Local food cultures all over the world have been very much a part of our lives, nurturing the daily habits of our individual lifestyles. One of the favourite National past-times in Singapore incidentally (or unsurprisingly so?) is finding good food from the huge varieties of cuisines from Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan, European, Japanese, Korean, American and so on.
Here are 5 things you may not know about food in Singapore.
(1) Singaporeans are amongst the top spenders in Asia Pacific for dining
- According to a MasterCard survey, in 2013, Singapore consumers spent an average of US$198 (S$248) a month dining out, less than the US$262 average spend in 2012 but still more than the Asia Pacific average spend of US$140.
(2) "World Cup" standard cuisines can be found here in Singapore
- Singapore has a stellar lineup of World Cup standard cuisines.
- In my past post "5 ways to enjoy World Cup 2014 in Singapore", I mentioned about "Foods from World Cup favourites", "5 popular World Cup cuisines" and so on, availed here in this city island.
(3) "Chope" means reserve a seat
- Chope is Singapore's leading online and mobile restaurant reservation (booking) company.
- And "Chope" is the local slang (aka Singlish) meaning "to reserve a seat".
(4) Hawker centres house the heart and soul of Singapore local food
- A hawker centre, aka cooked food centre (Chinese: 小贩中心 or 熟食中心) is the name given to open-air complexes in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Riau Islands.
- Typically found in city centres, near public housing estates or transport hubs, there are more than 100 hawker centres thriving in Singapore with many stalls that sell a variety of inexpensive food (starting as low as USD2).
(5) 8 types of diners in Singapore ;-)
Did you know any of these fun facts about the Singapore food scene? The food culture here is a melting pot and ever evolving with the times - keeping the old recipes alive by passing on to the next generations, remaking the old with a modern twist or inviting talents from overseas to set up shop here to cater to the eager taste buds in Singapore - one of the world's densest countries.
I look forward to hear from you fun facts of food in your countries.
till the next time,
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