Serious eating on a Singapore holiday

Good luck food charm in Singapore

Eating is a national pastime in Singapore. The local passion for culture and cuisine make it a food-lover’s paradise and Nova Oldfield savoured every mouthful of her Singapore holiday

“Singaporeans take their food very seriously and there are so many fantastic places to eat; from crowded markets to five-star hotel luxury. However, one day on my holiday I stumbled across a local wet market that had a food market attached. Even at 7am it was crowded and I was the only out-of-towner in sight. I must have spent half an hour circling all the stalls, fascinated by the sights and smells, guessing at unfamiliar ingredients and watching the high-speed cooking.

After great deliberation, I ordered, utilising much hand waving and pointing. With just a short wait, a huge steaming bowl arrived at my table, filled to the brim with noodles, beef, prawns, greens, bamboo and a rich, almost glutinous, meaty soup. It was the best meal I had in Singapore: the meat was perfectly tender, the greens al dente and the flavour of the soup beggars description. It was so huge I didn’t think I could finish it, but it was so good I couldn’t stop.

Some locals sat with me at my table. Conversation was limited, but they were fascinated that I could use chopsticks and clearly appreciated my enjoyment.

The meal was so good, I visited the market several times more during my stay. I tried a different stall each time and the food was universally excellent. It was the discovery of my holiday and I am determined to return!”

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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I loved the food in Singapore. The first time I visited there, I was a bit bored but on subsequent trips I really got into the cuisine – especially the chicken rice!

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