There is no shortage of places to eat in Singapore, from cheap hawker centres to the high end gourmet restaurants situated throughout this costly corner of Southeast Asia. The Betel Box Food Walk is one of the most affordable food tours around Singapore as this popular six-hour Thursday night tour allows participants to sample at least 40 dishes from Joo Chiat vendors.
Singapore's most affordable dining options are the hawker centres which can be found in nearly every neighbourhood. Despite the cheap cost of the food sold by these former pushcart vendors, however, hygiene and taste standards both tend to be very high at hawker centres.
Some hawker centre stalls are self-service, while others have take-away options. Most locals, however, order their food by dumping tissue packs onto tables. Hawker centres on Singapore's outskirts tend to be even cheaper than the more popular and centrally located Lau Pa Sat or Newton Circus.
Singapore's coffee shops, known as kopitiam, are the best place to try a traditional breakfast of toast, runny eggs, and kaya jam made from eggs and coconut. Chinese style seafood frequently appears on tze char dinner menus at kopitiam alongside many more local dishes.
Nearly every Singapore shopping centre features a food court on its basement or top floor, but diners should expect to pay more for their food than at hawker centres or kopitiam. There is also no shortage of familiar fast food chains at Singapore shopping centres and streets. Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and the East Coast contain a large percentage of Singapore's seafood restaurants.
Most of Singapore's Chinese restaurants specialise in southern Chinese cuisine, but dishes from other parts of China have become more commonplace. Chinese food is traditionally accompanied by Chinese tea and food is eaten with chopsticks in Singapore. Chilli crabs, boiled pork ribs, and Hainanese chicken are some of Singapore's best known signature dishes.
Indonesian and Thai restaurants tend to be cheaper than Korean, Japanese, or Western restaurants in Singapore. Singaporean dishes and Chinese dim sum sometimes appear alongside the scones and finger sandwiches at the traditional high teas served each afternoon at some of Singapore's stateliest hotels. International buffets are a good way to sample several of the available cuisines in multicultural Singapore.
The Chinese and Indian restaurants in Chinatown and Little India, respectively, are the easiest places to find vegetarian food in Singapore. MUIS, Singapore's Islamic religious council, issues halal certificates to stalls and restaurants who comply with Muslim dietary regulations.