Singaporean Mandarin Database

This database contains a collection of Mandarin terms which have cultural, historical or sentimental value unique to Singapore. These terms may be used by Singaporeans in the past or at present. Some of the terms are read in print while others are used in our everyday conversations.

Foresty area
薄饼
báo bǐng
popiah
菜燕
cài yàn
agar agar
茶乌
chá wū
teh-o
钓鱼
diào yú
Chinese tea
豆花水
dòu huā shuǐ
soya bean milk
豆爽
dòu shuǎng
tau suan
咖喱卜
gā lí bo
curry puff
高丽菜
gāo lì cài
cabbage
粿条
guǒ tiáo
kway teow
红龟粿
hóng guī guǒ
ang ku kueh
红毛丹
hóng máo dān
rambutan
胡姬
hú jī
orchid
黄梨
huáng lí
pineapple
鸡蛋糕
jī dàn gāo
steamed cake (colloquially known as kueh neng ko)
浆绿
jiàng lǜ
cendol
江鱼仔
jiāng yú zǎi
Anchovies (colloquially known as ikan bilis)
咖啡乌
kā fēi wū
kopi-o
咖椰
kā yē
kaya
叻沙
lè shā
laksa