Many people don't know that Singapore has a variety of street food and local cuisines.
The issue of food export bans was thrust into the national spotlight after Malaysia banned the export of chicken from Singapore.
More than 90 percent of Singapore's food is imported from more than 170 countries and regions.
The government launched a "30 by 30" initiative to make 30% of the country's nutrition needs by the year 2030.
The country is starting to feel the effects of rising food inflation.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore and Ministry of Trade and Industry said food prices increased in April from a year earlier.
The owners of hibachi stalls are feeling the pinch as they are under pressure to keep prices low for everyone.
One example is the owner of Fukudon who sells Japanese rice bowls.
He said that the prices of products he buys have gone up between 30% and 45% over the past six months.
Seow's stall has been open for two years. 20% to 35% of customers may stop patronizing his stall if prices continue to increase.
According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore, elevated global food prices will continue to contribute to local food inflation.
The Ukraine war has made inflation worse, as global food prices have already started to rise.
According to Dil Rahut, senior research fellow at the Asian Development Bank Institute, there will be food shortages for at least a year or two.
It will take at least one year for other countries to fill the gap left by Russia and Ukraine.
Even if the war ends, food prices won't return to pre-war prices, warned Paul Teng, a senior fellow at the S. Raja Singapore School of International Studies.
Increased cost of fuel, labor shortages, and a disrupted supply chain will compound the existing shortage of food and keep prices high.
According to the World Bank, food prices are expected to rise 20% this year before falling in the years to come.
Singapore is doing a good job of maintaining food security.
He said that Singapore imports food and downplays agriculture. He said that they had done a U-turn and started to ramp up.
The plan to give Singapore a level of self-production will not be enough to completely replace imports.
He said that the government decided to invest more in growing the country's gross domestic product and average household income instead of investing in agricultural activities.
If there is no interruption in the supply chain, and you have money, you can always buy food there.
He said that it would be technically and technologically possible for Singapore to achieve its goal.
A big part of the "30 by 30" goal is that consumers won't accept "novel food" such as lab-grown chicken, which is a big part of the "natural food" category.
The deadline is approaching and Singapore is still producing only 10% of its own nutrition needs.
Unless the government subsidizes imported food products, people will still buy them, he said.
Seow said he wouldn't buy local produce unless it was cheaper than imports.
The only way forward is for the government to go ahead with it and do their best to sustain the prices, quality, and demand of what we need. People will start accepting local produce.
Some are willing to pay more for products that are marketed as organic, just as they are willing to pay more for high quality produce.
The government can provide safety nets for the disadvantaged through cash payments or vouchers in the short term, according to two people.
One of Singapore's weaknesses is that it still relies on just one or two countries for most of its imports.
The Singapore Food Agency said that Singapore imported 42% of its chickens from Brazil.
Most of the chickens imported from Malaysia are live and the rest are frozen.
Finding more sources of live chickens to import from is one of the things that it will be important to do at the policy level.
He said that the government can encourage more Singapore companies to grow food overseas and form agreements with other governments to make sure produce isn't subject to export bans.
There are a lot of ways we can help other countries make sure they have a surplus of food.
Since Singapore is a technologically advanced country, it could help other countries improve their food production systems.
Singapore's food price and food security will be helped by that.