You're here because you will be or already are in Singapore for the Formula 1 Night Rice, and somehow decided we are the authority on your food recommendations. Well, we did do a pretty extensive story on the myth of the Singapore noodle, and the top five dishes to try. So we thought we'd put out a 24-hour guide to let you have your fill of local food at proper hawker centres (you'll be fine, Lau Pa Sat), with options each meal because Singaporeans believe in democracy. And because we have too much good food. It's physically impossible to finish this list in a day, let's be real. Even if you did have the stomach capacity for it, time will run out when you queue at these established, value-for-money finds. So choose wisely.
Prata OR Toast
How do you like your carbs? Soaked in curry or dipped in egg? For a spicy morning kick, get your prata fix with Springleaf Prata Place across the island, or Casuarina Curry half an hour away from town.
Decent toast sets can be found at Ya Kun Kaya Toast (with steamed bun and French toast options!), but if you're looking to try more than a franchise to boast back home, visit Heap Seng Leong Coffee Shop AKA the oldest coffee shop in Singapore.
Bak Kut Teh OR Kway Chap
Both are soup dishes with pork, but if you're leaning towards a clear and peppery base with rice, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is for those with the patience to queue, while Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha is for those with the patience to travel.
Kway Chap is served well by so many hawkers that it's unfair to recommend one over the other. So here are the two amongst the top stalls with the longest names; Cheng Heng Kway Chap and Braised Duck Rice and Double Spring Teochew Lor Duck Kway Chap, because the longer the name, the more prosperous the store. No, we just made that up.
Rojak OR Carrot Cake
Rojak is neither a palate cleanser nor a salad. Think of a Waldorf but with thick, black sauce and fried doughnut pieces. Oh, and spice. Brothers Rojak gives a nice balance of sweet and savoury, and who can forgo the famous Balestier Road Hoover Rojak?
Carrot Cake or Chai Tow Kway is not a cake but a stir-fried dish of radish. Highly subjective, but you can't go wrong with the over 60-year old Bukit Merah View Carrot Cake and the consistent He Zhong Carrot Cake.
Nasi Lemak OR Chicken Rice
Queues are not necessarily the surefire way to judge a stall, but it's hard not to be convinced by the snaking line at Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak. Another on the other side of the island that has called residents to make the trip is the equally popular Chong Pang Nasi Lemak.
Alternatively, the other rice dish we contend with our neighbouring country on who has the best version. Decide between the warm, hefty Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice and tender, chilled Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice.
Ice Kacang OR Chendol
With the heat (and all the stomach stretching), it's great that dessert is 70% ice. The psychedelic mountain can be best savoured at Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert, or our Prime Minister-endorsed Qing Tian Hot and Cold Desserts.
Chendol carries a different style of sweetness to it with the presence of Gula Melaka, coconut milk, and pandan. Old Amoy Chendol and Dove Desserts are equally raved about and worth trying.
Sambal Stingray OR Satay
No true bonafide Singaporean would not have their face light up at the mention of these two supper dishes. We'll give you more freedom to experiment here, in the safety of fan-favourite post-dinner hawkers Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre and Pasir Panjang Food Centrein the west, and Chomp Chomp and Fengshan Food Centre in the east. (Sorry Newton Food Centre. It's not you, it's me. No it's you, and Crazy Rich Asians.)
It would be a sin to not talk about the crabs. Whether #TeamPepper or #TeamChilli, dip your crispy buns into the chunky gravy of choice at Long Beach Seafood Restaurant, JUMBO Seafood, Melben Seafood and Red House. Special mention for Mattar Road Seafood Barbecue as the longstanding haunt of renowned Old Airport Food Centre.
Looking for more recommendations? Check out our Singapore guide.