Some say the number one reason to visit Singapore is the food. Some Singaporean dishes which have practically reached cult status include satay, nasi lemak, lasksa, chicken rice and hokkien mee noodles.
Locals treat eating as a national pastime; there is even a Singapore Food Festival in July to celebrate all that the country has to offer as a food paradise. Food courts and hawker centers are another way to try many different dishes inexpensively.
The delectable blending of various cultures results in many tasty dishes. Nonya food, a type of Singaporean cuisine, is a fusion of Chinese and Malay influences which is all about the combination of pungent spices combined with a certain tangy quality. Ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, lime leaf, chilies and tamarind are universal to this type of food.
Singaporean cooks take advantage of their proximity to the sea to create popular seafood dishes using shrimp, crab and lobsters among others. Adventurous restaurant goers might wish to try more unique seafood options such as barbecued stingray. Vegetarians will have an easy time finding interesting options as both the Indian and Chinese cultures have given rise to delicious vegetable based dishes.
The country has several unique beverages to try which even the most sophisticated traveler may not have experienced before. These include bandung, a rose syrup with evaporated milk, and chin chow, a sweet drink containing grass jelly, as well as pulled tea, which gets its name from the entertaining way it is prepared.