Singapore Breakfast Recipes
Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, but frankly, it’s hard to find a good variety. Often, our breakfast routines are just bread, cereal and repeat.
Even here in our food paradise, amazing breakfasts can be hard to get, unless getting up at 7AM to queue is your idea of fun. Well, if you’re looking to make better breakfasts at home, you’re in the right place! From classics like You Tiao to fun twists like Homemade McGriddles, here are 6 breakfast recipes for a wholesome and delicious way to start your day.
1. Homemade Chwee Kueh
If you’ve bought Chwee Kueh from a hawker stall before, chances are that you’ve been absolutely mesmerized by how these little white rice kuehs glide out from their traditional metal molds. The good news is that you can do it too!
Not to worry if you don’t have the traditional molds — cupcake molds work perfectly fine in shaping the batter too. Remember to top your chwee kueh generously with chye poh (preserved sweet turnips), or even sambal chilli for a spicy kick.
Protip: Drain and stir-fry the chye poh with oil, shallots and minced garlic before serving. It’ll have an amazing fragrance and flavour.
Preparation Time: 1 hour. Serves 10 pieces.
2. Peng Kueh
While we’re on kuehs, you can’t miss this Teochew Peng Kueh recipe. Needless to say, the tender pink skin combined with a savoury glutinous rice filling makes for a super shiok breakfast to start the day with.
Arguably, getting the skin just thin and chewy enough is the hardest part, as you need an exact ratio of flour to water. As such, it’s best to follow the recipe linked below for tried-and-tested measurements!
Protip: Dip in sweet soy sauce for a more authentic and complete flavour.
Preparation Time: 2 hours. Serves 30 pieces.
3. You Tiao
No childhood is complete without at least one memory of eagerly digging into a freshly fried You Tiao for breakfast. The best ones are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, not to mention the satisfying feeling of splitting it right down the middle!
With just 6 ingredients that are not hard to find in your kitchen, this breakfast food is easy to make.
It’s versatile, too. You can have You Tiao on its own, or with a cup of coffee in the mornings. For those who prefer heavier breakfasts, this also pairs perfectly with a hot bowl of beancurd or porridge.
Protip: For this recipe, the dough needs to rest for at least 2 hours. If you’re not keen on getting up too early, you can also prepare the dough earlier and leave it to refrigerate overnight.
Preparation Time: 45 minutes. Serves 8-10 pieces.
Spruce your breakfasts up with this unique recipe. Traditionally, Rostis are like potato pancakes made of coarsely grated potatoes, pan-fried and served with sour cream. In our Crabstick Rosti recipe, we also add shredded crabsticks for a local spin.
The result is a tasty, golden-brown fusion that is full of flavour and will definitely make your mornings much more exciting. Alternatively, you can make it as a dish to go with lunch, dinner, or even just as a snack. After all, it only takes 30 minutes to make!
Protip: Use russet potatoes for the best results. You may also swap out turkey bacon for pork bacon to your preference.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Serves 3-4.
5. Bak Kwa Bread
Bookmark this Bak Kwa Bread recipe for when Chinese New Year comes around; we promise it’ll come in handy. That said, you don’t need to wait till then to enjoy this treat that’ll make breakfast something to look forward to. (Psst, if you want to make your own bak kwa, we’ve got a great recipe and video demo here)
There’s just something about making your own bread that makes it taste ten times better, and this one’s no exception. Think: the sweet and savoury meats, combined with a fluffy dough and spring onions for freshness. It’s definitely a loaf worth trying out!
Protip: Swapping out cold milk for skimmed milk is possible, but the loaf may not rise as much. For optimal results, use cold milk along with unsalted butter and bread flour.
Recipe (Bak Kwa): https://themeatmen.sg/bakkwa/
Preparation Time: 2 hours. Serves 6.
BONUS: McGriddles Recipe
Perhaps one of the greatest mysteries of all time is why Mcdonalds’ won’t make McGriddles a permanent item on the breakfast menu. But with this homemade McGriddles recipe, that’s not a problem.
Suffice to say, our delicious homemade version lives up to its name. In fact, it might even taste better as you can adjust the portions according to your preferences. Even getting a special order at Mcdonalds can’t compare when you can control everything from the taste of the seasoning to the doneness of your patty.
Protip: Use a fried egg ring to get the perfect McGriddles shape. Having great presentation makes a difference!
Preparation Time: 45 minutes. Serves 3-4.
Breakfast in Singapore Recipes
All it takes is an awesome meal for a great start to the day. What’s more, breakfast doesn’t have to be boring with these 6 recipes. Whether you like your traditional kuehs or prefer a more fusion dish, there’s definitely something for everybody.
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