The Asian Food Capital

Basmati Bismi
Bismi brand basmati rice dispenser next to your truck box.
Red X-Plosive
Chillies are one of the essential ingredients in many Singaporean dishes.
change time
Malay women shop at a food market in Singapore's Tekka Mall.
men's task
Ethnic Tamil Singaporeans buy vegetables at a street stall in Little India.
lively night
Singapore's Chinatown street is lively and full of people savoring the small nation's specialties.
other flavors
Austrian cook sells Wiener sausages on the streets of Singapore's Chinatown, to date of photography, with huge success.
Decoration and signs
The astrological relationship has not been proven, but a scale lies next to an aquarium on a stand in the Tekka Mall food market.
flavor silver
Detail of one of the traditional dishes served at Hawker Centers in Singapore.
Tian Yuan
Owner of a Hawker Center stall stocked with ingredients and a bilingual menu posted.
jelly fruit
Detail of a dessert as colorful as it is simple that combines pudding with gelatin.
Durion-flavored architecture
A detail of the Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay, the most emblematic cultural building in Singapore, inspired by the national fruit, the durian.
Lunch break
Rickshaw driver recovers his energy by devouring a home-cooked meal.
Vegetable's Chias
Women at a vegetable stand in Little India
There were 4 ethnic groups in Singapore, each with its own culinary tradition. Added to this was the influence of thousands of immigrants and expatriates on an island with half the area of ​​London. It was the nation with the greatest gastronomic diversity in the Orient.

Os hawker centers they are a kind of Singaporean institution.

We felt officially desperate at the abundance of indoor stands twinned in several rows and with their specialties and menus arranged in a similar way.

We were hungry but we limited ourselves to going around that aromatic area of ​​the Teka Mall. With that, we only fueled the enormous indecision, made even more ridiculous by the simultaneous nods and appeals of the counter employees of the closest establishments:

“Come here, try my specialties! They'll love it!” or "It's my food they're looking for, I'm absolutely sure!"

Singapore is one of the most orderly nations on Earth, there is no doubt but these shopkeepers had to do for a living and the vision of two outsiders trying to decide was stronger than the most uncomplex.

Lost in the Menus and Flavors of the Teka Mall, at the Doors of Little India

We ended up giving in to the call of one of them, of Malay ethnicity. We approached his window and unleashed a list of questions about what consisted or contained this or that.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, Chillies

Chillies are one of the essential ingredients in many Singaporean dishes.

Enlightened, we ended up asking for a fried rice (fried rice with pieces of meat and vegetables) and a large mommy (a soup of noodles rich and quite spicy).

When the food was ready, the lady served us without big smiles at the table where we had been seated.

It took us forever to share the two dishes, largely due to the potency of the soup that we weren't prepared for.

Then we tried a glass of chendol.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, Jelly Fruit

Detail of a dessert as colorful as it is simple that combines pudding with gelatin.

We celebrated when we saw how similar it was to the halo halo desserts that we had devoured countless times in the Philippines, made from coconut milk, rice flour, gelatin, palm sugar and, as with the chendol ahead of us, often fortified with red beans.

More than satisfied, it occurred to us that this was a real food court. It's not that Singapore didn't have them in large numbers, too, in its countless shopping centers that are little or nothing different from what we have here.

Already a covered area, huge like that, with hundreds of mini-restaurants side and side, grouped by ethnic groups, to avoid as much as possible quarrels and confusion, serving a little of everything, that we were not used to seeing.

Hawker centers like Teka and dozens around the island are not just for lunchtime meals during the week. Even when Singaporeans dine out in groups, they prefer them to conventional restaurants.

Thus, they take advantage of its convenience, much lower prices and the endless diversity of offer that had left us so confused.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, banking market

Owner of a Hawker Center stall stocked with ingredients and a bilingual menu posted.

The Historical, Ethnic and Gastronomic Wealth of Singapore

Singapore has always been a key Asian port served by a population largely from elsewhere.

Over time, the cuisines of the Malay natives and that of the island's largest ethnic group, the Chinese, mingled with each other and with those of the Indian ethnic groups – especially Tamil -, the Peranakan of Chinese descendants for a long time. installed in Penang, Malacca, Indonesia and Singapore itself.

The ethnic spice did not stop there.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, Chinatown

Singapore's Chinatown street is lively and full of people savoring the small nation's specialties.

The genetic fusion of the Portuguese who dominated the spice market for two centuries and continued to inhabit Malacca and Singapore with the natives, English, Dutch, Chinese and Indians gave rise to the Kristang group.

Its cuisine also enjoys great prestige.

As was to be expected, in addition to a countless number of ingredients and dishes from all those places as well as their variations, many other recipes today considered hybrid or multicultural have also appeared on the island.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, Snack

Detail of one of the traditional dishes served at Hawker Centers in Singapore.

A Multi-Ethnic Nation with a Multi-Awarded Food

We only need to move from the localized but delicious and invigorating world of Hawker centers to the world of international prestige to see the popularity of Singaporean cuisine.

In 2011, CNN decided to conduct an online election of the “50 Most Delicious Foods in the World".

Four of the most popular dishes were idolized in Singapore: Hainan Chicken Rice, Crab Chili, Laksa (Perakanan noodle soup) and Roti Prata, usually served with meat or vegetable curry and which can be cooked with cheese, onion , banana, beans, chocolate, mushrooms, eggs or others.

Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay, Lunch Break

Rickshaw driver recovers his energy by devouring a home-cooked meal.

Ingredients like these are obtained in different markets conveniently adjacent to the hawker centers.

