Singapore Country Guide

Eat

 
 

Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines from around the world and many Singaporeans are obsessive gourmands who love to "makan" (eat in Malay). You will find quality Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, American and other food in this city-state. For a typical meal with soft drink for one, expect to pay less than SGD10 for a budget meal, SGD10-30 for mid-range and more than SGD30 if you plan to splurge on yourself.

 
 
 
 
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Eating habits run the gamut but most foods are eaten by fork and spoon i.e. push with the fork on the left hand and eat with the spoon on the right. Noodles and Chinese dishes typically come with chopsticks, while Malay and Indian food can be eaten by hand but nobody will blink an eye if you ask for a fork and spoon instead. If eating by hand, always use your right hand to pick your food, as Malays and Indians traditionally use their left hand to handle dirty things. Take note of the usual traditional Chinese etiquette when using chopsticks and most importantly, do not stick your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice. If eating in a group, serving dishes are always shared but you'll get your own bowl of rice and soup. It's common to use your own chopsticks to pick up food from communal plates but serving spoons can be provided on request.

Coffeeshop, Singapore

At a coffee shop

Coffee Shops
Despite the name, coffee shops or "kopitiam" as the locals call it sell much more than coffee. They are effectively mini-hawker centres with perhaps only half a dozen stalls. This is where the local folks come for the canonical Singaporean breakfast of "kopi" (strong, very sweet coffee), some kaya (egg-coconut jam) toast and runny eggs

Food Courts

These are found in the basement or top floor of nearly every shopping mall. Food courts are the gentrified, air-conditioned version of hawker centres and the variety of foods served are almost identical. However, prices are on average SGD1-3 higher than prices in hawker centres and coffee shops and the quality of food is good but not necessary value for money.

Fast Food
International fast food chains like McDonald's, Carl's Jr., Burger King, KFC, MOS Burger, Dairy Queen, Orange Julius, Subway etc. are commonly found in various shopping malls. Prices range from SGD2 for a basic burger and SGD5 upwards for a set meal. All restaurants are self-service and clearing your table after your meal is optional.

McDonald's fast food, Singapore

McDonald's fast food restaurant

 
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