8 great Singapore supermarket souvenirs
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January 4th, 2008 – by: escaperoute101
Savoury prawn or fish flavoured crackers; fluffy wheel-shaped or even bitter-sweet emping belinjo bites - delicious! Just browse the snacks section of any local store. The best ones are the ones in low-key clear plastic packaging (with just a sticker announcing the brand and ingredients), freshly handmade in small batches in the local factories.
Tip top tiger balm
Tiger balm cures 'em all - from aches and pain to bites and stuffy noses! This distinctive (clove oil-menthol) smelling rub has won fans around the world for its effective heat-inducing relief. Don't worry, it contains no animal products nor is it tested on tigers - it was named after Boon Haw ("gentle tiger" in Chinese), who modernised and marketed herbalist dad Aw Chu Kin's superformula from way back in the 1870s.
sweet 'ole coconut jam
The formula may be simple: it's made of mainly coconut milk, eggs and sugar, but the divine taste of kaya can be out of this world! Be warned: it's strictly for those with a sweet tooth - it's not called Kaya (which is Malay for "rich") for nothing. Have with on toast with a slab of butter...how gloriously sinful!
White hot pepper
My mum swears by this stuff �" the <em>angmoh</em> black version just doesn't cut it, when it comes to giving dishes that extra kick. White peppercorns are essentially black peppercorns, but allowed to ripen more fully on the vine. Some say that white peppercorns are richer and have a hotter flavour, great in soups, on grilled meat or poultry, and best with the cuisine of Southeast Asia, of course.
A great gift for the coffee lover �" for those days when you fancy a good cup of coffee-cream-sugar in a instant. There may be brands found locally wherever you're from, but the ones from from here are hard to beat: we're a land of 3-in-1 connoisseurs, so expect only the best on our shelves! There are all styles and types of beverages, too - from cappuccino to, yes, half-coffee half-tea <em>yuan yang</em> mixes.
Instant noods, Singapore style
As above - and with flavours such as mee goreng (Malay style fried noodles) and black pepper crab, who can resist?
Good morning, sweetheart!
It's a little threadbare, but who can resist its sweet greeting first thing in the morning? Made in China and mass-exported around the world, Good Morning towels are dead ordinary but a nostalgic staple of those who grew up in the '60s.
Anything and whatever you fancy
For the difficult/nonchalant friends who go "get me anything" �" these were made for them! It's really Singaporean, <em>lah</em> - generic cans without indication of what's in the bottle, Anything is carbonated and can be either of the following: Cola, Cola with Lemon, Apple, Fizz Up, Cloudy Lemon and Root Beer. Whatever is non-carbonated and can be: Ice Lemon Tea, Peach Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, White Grape Tea, Apple Tea and Chrysanthemum Tea.
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