Our guide’s list of 10 best rice dishes in Singapore:
- Hainanese Chicken Rice
Originally a Chinese dish, Hainanese Chicken Rice has been adapted by the Singaporeans to become their national dish. The chicken is cooked slowly in chicken stock to give it flavour. Water is boiled, the heat turned off, and then the chicken placed in the hot water to cook. The rice is also cooked with chicken stock, but with ginger and garlic also added. Once everything is ready the chicken is placed on top of the rice and served with chili sauce, dark sauce and ginger for a truly memorable dish.
- Chicken Rice Balls
A popular variation on the traditional chicken rice, chicken rice balls were created as an easy food to pack when eating away from the home. Just like the Hainanese Chicken Rice the rice is cooked with stock and spices to add flavour, but then shaped into balls and again coated in a dark sauce when eaten.
- Chwee Kway
A tasty breakfast dish, Chwee Kway, which literally means water rice cakes, is made by combining water, flour and rice to form a rice cake, and then placed in a saucer to create a bowl shape. It is then steamed and topped with preserved radish and chili, and is now a common food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Buah Keluak Fried Rice
Buah Keluak Firied Rice is a rich dark rice dish. Black rice is soaked in keluak seeds and sambal chili and served with black mangrove nuts.
Biryani is a fried rice dish originally brought to Singapore by the Indian Muslims. It’s made with long grain rice mixed with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and bay leaves. It is sometimes served with meat or fish and also usually served with either chutney or curry as the rice is quite dry.
- Nasi Lemak
This Coconut Rice dish was originally intended as a breakfast food, but is now often eaten for lunch and dinner as well. Rice is steamed with coconut cream, wrapped in banana leaves and then served with eggs, anchovies, peanuts and sambal.
- Duck Rice
Another variation on the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Duck Rice is a little simpler. Ruby red roasted duck is served on plain white rise and then covered with braised sauce.
- Kway Chap
This traditional Singaporean dish isn’t for everyone. Pork offal is cooked in a soy sauce gravy and spices, and mixed with flat rice noodles. This dish is often served with white rice.
- Char Kway Teow
While not an incredibly healthy dish Char Kway Teow is certainly full of flavour. Flat rice noodles are fried in lard, and mixed with soy sauce, chinese sausage, bean sprouts, chives and chilli. It is sometimes also served with cockles, prawns and eggs.
- White Rice
A common side dish to any meal in Singapore is plain white rice. If you go to any food court you will find this readily available and it’s also what most Singaporeans will eat at home. It can be paired with almost any Singaporean meal such as a stir-fry, curry or simply meat and vegetables.
Rice is an important part of all meals in Singapore and most of these dishes are quite simple and can be made at home. One of the easiest ways is with an electronic rice cooker (you can choose the best model for you based on this guide). The rice cooker will save you time and hassle and mean you can focus on the more difficult aspects of these dishes. Just put the rice on to cook and leave the rice cooker to do its job without having to stand over a pot of boiling rice making sure it doesn’t burn.