If there is only one thing you do during your stay in Singapore, this will be the best $30 you've ever spent.
Lynn, the young professional she is, met me at my hotel in Chinatown - extra punctual. Before my trip, she inquired about any special dietary needs and whether I liked spicy foods, then confirmed via email a day prior. Off we went to the Chinatown Complex food centre, one of the largest in Singapore. Lynn introduced me to local brunch staples, like kaya toast, peanut pancakes, popiah, carrot cake (not what it sounds like), steamed yam cakes and rice noodles, raw fish salad, soursop juice and so much more. Be prepared to have your belly stretched. Since I am vegetarian, we also made a special trip to the Fortune Centre, which has many Buddhist stalls that are totally vegan.
Yes, you could attempt to dive into a local hawker centre on your own but prepare to be completely lost. Trust me, I read the travel books, the travel food blogs and watched the travel shows before I came and considered myself pretty familiar with the local foods. Yet I wouldn't have known where to begin. 100% a must do. Do it on your first or second day to get an idea of all the foods you want to try, because you won't be able to try them all in one day. You may also miss out on some pretty amazing things you don't read about on travel blogs, most certainly not in your guidebooks.