What supermarkets can you find in Singapore?
Singapore has many different types of supermarkets that cater to different needs. For those who prefer a high-end shopping experience, look no further than Jasons and Market Place. Most of them are located in the center of Singapore and they provide a really pleasant atmosphere to do your shopping, but prices at Jasons and Market Place can get quite high. There are also Japanese supermarkets, like Isetan and Meidi-ya. These supermarkets tend to be more mid-priced. If you are looking for something that's cheaper, you cannot go wrong with local supermarkets like Cold Storage, Fair Price, Sheng Shiong and my favorite, Giant!
Which supermarket is best for food souvenirs?
Basically, any local supermarket will have its fair share of local snacks that you can bring home as souvenirs, but if you are looking for variety, Giant is the place to go to! They have loads and loads of local treats that you can bring home to share with your loved ones!
What food souvenirs does Honorable Rat recommend?
Every time I travel back to Singapore, I bring an extra suitcase just for food souvenirs. Singapore is a country with products from all over the world, so I make sure to bring home loads of delicious treats to share with friends, families and coworkers. For this guide, I would like to introduce 15 food products that you should get before heading back home from the beautiful garden city of Singapore.
Bovril is a product from the UK and it is a thick, salty meat extract. Bovril can be used to make soup and stews. You can even spread it on bread, but my favorite way to eat Bovril is to add it to white porridge. This will definitely hit the spot in winter.
Many tourists to Singapore indulge in chili crab and Hainanese chicken rice. Not many take the time to try kaya toast out. Kaya is a coconut jam spread that you can add to bread and it is delicious. Get yourself a jar or two and spread it onto toast bread. A great way to start your day!
3) Ayam Brand Tuna Spread
Yet another one to spread onto slices of bread. For this, no toasting of bread is required. Ayam Brand Tuna spread comes in many different flavors. Honorable Rat recommends getting the Chili Tuna spread. A simple way to spice up your day.
4) Khong Guan Durian Shortcake
Durian?! Eeeeeewww. That's the general reaction I get when I talk to many foreigners about the King of Fruits. Durian definitely is not for everyone, but how can you diss something that you haven't tried? Khong Guan Durian Shortcake is a great way to get a feel of durian. Don't worry, it's not as strong as the fruit itself. Don't open this in a public place though!
5) Khong Guan Lemon Puff
Still not willing to try durian out? Here's something that requires less courage to try. Khong Guan Lemon Puffs are filled with citrusy goodness. Once you get through the crispy biscuits, you will get a taste of lemony cream. Yum!
6) Merlion Cookies
Probably the best selling food souvenir in Singapore. Merlion Cookies are always popular with tourists. It comes in many different flavors. I've seen green tea, strawberry, mangosteen, mango, chocolate, durian and butter. Confused at which one to get? My personal favorite is mangosteen, but I can assure you, all of them make for great souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
7) Instant Noodles
Singapore has a lot of flavors of instant noodles that you won't be able to find anywhere else in the world. There's chili crab, laksa, minced pork noodles and more. A local favorite is Maggi brand. Try the curry and assam laksa flavors out. They'll definitely hit the spot!
8) Cup Ramen
Just like instant noodles, there are many different flavors of cup ramen in Singapore. Forget the bowl and cooking. Just add boiling water and voila. You've brought home the taste of Singapore in a cup! It doesn't get much easier than this.
9) Chili Sauce
It's easy to find tomato ketchup anywhere in the world, but chili sauce is a rarity! In Singapore's fast food restaurants you can choose to eat your fries with ketchup or chili sauce. When it comes to chili sauce, it doesn't get much better than Lingham's Chili Sauce. Bring it home to dip your karaage into. Brilliant!
10) Black Pepper Sauce
One of my favorite dishes in Singapore is black pepper beef. Sometimes, when I'm chilling out at home in Japan, it calls out to me and I really wish that I could just cook up some beef, add that special black pepper sauce to satisfy my cravings. With Giant's Black Pepper Sauce, you can do just that! Just stir fry some beef and add this magical sauce to it. Cravings fulfilled!
11) Sambal Sauce
Another one of my favorite dishes in Singapore is sambal stingray. The meat of stingray along with the sauce just blows my mind. There are many different types of sambal sauce in Singapore and if you are a spice lover, you cannot go back home without getting a bottle. Add this to fish or vegetables and ah-boooom! My mouth is watering as I'm typing this.
12) Singlong Pickled Green Chili
If you are a fan of pickles, make sure to come home with a bottle or two of Singlong Pickled Green Chili. It's amazing how this complements so many different dishes so well. Eat it with fried rice or pasta or put it in your sandwich. The ultimate bridge between food from your home country and Singaporean food. Be sure to get a bottle of this! You won't regret it.
13) Prima Taste Food Paste
There are many brands of food paste in Singapore. All of them will allow you to fulfill the craving of Singapore food when you are back home. After trying a lot of different types of paste, the one that best mimics Singaporean favorites is Prima Taste. They have different types of paste that will definitely bring back fond memories of the food you tried in Singapore. Laksa, rendang, bak kut teh, Singapore satay and of course, Singapore chicken rice. I never come back to Japan without stocking up on some of these pastes! For my top 5 favorite Singapore cooking pastes, click here.
14) Owl Brand White Coffee Tarik
If you are a fan of coffee, this is a must-get. The cousin of the famous teh tarik drink, but with more caffeine that will definitely keep you up at work. Nothing beats a sweet, milky, frothy cup of caffeine first thing in the morning. Add kaya toast into the mix and you've got yourself an authentic Singaporean breakfast.
15) Lipton Teh Tarik
Finally, to end this list, we have the ever so popular teh tarik. Teh tarik basically means pulled tea in Malay. There are many brands of teh tarik in Singapore, but none of them come close to capturing the authenticity of this amazing drink like Lipton's Teh Tarik. If you like, ginger, you should also get yourself a packet of Lipton Teh Halia. It has the magic of teh tarik, but with the added flavor of ginger!