06 Aug 2015
What better way to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday than to take a long look at one of our national obsessions: food!
We believe that food preference reveals a lot about your personality and tested that theory by asking co-workers to tell us why they love their favourite local delight.
Find out if your favourite dish makes the list and what it says about you!
What it is: Starched egg batter fried with an abundance of oysters, giving a strong taste of the sea.
What loving it says about you: Just like the night markets that popularised it, there’s something intriguing and sinful about this fried delight. Those who love it certainly have a naughty side.
What it is: Turnip, pineapple, cucumber, taupok (fried tofu) and dough fritters tossed together in a sweet and spicy shrimp paste sauce.
What loving it says about you: You’re experimental! Only a genius mad scientist would have believed fresh fruit, fritters and pungent seafood paste combine beautifully on the palate.
What it is: Consider it a “stuffed” roti prata; minced meat and spices encased in a thin film of crispy
What loving it says about you: You are always hungry for improvements. Take an already delicious staple of dough, add meat, add a side of curry, add a side of pickled vegetables, and you’ve done the impossible: made an awesome dish better!
What it is: Fluffy rice cooked in aromatics, served alongside tender chicken prepared via steeping in fragrant stock or by roasting.
What loving it says about you: A heartlander through and through! This comforting dish is a mainstay of almost every food centre in the nation.
What it is: Literally translated, its name means “meat bone tea”. There is no actual tea in the recipe, but Bak Kut Teh does deliver an abundance of bone-in pork ribs simmered till tender in a powerful peppery herb broth.
What loving it says about you: You look beyond the surface for quality. Bak Kut Teh is deceptively simple: just pork ribs in a broth, but the broth itself is highly complex and very difficult to balance correctly.
What it is: Rice noodles in a creamy coconut curry. This spicy delight isn’t complete without the pungent addition of sea cockles.
What loving it says about you: You have a taste for the more robust things in life. You prefer your experiences like you prefer your food: rich and spicy!
Did your favourite dish make the list? Stay tuned for part 2 as we explore even more great eats you’ll only find in Singapore!