19 Must-Try Local Snacks Every Singaporean Will Know And Love

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Ask any Singaporean what they think the national pastime is, and the answer is likely to involve food. So what better way to get a taste of our diverse food culture than through some of the most popular local snacks Singapore has to offer? From all-time favourites to local spins on well-loved snacks, there’s no shortage of snack options when you’re in Singapore! Already hankering for a quick snack? We’ve rounded up the best snacks in Singapore for the next time you’ve got the munchies.

Popular savoury local snacks from Singapore 

1. Curry puff 

curry puff popular local snack singapore
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Succulent chicken chunks, fork-tender potatoes, and a sliced egg, all wrapped up in a buttery layer of pastry. Drooling yet? Curry puffs are definitely one of the most popular local snacks enjoyed by Singaporeans of all ages. And no one does these savoury treats better than Old Chang Kee, a traditional snack chain from Singapore that has been in the curry puffs business since the 1960s!

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Get your curry puff fix today with an Old Chang Kee 5% ShopeePay Discount Voucher* (capped at S$1), which you can redeem in-store at Old Chang Kee outlets islandwide! If you prefer munching on this traditional snack from the comforts of home instead, try Old Chang Kee’s Frozen Mini Curry Puff (available on Old Chang Kee Official Store), which you can easily whip up with an air fryer! 

*Do note that the voucher is only viewable on mobile 

2. Satay

satay popular local snack singapore
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If you watched Crazy Rich Asians, chances are you were caught by the street food scene featuring local Singaporean delights – one of them being the iconic satay. Also known as ‘sate’, satay refers to seasoned meat skewers cooked over a charcoal grill. They’re typically paired with an addictive peanut-based sauce. Served in bite-sized portions perfect for sharing, satays are definitely one of the most popular local snacks enjoyed by Singaporeans and tourists alike!

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Purchase a pack of Traditional Hainanese Chicken Satay (available on Leo Foodstuff Official Store) for a delicious, fuss-free option for your next barbecue party! You can even choose from a variety of different meat options to cater to every palate. 

3. Bak kwa

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Another one of Singapore’s most popular local snacks would be bak kwa (or 肉干 rou gan), a sweet-savoury barbecued meat snack traditionally made of pork. First introduced by the Chinese immigrant community in the 19th century, bak kwa in Singapore uses a charcoal-grilled preparation method that imbues the meat with an irresistible smoky aftertaste. The iconic local snack often comes in thinly-sliced squares (this makes it very hard to stop at one!), and is particularly indispensable during Chinese New Year!

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: You don’t have to wait till Chinese New Year to satisfy your bak kwa cravings. Treat yourself to some Bee Cheng Hiang Sliced Pork (available on Bee Cheng Hiang Official Store) today! Looking for some halal bak kwa options? Check out the Halal Beef Bak Kwa (available on CS Foods)!

4. Popiah

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Not all popular local snacks in Singapore are deep-fried or barbecued. The popiah (or 润饼 run bing) is a light snack perfect for satisfying mid-afternoon hunger pangs! Originating from the Fujian province in China, a traditional popiah consists of an assortment of steamed or stir-fried vegetables paired with an array of sweet sauces. These are then encased within a soft, crepe-like wrapper made from wheat flour.

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Consider yourself a true popiah fan? Make your own homemade popiah with your loved ones with this DIY Popiah Set (available on Yikowei)! If you’re too lazy to roll your own popiah, grab a pack of Ready to Eat Vegetable Popiah (available on The Food Truck Official Store) instead!

5. Vadai 

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Next up on the list of well-loved Singaporean snacks would be vadai (pronounced ‘vah-dye’). Originating from India, vadai is a popular staple at Singapore’s pasar malams (or night markets). In Singapore, the famous snack is made from legumes or potatoes moulded into the shape of discs. They’re topped with ingredients such as vegetables, ikan bilis, and even whole prawns! The savoury snack is then deep-fried, giving it its signature golden-brown hue. In Singapore, vadai is best enjoyed with a side of fiery green peppers – making this popular local snack definitely not for the faint of heart

