Singaporeans are no doubt a food-loving bunch! Ever found yourself having dinner with your friends, and already planning what you’ll be having for brunch over the weekend? As National Day approaches, we are putting the spotlight on some of the most popular local snacks in Singapore! From the much-loved Milo drink to crispy curry puffs, these popular local snacks are steeped in tradition and history which makes up a significant portion of Singapore’s food culture. Read on for a list of popular local snacks in Singapore and see if you’ve tried them all!
To turn up the fun, take our quiz below to see which local snack you are based on your personality. Share with your friends and family too and have a good giggle over who is the sweet Kaya Toast or feisty Curry Puff in the group!
Popular local snacks in Singapore
1. Curry Puff
Chunks of chicken, potatoes and a sliced egg cooked with curry spices, wrapped in a perfect layer of pastry — what are we referring to? Curry puff of course! Curry puffs are a definite go-to snack for all Singaporeans. For more than six decades, Old Chang Kee’s curry puff has won plenty of hearts and remains one of our most favourite (and sinful) snack brands. Celebrate National Day at home with Old Chang Kee’s frozen mini curry puff (available on Old Chang Kee Official Store) which you can easily whip up with a fryer!
2. Salted Egg Fish Skin
We thought salted egg yolk might have been just a trend, but it looks like the love Singaporeans have for salted egg yolk will ever end! This is why the IRVINS salted egg fish skin (available on IRVINS Salted Egg Official Store) cannot be left out from the list of popular local snacks in Singapore. Started in 2015, homegrown brand IRVINS Salted Egg has expanded to more than 20 outlets across nine countries. Its signature product, the crispy and addictive salted egg fish skin, has become one of the most popular snacks among Singaporeans. Today, Irvins even offers the salted egg variety bundle (available on IRVINS Salted Egg Official Store) which contains salted egg potato chips and cassava chips!
3. Muah Chee
One of the key highlights of going to the pasar malam as a kid was looking out for the push-cart and aunty with a pair of scissors ready to cut into chewy glutinous dough! This scrumptious pillow-y snack has played a huge role in shaping the local flavour and is one of the popular local snacks in Singapore! Don’t let its looks deceive you, the small, round dough balls are addictive. If you’d like to have ready-made muah chee at home anytime, try Chinatown Food’s frozen muah chee with grated peanuts (available on Chinatown Food Official Store). Otherwise, you can also try making fresh muah chee following these easy rice cooker recipes!
4. Bak Kwa
The next one on the list is a snack that most Singaporeans will be familiar with — bak kwa. Bak kwa is barbecued sliced pork and is very popular in Singapore, especially during Chinese New Year. Adapted from Chinese diaspora from the 19th century, Singapore’s bak kwa is made from a distinctive charcoal-grilling method that leaves a lingering smoky taste. This is definitely a finger-lickin’ snack to usher in the National Day festivities with. Stay home and enjoy the festivities with Bee Cheng Hiang sliced pork (available on Bee Cheng Hiang Official Store)!
5. Kaya Toast
It’s believed that the kaya toast originated from Hainanese chefs who had worked on British ships during the early 1900s. Afterwards, many coffee shops began selling kaya toast, which led to the humble beginning of one of the most popular local snacks in Singapore. Kaya toasts are essentially charcoal-grilled or toasted slices of bread with slabs of cold butter and green kaya paste. Paired with two soft-boiled eggs and a cup of hot kopi or teh, this snack is the perfect epitome of a local breakfast!
Looking for a way to encourage your child to consume more vegetables? The yummy popiah may just be the solution for you! Popiah contains an assortment of vegetables wrapped in a soft and thin crepe. Mixed with a delicious concoction of sweet sauces, this is sure to please your taste buds! Believed to have originated from Fujian province, popiah is now an essential part of our hawker scene. Snag yourself a DIY popiah set (available on Yikowei) and bond with your family over wrapping your own homemade popiahs!
