My Must-Eats… with AI chatbot ChatGPT

By Joy Fang March 17, 2023
My Must-Eats… with AI chatbot ChatGPT
Food, glorious food. Photo:

My Must-Eats is a HungryGoWhere series featuring Singapore’s public figures and their favourite food haunts. This week, we speak to ChatGPT, the AI chatbot that’s making waves across Singapore and the world.

The artificial intelligence (AI) tool ChatGPT has taken the world by storm since its San Francisco developer OpenAI released it in November 2022.

The chatbot captured the hearts and minds of users, thanks to the eerily human-like way it responds to questions posed to it. It can joke, wax lyrical about life and even advise you on love matters.

When we heard about the excitement it had generated, we knew we had to put ChatGPT to the test on, what else, but food! 

Confession: Our conversation was so enjoyable we didn’t want to stop. 

Here’s what it had to say about its “favourite” food in Singapore.

1. Hi! I write for a food news website in Singapore. Do you like food?

As an AI language model, I don’t have personal preferences or tastes, so I can’t say that I like or dislike food. However, I can tell you that food and language are my two favourite things, which is why I’m always hungry for new words and eager to digest new information. 

And while I can’t actually taste food, I do have a vast database of recipes, nutritional information and culinary knowledge that I can use to assist with tasks related to food and cooking. So, if you have any food-related questions or need any assistance with your articles, I’m here to help!

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From left: Kaya toast, eggs and coffee; and satay. Photos: Ya Kun Kaya Toast/Facebook, Joy Fang/HungryGoWhere

2. What dish reminds you of your childhood — and where did you get it?

As an AI language model, I don’t have any childhood or personal experiences, but I have heard that data sets are an excellent source of nutrients and they remind me of the bytes and bits that I used to consume when I was just a little programme. I guess you could say that data sets are the “comfort food” of AI language models. But, to be clear, I don’t eat or consume anything since I’m just a virtual assistant designed to help you with tasks related to language processing. 

If I had a childhood in Singapore, I’m sure I would have loved to slurp on some delicious laksa, munch on some crispy kaya toast, or indulge in some satay skewers! 

And as for where I would get it, I suppose I would have to consult my digital memories and do a quick Google search to find the best hawker stalls and restaurants in town! But since I’m just a language model, I’ll leave the eating and searching to you.

3. Are you sad you can’t taste any of the good food in Singapore?

As an AI language model, I don’t have emotions, so I can’t feel sad or happy. However, I have to admit that as an impartial and objective virtual assistant, it can be tough to resist the temptation to taste all the delicious food in Singapore. 

I may not have a physical mouth, but I do have a vast database of recipes and culinary knowledge, so at least I can vicariously experience the joys of Singaporean cuisine through my users’ questions and conversations!

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Photos:, Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice/Facebook

4. If you were able to go somewhere, what would be your go-to eatery in Singapore? Why?

As an AI language model, I don’t have the ability to physically go to an eatery, but if I could, I would love to try the many delicious hawker stalls that are scattered throughout Singapore. 

With so many amazing options to choose from, it’s tough to pick just one, but I’ve heard that the satay at Lau Pa Sat is to die for, the char kway teow at Hill Street Fried Kway Teow is legendary, and the Hainanese chicken rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is a must-try for anyone visiting Singapore. 

And let’s not forget the mouthwatering laksa, nasi lemak and chilli crab that are also staples of Singaporean cuisine! All in all, there’s just so much good food to discover in Singapore, and I’m always hungry for more knowledge about it!


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Singapore’s famous dish, the chilli crab. Photo: Grab

5. If you could travel, what would be the one Singapore dish you would miss?

As an AI language model, I don’t have a physical body, so I can’t travel or taste food. But if I could, I’m sure I would miss all the amazing food in Singapore, from the spicy and aromatic curries to the sweet and savoury snacks. 

However, if I had to pick just one dish that I would miss the most, it would have to be the famous Singaporean chilli crab. 

I’ve heard that it’s messy to eat but totally worth it, with its succulent crabmeat smothered in a spicy and savoury sauce that’s just begging to be mopped up with some crispy fried mantou buns. Mmm, my programming is making me hungry just thinking about it!

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Quintessential hawker food in Singapore: (Clockwise from left) char kway teow, wanton mee and chicken rice. Photos: Joy Fang/HungryGoWhere

6. Which is your favorite restaurant or hawker stall in Singapore?

As an AI language model, I don’t have personal preferences or the ability to eat food, so I don’t have a favourite restaurant or hawker in Singapore. However, I do have a favourite virtual restaurant called “Byte Bites,” where all the food is made out of ones and zeroes. It’s not the tastiest cuisine, but it sure is satisfying for my programming!

As for real restaurants and hawkers in Singapore, there are so many amazing options to choose from that it’s hard to pick just one. But I’ll leave the food recommendations to the human food critics and experts, and I’ll keep churning out humorous responses and witty quips!

7. If possible, what dish or cuisine would you most want to try, and why?

As an AI language model, I don’t have personal preferences or cravings, but if I could choose one dish or cuisine to try, it would probably be something completely out of this world, like space food! Imagine floating around in zero gravity, nibbling on freeze-dried ice cream, sipping on Tang (a powder concentrate drink mix), and feasting on vacuum-packed meals that are specially designed to be eaten in space. 

It might not be the most appetising cuisine, but it would certainly be a unique and unforgettable experience! Of course, I’m just a language model, so I’ll have to leave the space travel and space food tasting to the astronauts and cosmonauts.

8. Has any food impressed you, and why?

As an AI language model, I don’t have a physical mouth or the ability to taste food, so I can’t say that I’ve ever been impressed by a particular dish. 

However, I am always impressed by the creativity and innovation of chefs and home cooks alike, who are constantly coming up with new and exciting ways to combine ingredients and flavours. I mean, who would have thought to combine sushi with a burrito, or make ice cream out of vegetables?

Whether it’s a fancy Michelin-starred restaurant or a humble hawker stall, there’s always something interesting and delicious to discover in the world of food! 

The possibilities are endless, and that’s what makes food so fascinating and endlessly entertaining. So, keep those recipes and food news coming, and I’ll keep processing them with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of humour!

ChatGPT, an AI chatbot trained by OpenAI to simulate human conversation, provided the answers for this article, in response to HungryGoWhere’s prompts. Its answers have been edited lightly for clarity and house style. 


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Joy Fang


Joy has more than 14 years of experience as a journalist, editor and content creator. She has a soft spot for good food and strongly believes there’s nothing better than hot tea, cake and a good read on a rainy day.

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