When it comes to cooking paste in Singapore, you cannot go wrong with these 5 choices
Many tourists visit Singapore and find a dish that they absolutely love. There's that one dish you will crave for when you are sitting at home. I can assure you of that. Whether it be kaya toast or chicken rice or bak kut teh, there will be that one dish that will pop up into your head when you least expect it. You could be in karaoke singing PPAP and all of a sudden, a plate of chili crab will magically appear in your head. Given that there are not many good Singaporean restaurants outside of Singapore, how do you fix your cravings? Here's a tip. Go to a supermarket when you are on your trip and get a hold of these 5 cooking pastes!
1) Assam Fish Sauce (Singlong)
Assam fish is a dish created in the Malayan Peninsula and it is a combination of spicy, sour and salty goodness. Assam means tamarind in Malay and the Peranakans have taken this dish and perfected it. Singlong's Assam Fish Sauce is the Peranakan version of this Malay dish and it is a great dish to have, especially in winter. Pour some of this sauce over white rice to experience heaven.
2) Rendang (Mak Nyonya)
Rendang is a dish that hails from Indonesia and it is spreading around the world like wildfire. In fact, rendang was recently announced the best dish in the world by CNN. I highly recommend having a plate on your trip to Singapore. Restaurants that serve up amazing rendang are Nasi Warung Pariamman, Hajah Maimunah and Blue Ginger. You will definitely get hooked. Be sure to stock up on Mak Nyonya's Rendang when you return home You will definitely crave for this one.
3) Bak Kut Teh (Prima Taste)
A favorite among many tourists in Singapore. I've asked many tourists what they're favorite Singaporean food is and to my surprise, bak kut teh got a lot of fans. The soup is the highlight of this dish and when it comes to cooking pastes, Prima Taste's Bak Kut Teh's is by far our favorite. Just add some pork and you are ready to go. For those who like spicy food, Honorable Rat recommends adding slices of chili and minced garlic into the bak kut teh sauce provided in the kit. Dip the pork into the sauce and experience pure happiness. White rice is the perfect accompaniment to this dish.
4) Hainanese Chicken Rice (Prima Taste)
Hainanese chicken rice is gaining popularity around the world. Prima Taste's Hainanese Chicken Rice contains almost everything that you need to enjoy this amazing dish in the comforts of your home. All you need to do is prepare the chicken and rice, and that is super easy to do with this kit. It also comes with all the sauces that are essential to enjoying a plate of this amazing dish. Prima Taste's Hainanese Chicken Rice is definitely the second best way to fulfill your chicken rice craving. What's the first? Well, there's no better way than to visit some amazing chicken rice restaurants in Singapore like Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice or Boon Tong Kee.
5) Singapore Chili Crab (Prima Taste)
Yet another one from Prima Taste. When it comes to cooking pastes in Singapore, Prima Taste is definitely one of the best and their chili crab kit is brilliant. If you are visiting Singapore, I highly recommend for you to try chili crab. After that, head on to a supermarket and get yourself a few boxes of these to bring home. Crab anywhere can be quite expensive, but you don't have to worry about that. This paste goes great with shrimp too. Replace shrimp with crab and you've got yourself a home-cooked dish that's affordable and mouthwatering!