Adam Liaw reveals how to eat your way around Singapore
Plus, learn how to do it without actually leaving the country.
It's no secret that Singapore is a food lover's dream destination. At every twist and turn, the smell of spices and fried foods will find you, tantalising your nostrils and causing you to salivate.
So it should come as no surprise then that MasterChef winner Adam Liaw is a fan of the nation and its culinary delights.
Heading to Singapore soon? Be sure to verse yourself in Adam's expert tips for eating in Singapore before taking off, so you too can fall in love with the nation one bite at a time.
Adam Liaw's Top 5 Singapore Foodie Tips:
- My best tip for eating in Singapore is to come at it with an open mind. I have been coming to Singapore for my entire life and of course I have my old favourites I go back to again and again, but I'm always willing to try something new because Singapore is always changing.
- If your budget allows, try to experience all the different aspects of Singapore and its cuisine, from fine dining to the cheap eats at hawker centres and everything in between. I think the variety of Singaporean food is what makes it great.
- When visiting Singapore, always have a list of specific dishes that you want to try. For me, things like satay, Hainanese chicken rice (pictured below) and chilli crab are the obvious ones, but there’s also dishes like Hainanese curry rice or Yong Tau Fu that don’t get as much attention as the big three, yet they’re just as good.
- Wet wipes! If you're going to visit the hawker centres, one of the most important things, and I learned this after having kids, is that you need to always carry baby wipes with you. A sign of a well-enjoyed meal is getting it all over your fingers, so come prepared. Plus, you can use wet wipes or tissues to reserve your table in a hawker centre. Pop the packet down on your table as you peruse the vendors. In Singapore, they call it choping your table, or chope.
- Eating is a very social affair in Singapore. People catch up over meals and it is acceptable to tuck into a meal at any time of the day. When you’re approaching food in Singapore, it can be easy to have six or seven meals in one day so definitely pace yourself. Even if you love it, don't fill yourself up because odds are, you’re going to come across something later in the day that you might like even more.
Want to eat it all without leaving the country?
This month, Singapore Tourism has teamed up with Adam Liaw and Anna Polyviou and other leading chefs in Singapore to bring us a virtual dinner where guests in both countries "dine" with each other via stream.
The Australian experience will be held at the Shangri-La Sydney and the cuisine will (naturally) be inspired by the Lion City itself. To be in the running to attend, register here by 13 February 2018.
Even if you don't score a seat, with budget airlines like Scoot around, flights to Singapore are as affordable as can be. You can search for flights below: