At the top of your list of things to do in Singapore should be a stopover at a kopitiam, the local version of a coffee house or café. Here, you'll find Singapore's well-loved traditional breakfast: the famed kaya toast set. This meal consists of slices of thick white toast spread with kaya (a sweet jam made from coconut and eggs), soft-boiled or soft-fried eggs, soy sauce, and a cup of local kopi (coffee) or teh (tea). Both extremely affordable and delicious, this comfort meal is easily available at your local Toast Box.
If you're in the mood for something sweeter and colder to combat the heat, nothing beats a refreshing glass of bandung. Easy to pick out thanks to its bright pink colour, bandung is made from rosewater syrup mixed with condensed milk and served icy cold. It's easily found in most local coffee houses.
Another must-try kopitiam breakfast speciality is roti prata: crispy, savoury crepe pancakes made from folded layers of fried flour and traditionally served with curry sauce. This dish is generally eaten with your hands – just tear off pieces of the pancake and dip them into the accompanying curry. Another popular local way to eat prata is brushing them with sugar.
If you're feeling adventurous, try heading down to Little India and hunting down a dish of fish head curry. A whole snapper head is cooked in a spicy curry with vegetables and eaten with steamed rice. This dish is not found among most Indian cuisines and its origins, in a uniquely Singapore way, are a blend of Chinese, Bengali and Malay influences.
Hainanese chicken rice is another of Singapore’s national culinary treasures. Slices of steamed chicken are served with hot rice that’s been cooked in a fragrant stock and a freshly-sliced cucumbers and a bowl of chicken broth on the side. The real pop of flavour is found in the condiments served on the side: dark soy sauce, fresh ginger and a tangy, spicy chilli-garlic sauce. As most locals will tell you, it’s the chilli sauce that makes or breaks the chicken rice; try the dish enough times and you’ll come to understand why! Begin the challenge with famous Sin Kee Chicken Rice – right here at Rasapura Masters.