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One of Indonesia’s neighboring countries which is often the main destination for Indonesian people when they want to go on vacation is Singapore.

In addition to enjoying the beauty of Singapore’s tourism, it feels incomplete if a visit to Singapore without trying various dishes at the Culinary Snack Center.

Dining at the Culinary Snack Center in Singapore is already very well known, even Singapore’s communal eating culture is included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage from UNESCO in 2020.

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Initially, the Culinary Snack Center in Singapore existed before the time of World War II. After Singapore’s independence in 1965, the government made strict regulations, so that itinerant food vendors and street vendors were relocated and had to obtain permits.

From 1971-1986, the Singaporean government relocated more than 18,000 mobile and street food vendors to the Culinary Snack Center.

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Currently there are more than 110 Culinary Snack Centers spread throughout Singapore. Of course, the merchants at the Singapore Culinary Snack Center always apply new hygiene protocols and have earned the SG Clean label.

Singapore is renowned as one of the world’s culinary centers recognized by the Michelin Guide, the world’s prestigious culinary guide.

The Singapore government also supports people who have culinary talents with gastronomic programs, one of which is through the program Global Chef Exchange.

This program enables the exchange of ideas between local and international chefs. Many world-class chefs and celebrities are inspired by local Singaporean food.

The Singapore Tourism Board, shared a list of recommendations for the list of Singapore Culinary Snacks Centers, recommendations that you can save first and try later when you visit there. Let’s see.

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1. Newton Food Center

This Culinary Snack Center this one became famous because it appeared in the movie Crazy Rich Asians. In the film, the main character, Nick Young, takes Rachel to dine while seeing the vibrant Culinary Snack Center upon arrival in Singapore.

Nick deftly ordered satay, chili crab (Singaporean chili sauce crab), and laksa.

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Newton Food Center is well-liked for its indoor and outdoor areas for diners to dine.

There is also a shop here R&B Express on the Michelin Guide’s list of recommendations.

R&B Express selling seafood and grilled chicken wings, satay, popiah, and kueh pie tee. The garlic sauce mixed with kalamansi orange is the hallmark of this outlet.

Besides that there is Guan Kee Grilled Seafood, outlets that sell a variety of seafood suitable to be enjoyed with family or friends.

While waiting for the food to be cooked, usually visitors also buy Hup Kee Oyster Omelette, which is an omelet with clams and Bee Heng Popiah or Singaporean spring rolls which are not fried but are still delicious and certainly healthier.

  • Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave. Singapore 229495
  • How to get to Newton Food Centre: stop at Newton MRT Station, walk four minutes.

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2. Chinatown Complex Market & Food Center

This is the Culinary Snack Center where the very famous Hawker Chan started. Hakwer Chan caused a stir by becoming a Culinary Snack Center outlet that received one Michelin star from the Michelin Guide Singapore in 2016.

The star is the dream of many world chefs. You can get Chan Hon Meng who has been dedicated to cooking for more than 35 years.

Hawker Chan sells a mainstay dish in the form of Soya Sauce Chicken (chicken rice in soy sauce). This menu has also earned the nickname as the most affordable Michelin star food in the world.

Currently Hawker Chan has three other branches in Singapore, but many still visit his first shop for an authentic experience.

  • Address: 335 Smith St, Singapore 050335
  • How to get to Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre: stop at Chinatown MRT Station, walk for two minutes.

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3. Amoy Street Food Center

Want to find a Culinary Snack Center with a myriad of tempting snacks? Try the Amoy Street Food Centre.

There are six outlets recommended in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2019 and four of them were awarded the Bib Gourmand certificate, which is a list of places to eat with low prices and good taste.

No wonder this hawker center is famous among local residents. During lunch time, it is usually crowded with visitors from the surrounding office employees. For those of you who want to visit, you can come before 12 noon so you don’t run out of food.

Some of the famous outlets here are A Noodle Story, Hong Kee Beef Noodle, Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles, J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff, Hoo Kee Rice Dumplings, and Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee.

  • Address: 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069111
  • How to get to Amoy Street Food Centre: stop at MRT Tanjong Pagar Station, walk for two minutes.

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4. Adam Road Hawker Centre

This hawker center gets a lot of media coverage, because many world politicians stop by and eat here. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped by in 2018, drinking lime juice.

In addition there was also the President of the United States (US) Joe Biden who visited in 2013. At that time Biden served as US Vice President.

He came suddenly and ordered sugarcane juice. Biden also served visitors who wanted to take pictures and shake hands with him.

Hawker Center is famous for its Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak outlet. President Joko Widodo and his wife, Iriana, were even served breakfast of nasi lemak from Selera Rasa by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a visit in 2018, but this meal was not eaten at the Culinary Snack Center.

At that time, Jokowi and Iriana visited Singapore to coincide with the graduation of their son Kaesang.

  • Address: 2 Adam Rd, Singapore 28987
  • How to get to Adam Road Hawker Centre: stop at Botanic Gardens MRT Station, walk five minutes.

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5. Maxwell Food Center

World celebrity chef and owner of 35 Michelin-starred restaurants, Gordon Ramsay created a stir at Maxwell Food Center in 2013.

At that time, he competed with chefs from 328 Katong Laksa, Foo Kui Lian from Tian Tian Chicken Rice, and seafood restaurant chef Ang Kiam Meng. Ramsay lost the competition and recognized the cooking skills of a local chef with decades of experience.

Tian Tian Chicken Rice with Hainanese chicken rice is still a mainstay at this Culinary Snack Center.

The late chef and presenter Anthony Bourdain also dined here. The delicacy of Hainanese chicken rice from Tian Tian Chicken Rice is also recognized with the Michelin Bib Gourmand.

  • Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
  • How to get to Maxwell Food Centre: stop at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, walk for five minutes.

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6. Tekka Market and Food Center

The famous British soccer athlete, David Beckham, caused a stir among Singaporean netizens after his photo of him eating fried mee at Tekka Market and Food Center circulated on the internet.

Beckham looks relaxed eating Singapore-style fried mee with chopsticks while talking with his friends. In addition, Beckham also seemed curious about the spices sold by one of the outlets.

Tekka Market and Food Center is known for its diversity of food outlets from various cultures. There is a food outlet Allauddin’s Briyani which is famous for its Indian Biryani rice. You can also try 545 Whampoa Prawn Mee, a shrimp noodle shop that has been run for three generations and Temasek Indian Rojak, a halal Indian salad.

  • Address: 665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665
  • How to get to Tekka Market and Food Centre: stop at Little India MRT Station, walk for two minutes.

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7. 51 Old Airport Road Food Center

One of the oldest Culinary Centers in Singapore, 51 Old Airport Road Food Center opened in 1972. It is named after Singapore’s former airport, Kallang Airport, which was built in 1937.

This Culinary Snack Center is home to 160 food outlets and some of them are featured in the Mihcelin Guide with Bib Gourmand and Michelin Plate awards.

There is kwa cap from To-Rico’s Guo Shi, a dish like boiled kwetiau but wider. This dish is cooked with herbal gravy.

There is also Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee, a Hokian-style wide noodle dish with thick gravy and a strong spice aroma. Don’t forget, Whitley Rd Big Prawn Noodle with a dish of shrimp noodles with a broth that tastes so rich.

  • Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, Singapore 390051
  • How to get to 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre: Stop at Dakota MRT Station, walk four minutes.

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Ready to Singapore?

When restrictions between countries are opened don’t hesitate to dine at the Singapore Culinary Center, Friend of Dreams.

Singapore is running the SG Clean campaign to ensure hygiene standards in public places across a wide range of industries, including the tourism and food service industries. (mut)

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