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8 SINGAPOREAN HAWKER DISHES TO RECREATE AT HOME

Without a doubt, our local hawker fare is a source of national pride, and an integral part of the Singaporean identity. Find out what goes into making these delicious dishes by attempting to replicate them in your home kitchen. 

  1. Bak Kut Teh

    Bak Kut Teh

    A piping hot bowl of this garlicky and peppery soup is the perfect kick you’d need to help you sweat out all those toxins. The familiar herbal blend adds to the aroma and pairs well with rice for a light meal. This recipe suggests skimming off the layer of oil that forms on the soup for a less greasy stock.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. ABC Soup

    abc soup

    This unpretentious soup is close to the heart of many Singaporeans who grew up drinking it at home. Believed to have earned its name from the Vitamins A, B and C it contains – thanks to carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes respectively – this nutritious soup is perfect for kids and adults alike, so pack some in a Thermos® Food Jar for your family to enjoy in school or at work.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Chicken Rendang

    Chicken Rendang

    Spicy, creamy, and flavourful, it’s no surprise that rendang is the go-to nasi padang dish for many. While the cooking time using your Thermos® Shuttle Chef® may be long, the gentler cooking method ensures the chicken stays tender. If you’re hosting a party, this method is also a great way to divide up your workload as you can get all the prep done a day in advance.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Char Kway Teow

    Char Kway Teow


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    With a reputation for being one of the most sinful hawker dishes, this stir-fried rice noodle offers the delectable trinity of sweet, savoury and greasy. To indulge with a lighter calorie count, make this recipe at home with healthier substitutes, like using olive oil instead of lard, and adding more beansprouts or greens.


    Find the recipe here.

  2. Hainanese Chicken Rice

    Hainanese Chicken Rice

    Best known as our national dish, chicken rice is really more of a meal than a dish as it comes with rice, meat, veggies, and a bowl of soup made from the flavourful broth used to cook the chicken. For a balanced meal on-the-go, use your Thermos® Lunch Tote to pack each component separately, including an extra portion of blanched kalian.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Bobo Cha Cha

    Bobo Cha Cha

    As colourful as the culture that gave us this creamy dessert, bobo cha cha is a popular Peranakan dish with a quirky name and a delightful mix of textures. Swimming in the pandan-infused coconut milk are soft sago pearls, chewy tapioca jellies, tender sweet potatoes and dense taro cubes. Cook and store this dessert in a Thermos® Shuttle Chef® for up to 2 hours, so that every bowl served is piping hot and the coconut milk remains fresh till the last sip.

    Find the recipe here.

  1. Cheng Tng

    Cheng Tng

    For a lighter dessert option, this sweet soup is not only refreshing but also boasts many health benefits. Dried malva nut (pang da hai 胖大海) helps to lower cholesterol and has a cooling effect, red dates are good for blood, while gingko nuts contain powerful antioxidants. Whether you like it hot or chilled with ice, keep the sugar content at a minimal for an even healthier treat.

    Find the recipe here.

  2. Pandan Kaya

    Kaya


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    Part of the quintessential Singaporean breakfast, this velvety coconut jam is more like a custardy curd than a fruit jam thanks to the addition of eggs. While it makes a fragrant spread for your toast, it is also a versatile ingredient to add to baked goods and desserts. Feel free to reduce the sugar in this recipe or use alternative sweeteners, such as stevia.


    Find the recipe here.

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