Southeast Asia has become a top destination for the culture seeking traveler. Of the countries that make up the region, the leader of the pack, especially for the luxury set, is Singapore. Considered a global financial center with a tropical climate, its popularity continues to grow. With this growth comes a host of tourist activities.
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Though Singapore is not the largest city, and most things easily accessible, to attain the best experience it’s best to choose a Singapore hotel in the neighborhood that best fits your personality. For example, if shopping is on the top of your list, then consider staying in or around the city’s famous Orchard Street. If luxury is a requirement, then looking into accommodations near Marina Bay is best.
Above all things, what tantalizes travelers to visit Singapore is its multicultural flavor. Yes, there are sites worth a visit such as the Singapore Flyer, Singapore’s answer to the London Eye, but most people come here for the flavor, literally. Due to the ethnic mix that exists in this country, there are diverse food choices found in every neighborhood. Here are five must-have dishes and where to have them in Singapore.
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Let’s not forget that Singapore was once one of the 14 states that made up Malaysia. Nothing reminds people of this more than this dish that both countries share an affinity for. This curry-based soup is a must. One of the best places to have this dish is at Janggut Laksa in the Queensway Shopping Center.
Bak Kut Teh
This pork bone soup had humble beginnings stemming from stories of yore. Supposedly, it first came into being when a shopkeep put together leftovers to feed a hungry beggar. It’s a nice reminder of the core of where this metropolis sprang from. A place to have this soulful bowl is at Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup on Beach Road.
Kaya Toast and Soft Boiled Eggs
This is the quintessential breakfast offering in Singapore. The toast is a delight on its own, grilled and slathered with coconut, and the eggs are steamed and always runny. It tastes especially excellent with a little pepper and dark soy sauce. Enjoy this traditional start to the day at Good Morning Nanyang Cafe on Upper Pickering Street.
There are a lot of Chinese and Taiwanese influenced dishes to be found everywhere, but not to be forgotten are the East Indians that have also settled down in Singapore. No visit to this city is complete without having this fried rice dish of Muslim Indian influence.
Singapore can get hot. Luckily its desserts are cool. None of them any cooler than Ice Kacang. This shaved ice delight topped with a myriad of things such as red bean, jelly, corn, etc. is a must no matter the weather.
If Southeast Asia is in your future, and you are seeking deep-rooted culture in a growing Metropolis, make sure to visit Singapore. Enjoy the lovely neighborhoods, the excellent accommodations, shopping, and, of course, the flavors.
During our own visit, we traveled during the off-season throughout Southeast Asia, which may be an ideal time to make your journey.
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