The cuisine of Hunan province in southern China is valued right up there among the very best in the nation, and it isn’t hard to see why. The mix of hot and cold dishes, frequent use of chillies and huge range of ingredients available from the local agricultural farmlands, as well as the mountains and rivers found all over Hunan, lead to a unique cuisine that is quite unlike others in China. If you’re in Singapore, then you go to Chinatown to eat the best in Chinese cuisine, and Hunan doesn’t miss out, with Hunan Restaurant on Smith Street in the centre of the district offering the best that the province has to offer. Take a trip out there on the train – MTR stations Chinatown, Outram Park and Telok Ayer are your best bets – and try some of the speciality dishes on offer. Book a table ahead of time though, as they do get crowded on occasion.