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10 food tours to expand your mind

April 18, 2013, 4:13 p.m.
Singapore Maxwell Food Hawker Centre

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Singapore

Many of the best food cities on Earth are cultural melting pots, and few cities are more diverse than Singapore. Foodie heaven exists here not at $100-per-plate restaurants, but in so-called “hawker centers.” Basically food courts filled with independently owned food stalls, many serving only a few specialties that they have perfected over the years, hawker centers offer a taste of the best of Singapore. Even people who can afford those pricy eateries usually opt for these simple, cheap venues. Food stalls may specialize in Indian food, Malay dishes, and cuisines from the various regions of China. Singapore is a relatively small place, so tourists can certainly follow their nose and taste buds and take a whirlwind tour of the city's best hawker centers on their own. There are some worthwhile food tours that offer an introduction to Singapore's edible delights. The Makansutra Food Safari, for example, takes tourists to some of the best food stalls in Singapore.