Singapore is a heaven for culinary adventure; you can find everything here from cheap street foods to fine dining restaurants. However, Orchard Road is definitely the place you must visit to if you want the real deal of hearty Singaporean foods and refreshing beverages. Most are very cheap and perfect for culinary adventure for the backpackers or budget tourists.
Famous Orchard Road Foods You Must Try
Most of famous foods on Orchard Road you can find at Taman Serasi Botanical Garden Food Center, which is a kind of food court area. Here are some famous foods to try here:
- Roti John
This savory ‘roti’ (bread) is popular in Singapore, but only at Orchard Road you can find the original stall. Original Roti John Stall is famous because you can actually taste the ingredients on top of the the French bread, since it is not slathered in so much BBQ sauce or mayonnaise. The toppings can be cheese, chicken, beef, onions or eggs.
- Orchard Road Nasi Padang
Nasi Padang is proof of the Indonesian culture that influences culinary tradition in Singapore. Basically, this is rice dish with various side dishes such as fried chicken with turmeric and ginger spices, chili chicken and fish, fish and chicken curry, mixed vegetables, chili paste (red and green), rendang and many more. Famous ‘nasi padang’ restaurants are Mansor D’ Café, Punggol and Minang.
- French Food
If you prefer your fancy French food, do not miss Les Amis at Scotts Road Shaw Center. The restaurant serves French food with slight Asian touch without obliterating the actual taste. This restaurant is also famous as the first fine dining French restaurant, and the quality of food is amazing. Recommended dishes are smoked eel, roasted monkfish, scallop with uni, and amazing choices of petit fours.
- Lim Kee Banana Fritters
Banana fritters are simple street food, but Lim Kee at Maxwell Food Center makes them amazing. Although only has small stall, Lim Kee offers delicious, creamy and crunchy banana fritters made only from a type of banana called ‘pisang raja,’ which has creamy texture and natural sweetness. However, you can also find other delights such as green bean fritters. They are very cheap snacks to accompany your Singapore adventure.
- Uncle Ice Cream
Uncle Ice Cream is a nickname for ice cream sold from simple carts by (usually) senior citizens around Orchard Road; ‘uncle’ is a call for the male sellers and ‘auntie’ for females. Uncle Ice Cream is basically handmade ice cream sells in a cup, cone, and the most popular sandwich ice cream, which is an ice cream block between two slices of bread. The ice cream comes in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, durian, mint, and many more.
- Killiney Kopitiam
Killiney Kopitiam often becomes favorite venue to find cheap breakfast. Favorite combinations are simple but very hearty: thick coffee or tea (with milk or not), eggs and bread slices with kaya, a type of sweet and soft spread made of eggs, pandan leaf and coconut milk.
Orchard Road is surely a great start for your Singapore culinary adventure.
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