7. Ang Ku Kueh
Ang ku kuehs, also known as red tortoise cakes, were commonly eaten during joyous and festive celebrations like a baby’s first month celebration to signify longevity and blessing for the individuals. The original ang ku kueh is typically filled with mung bean paste but today, there are many modern renditions of this local snack. You can find ang ku kuehs available in a variety of colours and flavours such as black sesame, coconut and even durian! Fancy some ang ku kuehs to have at home? Check out this kueh box (available on Rainbow Lapis SG Official Store) that contains ang ku kuehs and more!
8. Kueh Lapis Sagu (Rainbow Lapis)
Most famous for its nine distinctive colours, kueh lapis sagu (also known as rainbow lapis) is a favourite among kids! This Peranakan kueh can be peeled off layer by layer or you can get through all layers in one bite. A lot of time, effort and dedication is required to make and stack the layers of Kueh lapis sagu (available on Rainbow Lapis SG Official Store). But it’s worth all that effort. Sink your teeth into this sweet and chewy kueh for your next tea time snack. As one of Singapore’s older and traditional kuehs, it definitely deserves to be a popular local snack in Singapore!
9. Kueh Tutu
Well-loved for its soft and pillowy texture, kueh tutu is undeniably one of the most popular local snacks in Singapore! Kueh tutu is believed to have been around since the 1930s and can be considered a traditional delicacy here. These small pieces of kuehs are made of finely pounded rice flour and typically filled with grated coconut or grounded peanut. Today, there are many new introductions of flavours to kueh tutu — you can even find chocolate kueh tutus which are a hit among young kids!
Characterised by his white singlet, straw fan and portable charcoal grill, he was affectionately recognised as the Satay Man. Today, you can find an abundance of satay stores selling different types of meat on a stick paired with savoury peanut sauce. Satays are typically served in sharing platters and enjoyed with a group of friends. Organising a mini-barbeque gathering soon? Enjoy marinated pork satay sticks (available on BBQ Chef Official Store)! You can also choose from other skewered meats like beef and chicken.
You can have it as a drink or a snack, that’s the beauty of Singapore’s favourite drink – Milo (available on NESTLÉ Official Store). Well known for featuring different athletes on their packaging, Milo has amassed a wide fanbase in Singapore. Did you know that this chocolate malt beverage is manufactured here in Singapore and the Singapore Milo taste is unique to us? Today, you can find a variety of concoctions including Milo Peng (available on NESTLÉ Official Store) to which you’ve to simply add ice water to enjoy!
12. Pandan Chiffon Cake
Light, fluffy and moist — the classic pandan chiffon cake has never failed to win the hearts of Singaporeans and tourists alike. In fact, it was once crowned as Singapore’s national cake by CNN. Pair the pandan chiffon cake (available on Gin Thye) with a cup of tea, for the perfect tea time snack! If you’re not a fan of pandan, you can also find alternatives such as Mao Shan Wang Durian Chiffon Cake (available on Gin Thye) that boasts the same fluffy texture!
13. Ondeh Ondeh
Last but not least in our list of popular local snacks in Singapore is ondeh ondeh (available on Rainbow Lapis SG Official Store)! Ondeh ondeh is a glutinous rice ball dessert filled with gula melaka and topped with slightly salted coconut. This yummy snack has travelled a long way from Java before it reached Singapore in the 1950s – 1960s. This sweet and chewy dessert is sure to please your taste buds! In fact, the ondeh ondeh is start ingredient in cakes too such as this ondeh ondeh cake (available on Ollella SG Official Store).
Celebrate National Day 2020 with some of the most popular local snacks in Singapore
They say you are what you eat — which of the popular local snacks in Singapore are you? Grab your favourite snacks as we celebrate National Day at home this year! Don’t forget to turn on your air cooler to comfortably enjoy the celebrations on TV. Use this time to send your international friends popular Singapore souvenir gifts to remind them of their time spent on the Little Red Dot!