Singapore is one of the many countries in the world that is multicultural. People from different races live together in one tiny yet beautiful country. Considering that Singapore is a diverse country, their cuisine consists of Chinese, Indian, and Malay dishes. Take note that because Singapore is not technically an Islamic country; hence, halal food might be quite a challenge to find there.
As Muslims, it is in our religion to eat healthy in which means consuming only halal food. Thus, if Muslims were to live or go to Singapore, we would have to search for halal food. Yes, we did say that it is a challenge to find but we did not say finding halal food in Singapore is impossible. After all, there are about 14 percent of Muslims living there. Of course, halal food is available. Otherwise, what do the Singaporean Muslims eat there?
In this post, we are going to talk about Singapore’s halal food. The first seven food listed originated from Singapore itself. The last three foods in the list are from other neighbouring countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and even Thailand but they are widely popular in Singapore as well.
First of is the roti prata. In Malaysia, we just simply call it roti canai. Roti prata is done by tossing the dough several times until it becomes thin then folding it in and placing it on a flat pan to fry it. Wait for it to turn golden brown and become slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is best eaten with some curry to get a little kick out of it.
Next, we have the rojak bandung. It is similar to Malaysia’s rojak where it is made out of shredded cucumber, kangkong and cuttlefish smothered in a paste sauce like made from prawns. The paste sauce is also mixed with garlic and chili. Speaking of chili, Singapore is known for its chili crab which is the third food in our list. Chili crab is a signature Singaporean seafood dish. The crab is stir fried perfectly with a sweet yet savoury sauce made from chili and tomatoes. Believe it or not, chili crab is not spicy even though its name says otherwise.
Char kuey tiow originated from Singapore and Malaysia. It is made by frying flat rice noodles with soy sauce, some prawns, crunchy bean sprouts and chili. Some people might even enjoy a little fishcake and cockles in their char kuey tiow. Another noodle dish that is famous in Singapore is the mee rebus. The yellow egg noodle is served with some gravy. The gravy is sweet and spicy flavoured made from some peanuts, potatoes, shrimps, and curry powder. Mix them all together and the result is divine!
Singapore is also known for the spicy noodle soup called laksa. Laksa is made out of rice vermicelli with curry soup mixed with coconut milk. Laksa can be eaten with just about anything and it has various types of laksa such as asam laksa, Nyonya laksa and many more. The last noodle food is hokkien mee which uses the same yellow egg noodles used in mee rebus. This time the noodle is cooked with prawn, squid, sambal sauce and eggs. The Singaporean version of the hokkien mee will be prepared with pork or lard but Muslims can always find the halal version of hokkien mee which is sort of like Penang hokkien mee.
Kaya toast is also a must try in Singapore. This snack is so simple yet so yummy to eat. What you do is toast bread and spread butter on it then coat the butter with scrumptious coconut jam which is the kaya. It is a light snack that one could have during tea time or for breakfast. Kaya toast are usually served in coffee houses.
The following food on the list is the Hainanese chicken rice which originated from China but is widely served in Singapore. The chicken is prepared by poaching method then later mixed with garlic, ginger and pandan leaves in a soup. It is eaten with fragrant rice, cucumber, salad, soy sauce and chili paste.
Lastly, satay is a halal food that can be found in Singapore. Satay originated from Indonesia but has been popular in countries like Singapore and Malaysia. It consists of grilled pieces of chicken, beef, fats, goat or even fish on a stick. Satay goes very well with peanut sauce. There you have it, readers. Ten delicious halal foods in Singapore.
Article is written by:
Nur Jazima Binti Abdul Aziz, freelance writer of this blog at Zaahara. Interests include blog writing, academic writing and creative writing.
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