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Chicken rice best represents Singapore

Young Singaporeans have chosen chicken rice as being representative for the country, according to a poll of university students.

This is according to over 1,000 students from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University, who were asked to name a food that best represents Singapore.

Chicken rice had 35 percents of the vote share. It was followed by chilli crab with 15 percents, laksa (13 percents), rojak (eight percents), char kway teow (five percents), durian (two percents) and hokkien mee (two percents).

The poll was conducted as part of the Tastes of Yesteryear campaign, an initiative by four students from NTU, to get people to appreciate Singapore's food heritage.

"Chicken rice has a multi-cultural appeal in our island state," said Clement Cher, the team leader of the campaign.

Eighty-eight percent of the respondents agreed that food plays a part in shaping Singapore's culture and that it is important to preserve the country's food heritage.

"It was brought in by the early Hainanese immigrants, and today, you can see how people from all races enjoy this dish at our hawker centres. These foods show how our forefathers borrowed from across cultures, and came up with something that is unique to Singapore."