Okay, so about three years ago, Buzzfeed published an article, “27 Reasons Singapore Is The Most Delicious Place On Earth”, and listed down the 27 foods that made Singapore such a worthy place to visit.
The comments were pretty harsh: the cute and harmless argument of whether these foods “belong” to Singapore or Malaysia resurfaces. But hey, who cares? Singapore and Malaysia share not just the same roots but the same food as well, so what matters most is where the best foods are.
But here’s the thing: these 27 foods aren’t actually a full representation. After all, as a Singaporean, I’m shocked that cai png isn’t there: what’s Singapore and Malaysia without our best-est lunchtime dish, cai png?
So here’re 10 more foods that should convince people all over the world to come try our food. And just for the record, here’s Buzzfeed’s list:
- Chilli Crab
- Chicken Rice
- Char Siew Bao
- Ice Kacang
- White Rabbits (Say what?!)
- Curry Puffs
- Sambal Stingray
- Tiger Beer
- Beef Rendang
- Kaya Toast
- Kopi Ice (#facepalm)
- Hokkien Mee
- Char Kway Teow
- Nasi Goreng
- Nyonya Kueh Lapis
- Fried Carrot Cake
- CNY Pineapple Tarts (???)
- Mamee Monster Noodle Snacks (What the monster…)
- Curry Laksa
- Nasi Lemak
- Seasons Ice Lemon Tea
- Peanut Pancakes
- Mutton Satay
- Roti Prata
Here’s a Singaporean list!
If a Singaporean says that he hasn’t maken-ed at least one plate of cai png in a week, he’s probably lying. Not only is it cheap, convenient and easily found, it tastes heavenly. Down it with a soft drink and you’ll have the perfect lunchtime comrade.
There’s just something about fishball noodles that keeps foodies from having it again and again: whether it’s the QQ noodles or the QQ fishballs, it’s just a dish that’s evergreen and ever so oily. Bagus lah!
Fish head curry
What’s missing in the Buzzfeed list? Curry. Singaporeans like spicy food. Singaporeans like sweet food. Combine them and you have curry. But why fish head curry? Because Singaporeans love fish head, too.
Prawn paste fried chicken
KFC is so yesterday. The smell of the prawn paste might turn everyone away, but when fried, it becomes a heavenly dish that’s a favourite for both the young and old.
Youtiao + coffee
Churros in Singapore didn’t survive for more than a year, but youtiaos have been here for decades. And if you like milk, dip them in milk for that sweet, soft and sinful taste.
Pork floss bun
Those coffee buns and egg yolk buns come and go, but these pork floss buns survive the come-and-go trend, and create a legend so popular that almost every bakery would have it.
Yong tau foo
What’s a dish that can either be very healthy or very unhealthy? The answer is yong tau foo, and the difference between a healthy version and an unhealthy version is a thing known as “your choice”.
Be it Ipoh Hor Fun or ________ Hor Fun, the sweet eggy sauce covering the brown Chinese noodles is sure to make you satisfied (although not full).
We have people queuing for an hour just for a plate of perfect lor mee, and we even have cup noodles with lor mee flavour. Surely this should make it to the list?
No rojak? That’s so rojak. We need rojak, not popiah.
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