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Little India,
Big Flavours
Singapore has a reputation for being a food heaven with its diverse variety of cuisines, incorporating a rich heritage of food dishes consisting of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences.
The Indian signature on Singapore’s urban landscape features most prominently in the neighbourhood of Little India. Bounded by Serangoon Road, Sungei Road and Jalan Besar, Little India as it is known today was not officially given this name until the 1980s. This was the result of a concerted effort by the then Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) to promote the preservation and celebration of Singapore’s ethnic quarters.
Today, Little India is recognised as the hub of the Indian community in Singapore. Apart from serving the social, cultural and commercial needs of the Indian community, the area is established as one of the more historic urban districts in Singapore, with a colourful personality that makes it an indelible part of the national landscape and identity. While local Indians visit the temples here and shop for traditional goods, non-Indian locals and tourists also come to soak in the culture and history of this historical precinct.
India’s rich cultural and culinary heritage continues to feature big flavours in Little India. In fact, food is often the uniting factor and the most enjoyable way to soak up Indian culture.
In Singapore, Indian cuisine includes South Indian and North Indian fare; other regional traditions and Tamil Muslim food. Many of these dishes with roots in India have also been adapted and influenced by culinary traditions of other communities in Singapore. Vegetarian cuisine also features strongly in Indian food heritage, and is a hallmark of Indian festivals such as Pongal and weddings.

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