In the Netherlands Dutch people love to discuss about the weather. Small talk about local weather is a great conversation starter – mooi weer (nice weather) or kloteweer (shitty weather).
In Singapore the weather is hot and humid all year round. Brief showers are usually an everyday phenomenon. So that’s no point in talking about the weather.
Instead of referring to the current weather, we greet each other by asking “Have you eaten yet?”. After all the national pastime is eating.
As Anthony Bourdain once said: “Nobody in Singapore drinks Singapore Slings. It’s one of the first things you find out there. What you do in Singapore is eat. It’s a really food-crazy culture, where all of this great food is available in a kind of hawker-stand environment.”
It’s true! Singaporeans are obsessed with food. When I meet another Singaporean abroad, it won’t be long before we talk incessantly about hawker (street) food and where to find the best bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) or other signature dishes.
My favourite bak chor mee stall is Tai Wah Pork Noodle in Hong Lim Hawker Centre. Do try Outram Park Fried Kway Teow stall opposite Tai Wah too. You can’t miss it as there’s usually a long queue in front of both Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded stalls.
In case you wonder what’s Singapore’s national dish? It’s featured on the stamp – Hainanese Chicken Rice, together with Satay, Roti Prata and Laksa.
Next time you visit Singapore you know which local dishes to try. Enjoy 😉!