Singapore vs Hong Kong


(Chinchalok egg, a Peranakan/Nyonya dish – photo from Singapuradailyphoto)

The raging question of our times is obviously : Is Singapore or Hong Kong better for street food? Standing on various corners of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong earlier today, I can see the battle to be pretty close. On the whole, my guess is Singapore is a length ahead for two reasons. The first is the fact that Singapore street food offers 4 distinct cuisines (Chinese, Malay, Indian & Peranakan/Nyonya) whereas Hong Kong has mostly chinese (although Cantonese + all other great chinese cuisines are on offer). The other is the wide range of food courts that Singapore offers for hungry travellers. These food courts combine the visual variety of many different cuisines with the legendary squeaky-clean environs of that city state. Yup, one length ahead.

Incidentally, there is a rumour that Michelin Guide is on its way to Asia.


3 thoughts on “Singapore vs Hong Kong

  1. I haven’t yet visited Hong Kong (the airport doesn’t count, I guess!). But yes, the food courts in Singapore were a great place to sample the variety of local cuisine.

  2. Yup, in Singapore you can find all the different types of food like Malay, Chinese, Indian, Peranakan and even Italian and other European foods. The local foods can be found in hawker centres and they are usually all there to be tasted and for the Chinese foods they have Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and also Hainanese. Of course to get the European, Indonesian, Thai foods you have to go to the restaurants as they are not represented at hawker centres. Over in Hongkong we had a tough time looking for suitable food for breakfast, lunch and dinners. We walked along Nathan Road and other streets but could only come across a number of expensive looking restaurants we dared not go in and only a few small coffee shop like places where we could eat the usual cheap eat and run foods there. That was about 30 years ago and I know things may have changed since. I will go again soon just to see whats new and not to do any shopping as it was very expensive 30 years ago and will be more now especially in the tourist shops district. I didn’t like the way the salesgirls and men approached us and looked at us up and down just sizing us up according to the way we were dressed and the type of watches or jewellery we were wearing to decide whether we could or could not afford to buy their stuff and whether they would ignore us or pester us to buy.

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