If I have to associate one word with this incredible and unique “city-state”, it would be food, without any hesitation. Over there, you can find food for all budgets and it is quite diverse. It is true that Singaporeans love their food !
Since the government banned hawking in the streets decades ago, you can find cheap and diversified food in Hawkers centres that look like food-courts but in the open air. It is very cheap, but you have to cope with the heat and the humidity. If you prefer the comfort of air-conditioned places, you can go to restaurants, as the price is often reasonable. We tried two restaurants, Paradise Dynasty and Din Tai Fung.
Paradise Dynasty is a restaurant with a very unique concept, as they proposed original flavoured steamed buns, called xiao long bao, that have to be eaten in a specific order : Original, Garlic, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheese, Crab Roe, and Szechuan. The restaurant is famous for it, so we decided to give it a go. The kitchen is open and you can look at the cooks preparing the dishes, and the interior is really well decorated. Unfortunately, even if the concept is interesting, some of the xiao long bao really tasted anything. So, I don’t think it was worth the price compared to the other restaurant we tried.
Din Tai Fung is considered as one of the best place to have dumplings in Singapore, so we had to try it. And indeed, it was delicious ! Best dumplings I’ve tried over there. The restaurant was nice but it can be a bit surprising to order the first time as the staff will give you a menu, a pen and you have to indicate yourself the numbers of the dishes you wish to order. As the restaurant is usually full, it’s best to come early to avoid the queue. I would recommend going there!
Too much good food over there, no wonder why I put on weight ;-)