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5 Local Dishes to Try at Little India

Local Flavours All in the Same Neighbourhood

Whether or not it’s your first time in Singapore, a variety of local cuisines await your palate. You’re thinking – “I have no time to travel around Singapore to try out their many “flavours”. Well, look no further beyond Little India as PARKROYAL Picks, your personal travel insider, has located 5 renowned local dishes all within walking distance from PARKROYAL on Kitchener! So give them a try while you’re here and experience the many tastes of Singaporean cuisine.

1. Hokkien Mee (Original Serangoon Hokkien Mee)

Address: 556 Serangoon Road, Kallang 218175, Little India
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 4:30pm to 11:15pm

Hokkien Mee, a popular hawker centre food in Singapore, typically comprises of yellow noodles, vermicelli, squid, prawns, and pork slices, garnished with Chinese coriander, and served with lime and sambal chili. To cook this dish, the ingredients are first soaked in a stock made from boiling pork bones and prawn heads, and then wok-fried until all the flavours get infused into the noodles. The result? A big plate of savoury Hokkien Mee that will leave you craving for a second helping!

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2. Bak Kut Teh (Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh)

Address: 107 Owen Road, Road, Singapore 218914
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday: 7.30am to 9:00am and 11.30am to 2.30pm (Only opens on Tuesday if it is a Public Holiday)

Bak Kut Teh, which directly translates into “Meat Bone Tea”, describes how the broth is brewed from boiling pork bones. This broth is served with pork ribs, steamed white rice, and fried dough sticks. Although one version of this broth is brewed with a peppery base and not infused with any tea at all, this outlet sells a traditional Teochew version - brewed with herbal tea, resulting in a light, aromatic flavour. 

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3. Fishball Noodles (Ah Hor Teochew Kway Teow Mee)

Address: 12 Verdun Road, Verdun House, Singapore 207278
Opening Hours: Thursday to Tuesday: 7:00am to 3:00pm

Fishball noodles are one of the most common dishes you can find in hawker centres in Singapore. A staple go-to for lunch-goers unsure of what to have, you can never go wrong with the blend of unique sauce mix with, well, fishballs and noodles. Mostly sold at low prices of around SGD3, this dish is a must-try.

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4. Fish Head Steamboat (Whampoa Food Street Keng Fish Head Steamboat Eating House)

Address: 116/118 Rangoon Road, 218396
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 11:00am - 11:00pm 

A popular supper meal, fish head steamboat is a Teochew spin on ordinary steamboat. The soup used at this outlet is brewed with 30 ingredients, thus packing it with flavoursome umami and aroma. Like in fish head curry, meat from the fish’s head is infused with the soup’s ingredients, and you can choose to add more items into the soup, creating a complementing mix of tastes.

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5. Nasi Biryani (Yakader Muslim Food)

Address: #01-259 Tekka Centre, Tekka Market and Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Rd, Singapore 210665
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10.00am – 7.00pm
Closed on alternate Tuesdays

Biryani is a dish that comprises of basmati rice, spices and meat or vegetables. Seasoned with many spices that can be substituted and altered to fit different palates, there are countless versions of it around the world. Although requiring the use of many ingredients, the aroma and taste of no singular ingredient overwhelms; each flavour complements another, creating a delicious balance in every spoonful. 

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