The Importance of Rice in Singapore Culture
Just to state the obvious, we Asians love rice. There’s no denying that fact. Of course we do! Why wouldn’t we? Rice is amazing! Rice also plays a huge role in the Singaporean Cuisine. It’s kind of funny that almost every country around Asia has a specific way of cooking rice. Well, how could they not? Rice is easy to grow, easy to prepare, and easy to cook. There are so many things you can do with rice!
Rice in Singaporean Cuisine
Most people say that if you’re Asian, you must be able of consuming a huge amount of rice. Well, true or not, we can’t deny how much we love eating rice. There are so many influences in Singapore and the Asian Cuisine is one of them.
Fun fact: most of the dishes you find in your local Hawker were recipes transported all the way from Hong Kong and other parts of the world. One thing that pops into people’s minds when they hear about rice is Hainanese Chicken rice which is undoubtedly the most popular dish around Singapore. In fact, people from all around the world find their way to Singapore just to taste this amazing dish!
Asian Culture is Based on Rice
Rice has been widely celebrated throughout history as it used to be one of the deciding factors or measurement of wealth in ancient times. Wait a minute! So we’re saying that we got our influences in rice all the way from China? What about other places? What about Indian dishes? What about Indonesian or Malaysian dishes? You are definitely correct!
There are so many other cuisines that use rice! Just like Ketupat which originated from Indonesia and Malaysia. One great thing about the city of Singapore is the collection of flavor from around the world!
Elevating Cooking into Art
There are so many things you can taste and we’d bet you that if you put your mind and effort into actually tasting the food around you, you could spend a whole year eating a different dish from a different restaurant or stall every meal! Imagine that? Well, this might be a bit extreme, but if you can do it, why not? Food is a huge part of our humanity. Not only is it something we need to keep us alive.
Food is more than just a means to survive. It is a form of art, a form of culture, a form of history! There are so many things about food that we forget to appreciate with every bite but the more we indulge ourselves into food, the more we’ll realize that there is a whole different world at the tip of our tongues.