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The singapore food tour begins at the heart of Chinatown. The Chinatown complex is the largest hawker center in Singapore, with some 226 stalls. The wide selection of food may sound a little overwhelming. However, with the local expert by your side everything is a breeze.
Your local guide will introduce you to the hawker centers and help you pick out some of the most authentic, tasty Singapore treats. Savor the tasty Popiah (fresh spring roll) and famous chicken rice followed by some mouth-watering Chwee Kueh (water rice cake) washed down with freshly crushed, ice cold sugar cane juice. As you eat, your guide will be telling you stories and trivia of Singapore along with information about the city’s rich culture.
Learn how the food is prepared and how they came about. This Singapore food tour is highly interactive – so do ask as many questions as you like and leave no stones unturned. Continue with the exploration of the Chinatown complex with a visit to the wet market where you will find the freshest meat, sea food, vegetables and other cooking ingredients under one roof. Come face to face with exotic live produce such as frogs, eels and even turtles which are all part of the Chinese delicacy.
After your indulgence with food and its sources, you are now ready to hit the streets of Chinatown to continue your Chinatown food adventure tour! Learn about the history of the early Chinese immigrants to Singapore city in this unique enclave and how they came to settle and build their lives here.
Experience how people from all places live in harmony in Chinatown as you pass by religious sites dotted along the same street. Learn why Chinatown is also call ‘Niu Che Sui’ and why the oldest Hindu temple is located here.
Continue your Singapore food tour with more local delicacies. This time with a refreshing Calamansi lime juice and the most crispy and succulent roasted barbecue pork. While you indulge in the food, your tour guide will continue to fill you in on a few final bits of local knowledge.
Wind up your Chinatown food tours with more Q & A and recommendation to other places of interest that you may like to visit for the rest of your stay in Singapore. The Chinatown food adventure is truly a crash course of the Singapore culture.
You will complete the tour with all your food cravings satisfied along with lots of information on Singapore to take home with.
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About the Singapore Food Culture
The best way to learn about a culture is through it’s food and the Singapore culture is no exception. In fact, food is such an integral part of our culture that it has become our national past time. The hawker centre in particular is something that is close to the heart of many Singaporeans. With so many different races living together you will find the most diverse cuisine available. Hawker centre which is a collection of street food under one roof is popular with locals looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is very common to see people making a beeline at their favourite food stalls or food that are deem delicious. Hence, you can’t go wrong following these ques if you are undecided what to eat. Food is so much a part of our culture that we even greet one another with it. The chinese would greet their friends ” chaik ba buay?” which means have you eaten? and the malays would say “suda makan?” which means the same thing.
Why is Singapore's Chinatown called Niu Che Sui ?
The Singapore chinatown is an ethnic enclave and home to the largest race here. The name chinatown was given by the british and is used by many non chinese singaporeans and tourists. However, to the local chinese it is known as “Niu Che Sui” or bullock cart water. In the malay form is it writen as “Kreta Ayer” Which means the same thing. During the 19th century, water supply along the chinatown area was basically transport via animal driven cart. In most cases cattles or bull driven. Hence the the name ” Niu Che Sui” or bullock cart water was derived. Ann xiang hill which is located alone south bridge in particular was know for having many wells which was the source of the water supply then.Today “Niu Che Sui” is a popular site with locals and tourists. Souvenir shops and restaurants line the streets where crowds of tourists are found throughout the day.
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