Some Facts about the Local Food of Singapore.
- Singaporean cuisine derived from several ethnic groups which have developed through centuries of political, economic, and social changes of this cosmopolitan city-state.
- Influences include the cuisines of the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians as well as Indonesian, Peranakan and Western traditions (particularly English and Portuguese-influenced Eurasian, known as Kristang).
- Also Influences from neighbouring regions such as Japan, Korea, and Thailand are also present. In Singapore, food is viewed as crucial to its national identity and a unifying cultural thread.
- Singaporean literature declares eating a national pastime and food a national obsession. Food is a frequent topic of conversation among Singaporeans.
- Religious dietary strictures do exist; and there is also a significant group of vegetarians/vegans.
- People from different communities often eat together, while being mindful of each other’s culture and choosing food that is acceptable for all.
- Other than local Singaporean cuisine, it is also common in Singapore to find restaurants specialising in cuisine from a great variety of countries around the world.