My Singapore? It's a food-lover's paradise!

My Singapore? It's a food-lover's paradise!

Singapore remains one of Australia’s favourite destinations. At Australian Business Traveller we’re always happy to clock up a few nights in this vibrant city, revisiting our favourite haunts and adding a few new places on our must-go-back list.

But if you really want to do the Lion City like a local – well, you ask a local! Subhas Menon, Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice-President South West Pacific, shares this insight into his own private Singapore.

Some people go to Singapore for shopping, while others might enjoy a Singapore Sling at Raffles; for me, Singapore is first and foremost a foodies' paradise.

Growing up in Singapore, your DNA is coloured by food experiences – important events are marked with friends, family and food. Singapore has a real culinary culture.

After a day of sightseeing in my favourite bustling city, being faced with the melting pot of flavours, colours, smells and multi-racial harmony of a Singaporean food spot can be overwhelming.

As a Sydney-based Singaporean and regular in the Changi arrivals hall, I’ve developed a long list of favourite foodie spots around Singapore, where I like to catch up with friends for some traditional fare.

I’m thrilled to share with you some delicious secrets to help guide you on your next visit to Singapore.

Singapore is synonymous with satays, so first time visitors must tick that box.

For some of the best satay in Singapore head over to Clark Quay, a favourite of mine where I catch up with my old uni chums, or to East Coast open air food court.

With your appetite now rousing, make a beeline for neighbourhood hawker centres.

Hives of activity, hawker centres are a great place to enjoy several rounds of Tiger Beer while sampling an array of Singaporean treats. Here, you can meet the locals and become intoxicated in local conversation, which inevitably turns to soccer – a favourite Singaporean pastime.

If you wake up the next day and find yourself with a little time and a little hunger, take a trip to Little India for a 'dosa' (Indian pancake) & masala tea breakfast.

Continue on to enjoy a Chinatown lunch and then dinner at River Valley Road.

Of course, you’ll find this eating is thirsty work - if you fancy a cold one, drop into Charlie's Beer and Food Corner or Colours By the Bay, which is very nice for a night cap.

You’ll find the best Hainanese chicken rice in Singapore at Nam Kee Chicken Rice on Upper Thompson Road or, if coconut rice (nasi lemak) is more your thing, head to the Adam Road food court.

My American friends, who have a penchant for Bak Kut The, will join me at Balestier Road where we make a mess while slurping down giant steaming bowls of pork rib soup. 

Once you have had your fill I find a brisk walk, some sightseeing and a spot of shopping will help to beat jetlag – and an expanding waistline!

Singapore has a rich cultural and architectural history and a must see for me is the Sri Krishnan Hindu Temple in Waterloo Street, which sits alongside the Kuan Yin Buddhist Temple – a gorgeous example of Singapore’s fascinating cultural harmony.

Of course, a trip to Singapore is not complete without a quick visit to Arab Street – a unique shopping strip where you’ll find an eclectic mix of ethnic and modern accoutrements and textiles.

Singapore is a fascinating place with endless attractions; with Sentosa only 15 minutes from Singapore city and hundreds of opportunities for relaxation, adventure and fun nearby, you will have to make many trips to fit it all in.

I am fiercely proud of Singaporean culture, but for me, it really is all about food!

Your Singapore Airlines boarding pass opens up a range of delights in the Garden City including special offers on dining, accommodation, shopping, tourist attractions and transport – click here for more details.

  This article is sponsored by Singapore Airlines  



  • Hugo


    12 Jul, 2013 03:44 pm

    Astoundingly, this article managed to spend about a thousand words on a subject as rich as "food in Singapore" without actually giving any useful, concrete recommendations.

    Where exactly in Clark Quay should I go for my satay? Where exactly in Little India should I go for my dosa? And a recommendation as broad as "lunch in Chinatown"?

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  • undertheradar


    12 Jul, 2013 04:49 pm

    its sponsored by 'everything singapore' ... the article is basically an 'advertorial' for singapore / singapore airlines to get us to visit  singapore (not just use it a transit point to europe), and fly there using singapore air... it's trying to 'sell a complete singapore experience' ...all i see is a 'slow news day' at ABT!!

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  • David Flynn


    12 Jul, 2013 09:14 pm

    Yes, the article is sponsored content - as is very clearly marked at the top and bottom of the article.

    But as for this being a 'slow news day? Sponsored content has naught to do with a slow day or not. It's just how the timing works out, and this is a commercial arrangement done in advance. In  fact, this article was ready a few days back, but I opted to hold it because that was during our coverage of Singapore Airlines new seats, and I felt that meant enough 'Singapore' copy already.

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  • TheRealBabushka


    12 Jul, 2013 09:37 pm

    Guys, why the agro? Somebody has to pay to keep this site running. So if some poor mug like SQ or a PC laptop company wants to pay to have articles on this site ever so often, so be it. Any sensible person can discern that it's not a "real" news story and skip along to the next article. You can't blame these companies if they wish to deploy such unsophisticated marketing strategies in the Australian market. Live and let live.

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  • Al Glidden


    12 Jul, 2013 09:48 pm

    I agree, plenty of websites have 'sponsored content' and don't even make it clear that it is sponsored. At least AusBT is being very clear about this and the article's not bad anyway, and as you say TRB somebody has to pay for this, that's what advertising is about.

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  • nix584


    15 Jul, 2013 12:29 pm

    David, thank you for getting Subhas to write this article. As a Singapore lover, I agree with him that it kind of is really all about the food! And some of the places he mentioned I have actually never heard of before, but I'll definitely try to check them out on my next trip there.

    And who cares if it's sponsored or not, it's an interesting article with some good tips. I am a bit annoyed though as I don't currently have any leave available to take a trip to Singapore!

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  • bomahony


    26 Jul, 2013 07:30 pm

    Could not agree more with Singapore being a foodies paradise. Does anyone remember the Satay Club. Satay cookers and beer sellers would set up on parkland around the Marina District from sunset till late and offer the coldest Tiger and the best satay on the continent. Ah!! Those were the days.

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