The food of Singapore reflects its multi ethnic society. Chinese, Malay, Peranakan and Indian food are all widely available and Western food is increasingly popular.
Peranakan food is a unique blend of Malay and Chinese cuisines. Otak-Otak is a popular Peranakan dish, made of fish mixed with spices and coconut milk, wrapped in coconut leaves and grilled over a charcoal fire.
When Singaporeans serve food at home, they usually place dishes in the center of the table at the beginning of a meal, so that everyone can help themselves throughout the meal. Chinese families usually eat together. They use chopsticks to eat.
In Malay and Indian homes, which are more conservative, men usually eat first and the women eat later. Both the Malays and Indians eat with the fingers of their right hand.