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Craving for a piping hot vadai? Pop over to The Original Vadai, one of Singapore’s most famous snack stores specialising in vadai, to redeem one in-store using this 5% ShopeePay Discount Voucher* (capped at S$1)! If you prefer ready-to-eat vadai you can prepare at home, check out Shekin Halal Vadai (available at Aaza Mart HALAL Frozen)

*Do note that the voucher is only viewable on mobile 

6. Salted egg fish skin 

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We thought salted egg yolk might have been just a passing trend, but it looks like Singaporeans’ love for salted egg yolk will ever end! This is why halal-certified 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. Founded in 2015, homegrown brand IRVINS Salted Egg has since expanded to 12 different markets worldwide. Their signature product, the crispy and highly addictive salted egg fish skin, has also become one of the best local snacks to come out of Singapore

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Get your salted egg yolk fix with IRVINS Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin (available on IRVINS Salted Egg Official Store)! Spoilt for choice? Opt for the IRVINS Variety Bundle (available on IRVINS Salted Egg Official Store), which offers a curated selection of IRVINS’ signature salted egg fish skin, potato chips, and cassava chips

7. Poppadom 

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A steaming plate of biryani is never complete without a side of crisp, savoury poppadom. Also known as pappadum or appalam, the poppadom is a popular local snack that has the hearts of Singaporeans young and old. Typically made with plant-based flours such as lentil and chickpea, poppadoms are prepared by deep-frying or open-flame cooking, giving the famously addictive snack its distinctive crunch! 

Try this popular Singaporean snack now: Who says snacking has to be unhealthy? Get your hands on Uncle Saba’s Poppadoms (Original) (available on Shopee Supermarket) for a plant-based, gluten-free treat! 

8. Potato chips (with local twists!)

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Singaporeans’ love for local Asian flavours has not gone unnoticed by homegrown snack producers. And what better way to package the complex, multi-layered, and often fiery flavours of the most popular local cuisine in Singapore than in potato chips, the ultimate snack food? Since the salted egg craze that led to the popularisation of Singaporean snack brands like IRVINS and The Golden Duck Co., potato chip flavours in Singapore have only gotten bolder. Think laksa and beef rendang flavoured chips!

Try this popular local snack in Singapore now: Gear up for your next Netflix binge session with popular local cuisine-inspired potato chips by Singaporean snack brand F.EAST, such as the Singapore Laksa Potato Chips and Egg Prata with Fish Curry Potato Chips (both available on F.EAST Official Store)! Like your snacks with a bit more of a kick? Challenge yourself with some Mala Potato Chips (available on Shopee Supermarket) instead! 

Popular sweet local snacks from Singapore 

9. Kaya toast

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When it comes to popular sweet snacks in Singapore, no other local treat comes close to the kaya toast. The kaya toast was first introduced to Singapore by Hainanese chefs working on British trading ships at the turn of the 20th century. Local coffee shops then began offering kaya toasts on their menu, leading to the eventual popularisation of one of the most famous local snacks in Singapore. Kaya toast is essentially made up of two slices of charcoal-grilled or toasted bread slathered with kaya, a fragrant, coconut milk-based jam, and finished off with a generous slab of cold butter. Pair it with some soft-boiled eggs and a cup of hot kopi (coffee) or teh (tea), and you’ve got yourself the perfect Singaporean breakfast!  

Try this best-loved snack in Singapore now: There’s no way we can talk about kaya toasts without mentioning Toast Box, our go-to for afternoon tea breaks. Transport yourself back in time with Toast Box’s nostalgic, old-school interiors by redeeming a Toast Box 5% ShopeePay Discount Voucher* (capped at S$1) in-store today! Alternatively, try recreating your own kaya toast at home with some Toast Box Hainanese Kaya (available on Toast Box Official Store) instead! 

*Do note that the voucher is only viewable on mobile 

10. Muah chee

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For many Singaporeans, looking out for the aunty (or uncle) armed with a pair of scissors and a pushcart loaded with pillow-soft glutinous flour was the key highlight of trips to pasar malams growing up. With origins that can be traced back to South China, muah chee is a mochi-like Singaporean snack popular with adults and children alike. The preparation process is deceptively simple—steamed glutinous rice flour is divided into bite-sized mounds, which are then tossed in a mixture of crushed peanuts and sugar. The result? Deliciously soft yet chewy balls of dough that make stopping at one an incredible challenge. 

