29 March 2021

Foodie Ways to Explore Singapore’s Culinary Culture

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Joel Conceicao A long-suffering Arsenal fan who will most likely reincarnate as a Himalayan goat.

Singapore is a true foodie playground. Eating out is even considered a national pastime. Experience the city’s culinary culture with these activities:

Exploring a city through your taste buds – you can’t beat that experience. It’s a way to immediately understand the culture of a foreign place in a split second, with years of tradition coming to the fore in the form of flavours, spices, and age-old recipes. And there are many ways to traverse Singapore’s culinary landscape, including visiting the best restaurants and bars in town or sampling delicious local street food. But if you are looking for something unique and totally out of the ordinary, here are eight culinary activities that will take you beyond the setting of a restaurant while giving you a taste of the flavours that Singapore has to offer:

Check out a rooftop bee farm
Check out a rooftop bee farm
  • Families with Kids

Perched atop a quaint shophouse, this bee farm in Siglap is taking the farm-to-table concept to the next level with an urban farming masterclass that will teach you how to grow edibles in ripe soil conditions. What’s cooler is that you’ll get to don a bee suit and get up close and personal with bees at an apiary, where these busy insects help pollinate plants. Learn to grow edibles like fresh Mediterranean herbs and vegetables. And enjoy a honey-tasting and cocktail-making session using garnish from the garden right after.

Tour LeVel 33’s microbrewery
Tour LeVel 33’s microbrewery
  • Hidden Gem
  • Group Travellers

Level up your beer knowledge at LeVel 33, the highest microbrewery in the world, with sweeping, uninterrupted vistas of the city skyline. If you’re looking for the ultimate view, then here is the perfect backdrop for you and your friends to knock back some drinks. Let the resident brewmaster give you the lowdown on the brewing process, featuring copper kettles and state-of-the-art microbrewery systems. Wash down that boozy education with a beer-tasting paddle of five delicious brews to try, including a lager, IPA, house porter, wheat beer, and a seasonal brew.

Mix cocktails at a desert-inspired bar
Mix cocktails at a desert-inspired bar
  • Group Travellers

Most of the time, especially when it’s not raining, Singapore’s weather feels like a sweltering desert, only without the dunes. That will never change. But thankfully, there is now an unexpected bar bringing to you those magical desert vibes in the middle of this concrete jungle. Meet Bedouin’s Tent, Singapore’s first desert-themed bar, inspired by Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia, complete with an actual sand floor and water running through it like an oasis. Over here, learn about mixology and how to make drinks using Mediterranean-based garnishing from a rooftop farm.

Learn how to cook vegetarian food from a former lawyer
Learn how to cook vegetarian food from a former lawyer
  • Couples

There is nothing more random than a former lawyer teaching you how to cook vegetarian food. But a class like this exists. And your recipe repertoire will be all the tastier for it. Join Chef Shalu at the Little Green Kitchen and learn how to whip up creative veggie meals that’ll convert even the most hardcore of meat-lovers. Besides figuring out the recipes behind local dishes, you’ll add much-needed nutrition to your dietary plan by churning out meals that are healthy yet delicious – a win-win, we say.

Shake up a Singapore Sling
Shake up a Singapore Sling
  • Heritage
  • Hidden Gem
  • Iconic
  • Instagram-worthy
  • Luxury
  • Couples

Since the Singapore Sling was created in 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon at the iconic Raffles Hotel, this pink, tropical concoction has become Singapore’s official national drink. Want to try to shake up your very own mix so that you can upgrade your drinks game? Check out this workshop that’ll see you re-creating this gin-based tipple in no time. Join a live cocktail-making demonstration by pro bartenders, coupled with a quick history lesson of how this classic libation came to be. You’ll also receive a masterclass certification after the activity.

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