42 asia EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE CITY Most Asian cultures are rice- or noodle-focused, but in Singapore they’re both. If you are in Singapore for a few hours and only have time for one meal, go to Old Airport Road Food Centre because it serves the best hawker food in Singapore. You can’t go wrong at any of the stalls, but the star of the show is definitely the lor mee (braised noodles with fish, pork belly, egg, and lots of vinegar) at Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee. It’s like nothing you’ve ever had. If you have a little more time, indulge in a little more food. Get pork rib bee hoon noodles at Beach Road Prawn Noodle. You can also try this at the restaurant’s o‹shoot in Bugis, called Blanco Court Prawn Noodle, which may be more convenient if you want to check out Haji Lane, popular with visitors for its indie shops and shisha bars. Either way, try to make it to Ce La Vi for the world-class view, especially around sunset. For an unforgettable dinner, brave the lines at Michelin-starred Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice for Singapore’s national dish. And if you’re waking up in the city, start with a breakfast of kaya toast at Chin Mee Chin a nostalgic co‹ee shop that is a local favorite. Or head to The Coconut Club to savor the nasi lemak, which is a typical breakfast dish of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Dinner is a main event in Singapore, and it is certainly not meant to be rushed through. For the full experience, ask for reservations at Nouri, a seasonal fine dining restaurant that brings flavors from around the world together in five- and seven-course tasting menus. Another wonderful dining option is Cheek by Jowl, where Sri Lankan-Australian chef Rishi Naleendra whips up innovative dishes infused with Sri Lankan spices.