There are those of meat, fish, vegetables, etc, etc., in which several restaurant owners maintain other businesses and where everyone is supplied.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, banking market

Malay women shop at a food market in Singapore's Tekka Mall.

After that meal and others in similar places, we almost never resist wandering through its confusing corridors.

Among housewives wrapped in saris, under hijabs or in Western and modern dresses, attended by butchers, fishmongers, and other merchants, given body and soul to the trades.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, Basmati Bismi

Bismi brand basmati rice dispenser next to your truck box.

Wandering through Singapore's Prolific Markets

A large part of their purchases are dedicated to almost secular homemade meals, sometimes shared by groups of different religions, in this case, paying attention to the restrictions of each one: the pork for the Muslims, the cow for the Hindus, preferably poultry or vegetarians if both are seated at the table.

On any other day, we were walking through the neighborhood of little india when we came across the strange scene of dozens of Indian Singaporeans on a terrace, almost all of them with lassis in hand, watching what looked like a Bollywood classic.

Outdoor Theater, Little India, Sari Singapore, Singapore

Spectators at an open-air cinema session in Little India.

Curious, we sat down, ordered two and watched the last moments of the noisy feature film. In the end, we found ourselves chattering away with a haughty Sikh and infectious speech.

We spoke to him about the phenomenon of lassis and ended up getting involved in a long three-way debate that involved the Singaporean political system and the true importance of Indian ethnicities in the country. But it also obviously went through the food.

“What are you guys, by the way? Catholics, Protestants? Are they nothing? Ah, OK, that's it, those are free thinkers no god or gods, I get it.

The Role of Gastronomy in Singaporean Complex Identity

Well, anyway, you have to understand that here in Singapore, things have been working like this for a long time”, sought to enlighten us, Singh, who was increasingly excited by the interest we showed and the depth that the conversation took on.

“We coexist with our ethnicities and religions but the rivalry between ethnic groups remains.

One of the ways to prevent our identity from being lost in that of others or, worse, simply in the West, is to respect traditions. Those weary and gastronomy in general plays an unavoidable role in Singapore.

It only takes some money for a family from here to cross the entire island to get to a restaurant with food they really like, whatever the time.

In fact, it's even common for Singaporeans to return home earlier than they thought from abroad just because they miss their favorite dishes.”

The dissertation continued. It left us convinced and more attentive to the matter.

In the last days of our visit, we explored the Marina Bay area, at the mouth of the Singapore River.

Singapore Asian Capital Food, Esplanade - Theaters on the Bay

A detail of the Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, the most emblematic cultural building in Singapore, inspired by the national fruit, the durian.

We found that even the architecture of Esplanade – Theaters on The Bay, the main arts center in the country, is reportedly inspired by the durian, the malodorous national fruit that the authorities had to ban from the public transport network.

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Cocoa Roças, Corallo and the Chocolate Factory

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Suzdal, Russia

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Enxame Mozambique

Mozambican Fashion Service Area

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Little India, Singapore

The Sari Singapore of Little India

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Sentosa, Singapore

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Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

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Amboseli National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Normatior Hill
Amboseli National Park, Kenya

A Gift from the Kilimanjaro

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Braga or Braka or Brakra in Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
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The Ancient Nepal of Braga

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Architecture & Design
napier, New Zealand

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Boats on ice, Hailuoto Island, Finland.
Hailuoto, Finland

A Refuge in the Gulf of Bothnia

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Bertie in jalopy, Napier, New Zealand
Ceremonies and Festivities
Napier, New Zealand

Back to the 30s

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Athens, Greece, Changing of the Guard at Syntagma Square
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Obese resident of Tupola Tapaau, a small island in Western Samoa.
Tonga, Western Samoa, Polynesia

XXL Pacific

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scarlet summer

Valencia to Xativa, Spain (España)

Across Iberia

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Reindeer Racing, Kings Cup, Inari, Finland
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Plane landing, Maho beach, Sint Maarten
Maho Beach, Sint Maarten

The Jet-powered Caribbean Beach

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Coin return
Dawki, India

Dawki, Dawki, Bangladesh on sight

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Ross Bridge, Tasmania, Australia
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Refreshing bath at the Blue-hole in Matevulu.
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Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Winter White
PN Oulanka, Finland

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Almada Negreiros, Roça Saudade, Sao Tome
Saudade, São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe

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Joshua Tree National Park, California, United States,
PN Joshua Tree, California, United States

The Arms stretched out to Heaven of the PN Joshua Tree

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Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
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Tinquilco Lake in PN Huerquehue, Pucón, La Araucania, Chile
Natural Parks
Pucón, Chile

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Solovetsky, Islands, Archipelago, Russia, Autumn, UAZ, Autumn road
UNESCO World Heritage
Bolshoi Solovetsky, Russia

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu, Bollywood Scenery, Heartthrob's Eye
Ooty, India

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Fisherman maneuvers boat near Bonete Beach, Ilhabela, Brazil
Ilhabela, Brazil

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Police intervention, ultra-Orthodox Jews, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Jaffa, Israel

Unorthodox protests

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Chepe Express, Chihuahua Al Pacifico Railway
On Rails
Creel to Los Mochis, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre & the CHEPE Iron Horse

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Riders cross the Ponte do Carmo, Pirenópolis, Goiás, Brazil
Pirenópolis, Brazil

A Polis in the South American Pyrenees

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Saksun, Faroe Islands, Streymoy, warning
Daily life
Saksun, StreymoyFaroe Islands

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Jabula Beach, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Saint Lucia, South Africa

An Africa as Wild as Zulu

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Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

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