Finally! Enjoy Your Favourite Singapore Dishes Even When You’re Overseas

22 February 2018

Singaporeans and Singapore-based expats hankering for familiar food from the Red Dot while they are overseas now have more choices, with many home-grown brands opening in places from Australia to Britain.

For decades, versions of “Singapore noodles” – stir-fried vermicelli or bee hoon with vegetables, prawns and egg with yellow curry powder created and popularised in Hong Kong and now a common item in Chinese restaurants across the UK, US and Australia – were the closest travelling Singaporeans could come to a taste of home.

Fast-forward to today! There are now dozens of Singaporean restaurants and food brands available around the world. However, achieving the authentic flavour of Singaporean food is another challenge, says foodie, TV host and Makansutra founder K.F. Seetoh.

“Many cooks who cook overseas don’t have the culinary DNA. When they cook laksa, it’s by rote, not by soul, and [they] often compromise on the ingredients because they can’t get them or can’t be bothered to include them,” he says.

Singaporean dishes are not easy to replicate either.

“Our food is so diverse, but at the same time, we have hawkers who spend their lives devoted to one dish. You can’t possibly replicate that format overseas,” he says.

As for the infamous Singapore noodles, Mr Seetoh does not mind it. He had a fairly good version at the Sydney airport, in fact.

“There are no rules in food,” he says. “If foreigners think it’s Singapore food, then some brilliant Singapore guy should make it. And top it with lobster.”

Here are some places around the world where you can find an authentic taste of Singapore!


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