Once you leave Singapore, you’re going to miss our food the most. ‘Da bao’ (the local term for take-away) these local food items and share them with your friends back home!
1. Ya Kun Kaya
A leisurely weekend morning in Singapore isn’t complete without a breakfast of kopi (coffee) and kaya (a jam made of coconut milk, eggs and sugar) toast. One bite of toast slathered with the rich jam will have you hooked – and you can pick up a jar of the famed Ya Kun Kaya to enjoy at home.
Where to buy: Ya Kun Kaya Toast stores island-wide, including #02-16 100AM, #01-32 313@Somerset, #B1-11 Bugis Junction, #B4-71 ION Orchard, #B2-LF3 Changi Airport Terminal 3 and more
2. Irvin’s Salted Egg Fish Skin
It’s become a trend in Singapore to flavour food items with salted egg, and Irvin’s Salted Egg Fish Skin may be one of the best things to come from this food fad. Irvin’s specialises in all things salted egg, from salted egg potato chips to their specialty salted egg sauce. We recommend the salted egg fish skin for a truly Singaporean combination of flavours. Pro tip: you can even order in advance via email, and have it delivered to your doorstep.
Where to buy: Raffles Xchange B1 and #B2-K25 VivoCity
3. Singapore Slings
Created in the early 1900s by Ngiam Tong Boon, a bartender at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel, the Singapore Sling is an iconic gin-based cocktail that you must try while you’re in town. Take the refreshing tropical tipple with you in the form of bottled Singapore Slings – the sleek bottles come in the Lion City’s signature shade of red, too.
Where to buy: Raffles Long Bar at Changi Airport Terminal 3, Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar and souvenir shop
4. Mofo Chili
Is your food missing a little punch? Kick it up a notch with some Mofo Chili sauce. These sauces can be used for cooking, marinating and dipping, and will lend an unmistakably Singaporean flavour to any dish. Choose from the Final Destination (a cooking chilli with a whopping heat level of ten) or Mofo Gunpowder (chilli flakes for spice lovers on-the-go).
Where to buy: Isetan Scotts at Shaw House, Megafash at #01-488/490 Suntec City Tower 2, Naiise at #02-23 Clarke Quay Central, and more.
Fancy a sophisticated souvenir? TWG might be your cup of tea. Browse their extensive tea collection, or select some gifts from their range of unique products, from secret tea tins (numbered tins that come in mystery flavours) to tea-scented candles.
Where to buy: TWG stores island-wide, including #B2-89 or #B2-65 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #02-21 ION Orchard and #02-26 Changi Airport Terminal 3
6. Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa
Can’t get enough of bak kwa (barbecued meat)? Choose from a variety of the tantalising treat at one of the local’s favourite stores, Bee Cheng Hiang – they’ll even have your orders packed and sealed for the flight home.
Where to buy: Bee Cheng Hiang outlets at Bugis Village, Nex Mall, Takashimaya Shopping Centre and more
7. The Edible Co granola
Go nuts for home-grown granola gurus, The Edible Co.’s range of hand-made granolas. Choose flavours from their classic range, such as coconut gula melaka (palm sugar) and honey chia pepitas (pumpkin seeds), or premiums varieties such as espresso nut and maple honey pecan.
Where to buy: The Edible Co Shop at #01-09 354 Alexandra Road, Cat Socrates at 448 Joo Chiat Road, Grain Traders at #01-03 100AM, and more
8. Prima Taste meal sauce kits
Cook up your own traditional Singaporean dishes like bak kut teh (pork rib soup), laksa (spicy coconut-milk based noodle soup), mee rebus (boiled noodles served in curry gravy) and more with Prima’s meal sauce kits. Prima Taste has been around since 1999, so authentic flavours of all your favourite local delights are guaranteed in each packet!
Where to buy: Prima Taste Factory at 6 Senoko Avenue, Cold Storage and other major supermarkets.
9. The Cookie Museum
The Cookie Museum’s heritage cookie collection features hand-made cookies in an array of Singaporean flavours, packed in beautiful keepsake boxes. With flavours like pandan chiffon cake (a light sponge cake flavoured with the juice of pandan leaves) and nasi lemak (fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, accompanied with an array of side dishes like omelette, fried fish and anchovies), they’re definitely not your boring cookie-cutter gift.
Where to buy: #02-280 Marina Square, #B1-49 Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B2-093 Takashimaya
10. Fancy Gems Biscuit
A childhood favourite of many Singaporeans, fancy gems (also known as iced gems) are bite-sized biscuits with a dollop of colourful icing on top. Once you’ve tried this addictive sweet snack, weigh in on whether they should be eaten icing first, or biscuit first.
Where to buy: #B1-49 Raffles City, #02-280 Marina Square and #B2-093 Takashimaya