Discover the delightful tastes of Singapore cuisine
Because of Singapore's large population it has a diverse cuisine. For example, in the hawker centers, a Malay hawker stall selling Halal food may serve Halal versions of traditionally Tamil or Chinese food. And Chinese stalls may introduce Malay or Indian ingredients, cooking techniques or entire dishes into their range of catering. Some Singaporean dishes introduce elements from all three cultures, whereas others incorporate influences from the rest of Asia and the West.
Many people often consider Singapore's cuisine as a national pastime or an obsession. Singaporeans have constant conversations with food topics, they like to comment on the food they have just eaten and the eateries around the country. There are many people in Singapore who have religious dietary strictures, such as, Muslims that aren't allowed to eat pork and Hindus that aren't allowed to eat beef. Singapore also has a large quantity of vegetarians. Nevertheless, people from different communities often eat together while being mindful of each other's culture and choose food acceptable for all. There are even some Halal Chinese restaurants in Singapore, that prepare Chinese food in a way that conform to Muslim dietary restrictions.
A drink that is very popular in Singapore is Teh tarik, - a tea mixed with carnation milk. When preparing, the tea is transferred repetitively from one mug to another, using the concept of "pulling" actions to create a froth when served. As such, the preparation of this tea is unusual compared to typical preparation of other teas. A variation of this tea is Teh arak tarik, which has added ginger.
The multiculturalism of local food, the ready availability of international cuisine, and their wide range in prices to fit all budgets at all times of the day and year helps create a "food paradise" to rival other contenders claiming the same moniker.