It’s hard not to miss the local food when you leave Singapore. ‘Da bao’ (the local term for take-away) these local food items and share them with your friends back home!

1. Ya Kun Kaya

Ya Kun Kaya

A leisurely weekend morning in Singapore isn’t complete without a breakfast of kopi (coffee) and kaya (a traditional jam made from coconut and eggs) 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 back home.

Where to buy:

Ya Kun Kaya Toast stores islandwide, including:

Bugis Junction. 230 Victoria Street #B1-11, Singapore 188024. +65 6238 8904.

ION Orchard. 2 Orchard Turn #B4-71/72, Singapore 238801. +65 6238 0458.

Changi Airport Terminal 3. 65 Airport Boulevard #B2-LF3, Singapore 819663. +65 6241 4341 or +65 6247 5026.

For a full list of outlets, visit here.

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:

Vivocity. 1 Harbourfront Walk #B2-K25. Singapore 098585. +65 6264 3073.

Raffles Xchange. 5 Raffles Place B1 (Near 7-11), Singapore 048618. +65 6264 3073.

For a full list of outlets, visit here.

3. Singapore Slings

Singapore Sling

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 is a 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: 

Wines and Spirits Duplex Store, Changi Airport Terminal 3. 65 Airport Boulevard, Long Bar by Raffles, Singapore 819663.

4. Mofo Chili

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, Shaw House. 350 Orchard Road, Basement Supermarket, Singapore 238868. +65 6733 1111.

MEGAFASH, Jurong Point. 1 Jurong West Central 2 #01-06, Singapore 648886. +65 9420 6053.

Naiise, Suntec City North Wing. 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-477, Singapore 038983.

For a full list of outlets, visit here.

5. TWG


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 Tea on the Bridge at Marina Bay Sands, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2-89/89A, Singapore 018972. +65 6535 1837.

TWG Tea Garden at Marina Bay Sands, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2-65/68A, Singapore 018972. +65 6565 1837.

Departure/Transit Lounge South, Changi Airport Terminal 3. 65 Airport Boulevard #02-26, Singapore 819663. +65 6245 1837.

6. Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa

Bee Cheng Hiang

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:

Bugis Village. 239 Victoria Street, Singapore 188028. +65 6334 3958.

NEX Mall. 23 Serangoon Central #B2-11, Singapore 556083. +65 6634 4787.

Takashimaya. 391 Orchard Road #B207-4-1, Singapore 238873. +65 6835 4546.

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:

Motherswork, Great World City. 1 Kim Seng Promenade #02-16, Singapore 237994. +65 6738 5886.

The Shop By HIC, Suntec City North Wing. 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-470, Singapore 038983.

The Pantry By HIC, Raffles City Mall. 252 North Bridge Road #B1-K09, Singapore 179103.

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 Taste's meal sauce kits. Prima Food has been around since 1992 so authentic flavours of all your favourite local delights are guaranteed in each packet!

Where to buy:

Supermarkets islandwide and Prima Taste Factory. No 6 Senoko Avenue, Singapore 758299. +65 6559 2393.

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:

Marina Square Shopping Mall. 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-280, Singapore 039594. +65 6333 1965.

Raffles City Shopping Centre. 252 North Bridge Road #B1-49, Singapore 179103.

Takashimaya Shopping Centre. 391 Orchard Road #B209-3, Singapore 238873.

10. Fancy Gems Biscuit

A childhood favourite amongst many locals, 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:

These biscuits can be found in most supermarkets islandwide.

Munch Munch, Connexis. No 1 Fusionopolis Way #B1-23, Singapore 138633.

Munch Munch, The New Chinatown Point. 133 New Bridge Road #B2-03, Singapore 059413.

Teck Leong Lee Kee. Block 122 Bedok North Street 2 #01-112, Singapore 460122.