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Purchase this Janggut Laksa Muah Chee Digital Voucher* to get your hands on some freshly-made muah chee in-store without the fuss! Prefer having these sweet treats delivered right to your doorstep? Check out Yikowei’s Muah Chee (available on Yikowei Popiah & CNY Pastries Official Store), which come in both traditional peanut and black sesame flavours! Alternatively, you can channel your inner pasar malam aunty or uncle and make your own fresh muah chee with this easy rice cooker recipe!

*Do note that the voucher is only viewable on mobile 

11. Pandan chiffon cake 

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Light, fluffy and moist: the classic pandan chiffon cake never fails to win the hearts of Singaporeans and tourists alike. In fact, it was once crowned as Singapore’s national cake by CNN! Characterised by its distinctive green hue, the pandan chiffon cake marries the much-loved Asian flavours of coconut and pandan – the same ingredients featured in another popular local snack in Singapore, kaya toast!

Try this best-loved snack in Singapore now: Nibble on a slice of Pandan Chiffon Cake (available on Old Seng Choong Official Store) for the perfect tea time snack! If traditional pandan chiffon cakes are too dull for your liking, perhaps the trendier Pandan Kaya Lava Chiffon (available on Old Seng Choong Official Store) will pique your interest – we’re sure the kaya lava ooze as you slice through the cake will make for an Instagram-worthy shot. 

12. Ang ku kueh 

ang ku kueh singapore local snack
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In Singapore, ang ku kuehs (also known as red tortoise cakes) are commonly eaten during joyous and festive celebrations. An example is the baby’s first-month celebration, to signify longevity and blessings. Traditionally, ang ku kuehs are filled with mung bean paste. Today, there exists many modern renditions of this much-loved local snack in a variety of colours and flavours, namely black sesame, coconut, and even durian! 

Try this popular local snack in Singapore now: Fancy some ang ku kuehs to have at home? Check out this Ji Xiang Ang Ku Kueh (Bundle of 10) (available on PACKHUP), or try the Rainbow Lapis Happy Kueh Box (available on Rainbow Lapis SG Official Store) to sample a wide variety of nonya kuehs!

13. Durian puffs 

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A list of popular local snacks in Singapore is not complete without mention of – yep, you guessed it – durian. From durian snowskin mooncakes to durian ice cream and other durian desserts, Singaporeans can’t seem to stop coming up with different ways to enjoy the king of fruits. One of the most well-loved durian desserts in Singapore is the durian puff, a light choux pastry filled with durian-flavoured cream that’s perfect as a tea time snack!  

Try this best-loved snack in Singapore now: Satisfy your durian puff cravings with eCreativeCake’s Halal-certified Durian Cream Puffs (available on eCreativeCake Official Store)! Hankering for something a little more premium? Treat yourself to Gin Thye’s Mao Shan Wang Durian Puffs (available on Gin Thye Official Store) instead! For more durian puff recommendations, check out our guide to the best durian puffs in Singapore

14. Ondeh-ondeh 

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Next up on our roundup of popular local snacks in Singapore is ondeh-ondeh, a glutinous rice ball dessert filled with gula melaka (or palm sugar) and rolled in dessicated coconut. Originating from Indonesia, the much-loved sweet treat first reached our shores between the 1950s to 1960s and quickly became popular with Singaporeans of all ages. Eating ondeh-ondeh, however, should come with a fair amount of caution, as they are known to burst open with a single bite! 

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Satisfy your sweet tooth on some good ol’ Ondeh-Ondeh (available on Rainbow Lapis SG Official Store)! Share the joy and surprise a fellow ondeh-ondeh lover with an Ondeh-Ondeh Cake (available on Ollella SG Official Store) that was voted as one of the best ondeh-ondeh creations in Singapore by The Straits Times! 

15. Kueh lapis sagu 

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Known for its distinctive, multicoloured layers, the kueh lapis sagu (also known as rainbow lapis) is an older local snack that remains particularly popular with children in Singapore. The traditional Peranakan dessert is notorious for how labour-intensive it can be to make – but one bite into its sweet, chewy layers would be enough to convince you that it’s worth all that effort. 

