Singapore food recipes, dishes and cuisine are seen as both important to national identity and as a unifying cultural theme. Food is a frequent topic of conversation among Singaporeans, although religious dietary inhibitions are present. Muslims don't eat pork and Hindus don't eat beef, and vegetarianism is a popular choice.
People from different ethnic communities often eat together, with a mutual respect for each other's culture, selecting food that is acceptable to all.
Singaporean traditional food recipes and dishes have been promoted as a tourist attraction by the Tourism Board, in conjunction with its shopping. The government-organised the Singapore Food Festival is held in July as a celebration of Singapore's cuisine.
The multi-culturalism of local food, international fusion cuisine, and prices to meet all budgets helps create a S.E. Asian food paradise.