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I’ve taken hundreds of trips using miles and points over the years, and one of my favorite parts of traveling is trying local foods. The different combinations of food, often with the same ingredients, is exciting to me, and I love trying to recreate my favorite dishes back home.
In Singapore, there are a lot of amazing new foods to try. You can sample the foods from stalls or go to fancier restaurants…but be warned, sometimes the food is much better in the stalls! I recently went to see Crazy Rich Asians, and was enchanted by the gorgeous food seen in the movie.
Here Are 4 Impossible-to-Miss Foods in Singapore
1. Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese chicken rice is poached chicken over garlic-flavored rice with chili and ginger sauces on the side. This dish has a few of my favorite ingredients: Garlic, chicken, and ginger. It’s simple, yet comforting. You can find Hainanese chicken rice at the Newton Food Centre, one of the largest collections of food stalls in Singapore.
2. Chili Crab
Chili crab is another one of Singapore’s treasured dishes. It’s crab served with a sweet and savory tomato chili sauce. Usually, you get crispy Chinese steamed buns on the side–which is perfect for dipping in the flavor-rich sauce. Team member Keith and his wife, Liz, had black pepper crab in Chinatown Singapore, which he described as amazing.
Although dumplings weren’t in Kevin Kwan’s original book, they are part of a key scene in the movie. Rachel learns how to make dumplings along with Nick’s family, which serves as a way for the family to bond together. In the past, I’ve hosted cooking parties in my home. I love to cook ethnic food, like Okinawan Taco Rice, and share the recipe with friends and family. I find that cooking is much more fun with friends!
4. Kaya Toast
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, order some kaya toast. Kaya toast can be served multiple ways, but the essence is bread with coconut jam that’s infused with pandan leaves. Pandan leaves have a sweet, unique flavor that’s been compared to vanilla.
You can eat kaya toast with just bread, butter, and kaya. Or you can eat it with soft boiled eggs and soy sauce. I prefer mine with just kaya and a hot cup of coffee.
How to Get Cheap Flights to Singapore
You can book flights on Singapore Airlines with miles and points you earn from the best travel credit cards for a fraction of the cost. We recommend using points earned from the popular Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card or the best card for beginners, the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Just transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Singapore Airlines (it’s free!). Keith and Liz did that and flew First Class as part of their around-the-world honeymoon.
Singapore has so many great food stalls and restaurants waiting to be explored. Some national dishes to try include Hainanese chicken rice, chili crab, dumplings, and kaya toast.
You can use points you earn from certain Chase credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred to help you get to Singapore, and even fly First Class.
Have you been to Singapore? Share your favorite foods with us in the comments below!