Singapore might appear to be too small, too expensive, or even boring compared to other larger neighbors. But the fact is, there are so many things that can surprise you if you know where to look.
Here are 7 astonishing things that you can only find in Singapore.
1. Enjoy Cheapest Michelin Star food at a hawker center
Singapore is the first place where a street food stall has earned the laurel of coveted Michelin Star. Many hawker stalls have received Bib Gourmand awards. Here at the hawker center you can find never-ending long queues that snake through the hawker centers they are located in. You can queue here if you want quality food for cheap.
2. Eat Singaporean breakfast any time
The tradition Singaporean breakfast you can have any time anywhere. In this, you’ll find two pieces of bread toasted on a grill covered with a thin layer of coconut spread called kaya and a small piece of butter. It is coupled with half-boiled eggs which you can crack into a little saucer and top it off with as much or as little dark soya sauce and pepper as you prefer. Eat this breakfast with your choice of kopi (coffee), teh (tea), or milo.
3. Wash down a dinosaur
You need to learn the local lingo to order drinks in Singapore. In Singapore, coffee is ‘kopi’, tea is ‘teh’, and you can order it ‘gao’ (thick), ‘siew dai’ (less sugar), or ‘O’ (no milk). Milo Dinosaur has an extra decadent layer of Milo powder on top. So you can enjoy the dinosaur only in Singapore.
4. Eat ice cream sandwich with bread
In Singapore, you will find simple ice cream carts at busy street corners or near traffic light junctions. You will get a slab of your preferred flavor of ice cream cut from a block sandwiched between traditional rainbow-colored bread or crispy wafer. You can find chocolate and vanilla, but more local tastes like durian and sweet corn are also available as well. It only costs S$1 – S$1.50, a fraction of what your fancy ice cream costs these days.
5. Reserve seat using tissue packet
You can book your seats in a crowded hawker center putting tissue packets neatly placed on the chairs or table. It shows the seats are taken. This practice is called ‘Chope-ing’ and is commonly used in very busy hawker centers and food courts. You do not have to leave a person on the seat to wait for someone to come back.
6. Have a ‘Western’ meal
You can get any Asian cuisine from a hawker center, but you can even find Western food stall. In Singapore, western food means they are likely to serve things like chicken chop, beefsteak, and pork cutlet. Rice is replaced by sides of french fries, coleslaw, and baked beans. Some of the common items you can find at a Western food stall are spaghetti, fish and chips, and mushroom soup.
7. Hang out at the airport for fun
You can have fun at Singapore’s Changi Airport as it’s more than just a gateway to the world by plane. This airport is popular as a place to study, and you often find groups of young people sitting around the viewing galleries and hanging out. People often visit on the weekends to enjoy as it has public gardens and playgrounds plus a large selection of F&B outlets.