Small-Group Food Tour With Hawker Center: Eat Like A Local - Singapore

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 5 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    7-Eleven, 213 E Coast Rd, No.213, Singapore 428912
  • Return Details :
    Little India, Singapore
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Eat like a local on a food tour.

Culturally immersive experience.

Small group with a maximum of 8 people.

An in-depth exploration of Singapore's history and culture through food. Sightseeing and food tastings in Kampong Glam, Little India, Katong and Old Airport Road Hawker Centre. Included are 10+ foodie tastings in 6 hours.

Throughout the tour, you will discover the histories and stories behind the foods that you eat, as well as the restaurants and neighbourhoods that you eat them in. This tour will give you a solid understanding of what it means to eat like a local and how Singapores iconic dishes became embedded into Singapores culture.

Foodie tastings: Kaya Toast or Curry Puff and Kopi, Bak Chang, Kuehs and Laksa in Katong. One or two distinctly Singaporean dishes from a choice of Hokkien Mee, Rojak, Popiah and Carrot Cake at Old Airport Road Hawker. Teh Tarrik, Beef Rendang or Murtabak in Kampong Glam. Dosa and Indian sweets and / or Masala Milk in Little India.

Highlights

Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Small-group tour

Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

Ask any Singaporean what their favorite past time is and they will say eating. You only have to mention the word food and eyes start to sparkle and lengthy discussions ensue about which restaurant really does make the best dish.Eat like a local on a food tour and discover why Singaporeans love their food so much!

Your food tour lasts 5.5-hours, includes 10+ food tastings and covers the districts of Katong, Old Airport Road, Kampong Glam and Little India.

Start your food tour in the East Coast Area of Singapore, a district also known as Katong. It is here that you learn about the early Chinese immigrants to Singapore. The focus will be on food but we will also talk about the types of jobs that they had, how they lived and who they married. It was through the marriage of Chinese immigrants to Malay ladies that the distinctive Peranakan culture was born.

You will start your food tour sampling a selection of Singapores favourite foods with Chinese and Peranakan heritage which includes Kaya Toast and Kopi, Bak Chang (rice dumplings) and Laksa.

From the East Coast you will travel by public bus to the Old Airport Road Hawker Centre. The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre is a firm favorite amongst Singaporeans. Why? Because it is home to so many hawker legends. It is here that where you try two of three distinctly Singaporean dishes, Hokkien Mee, Rojak and Carrot Cake.

Your next stop is the district of Kampong Glam, a short 10 minute bus ride away. Kampong Glam is the center of the Malay community in Singapore and is where the stunning Sultans Mosque is located. We will discuss the history of the district, the Sultans role in the founding of Modern Singapore and we will try the most popular local foods from the Malay, Arabic and Indonesian communities.

Our fourth and final stop on your food tour is Little India. We will discover why the Indian community choose to settle in this district of Singapore and learn about how it developed over time.

You will be trying some popular savory Indian dishes and then finishing with some Indian sweets and MasalaMilk.

Throughout the tour you will discover the histories and stories behind the foods that you eat, as well as the restaurants that you eat them in. This tour will give you a solid understanding of what it means to eat like a local and how Singapores iconic dishes became imbedded into Singapores culture.





Inclusions

All taxes, fees and handling charges

GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Food, try more than 10 dishes: kaya toast, Bak Chang, Kuehs, Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Rojak, Popiah etc

Tea and coffee as specified

Professional guide

Transportation on public bus during the tour

Breakfast

Lunch

Snacks

Entry/Admission - Hello Singapore

Exclusions

Transportation to/from the tour

Water

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

When we are very busy we run a second tour starting one hour later at 10.00am. If you are on a 10am tour you will be notified after booking via email. Please remember that your Viator booking confirmation will say 9am even if you are scheduled to a 10am tour

You must be able to walk 2 miles / 3km at a reasonable walking speed in hot, humid weather to take part in this group tour. If you have any walking difficulties or are travelling with children who may not be able to keep up, please book a private food tour instead so we can pace the tour according to your needs

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, lots of sun protection and wear a hat or bring an umbrella for sun protection

Please note that is does rain most days in Singapore for at least 30 minutes to an hour so please be prepared for rain and bring a rain coat or umbrella. Tours will continue in wet weather

You need to bring at least 1 litre of water per person to ensure that you do not become dehydrated in the heat.

A minimum of 3 people is required for the tour to run.

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Cancellation Policy: 50% of the fee is payable if you cancel your tour 5 or more days before your tour. There are no refunds if you cancel your tour less than 5 days (119 hours) before the start of your tour. There are no refunds if you do not turn up for the tour.

This tour is not suitable for vegetarian and people with dietary restrictions and allergies, the food on the tour contain milk, meat, pork, prawns, fish, wheat / gluten and spice.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regular temperature checks for staff

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

  • 27-Nov-2022

    This tour was so much fun! The group of 8 was small enough to be able to move about easily, and during 6 hours you had a chance to get to know everybody at least a little. We had Gee Soo for your guide. He is excellent! While we were savouring the delicious dishes he delivered us interesting facts and bits of information which ultimately turned out to be a comprehensive lesson of history and culture of Singapore in an entertaining form, so that we had smiles on our faces all day long. Gee Soo took good care of our health too by providing hand sanitizer and napkins in every turn. Even though the dishes were numerous it was no pigging out escapade because the total time was so long, and we did some walking so you were able to really devour every flavour. Highly recommendable!

