Where It Is, How to Get There
Singapore may be full of gleaming skyscrapers these days, but its be-cellphoned executives are still nourished by a culinary tradition that goes back generations. Hawker centers are open-air food courts that serve a wide variety of Asian dishes, and the best, cleanest, and tastiest ones are right here in the Lion City. As Singapore is one of Southeast Asia's largest aviation hubs, all airports eventually lead to Changi and by extension the hawker centers that dot the city state.
No ambience, no airconditioning, but boy, do they make up for it in taste. Prices are low ($5 buys you a big meal) and choices tend to be rather wide, reflecting the polyglot populace. Indian biryani stands jostle Western food booths and noodle stalls in most places. Tourists can visit the centrally located Lau Pa Sat and Newtons Circus centers for an authentic taste of Asia.