Singapore is made up of 70% Chinese people and just by looking around, you can see their influences everywhere. Not only in Chinese restaurants, pagoda structures, the Chingay festival, Chinese New Year celebrated with such colour and excitement and structures with Chinese influences, Singapore is coloured bright red by its dominant population. One of the great things about this is that we get to experience every aspect of Chinese cuisine and cooking there is. The thing about the Chinese culture in Singapore is that it is extremely eclectic; there is no one single tribe that plays a major role in deciding the culture that pervades our local streets.
From Hakka, Cantonese, Hokkien, TeoChew and even Chinese influenced cultures like Peranakan are all in Singapore. And these are just to name a few, there are so many more available and with the opening up of our local economy to foreigners, we are getting the benefit of more varied Chinese cultures from the mainland, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. These different tribes and different beliefs mean only one thing, that we have a excellent choice when it comes to food. From the hawker centres all the way to fine dining, there is no aspect of Chinese cooking that we can miss out. Local influenced food that has tweaked recipes from Chine to strictly to the letter Chinese restaurants – there is something for everyone.
It is the charm of the culture that you can sit down with a pair of wooden chopsticks amidst the noise of a local hawker centre and cab be served some of the best Cantonese and Chinese cuisines in an air of luxury – using those very same chopsticks. Let us talk about the local Chinese food you can find in the low to midrange price eating houses. You have your collection of carrot cakes, char kway teo, chicken rice (which is hainanese), bah kut the and hokkien mee to name a few. As you can see, just by a small list of some of the local delights enjoyed by our Singaporeans on a daily basis, the roots of the dishes are far and wide. If you really want to absorb every aspect of Chinese culture and cuisine, I would highly recommend that you visit Chinatown. Located at the corner of the central business district, it is literally the nexus of everything Chinese and everything local.
You will miss out on nothing if you decide to go and visit these places. From every corner of the Chinese world, there is not a cuisine, a hawker fair or even a road side stall quick bite that you will miss. The prices range from extremely cheap to mid and high range for those more classy Chinese restaurants. Of course there are others spread all over the country and it is really up to you to take the time and adventure to discover these gems of places and taste some of the best food at these Chinese food restaurants.