8 Pinterest-Worthy Singaporean Dishes to Make at Home
Crazy Rich Asians has totally won our hearts, and we can't stop thinking about dreamy duo Nick and Rachel — or about the Pinterest-worthy Singaporean foods on display throughout the film. (Chili crab and noodles may not be true love, but they definitely taste like it!) Pinterest identified these popular Singaporean dishes as going viral, and we think they're worth trying at home at least once (and they're a fun excuse to amp up your pantry too). Get your friends and family together for a feast: At least one of these eight dishes is bound to steal everyone's hearts. Best of all, they'll help tide you over until the Crazy Rich Asians sequel hits theaters.
Chili Crab: Chili crab — one of the most popular foods in Singapore — is usually eaten at a night market or from a street food stand with friends. Try Marcus Samuelsson's Pinterest-popular version or the above recipe from a Singaporean chef and food blogger. (via Out of Man)
Hainanese Chicken Rice: Often called the national dish of Singapore, Hainanese chicken rice is all about the fresh, juicy chicken and rice fragrant with garlic and ginger. Start with the best-quality chicken you can afford, exfoliate the chicken with salt, then poach the chicken along with aromatics. The remaining broth is used to cook the rice, and the rest is enjoyed as a simple soup. (via Tara's Multicultural Table)
Kaya Toast With Soft-Boiled Eggs: Kaya is a jam made from coconut milk, eggs, palm sugar, and pandan leaf (which is said to taste like vanilla). Enjoy it for breakfast with poached eggs in this sweet and savory combination. (via The Worktop)
Laksa Noodle Soup: Spicy curry laksa noodles don't have to be too daunting. Start with store-bought laksa paste (a shrimp-based curry), and you'll be enjoying a bowl of this food stall favorite in no time. (via Recipe Tin Eats)
Malaysian Chicken Satay: It's enjoyed by characters in the movie and the books, and it's easy to see why. Chicken satay, which is marinated in lemongrass, garlic, shallots, and spices, will change the way you think about grilled chicken. (via The Hungry Bookworm)
Singapore Hokkien Mee: This Chinese-Singaporean dish of fried noodles and seafood is a classic. It has a unique texture thanks to the use of both thick yellow wheat noodles and rice vermicelli. Serve with lime wedges and sambal (chili paste) on the side. (via Rasa Malaysia)
Singapore Roti Prata: Served with a curry dip, Singapore roti prata is a tender flatbread made with butter, ghee, and buttermilk that soaks up every last bit of sauce in your bowl. (via Awesome Cuisine)
Vegetable Singapore Noodles: Singapore noodles were actually most likely invented in Hong Kong, but don't let that stop you from enjoying a bowlful. Laced with Japanese curry powder, soy sauce, and veggies, it's a slurpable, savory indulgence. (via Cilantro & Citronella)
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.