut water help you wash down your food, while ice kacang and chendol help keep you cool on a hot, steamy day on the island city. Ice kacang consists of grated ice, a smothering of sweet syrups, a jelly base, then garnished with red beans, corn, and atap seeds. Think of it as the island’s answer to bingsu!
Chendol, on the other hand, is another beverage. Coconut milk is mixed with brown sugar, also known as gula melaka. Green starch strips and red beans complete this confection. If you’re feeling brave, you can also give creamy, fleshy durian a try!
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