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Must-Eat Foods During New Year In Singapore

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Singapore is an island in Southeast Asia with a rich culture and multiple ethnicities. It is a unique place to live or visit: The City has skyscrapers and greenery. The locals consist of Indians, Malayans, and Chinese. They live in harmony, and the people are hospitable to each other or visitors. Singapore and China associate well due to their historical ties. On New Year’s eve, the City holds colorful events and shows, including fireworks. The people come together during the time to usher in the New Year. 

On the other hand, food is a huge part of any Singapore celebration or party. The local culture influences the dishes and cuisines on offer. At the same time, family gatherings are common during the new year, and it could be the best time to try different things. It would help to have options in delicacies: Here are the must-eat foods to include in your new year plan;

  • Barbequed Seasoned Pork 

The locals consider it an essential food during New Year festivities. People queue for long durations at shops in the City to buy a box. Traditionally chefs would grill pork but are now barbequing chicken. Popularly known as rou gan, the meat slices are spiced to different flavors. Travelers consider the meal a souvenir as it reminds them of the place. Barbequed seasoned pork is on sale throughout the year, and you can enjoy it anytime. Nowadays, the delicacy is part of the New Year rituals as locals line up to get it, and it might take an hour before it is your turn. The food is ideal for takeouts and a night out of fun with friends or family. 

  • Noodles (Shou Mian)

Noodles are symbolic in Singapore, which is why they are popular with the Chinese ethnic group. In their culture, they believe that the long strands represent longevity and can signify good luck. Besides Singaporeans eating it at the beginning of the year, they are common on a birthday and other celebrations. Restaurants make special servings of Shou Mian and include various ingredients to make the food tastier. You can enjoy the delicacies alone or with friends for dinner. In Singapore, they consider a bowl of longevity noodles to have health benefits, and they believe it lasts for an entire year. It is a must-eat food when in the City for the new year.

  • Rice Cake (Nian Gao) 

Have you ever eaten rice with sugar? You should try Chinese rice cake, which is known as Nian Gao. Its name signifies a long year: Nian stands for year, and Gao translates to high. The foods are flavored using other local ingredients. It is an ancient cuisine for Singaporeans, which you can make by steaming rice with brown sugar. Then, they would wrap it with lotus leaves for presentation. However, new recipes for Nian Gao use coconut for flavouring. You do not need to know how to prepare food while in Singapore. Restaurants sell the delicacy as a dessert during the first two weeks of the New year.

  • Pen Cai 

It is a traditional food in Singapore originating from Chinese culture. Over time, it has become a popular dish with Singaporeans. City restaurants serve Pen Cai for New Year festivities. Its ingredients are exotic, and it is made of several layers. Pen Cai is a family meal and will usually come in a basin. It is an expensive dish but worth the money. The ingredients include dried oysters, fish maw, and abalone. Pen Cai offers people the chance to try different Chinese cuisines in a single meal. For the best experience, eat it with desserts or other types of food. Pen Cai ranks among the best foods to eat during the New Year in Singapore.

  • Hot Pot (Huo Guo)

Although it is a Chinese recipe, Singaporeans serve it, and their version is similar to the original. Huo Guo consists of a hot broth in a pot where you dip different foods. It is common to cook meat, vegetables, and fish as you dip them into the steaming broth. Still, the soup differs depending on the ingredients you use. You can prepare it from seafood, chicken, or the Sichuan mala mixture. Since people will prepare their meals by dipping them into hot soup, Huo Guo is ideal for family gatherings and events. Also, it is the perfect dish for the cold season. But you will find restaurants in Singapore selling it throughout the year. 

The Final Thoughts

You are probably wondering why our list has no desserts and other confectioneries. We assume you will get the chance to try them during Singapore’s Chinese New Year festivities. Confectioneries are common in events for decorations and gifting. We hope you will try every item on the list as you enjoy local dishes during the New Year in Singapore. Also, include fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.

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