7 Local Food Souvenirs to Bring Home from Singapore
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If you are looking for something to bring back for your friends and family after your trip to Singapore, why not consider bringing some food souvenirs? After all, among other things, food is one of the things that Singapore is best known for! Here is a list of some of the best food souvenirs that you can buy back from Singapore!
If you have visited Singapore, chances are that you have tried the Kaya Toast. (Or if you are planning to visit Singapore, it's likely to be on your to-try list. If it isn't, add it in!!) Kaya, a rich and creamy coconut and egg jam, is a staple in Singaporean breakfasts. And if you enjoyed your kaya toast, why not bring home a jar of this delicious spread! You can easily pick up a jar of Kaya from Ya Kun, Toastbox, or from the supermarkets! Just take note that if you are planning to bring home a jar of kaya, you'll need to have them checked-in! (Or you can get the travel-sized packs that is available at Ya Kun)
2. Bengawan Solo Pandan Chiffon Cake
The pandan chiffon cake from Bengawan Solo is also a very popular item for visitors to Singapore - especially for those coming from other parts of Asia. It's also sometimes known as the green cake, because well, it's green. The pandan chiffon cake isn't something that Singaporeans eat on a daily basis, but for those that have been away for a long time, having a bite of this pandan chiffon cake brings you back home immediately.
3. Bak Kut Teh, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa Sauce Packs
Enjoy the Singapore-style peppery Bak Kut Teh (pork ribs soup), the coconut-rich laksa, or the Hainanese Chicken rice, or even Chili Crab? Don't worry, sauce packs for all of these are easily available at supermarkets. Simply pick up one of these packs and you can make your own pot of Bak Kut Teh soup, your own Hainanese chicken rice, or your own bowl of laksa soup even after you get back home! Sauce packs are a great and convenient way to bring home a taste of Singapore to your friends and family. There are many brands available, but one of the most common brands that locals get is Prima Taste.
4. Salted Egg Fish Skin
Salted egg fish skin started trending in Singapore a few years back, and to date, still remains a very popular snack - even for locals. This snack - though sinful - is definitely addictive. Trust us, you won't be able to stop at one. There are two main brands: IRVINS and Golden Duck. Of the two, we prefer Golden Duck, but really, both are good and each brand has its own group of supporters. You can get Irvin's from the airport, and Golden Duck is available in most convenient stores and supermarkets islandwide.
5. Bak Kwa (Pork Jerky)
Bak Kwa is a sweet and savory barbecued pork jerky that's a popular snack during Chinese New Year. Singaporeans love to share this mouthwatering treat with friends and family during the festive season, but it's available year-round. There are various brands like Bee Cheng Hiang or Fragrance that have branches in many areas in Singapore, including the airport. But for many locals, Lim Chee Guan is probably the preferred brand! The good news is that Lim Chee Guan has an outlet at Jewel Changi so you can pick some up before you fly. Remember to ask them to vacuum pack your Bak Kwa so that you can keep them for a longer time. It is also important to check your country's regulation to see if you can bring in meat products.
P.S. A lot of people bring Bak Kwa home, but…we also recommend getting pork floss (Bak Hu). Pork floss is such an amazing creation, and it goes so well with…literally everything!!
6. McDonald's Curry Sauce and Garlic Chili
Well, this is probably a uniquely Singapore thing. Singaporeans really love their curry sauce (the one that comes with McNuggets) and McDonald's garlic chili. These are condiments that you are unlikely to be able to find in McDonald's elsewhere. So, if you are looking for something that is uniquely Singapore and that locals love — these are what you are looking for! Just take note that you can't buy the curry sauce from anywhere other than McDonald's (and yes, it is chargeable if you ask for extras). As for the garlic chili, if you don't want to ask the McDonald's staff for a lot of packets of that, you can head to the supermarkets and look for garlic chili by a brand called Sinsin. It's not the same thing, but definitely close enough.
7. Khong Guan Biscuits
Khong Guan biscuits are traditional biscuits that a lot of Singaporeans grew up with. They have an assortment of biscuits, from plain cream crackers to GEM biscuits and chocolate cream biscuits. They were traditionally sold in metal tins and sold in mama shops or at traditional wet markets, but today, they are also sold in packs in supermarkets. Our personal favourite is are the lemon puffs, but the good ol' plain cream crackers go really well as a morning snack with a cup of kopi or Milo. If you are looking for something for small children, they're likely going to love the colourful GEM biscuits - but be warned, there's a very high chance they'll just eat the GEMs but leave the biscuits. (We did that as kids, and we see kids these days doing the same.)