5 Easy Singaporean Dishes For The Homesick
One of the perks of being a Singaporean is the easy access to the myriad delicious hawker fare such as chicken rice and char kway tiao. What happens when your birth right to these foods becomes compromised, due to an overseas job posting or studies? Don't panic, read on to find out the 5 local dishes you can whip up easily when you are 6000 miles away from home!
1. Chicken Rice
An all-time favourite, this dish has become a needed boost to get through the day at least once a week. How can you live without this Singaporean delicacy? Try cooking this comfort food to nurse your homesickness and satisfy your cravings with our recipe. An alternative for amateur cooks is to buy chicken rice pre-mix to steam your rice in, and you'll get a taste that's pretty close to the original.
2. Carrot Cake
Unlike the western carrot cake, this savoury hawker favourite is a dish that we will never get tired of. Whether your preference is the dark sweet-sauce coated version or the white version, there's no arguing that not many other dishes apart from this reminds us as much of home when we're abroad.
A plus point is that it's so easy to re-create. Simply pop into any Asian grocery store for the readymade daikon cake, cut it up into cubes, toss them into the wok with some garlic, shallots, preserved radish, egg and prawns (if you like them), and you're set!
With its fiery hue, this bowl of spicy comfort is something you'll crave for on cold cold days. As it can be difficult to find this noodle delicacy outside of Southeast Asia, why not try cooking your own? It may seem intimidating at first, but all you need is some patience and experimentation along the way... or have pre-packed laksa paste on hand. Alternatively, you could always give our quick recipe a go.
4. Bak Kut Teh
Craving for something soupy with a taste of home? Cook your own version of bak kut teh! If you live in a dormitory with a shared kitchen, remember to switch on the ventilator before brewing this awesome peppery soup as others may not take the smell well. To further spice up your meal, chop some red chillies and douse them in dark soya sauce to complement your meaty broth.
5. Hokkien Mee
Another local favourite, hokkien mee is a classic hawker staple that has over 60 years of history, and recently earned a Singaporean hawker a Michelin Bib Gourmand nomination too. Made the same way today as in the past, these noodles make a hearty combination with pork belly cubes and prawns! Wherever you are, re-create your own version with the help of our recipe and reminiscence about the taste of home.