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1. Go on a Taste Adventure

Go on a Taste Adventure

Forget the alley cafes of Melbourne — most of Singapore’s coffee is sold in the local hawker centres, where the coffee is strained through a filter that resembles a sock. Fear not: the results are toe-curlingly sublime.

To order, you will have to master some local lingo — the most important being kopi, the Singlish term for coffee with condensed milk. Kopi C will get you a strong brew with evaporated milk while Kopi O is midnight black with sugar — both equally as delicious. Pair it with kaya (sweet coconut jam) and toast for an authentic start to the day.

For a strangely wonderful experience don’t be afraid to try frog leg porridge or savoury carrot cake (no cream cheese frosting to be found here). These dishes abound at Singapore’s hawker centres, which can be found on almost every corner. Some of the best for variety are Maxwell Food Centre; Tiong Bahru Market and the heritage architecture of Lau Pa Sat, where the adjacent Boon Tat street comes alive each evening with dozens of stalls selling freshly prepared satay. Even the unique pull of the prickly durian fruit is not to be sniffed at. Try some of the best varieties at Balestier.

2. Discover the Best in a Bun

Discover the Best in a Bun

We Australians know a thing or two about meat and sometimes nothing beats a flavoursome patty nestled in a pillowy soft bun — and Singapore doesn’t disappoint. For a memorable meat feast, the best burgers can be had at Three Buns at Keong Saik Road’s Potato Head — not forgetting a must-have side of Naughty Fries.

For the richest experience head over to Jalan Kubor and try Symmetry’s foie gras burger, and then walk off the excess calories in the perennially fascinating area of Kampong Glam.

3. Revel in Gastronomic Brilliance

Revel in Gastronomic Brilliance

With an appetite for food like no other country, it is no wonder that Singapore has attracted some of the top chefs from across the globe, many from Australia, all offering memorable dining experiences. The aromatic punch of Thai street food makes up David Thompson’s signature dishes at Long Chim in Marina Bay Sands, while Australia meets Vietnam in the tasty fusion food of Fat Saigon Boy, the casual eatery in Telok Ayer Street.

Sometimes we all get homesick for the taste of barbecue and the custom-made grills of David Pynt at Burnt Ends take it to a whole new level (14th best restaurant in Asia and 70th in the world). Some of the latest additions to the Aussie expat dining experience are Sam Aisbett, bringing Australian fine dining with an Asian twist to Whitegrass, along with the just-opened Salted & Hung, Drew Nocente’s Purvis Street restaurant where charcuterie is king.

If you want Michelin star dining head to The Kitchen At Bacchanalia in Hong Kong Street or for a real local hawker classic (and a Michelin star) head to Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle — but be prepared to queue! For a more casual vibe, check out local young talent Polo Seah’s eclectic international menu at Humpback in Bukit Pasoh Road.

4. Stay up Late

Stay up Late

And finally, even though you have spent all day eating and drinking, a late-night snack never fails to hit the spot — and what better place than some foodie industry favourites? Hai Di Lao Hot Pot with branches across the island is top of the list with the late-night crowd and stays open until 6am.

For comfort food, Japanese style, head to Dosukoi Sakaba at Cuppage Plaza where you will feel as though you have chanced upon a secret gateway to Japan. Finally, New Udon Thai, the mookata (steamboat) favourite at Golden Mile Complex on Beach Road is where you will spy many of the chefs and bartenders at the end of the night, revelling in the camaraderie of grilled meat in spicy sambal (hot sauce). 


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