Londoners don't have to look far for Singapore food that's flavourful and reminds you of the tropical country.
Singaporean food at its core is a blend of Malay cuisine with Chinese influences as well as other Asian flavors from India to the Philippines which makes this region one where food is celebrated.
It can't really be summed up by one definition but typically includes dishes like Hainanese chicken rice, nasi lemak (coconut rice served with fried anchovies), and laksa (yellow egg noodles in a thick and tangy curry soup).
Then, we have beef rendang; a dark brown caramelized beef stew that has been influenced by almost every major Asian cuisine. The ever-present rojak dish (a mix of fruits and vegetables in a sweet dressing) never fails to please!
Each dish has its own unique flavours influenced by almost every major Asian cuisine from India to China - all mashed up into something new!
Singaporean food is a combination of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisine. It is influenced by many cultures, giving it an eclectic flavor profile, unlike any other country's cuisine.
No wonder that Singapore is also home to one of the world's best street food scenes with hawker centers serving up delicious dishes at affordable prices!
Our list of Singapore food in London should be more extensive. However as a lot of places have closed during the pandemic, the following places are the ones that have survived.
Here's a round-up of the best places in London to get your Singaporean food fix.
Mei Mei London
Mei Mei, which means little sister in Chinese, is a Singaporean eatery in Borough Market which offers various hawker-style dishes such as Kaya Toast, Chilli Crab, Hainanese chicken rice, and more.
Their signature dish is the infamous Hainanese chicken rice. It is a traditional dish from the Hainan province of China, and it's made with poached chicken that has been cooked in soy sauce and ginger.
This is served with rice cooked in chicken stock, shredded fresh cucumber, a small bowl of soup made with ginger and garlic, chili sauce to add spiciness if desired, and green onions to garnish.
The hardest part of this dish is getting the plump yet tender meat texture. Despite being a growing hotspot among the city’s foodies, Mei Mei London consistently serves this up at a level close to perfection.
Visit for a brunch and get both their kaya toast and Hainanese chicken rice. Oh and don’t forget to order sweet iced milo. In our opinion, this place serves Singapore food in London at its best!
Unit 52, Borough Market Kitchen, Jubilee Pl, London SE1 9AG
Old Chang Kee
Singaporeans in London who miss a taste of home should visit Old Chang Kee.
Having opened in 1956 as a small shop, it quickly garnered fame through one piece of traditional pastry - their curry puff. Essentially, it is a dough filled with curried chicken, potatoes, or egg. Some find it easier to understand as similar to a cornish pasty.
The curry puff is a pocket of rich spicy goodness that most of us will agree reminds us of childhood and brings variety to London's Singapore food scene.
Grab two (because one won’t be enough!) and also try their fish balls if you still have room!
Old Chang Kee Covent Garden
15 New Row, London WC2N 4LD
For a taste of home, you'll want to seek out Laksa at Bugis Street. This Singaporean restaurant serves a noodle soup that will whet your appetite and tide you over until the next time you visit Singapore.
You won't be disappointed with their Chicken Rice either! Enjoy Peranakan-inspired cuisine at a central location in London.
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, W8 5SR
As you enter the restaurant, your nose will be filled with tempting aromas of their signature Malaysian and Singaporean dishes. This tiny Malaysian and Singaporean restaurant in the heart of Chinatown serves up some Singaporean favorites like Rendang, Nasi Lemak, and Oyster omelette!
If you are looking for a little taste of home-away-from-home, this might be it!
5 Macclesfield Street London, W1D 6AY
Singapore Garden has been around for an astounding 35 years and counting. It is more of a "higher-end" choice when compared to the other venues. One secret ingredient that has helped them survive in London all this time: amazing Singapore food!
83 Fairfax Road, London NW6 4DY
Singapore Food in London
- Mei Mei
- Old Chang Kee
- Rasa Sayang
- Bugis Street
- Singapore Gardens
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