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Sink your teeth into some Kueh Lapis Sagu (available on Rainbow Lapis SG Official Store) for your next tea time snack! In charge of snacks for your next gathering? Treat everyone to a blast from the past with this colourful Kueh Platter (available on Rainbow Lapis SG Official Store)! 

16. Milo 

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Growing up in Singapore, there’s no way you could have never tried Milo (available on Shopee Supermarket). The malt-based chocolate drink is so popular in Singapore, it has transcended its status as a nutritious snack beverage to become a cultural icon with locals. From the iconic Milo trucks that are staples at large events to partnerships with Singapore’s top athletes, Milo is definitely the nation’s favourite beverage! 

Try Singapore’s best-loved beverage now: Beyond the classic packet Milo, you can now enjoy a wide range of innovative drinks and snacks featuring the same chocolatey goodness! Fancy yourself a Milo peng but too lazy to head to the kopitiam downstairs? Get your hands on a Milo Activgo Nutri Peng (available on NESTLÉ Official Store) for your ice-cold Milo fix! 

17. Kueh lapis

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Not to be confused with the multi-coloured kueh lapis sagu, kueh lapis (literally ‘sweet layer cake’ in Bahasa Indonesia) is a famous Dutch-Indonesian snack that has won the hearts of many Singaporeans. Also known as ‘thousand-layer cake’, kueh lapis is known for its multiple rich, buttery layers. The popular local snack loved by Singaporeans is put together through a painstaking process of ladling batter onto each layer bit by bit until all the batter is used. 

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Life’s short – treat yourself to some Kueh Lapis (available on Daribellsg Official Store) and consider your next tea time snack sorted! For the more adventurous, why not try some Mao Shan Wang Kueh Lapis (available on Gin Thye Official Store)? Psst, check out our roundup of the best kueh lapis in Singapore for more recommendations! 

18. Potong ice cream

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Potong ice cream remains one of the most popular local snacks for beating the Singapore heat. Back in the 1980s, ice cream sellers would make their own potong ice cream from scratch and peddle them door-to-door. Coming in a distinctive rectangular shape, this well-loved sweet treat is typically made from the base ingredients of coconut milk, skimmed milk, corn starch, and sugar. Can you guess what was the most popular potong ice cream flavour back then? That’s right, it’s the red bean flavour! The red bean potong ice cream remains a favourite with Singaporeans today, but this sweet treat has definitely evolved to include flavours such as pulut hitam, chocolate, and of course, durian. 

Try this popular snack in Singapore now: Stock up on your favourite King’s Potong Ice Cream (available on NIDsg) to share with your family and friends like the good ol’ kampung times! Not a fan of traditional flavours like red bean and yam? Give potong ice cream a chance with King’s Limited Edition Japanese Sweet Potato Potong Ice Cream (available on TheDailyMart)!  

19. Wafer ice cream

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What’s your favourite childhood memory? For us, it’s definitely racing downstairs to the ice cream cart when the ice cream uncle rings his bell! Push cart ice cream is an indelible part of the Singapore food culture – there are few other local snacks that remain so popular with adults and children alike! From raspberry ripple to chocolate, push cart ice cream is known for its wide variety of flavours and customisation options. One of the most popular customisation options is to have your block of icy goodness sandwiched between two crisp wafers! 

Try this best-loved snack in Singapore now: Relive your childhood with Magnolia Wafer Ice Cream (available on F&N Creameries (S) Pte Ltd Official Store), available in classic flavours you’d find at traditional ice cream carts. Think raspberry ripple, chocolate, yam, and durian! Alternatively, channel your inner ice cream uncle with these Traditional Wafer Biscuits (available on TheDailyMart) you can use to make your own push cart ice cream at home! 

Take a walk down memory lane with these popular local snacks from Singapore 

Take a break from the trendy new cafes and fusion hawker food with some good ol’ Singaporean snacks any true local would be familiar with. Keen to find out more about our local food culture through traditional snacks in Singapore? Check out our guide to popular Singaporean drinks, or try your hand at making some nonya kueh from scratch

This article was updated on 18 May 2022. Additional research done by Rachel Tan.

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