In Singapore, we call it 'Makan' (Malay for "to eat"). It is one of the most commonly used words, and this is no wonder when the variety of foods and restaurants is hands-down the best in the world.
I've spoken about some of my favourite places in Singapore to 'Makan' in many of my articles. Now it's time to summarize my all-time Top-10 List.
The important thing to remember, is that the locations and prices depend completely on what culinary experience you're after. Before I moved here, I was told by a local friend: "eat like an Aussie, and you'll pay Aussie prices; eat like a local and you'll pay local prices".
This is all too true - in fact, I can eat my "pork ribs and prawn noodles" for lunch at the "Yong Heng" food court (hawker centre) for lunch, which is in walking distance of my work - total damage is just around S$3.50. Yet, if I take my wife and baby to dine in the evening at "Bottle Tree Park" and partake in the Chilli Crab and a variety of other dishes, I will be lucky to walk away without paying less than around S$80 to S$100.
Now food is a very personal matter, so my favourites will be much different to yours or the man next door... so please, no disagreements here, this is my own personal Top-10 List.
Aussie Pete's Top-10 Places to Makan
1. Bottle Tree Park (Yishun)
2. Ma Po Dou Fu (Upper Thompson Road)
3. Crystal Jade Garden (Causeway Point & Various Locations)
4. Seoul Garden (Causeway Point & Various Locations)
5. Vienna International Buffet and Seafood (United Square, Novena)
6. Long Beach @ Dempsey
7. Xin Wang (Hougang Street 21 & Various Locations)
8. Soup Restaurant (Causeway Point, United Square & Various Locations)
9. Ding Tai Feng (Tampines Mall & Various Locations)
10. Swensons (Causeway Point, ION & Various Locations)
Oh no - I got to number 10, but still have so many more to add - like where to get spicy fish or pepper rice (so many, many more foods *sigh* - I should've done a Top-50 list)... I really, really love my food!!! You can check out more places to "Makan" here... whatever your preference, you will definitely be able to satisfy your hunger in Singapore!! My ever-increasing wasitline will attest to that!!
You can always also checkout the world famous Prata at Jalan Kayu - I call it Sengkang's "Lygon Street" (if you've been to Melbourne, you could associate with this - but it's certainly not a stretch of Italian restaurants).