One essential part of any Singapore itinerary is exploring the food scene. But what happens when the trip comes to an end? Here are some flavoursome Singapore food souvenirs you can take home so that your trip lasts longer.
The Best Singapore Food Souvenirs
If you caught the replay of our live Singapore chat, you'll know that almost all we talked about in Singapore was the food. From Michelin stars to dishes closer to earth, the variety of history you can taste is incredible.
But what happens when the trip comes to an end? Here I've rounded up some of the best Singapore food souvenirs, so that you can bring some of that flavour home.
1. Kaya Jam
It's only when kaya jam appears at the breakfast table that I know I'm in Singapore. Mixed from eggs, coconut and pandan leaves, it's not exclusive to Singapore but it sure is popular there.
It's unfortunate that the colour resembles snot, but the taste is sweet and divine. Legend has it that the Portuguese occupation of nearby Melaka brought the idea of Doce de Ovos (sweet egg cream) across the water and that kaya developed from there.
It's a slightly heavy and cumbersome food souvenir from Singapore but it is also easy to find. Head into just about any local supermarket and give your suitcase a treat.
2. HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE CRISPS
Hainanese chicken rice is one of the classical dishes to try in Singapore – but it's hard to take home with you. The traditional meal came from the Hainanese people who moved from southern China and it involves poached chicken, seasoned rice, chilli sauce and cucumber garnish.
Enter Singapore company The Golden Duck, who opened in 2015 with a range of gourmet snacks. You can now pick up Hainanese Chicken Rice Crisps, salted egg yolk snacks, Singapore Laksa, and Egg Prata with Fish Curry Crisps.
Not quite the same as the real thing but a treat nonetheless. They also ship internationally in case you're cravings can't wait!
3. Nasi Lemak cookies
Nasi Lemak is one of the key dishes in Singapore, second in fame only to the chilli crab, I'd guess. With Malay origins, it involves rice cooked in coconut milk and you'll often find this gentle, fragrant dish served with spicy sambal, anchovies, cucumber and peanuts.
Suffice to say, the real thing doesn't travel very well. But you can pick up these crunchy Nasi Lemak cookies and take those home instead. Does it sound strange to have such a savoury dish as a biscuit? The coconut makes the pairing work surprisingly well.
If you like your meat products slightly sweet and very chewy, then Bakkwa is for you! Traditionally eaten at Chinese New Year, Bakkwa is available all year round in Singapore. It also makes for an ideal souvenir as it's light and lightweight.
The most traditional kind of bakkwa is made from pork and cooked over charcoal for many hours. Pick some up at Bee Cheng Hiang and munch away when you get home, safe in the knowledge that they have no added tenderizer, preservatives, colouring or artificial ingredients.
5. Singapore Breakfast Tea from TWG
TWG, from The Wellness Group, is a chain of luxury teahouses, with its heart in Singapore. Pay one of their shops a visit and then pick up a tin of Singapore breakfast tea to bring the taste of it all home. Lightweight and not easily damaged, this is one of the most suitable Singapore food souvenirs on the list.
But if all else fails, you can also order online once you've got home.
Sambal is a spiced, chilli condiment whose origins range from Indonesia to India to Malaysia and to Singapore. It's found nearly everywhere and a versatile addition to most dishes. It goes particualrly well with Nasi Lemak, Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng, and Roti Canai.
I'd always recommend heading into local supermarkets when you travel and now you have a focus: to pick up one of the best food souvenirs in Singapore and buy yourself a jar of sambal.