Singapore is one of most exciting cities in Asia for food, with a culture that embraced Chinese, Malay and Indian influences long before it got around to discovering the culinary delights of France, Italy and the rest of Europe.
As a dining destination, Singapore has it all: From the grand dining rooms of luxury hotels through restaurants serving the freshest of seafood to tiny hawker stalls where you balance on a plastic seat to enjoy dishes that pack a dizzying punch.
You are unlikely to see Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un getting to grips with chili crab, but it is extraordinary that a city that can appear so clean and ordered is home to a riot of big dirty flavors and food that demands you get your hands greasy.
We asked leading chefs from New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong and Singapore where they most like to eat. Some picks were obvious—such as the famed No Signboard Seafood—so here are the rest of their selections.
Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong
Boon Tong Kee
Foong Kee Coffee Shop
Heng Heng Bak Kut Teh
Chili crab and other dishes at Jumbo Seafood restaurant, which has been picked as the best in Singapore.
Keng Eng Kee Seafood
Lao You Ji Fishhead Steamboat Seafood Restaurant
Chan Hon Meng prepares meals for customers at his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle stall.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
Maxwell and Newton Food Centers
(Main image: Scallop ‘Au Naturel’ at Odette, which has two Michelin stars.)
Suckling pig at OLA.
OLA Cocina del Mar
One Kueh at a Time
Song Kee Fishball Noodle
Sin Hoi Sai