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A Guide to Singaporean Cuisine

A Guide to Singaporean Cuisine
Singapore is a country with a wide range of cultural influences due to its rich and diverse history. While Colonial influences have introduced a taste for western dishes, the cuisine is primarily made up of a fusion of flavours from China, India and Malaysia. The population of Singapore is 74% Chinese, 13% Malay, 9% Indian and 3% Eurasian, making the country a cultural melting pot. This diverse population has given birth to brand new food cultures and delicious adaptations of classic dishes. 

Essential Base Ingredients
Although most Asian countries tend to favour either rice or noodles, Singapore embraces both. Noodles are commonly eaten either stir fried or as part of a soup, like in the famous Laksa. Rice dishes, which generally are Chinese or Indian inspired, usually consist of meat served on top of a bed of rice. This could be a biryani topped with a rich curry sauce or Singapore's famous Hainanese chicken rice with steamed chicken served on a bed of white rice. Seafood is also an essential part of Singaporean cuisine and while Singapore Chilli Crab is perhaps Singapore's most famous seafood dish, prawns are a much more common seafood staple. 

Fruit
Singapore has an abundance of delicious, tropical fruits which are enjoyed in a variety of forms; blended into a smoothie, mixed into a dessert or simply eaten straight. Calamansi limes are used to season savoury dishes in order to add a tangy citrus note. Coconut is also used widely in savoury dishes such as laksa and cendol to add flavour and a creamy texture. 
Snacking fruits include mangosteen, lychee, spiky rambutan, and the deliriously sweet longan and sugar cane. The Durian is also a very popular fruit in Singapore, although its strong custardy flavour can be overwhelming to many foreigners.  

Drinks
Singapore has a very hot climate, making chilled drinks a favourite. Kopi is a Singapore-style coffee that can be served hot or cold and is heavily sweetened with condensed milk. Another well-loved sweet Singaporean beverage is Bandung, which is a bright pink mixture of milk and rose cordial syrup. Hand pressed sugar cane juice is also commonly found at hawker stalls. For alcohol, as in many Asian countries, beer is a staple. Tiger beer is Singapore's official beer and is widely available, from the hawker centre to high class bars. Singapore's famous Singapore sling, a mixture of gin, cherry brandy, pineapple juice and bitters can also be found in bars and restaurants throughout Singapore. 

To experience the tastes of Singapore yourself, try our delicious range of Singaporean pastes and sauces.

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