If you’re like most Singaporeans, you will be celebrating National Day with food, friends and family. Food is long known to be an integral part of national identity. Singapore’s multi-ethnic culture and heritage has served up a myriad of delicious cuisines, with each having its own unique flavour, aroma and history.
This National Day, we bring you some of our favourite local food that you can easily recreate at home while watching the parade on TV. Let the celebrations and feasting begin!
1. Chilli Crab Sauce with Fresh Crab Meat
Quite possibly the most popular of all crab dishes, the Singapore Chilli Crab is luxurious and goes perfectly well with deep-fried mantous (buns). Slightly sweet, tangy and spicy, it is truly a local favourite! Chef Eric Low gives this traditional sauce a modern twist in this video – make this at home to satisfy that crab craving while watching the National Day Parade in the comfort of your own home!
Recommended equipment: Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor, SousVide Supreme Demi
2. Homemade Kaya with Eggs and Toast
Have breakfast like a Singaporean with Homemade Kaya with Eggs and Toast! Kaya is a jam that’s made from eggs, sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves or extract. Arguably the nation’s favourite breakfast, it is commonly served sandwiched in between two slices of toasted bread, along with half-boiled eggs, and hot tea or coffee. Watch on for a quick and easy way to make your own Kaya in 30 minutes!
3. Hainanese Steamed Chicken
Though its origins are not from Singapore, the classic Hainanese Chicken Rice is undoubtedly synonymous with Singapore’s food identity! It’s almost impossible to go to a food court or hawker centre without finding a Hainanese Chicken Rice stall selling this popular dish. Try making it in the comfort of your own kitchen – you’ll be surprised at how convenient it is! The succulent, tender and tasty chicken will leave you wanting more – don’t forget to serve it with fluffy rice, chilli sauce and ginger! Get the recipe here.
Recommended equipment: Zebra Sauce Pan with Glass Lid, Zebra Chinese Wok with Lid & Steamer (5 Ply)
4. Traditional Mee Siam with Condiments
Mee Siam, which means “Siamese Noodle”, is a dish of vermicelli noodles in a spicy, tangy and slightly sweet light gravy. Again, this dish does not originate from Singapore but it definitely is one of the most popular hawker dishes here! It is usually served with salted soy beans, tau pok (dried bean curd), boiled egg and garnished with spring onions. Try making it at home this National Day! Get the recipe here.
5. Sambal Crayfish with Crispy Kang Kong
Sambal Chilli is a spicy condiment that is used in various local dishes including Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, Stingray, and much more. This Sambal Chilli Crayfish with Crispy Kang Kong is the perfect dish for those who love their chillies! Kang Kong, also known as water spinach, is a popular local dish that is commonly served in many Zi-Char restaurants. In this recipe video, Chef Eric Low combines both Sambal Chilli Crayfish and Kang Kong into a deletctable dish in celebration of National Day!
6. Ikan Bilis and Pepper Cookies
Forget your regular chocolate chip cookies this National Day, try Chef Audra Morrice’s Ikan Bilis Pepper Cookies instead! Also known as dried anchovies, the humble Ikan Bilis is a popular snack in Singapore. It can be commonly seen served as a condiment to the ever-popular Nasi Lemak. These savoury cookies uses deep fried Ikan Bilis to add a nice crunch, and the sharp cheddar cheese goes perfectly with the morsles of Ikan Bilis through-out the cookie! Get the recipe here.
Recommended equipment: Cuisinart Mini-Prep® Plus Processor, Ibili Tin-Plated Rectable Cookie Cutter, de buyer Black Steel Baking Tray with Oblique Edge
We hope these recipes will inspire you to cook up a storm at home to celebrate National Day in the comfort of your own home!