When you ask anyone about Singapore noodles, the answer is always the same: they’re not for everyone.
The noodles are a staple of the Singapore diet, and for good reason.
The country’s main dish is noodles, which are traditionally prepared with a fermented bean paste, fermented rice and the meat of an ox.
There are other ingredients such as garlic, ginger, chillies, cumin and other spices, but the main ingredients are fermented rice.
And the noodles are so popular in Singapore that a lot of people are just not interested in them.
“If you ask people in the food market, the majority of people who eat noodles are Singaporeans, and the majority that eat noodles aren’t really keen on it,” said Michael Lee, an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore.
“The reason is that Singapore noodles are really bland, and they’re usually made with meat.
They don’t taste like the real thing.”
Lee also said Singapore noodles could be a good choice for those who don’t like the taste of pork.
“You can eat Singapore noodles with a pork chop and that’s fine, but you can also get noodles with beef, which isn’t really very appealing,” he said.
“There’s no real value to the noodles when they’re so bland, so they can be a great option for people who don.
You can get it for $8, $10 a bowl.”
And while Singapore noodles aren’t a popular choice in the United States, they are definitely popular in other parts of the world, including in the UK, where people are still able to get noodles at local stores.
So when it comes to Singapore noodles – or even whether you should eat them at all – Lee said you have to be able to taste them.
He said Singaporeans tend to have an “off-putting” reaction to the flavour of the food they are eating.
“For the majority, when they eat Singapore food, they don’t have a real taste.
They’ll have a strong sense of their country’s culture and history.
So for the most part, they think it’s a lot tastier than the food that’s served in their country,” he explained.
But for some Singaporeans it can be easier to find good Singapore noodles than others.
“I’ve heard stories of Singaporeans who have a bad taste in their mouth and can’t eat noodles,” said Lee.
“So that’s where the idea comes in.”
He also said it was important to remember that Singapore’s noodles are not for all people.
“It’s a very particular dish, and it’s something you can taste only once,” he added.
“So if you want to be really good, you should try to get it before you eat it.”
What’s the best Singapore noodle to eat?
While Singapore’s main dishes are generally delicious, it’s not always possible to find a particular Singaporean noodle that will be as good as that in your own country.
“Some Singaporeans like to eat things that have a certain taste and a certain texture, so that when they go home, they can say that it tastes like the food in Singapore,” said Andrew Tan, the Singapore food blogger for BBC Food.
But when it came to choosing Singapore noodles for a special occasion, Tan said the choices would depend on what was best for you and your budget.
“As with many things in life, you have a number of different tastes,” he told BBC News.
“Depending on your budget, you could be able get noodles that are more expensive in Singapore, but are better than anything else.
So you might be able afford a good noodle for a very special occasion.”
If you’re looking for a better Singapore noodling experience, there are many restaurants in Singapore offering authentic, locally sourced dishes, such as the Cantonese style of fried chicken, and many restaurants offer authentic dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
You can find more Singapore food on BBC Food and The Singaporean Kitchen, and watch the video above to learn more about Singapore’s famous noodles.