Having a good breakfast early in the morning is definitely one best ways to start any day. And when it comes to breakfast, Singaporeans really know their stuff. So if you’re a breakfast lover, then Singapore has got to be at the top of your list of places to visit. With so many different cultures and ethnicities in Singapore, one can only imagine the huge array of unique, mouth-watering breakfast choices the country offers. What’s more — they’ll all cost you less than $8!
So without further ado, Evolve Daily presents to you 7 Of The Most Singaporean Breakfast Foods:
1) Kaya Toast, Soft-Boiled Eggs and Kopi Set
Nothing spells Singapore more than a few slices of kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs and a freshly brewed cup of Kopi (Coffee). This heavenly combination is widely considered to be the unofficial national breakfast set meal. And it’s not hard to see why; it has everything you could ever ask for in a breakfast! Sweet, savory, fragrant, crunchy and creamy; once you try this, you’ll be hooked for life!
Where: Ya kun Kaya Toast (many locations island-wide), or any local coffee shop
2) Roti Prata
While most Westerners are used to the sight of pancakes stacked on top of one another on their breakfast table, most Singaporeans prefer seeing stacks of Roti Pratas. Good pratas (which means “flat bread”) are crisp on the outside and soft, airy, and flaky on the inside.
Nowadays, you can even choose to add on various toppings or fillings like egg, cheese, mushroom and even banana or chocolate! But if you’re looking for the traditional Singaporean prata experience, just order a couple of plain or egg pratas and have it with curry or sugar.
Where: Curry Café, The Central
Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay
3) Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak is one of the must-try dishes for anyone visiting Singapore regardless of whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner time. The creamy, fragrant, and fluffy coconut milk flavored rice is the reason behind dish’s popularity. Many Singaporeans even claim they could live on just the rice alone! The dish would not be complete without a side serving of crunchy ikan bilis (deep-fried anchovies), fried chicken wing or Ikan Kuning (fried yellow fish), sweet yet spicy chilli sambal, and cucumber slices.
Where: Golden Shoe Naski Lemak, Golden Shoe Food Centre
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
4) Dim Sum
If you like variety in your breakfast, then Singaporean style breakfast dim sum is the way to go. Lotus paste buns, Chee Cheong Fun (glutinous rice roll), Lo Mai Gai (steamed sticky rice with chicken), Fan Choy (steamed rice with meat and eggs); these are just some of the more popular choices for a Singaporean breakfast. And with so many options, you’re bound to leave satisfied and craving for more!
Where: Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park
5) Chai Tao Kway – Carrot Cake
Chai tao kway, or carrot cake, is one of the most common dishes found in Singapore. But don’t be confused, it has nothing to do with the sweet carrot cake dessert commonly found in western countries. A Teochew dish, chai tao kway combines Singaporean favorites, radish and omelette, into the ultimate sweet, savory, and crispy breakfast dish. They come mostly in two variations; white and black. If you prefer a more savory expereience, go for the white. If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, try the black.
Where: Lau Goh Techew Chye Thow Kway, Zion Riverside Food Centre
Nearest MRT: Orchard
6) Economic Fried Bee Hoon/Noodles
Originally considered the poor man’s breakfast, economic fried bee hoon or noodles consist of simple and cheap fried noodles and dishes. And the variety of dishes and add-ons nowadays are endless. With options like luncheon meat slices, crispy beancurd skin, fried egg, fish, cake, and chicken wings, this breakfast meal will remind you of simpler times and still be able to leave you more than satisfied.
Where: Hai Ji Nasi Lemak and Economic Bee Hoon, Amoy Street Food Centre
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
7) Chwee Kueh – Water Rice Cake
Chwee kueh, which stands for “water rice cake” is another popular traditional breakfast dish. And nothing is more simple and delicious than a steam rice cake topped with chye poh (preserved salted radish) and some chilli sauce. The steamed rice cakes are soft, silky and moist while the chye poh provides the crunch. This humble dish is definitely one you do not want to miss out on!
Where: Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh, TANGS Orchard
Nearest MRT: Orchard
So what are you waiting for? Start your Singaporean breakfast adventure today. But don’t forget to put in some training time while you’re in Singapore so you don’t have to worry about all those extra calories!