Singapore’s Street Food is Now Protected by UNESCO

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One of the most cherished traditions in Singapore is street food. It’s famous around the world but also endangered, which is why it recently got UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The street food in Singapore tells the story of how the country developed. From a small and humble fishing village, it transformed into a buzzing, modern city. The food, however, didn’t change a lot over time, and it’s a great testimony of the past times.

You can taste soups, noodles, and many other signature dishes across Singapore. The stalls are small but always crowded. For a few Singapore dollars, you can get a satisfying meal that will make you wonder why this is not the standard everywhere in the world.

Singaporean hawkers don’t just sell meals; they are a big part of the local culture and tradition, and an important destination for travelers who come from all around the planet. The fact that UNESCO recognized that and put them on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity means a lot.

This list recognizes unique cultural and traditional practices in particular locations. It includes music, festivals, crafts, food, and other things.

Have you tried Singaporean street food? It’s amazing that it will now be protected from extinction so we can enjoy it for many years to come.