  • 26-Nov-2022

    I came across this tour on Airbnb while scrolling through the many different options and I’m so glad that I did! This is longer than the standard three hour tours which allows you to visit four different areas of the city. It was such a great introduction to Singapore! The communication leading up to the tour was also impeccable. Upon booking you’re provided with a Google doc that outlines everything you need to know - meet up point, travel time from different parts of the city, the first three stops in case you’re running late, etc. I also received a text message from our guide the day before confirming the meeting location/time and suggesting that I bring an umbrella as rain was in expected. Make sure you come with a big appetite as there are so many delicious dishes to try - kaya toast and kopi, rice dumplings, and murtabak were some of our favorites! Su Ling was our tour guide and has been working for Hello Singapore since they opened. She was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. We were provided with with historical tidbits throughout the tour and Su Ling took group photos that were emailed to us later that day. I will definitely be recommending this tour to friends and family when they visit Singapore!

  • 22-Nov-2022

    We have already travelled through Singapore for a few weeks prior to doing the food tour, but discovered so many new unique places during the tour! Not only are you introduced to local food, but the history and culture behind the different establishments and dishes gives such a richer context! Really enjoyed!

  • 14-Nov-2022

    I highly recommend this tour! With our excellent guide, Gee Soo Boo we sampled delicious food from all ethnicities that make up Singapore as well as visiting the different parts of the city and learning about its history.

  • 12-Nov-2022

    As a first-timer in Singapore, I was looking for a guided experience to introduce me to the world of Singapore’s unique, multi-ethnic cuisine. On the tour, we traveled across all the major ethnic areas (all transit fares are included during the tour) and go to try a wide variety of delicious food. In fact, there’s so much food that most of us had trouble finishing all of it, especially by the end. But in my opinion, that’s a good problem to have. Our guide, Su Ling was amazing. Warm, friendly, and a great conversationalist, she explained the origins behind all of the foods and provided deep context into Singapore’s relatively brief, but dynamic history. She was deeply knowledgeable and always had thoughtful answers for the many questions we threw her way. She also went above and beyond to make sure everyone’s dietary preferences were noted and that everyone was well taken care of during the tour. We received checklists to keep track of the dishes we ate, and these also thoughtfully included common “Sing-lish” phrases related to food. After the tour, Su Ling followed up with an extremely detailed email containing many additional recommendations on things to eat and do. All-in-all a fantastic experience that I highly recommend.

  • 12-Nov-2022

    What an amazing tour! Our friendly guide Richard was fantastic. He led us across the city to try many wonderful dishes, and shared a wealth of knowledge about the history of Singapore itself. Highly recommended!

  • 02-Nov-2022

    We’re family travel vloggers from California visiting Singapore. For a more detailed review with videos visit my IG: @momduty and YT: @momduty. Our guide Gee is the best tour guide! Not only did he take us to a variety of delicious food places but he was so knowledgeable about Singapore and it’s history. Very impressive. Food choices were on point especially for our private tour! Loved breakfast at Soon Soon Huat that served chicken curry puff, kaya toast & eggs. Enjoyed eating rice dumplings for lunch at Kim Choo. Both places had vegetarian options as well:) Liked that he added a Michelin Star Hawker food stall at the end which wasn’t on our itinerary. He even took us on a bus ride throughout our tour which was a great experience for my family. He’s well known by all the restaurant’s employees and owners and is loved by us. Especially my kids:) He’s great with kids! We also vlogged our food tour experience and we’re happy with how comfortable Gee was on camera. He’s a natural!!!! His energy and smile is infectious! I highly recommend him!

  • 31-Oct-2022

    Did a spectacular walking food tour of Singapore with Hello Singapore Tours. An incredible blend of the diverse, amazing, bountiful food that Singapore has to offer combined with an introduction to the history and culture of this unique city-state. Gene was the best guide - he loves everything the Singapore food scene has to offer, and enthusiastically shares that live with you. He's friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and keeps the tour moving and your stomach at the perfect level of fullness throughout the day. Whether you only have a short time in Singapore, or you are a local looking to discover something new, I highly recommend booking a food tour with Hello Singapore Tours today (and ask for Gene!)

  • 30-Oct-2022

    I had a wonderful time, and our guide Su Ling was excellent. Singapore has an incredibly upscale and modern food scene, yet there are many small local spots that are rich with culture and history - the latter is what to expect on this tour. I loved learning about the city and trying traditional foods that represent the blend of cultures that make Singapore so special. I also loved the combination of walking and taking the public bus - a great way to immerse yourself with the locals. Highly recommend!

  • 25-Oct-2022

    This tour was great! We tasted many different dishes and finished the tour very satisfied. Our guide, Su Ling, educated us about the different foods and also the different neighborhoods and cultures. She also sent an email after the tour with even more recommendations. I would definitely recommend this tour!