Singapore’s Hawker Centers

Singapore is one of the best food cities I’ve ever visited, and since I base most of my opinions about anything on the quality of the food, it also happens to be one of my favorite cities in the world.

The region has a very rich culinary culture, with an eclectic mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indonesian and Peranakan cuisines – as well as strong influences from several others. While Singapore’s infamously strict laws prohibit any street vendors, there is still a simple way to get your hands on these tasty treats.

Hawker Centers – massive collectives of food stalls, each serving incredibly appetizing dishes. You can have some of the most delicious meals of your life in them, and for pennies!

Hawker Centers are a perfect way to acquaint yourself with local food culture, trying a bit of everything

Each neighborhood in Singapore seems to have its own hawker center. You can try some delicious Indian or Pakistani dishes in Little India’s Tekka Centre, or head over to trendy Tiong Bahru for the best breakfast and lunch dishes. Chinatown’s Maxwell Food Centre has one of the most varied selections, while nearby Lau Pa Sat is more upscale and perhaps easier to approach at first.

Maxwell Food Centre, located in Chinatown, is one of my personal favorites in Singapore

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is a local legend. It may be hard to believe that a simple dish of chicken and rice could be life-changing, but here they are just that. The popular food stall at Maxwell Food Centre can sometimes have incredibly long lines, but some things really are worth the wait!

Fresh fruits are the perfect dessert after a meal (or three) at a hawker center

Singaporean savory carrot cake at the upscale Lau Pa Sat hawker center is a must-try dish

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