Different Ways To Discover Singapore Food

Beyond our restaurants and hawker stalls, there are myriad other ways to experience, taste and celebrate the diversity of food Singapore has to offer. Start with these food festivals, classes and self-guided food trails.
The exciting and diverse culinary flavours of multi-ethnic Singapore.

Singapore Food Festival

At this annual event, the best of Singapore’s food scene comes together to celebrate the diversity of our cuisine. This year’s festival will take place from 14 to 30 July, and features events like a hawker wine safari; kueh-and-beverage pairing classes; and cooking demonstrations held across various venues. 

The highlight of the Festival, though, is STREAT. Taking place on 14 and 15 July at Clifford Square, it brings together a selection of Singapore’s best chefs and hawkers in a balmy outdoor setting. Chefs Wilin Low of Wild Rocket and Malcolm Lee of Candlenut will also be collaborating on a special Mod-Sin (that’s ‘modern Singaporean’ for the uninitiated) dinner menu at a pop-up restaurant on the festival grounds. 

Find out more about the Singapore Food Festival here.

food-2-euroThe Eurasian Experience Tour includes a cooking demonstration.

The Eurasian Experience Tour

Of all of Singapore’s cuisines, Eurasian food is the hardest to find outside of homes. Good thing there’s The Eurasian Community House, and its resident restaurant, Quentin’s. Located at Ceylon Road, the club is where guests can dine on Eurasian classics such as Curry Debal (“Devil Curry” — a fiery dish traditionally made of Christmas leftovers like chicken sausages and bacon bones); Tim Soup (which features pork rib and salted vegetables); and Ambilla Curry (a mildly-spiced tamarind-based dish with long beans). 

To truly discover Eurasian food and culture, sign up for one of several Eurasian Experience Tours that take visitors through three galleries in the Community House, and include a cooking demonstration by Chef Quentin Pereira himself. The caveat: these tours require a group booking of at least 20 people. 

Get details on how to sign up for the Eurasian Experience Tour here

Cooking Classes at Community Centres (CCs)

Singapore’s many community centres and clubs are wonderful — not to mention, affordable — resource centres for learning about local food. From Nonya kueh and western-style halal cooking, to the forgotten foods of yesteryear and the art of brewing Chinese tea, these CCs offer a range of classes taught by professional chefs for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. Prices start from about $20 per person.

Register for a cooking class here.

food-3The first Michelin Guide Singapore Street Food Festival debuted in April 2017 and featured delicious offerings from different Michelin-starred eateries.

Michelin Guide Singapore Street Food Festival

This newly-minted food festival gives diners a chance to sample dishes from a selection of local and international street food and from the kitchens of more than 12 Michelin-starred restaurants and celebrated Bib Gourmand eateries in one space. The inaugural festival was held over two days in April this year at The Coliseum, Resorts World Sentosa, and featured restaurants like one-star Indian restaurant, Song Of India, two-starred Shoukouwa, which served Japanese street snacks, and three-starred Joel Robuchon, which sold its scrumptious selection of breads and pastries. And as for the Bib Gourmand awardees, hawker stalls A Noodle Story, Wedang and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh were represented as pop-up stalls.

Each $20 event ticket came with $20 worth of credit (some dishes were priced as low as $2.50) to enjoy over a two-hour period. VIP tickets were sold at $150 per person and entitled holders to a seat in the VIP area, a tasting portion of all the dishes on offer, a free flow of soft drinks, beers and sparkling water, and a glass of champagne.

Plans are underway for the 2018 edition, but details are unavailable at this time.

Find out what you’ve missed here.

Self-Guided Heritage Food Trails

Enclaves like Geylang and Balestier boast a rich history and some significant landmarks. One could spend an entire afternoon wandering around these neighbourhoods and taking in the sights and sounds, but what would a stroll around Singapore’s cultural landmarks be without stops at a few famous food purveyors?

The good museum volunteers from the Sun Yat Sun Nanyang Memorial Hall have put together a downloadable Balestier Food Trail booklet and map that lists the best restaurants and stalls in the enclave, along with information on their histories and backgrounds. 

Similarly, the Geylang Serai Integration and Nationalisation Champions Committee has a downloadable guide to food stalls that stretch from Lorong 22 Geylang to Haig Road Food Centre.

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