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Singapore's most famous food scenes are the hawker centers created in the 1970s when the government pushed street vendors into dining halls. Diners, responsible for bringing their own napkins, can choose among stalls serving local favorites ranging from fish head soup to satay to sugarcane juice to chili crab. International cuisines are represented nearly as equally. The food scene starts at the Changi Airport, which has 160 places to eat. The restaurants there have helped Changi win Best Airport awards 500 times.

Singapore's food is about to get even more global attention, with a Michelin guide on the city-state slated for next year. Hawker stalls are rumored to at least be considered for the guide. No word if any airport spots might make the cut, too.

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Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
LOCAL EXPERT

Bjorn Shen

Chef/Owner of Artichoke and Bird Bird

"The reason why I love Singapore so much is that you could eat out at a good restaurant/eatery/hawker stall every night of the week, and a year later, you still wouldn't have even gone past the tip of the iceberg."

Local Expert

André Chiang

Chef/Owner of Restaurant André

"My favorite food stall is Sungei Road Laksa (Kelantan Lane). Started in 1956, it's still using charcoal to boil its laksa soup base, and the price is still $2! It's where I can find the most authentic laksa flavor in Singapore with the most amazing prices."

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