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World’s most delicious food: Roti Prata

By |February 22nd, 2018|

We all know that roti prata belongs to a group of bread indigenous to India. But there are groups in Singapore that said roti prata is either of Punjabi origin or introduced by Muslim conquerors.  Whatever its origin, roti prata is well liked among most Singaporean and also across the borders in Malaysia.

Roti prata is […]

CNY reunion dinner. What’s on the menu.

By |February 20th, 2018|

What was on the menu for cny reunion dinner?

Yes, folks, CNY is here and it is only fair to talk about what is important on the dining table.  Typically, Chinese New Year season would involve hustle and bustle of spring-cleaning the home, purchasing new clothes and preparing red packets. But before the actual day, there […]

How the Lion became a Singapore symbol. (one version)

By |February 14th, 2018|

Sang Nila Utama, who?

If you are a local, Sang Nila Utama would sound very familiar. You see, back in School, I was told that Sang Nila Utama was indeed the first person to discover Singapura (or Singapore).

There are many versions of Sang Nila Utama’s story. The one that I was told in School was that […]

Lo Hei and Yu-Sheng.

By |February 12th, 2018|

Alright so, Yu-Sheng – it is a salad dish comprising thin slices of raw fish and various seasoning that are mixed together. Diners will then toss the ingredients and shout, “Lo Hei!” while they are at it.

But where did this dish come from?

This dish goes way back for more than 2,000 years in China. The […]

Legend of Nian

By |February 5th, 2018|

Legend has it that on the eve of every Chinese New Year (CNY), an unknown animal would destroy the fields, crops and animals belonging to the farmers of a village in China. Villagers could not identify the beast and decided to name it Nian, which meant, “year” in Chinese.

The situation was such that villagers made […]

The nostalgic past of Roxy square

By |February 2nd, 2018|

We sent our Culture Guru Mel out on a fact finding mission in Singapore’s Eastern suburbs………

Have you heard about Roxy Theatres?

Well, if you are born in my era where Singapore is already established then you probably only know Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy hotel along East Coast Road.

I recently visited that area, getting myself a bowl […]

Why is Pineapple tart so significant on Chinese New Year.

By |January 29th, 2018|

Singabites culture guru, Mel talks about one of Singapore’s favourite snacks.

During Chinese New Year season, many bakeries in Singapore starts selling this buttery pastry with a sugary pineapple filling we call, Pineapple Tarts. I never knew why these pastries are so significant for the Chinese communities.

 

Coming from a Malay background, my mum would make kuehs […]

Guide Focus: Singapore’s Original Spice Girl.

By |January 25th, 2018|

Every so often we like to focus on one of our guides. These are the face of Singabites and the ones whos hard work and dedication make us the successful team we are.

Mel sat down with Salma, our very own Spice girl……..

So I sat at a nice Indian coffee shop, Gayathri Restaurant located at the […]

The Heart of Love

By |January 20th, 2018|

Singabites Culture guru Mel talks about one of Chinatown’s longest standing family businesses….

 

If you are looking for something valuable to give someone this Chinese New Year, read on to find out where you can get a gift that you can never go wrong with.

In 1822, Sir Stamford Raffles decided to reorganize the population of Singapore […]

Singabites co-founds The Independent Food Tour Association

By |August 9th, 2017|

Singabites is a proud co-founder of The Independent Food Tour Association (TIFTA). Tifta is an association of the world’s best food tours. We decided to join together to help each other generate business, learn from each other and to keep standards high in the industry. As a result food travellers around the world can use […]