Lau Pa Sat
Formerly known as Telok Ayer Market, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market is located in the hub of Singapore’s busy financial district and it has a history that dates back to 1894 when it was a Fish Market on the island. The building was faithfully restored in accordance with the design of the original by engineer James MacRitchie.
This huge food center has close to 80 food stalls selling a variety of foods, like Japanese, Korean, India, Chinese, Seafood, Filipino, Malay, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and more!
The famous Satay Street, an actual road, operates daily from 7pm – 3am, and from 3pm during weekends & Public Holidays.
Here’s a list of 10 uniquely Singapore dishes at Lau Pa Sat (as listed on the website):
LAKSA – Thick rice noodles bathed in spicy gravy, fragrant with herbs and coconut milk.
CHILLI/BLACK PEPPER CRAB – Fresh crab cooked in spicy sauce loaded with chillies, soya bean paste, garlic and tomato or fried with black pepper and garlic, lots of it.
BA KUT TEH – Meaty pork ribs stewed with Chinese spices and garlic in a delicious broth. Eat it with fresh red cut chillies in dark soya sauce.
FRIED CARROT CAKE – Not your typical western carrot cake, and not really carrot, but white radish flour cake, fried till aromatic with garlic, bits of preserved radish, egg and chilli.
SATAY – Skewers of cumin and coriander spiced meat with a sweet-and-spicy peanut dip.
HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE – Flavourful rice, delicious even on its own, and tender poached chicken. With a potent chilli-garlic-ginger dip.
CHAR KWAY TEOW – Flat rice noodles fried with chilli, garlic and dark sweet sauce, finished off with egg, fish cakes and bean sprouts.
ROTI PRATA – A flaky Indian Bread eaten hot from the griddle, either with curry or with a sprinkling of sugar. There are many varieties.
CURRY FISH HEAD – Fish head in a tart tamarind curry with tomato, lady’s fingers and brinjal.
ROJAK – A salad of fruit and vegetables, dressed with black shrimp sauce and peanut. Plus crisp Chinese crullers, cured squid and stuffed soya bean puffs.
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