These pictures of Singapore's top 5 local dishes will make you drool!

Singapore Food Festival 2017 is coming up, and in preparation for this splendid celebration of the nation’s local delicacies, we have put together a list of our top five must-try dishes! After all, what better way to get excited about food than through mouth-watering pictures?

1. Laksa

Originally a Peranakan dish, this curry soup-based noodle dish is popular in both Singapore and Malaysia. The three types of Laksa variations are curry Laksa, asam Laksa, and Sarawak Laksa, which are differentiated by the soup base used in each recipe – be it coconut milk curry soup, or asam’s sour, tamarind-based soup. Laksa is typically served with rice noodles, as well as chicken, prawn or fish.

Laksa, served with chili

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2. Hainanese Chicken Rice

Known as Singapore’s ‘national’ dish, Hainanese chicken rice originates from Chinese immigrants from the Hainan province of southern China. It is a classic hawker meal found at almost any food court, but is also served at high-end restaurants, cafes, school canteens, and even on Singapore Airlines. The dish consists of sliced chicken pieces, flavourful “oily” rice, and soup, and is served with freshly minced red chilli and garlic, dark soy sauce, and fresh ground ginger.

Chicken Rice served at a hawker centre

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3. Dim Sum

This unique culinary art, involving small bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets or on plates, originates from the Cantonese of south China and linked to the tradition of “yum cha” – or drinking tea. It is customarily treated as a "tea brunch" and is often a weekend family occasion. Dim sum was traditionally served from carts that were pushed around featuring an assortment of dishes to choose from. Popular dishes include Char Siu Bao, Egg Custard Tarts, Shu Mai, Xiao Long Bao, and Har Gao. Today, although the cart system system still exists in some restaurants, it is more common to order from a menu.

Dumplings served in a steamer basket to keep warm

Read more about the best places to eat Dim Sum in Singapore here.

4. Wanton Mee

Wanton Mee”, or dumpling noodles, are a popular Cantonese noodle dish served in a hot broth with leafy greens, and wanton dumplings. It is often also served with Char Siew, a Chinese roast pork. In Singapore the noodles can be served dry, tossed in a dark sauce with soup and dumplings on the side, or in its traditional soup-bowl style. Fried wantons, as opposed to boiled, are also popular in Singapore.

Wanton Mee served in broth

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5. Chili Crab

Also promoted as one of Singapore’s national foods, Chili Crab is traditionally eaten with bare hands, and often served with a bib and washing bowl or wet towel to wash your hands between eating and avoid mess. Indeed a messy meal, the crab is stir-fried and served whole in thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli-based sauce. Deep fried buns are commonly served alongside the dish to be eaten with the leftover sauce. Listed number 35 of the World’s 50 most delicious foods by CNN in 2011, this dish is a definite must-try.

Chili Crab

Other honourable mentions of Singapore delights include fried carrot cake, kaya toast, and Bak Kut Teh.

Excited yet? Get your bibs, cameras and bellies ready for the Singapore Food Festival 2017! And while you wait, check out more of Singapore’s drool-worthy dishes in our newest collection for Singapore National Day at Raydar.