One of the most difficult parts of living abroad, far away from home, is having to get used to new food on top of having to get used to a new environment. Thankfully, Singapore is home to many of your hometown delicacies, you will find yourself spoilt for choices. On days where you feel homesick, here are some local spots where you might just get a taste of home!
Szechuan cuisine has taken Singapore by storm, with Mala stalls spotted all over local food courts. If you are craving something more authentic or Chinese cuisine that is specific to a region in China, Chinatown is the place for you, as this spot boasts a ton of Chinese delicacies.
For Northeastern (Dong Bei) Chinese, a style of Chinese cuisine in Northeast China that is heavily influenced by the cuisines of Russia, Beijing, Mongolia, and Shandong, visit Dong Bei Ren Jia.
Located at 22 Upper Cross St, Singapore 058334, their must-try dishes include Soft Fried Pork Fillets, Preserved Egg with Tofu, Spinach Egg Soup, Dumplings, Sliced Fish with Chili Oil, Century Egg Tofu, Sweet and Sour Pork. Indulge in these mouth-watering dishes and find yourself making multiple visits to Chinatown.
Quality Mediterranean food or Middle Eastern cuisine is scarce in Singapore since it is not particularly in demand here. Mediterranean cuisine is of a diverse calibre and it is slowly gaining favour thanks to its fragrant blend of spices and expert use of the grill. Despite the relatively lower demand for it, you can find dishes you dearly miss at several restaurants at Haji Lane. With lower demands, Mediterranean restaurants are also slightly pricier here in Singapore.
Check out the Derwish Turkish Restaurant, located at 60 Bussorah Street Singapore 199476. Do not miss out on trying their Kunefe and Baba Ganoush.
The Korean Wave has taken the world by storm and Singapore is no exception. If you are a Korean living in Singapore, you might have noticed the number of Korean barbecue restaurants in malls and plenty of eateries operated by Koreans spotted around Bukit Timah and Tanjong Pagar – but which ones are the best?
If you are craving for a good ol’ Korean barbecue session, head to O.BBa BBQ at 63 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088484. Their must-try dish is the Korean-style cured/aged pork.
Hands-down one of the most popular cuisines in Singapore, there is no lack of options. There are also many kinds of Japanese restaurants in the Tanjong Pagar area. From Sushi bars, Japanese hamburgers to Japanese fine dining, surely you can find one to satisfy your cravings, whatever your choices are.
For a truly fine experience, check out Hakumai at 10 Anson Rd, #01-50A International Plaza, Singapore 079903. Don’t miss out on the omakase experience!
To experience the pinnacle of fine dining, look no further than French cuisine. No one knows the pleasures of eating quite like the romantic French. If you are craving anything from foie gras to a Croque Monsieur, there are many restaurants in Singapore that can provide you with the opportunity for an authentic dining experience.
Fleur de Sel Restaurant at 64 Tras St, Singapore 079003 is home to many visual culinary creations. And while you are there, immersed in the class and beauty, be sure to give their Le Homard a try!
Home is Where The Food is
Find a little piece of home in Singapore and you will be able to satisfy your cravings for hometown food and battle homesickness at the same time.
Also, did we mention that the best language school in Singapore is located at Tanjong Pagar, where you can find most of the recommended restaurants mentioned above? Sign up for Mandarin or English classes to learn a local language at the School of Language International. If you need a reason to visit your favourite restaurants at Tanjong Pagar all the time, we’ve got your back!