8 Food Trends for 2018 in Singapore
Asia is a part of the world that is known for its delicious and unique dishes that are actually hunted by every food lover in the world. From Chinese food to exquisite Singaporean dishes, tourists and locals are eager to try new things and follow the latest food trends. Every year, new trends come and go, and we can’t get enough of it. Many of us have already enjoyed most of the 2018 food trends, and if you haven’t yet, then you must try each one of them now. Let’s take a look at what Singaporeans are eating and drinking this year.
1. Green diet
In Singapore, people are adapting to a new healthy trend i.e. eating green. Multiple restaurants have declared that customers come in and order something green and healthy. The number of Singaporeans that go all in and become vegetarians has increased. Plus, meat-lovers also try to eat more green and order more salads and vegetables to keep a balance in their food intake. The global food trend of eating more green has gained popularity for some years now, but it has just started to become a thing in Singapore now. In 2018, locals also try products that imitate meat, such as meat made from tomatoes and carrots with vegan juice and dairy products. So, it won’t be wrong to say that Singaporeans are trying to change their lifestyle into a healthier one.
2. Experiential desserts
Another food trend to watch in Singapore is the increased consumption of experiential desserts. After the love people had shown for unicorn cakes in the last few years, it’s time for a new experience. Specialists say that deserts are becoming more natural, use less artificial flavors and additives and have become even better. Food lovers can, therefore, expect a dessert experience and more natural sweets. This is good news for those with a sweet tooth looking to lose some weight!
3. Zero-Waste cooking
Another great trend that’s starting to increase in popularity all around the world, zero-waste cooking is getting popular in Singapore as well. In 2018, Singaporeans have become much more concerned with what they eat and how it is prepared and also with the waste that we produce with food. More and more people in Singapore are now preferring zero-waste cooking and, at the same time, trying to find out sustainable ways to cook and produce food without wasting as much as we do now. One solution is by using sustainable, fresh and healthy ingredients that are grown locally by producers in the area. Consumers want to know what they eat and how it affects their bodies, which gives chefs and local producers more responsibility.
4. Local influences
Another food trend to watch focuses on dishes that bring local influences to international dishes, especially when it comes to desserts. Plus, consumers in Singapore now prefer to eat more local products, even though for many years, the trend has been to import recipes from Japan, Australia or Europe. Now, local specialties are encouraged and supported by the food industry. The trend is also to adapt dishes to the local feeling.
5. Craft cocktails
Let’s talk drinks now. Increasing number of Singaporeans now want to enjoy craft cocktails, a trend that will probably grow a lot in popularity as time goes on. The top drinks in this category are Italian spritzes, those so-called “culinary cocktails”, and drinks that incorporate more local ingredients. This way, bartenders will be able to create unique cocktails for consumers, not just by using vegetables and peppers but also through special techniques such as distilling, clarifying, infusing or dehydrating.
6. Traditional food
Tradition is back in style, and you will love it! Another trend to follow in 2018 is eating traditional food and actually going back to your roots. Serving authentic food that translates the old Singaporean traditions and customs will make you feel like you belong more to such a diverse and beautiful culture. Plus, this could be a great attraction for tourists who are usually looking to discover the country as well. What better way to learn about Singapore than through food?
The chefs will also create dishes that reflect the heritage of Singapore and bring back authentic flavors that remind people of childhood and old golden times.
7. Artisanal wines
For wine lovers, this year, you will be able to enjoy more artisanal wines and cherish your taste buds even more. In 2018, Singaporeans can try wines from lesser-known regions in Bulgaria, Georgia or Croatia, and Eastern Europe in general. Chinese labels may be present on the market as well, considering the fact that China is taking more steps in that direction.
Plus, specialists believe that artisanal wine boutiques will gain more attention than bigger brands and this will lead to a more organic and natural wine consumption in Singapore.
8. Eating superfoods
Another food trend in Singapore this 2018, which also has a strong connection with eating healthier, and consuming more superfoods, is on top of the list for many this year. The consumption of foods like goji, chia seeds or berries is very healthy for anyone. Plus, these ingredients can be easily incorporated in any dish you can name, is very versatile in nature. Try this food trend in 2018 as breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you will definitely love it for sure.
The latest food trends are defining Singapore’s dining options and the use of ingredients. If you pay attention to these food trends, you will see a shift from the explosion of color, craziness and artificial ingredients used in the past, to a more sustainable, healthy and simple approach to eating. People want more quality, better taste, to support local producers and to know what’s in their plate. Singaporeans are less interested in dishes that shock and more interested in food that nurtures them. Singapore is a great place, both for the views and for the food, and you can expect to cherish some really amazing dishes here that all stand true to the latest food trends in this part of the world.