Zi Char is Hokkein, literally translated to “cook and fry”. In Singapore’s context, Zi Char is defined as food dishes that are influenced by simple delicious home cooked Chinese food meant for sharing.
Zi Char may not be the quintessential “Instagram”-able cuisine. But it is a staple food for many Singaporeans who simply want to have a good meal that warms the soul. It can be as simple as a combination of a rice or noodle dish accompanied with a soup or vegetable option. It also can be a table full of dishes that can cater to everyone’s tastes, seen at family dinners and celebrations.