A Taste For Singapore

Published on 1 December 2016

Wondering what to bring home? Here are some cool souvenirs inspired by local food.

By Jo Tan


It’s no secret that food and drink make up a big part of our culture. Bring home a significant slice of Singapore life with these select souvenirs inspired by our national pastime – food!


Curry Puff Cushion



Nom Nom Plush (Singaporean designers of huggable home décor) have combined forces with Old Chang Kee (esteemed purveyor of hot Singapore savouries) to create cushions in the form of Curry Puffs. Shaped like Old Chang Kee’s signature snack, the popular pastry is also a marvellous mishmash of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences.


Available in two sizes at Naiise outlets including #02-23 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street


Singapore sling marmaladeSINGAPORE SLING MARMALADE


When anytime is feasting time, who says you can’t have a taste of after-dinner tipple at breakfast? International award-winning marmalade makers Straits Preserves have created various original tropical marmalade recipes, including one inspired by Singapore’s iconic cocktail, The Singapore Sling. Expect an explosion of flavours from the fusion of orange, pineapple, lime, lemon and cherry notes.


Available from various stockists including The Conservatory Shop at Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive.
good morning tumbler



Singapore is known for its spotlessness, even at our earthiest eating places where you can binge with peace of mind. For that, credit must be given to the ubiquitous Good Morning Towel, arguably Singapore’s favourite cleaning tool, having been used by hawkers and high society alike. The designers at Stuck Design Studio pay tribute to this institution with a tumbler featuring the towel’s iconic print.


Available at Naiise outlets including #02-23 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street

youtiao plushie



Singaporeans are famously big on freebies, so it’s no wonder that one of our favourite breakfast foods is always the ‘buy one get one free’ variety. ‘You Tiao’, or dough fritters, come in a pair of two conjoined, lightly-salted strips of delicious deep-fried dough, which can be delicately torn asunder before consumption. This tenuously romantic cuisine has inspired design studio WHENIWASFOUR to create a range of products starring Xiao You and Xiao Tiao (each a half of the Classic ‘You Tiao’ couple). You can get pair of socks, which sees one character on each side, or the ‘You Tiao’ Plushie that comes with velcro for easy separation and reunion.


Available at WHENIWASFOUR261 Waterloo Street #02-18rainbow agar agar doorstop



Inspired by the colourful Malay dessert, this doorstop has just the right amount of cool, holding your door neatly in place while looking absolutely luscious.


Available at Naiise outlets including #02-23 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen StreetPng-Kueh-Girl-Wristlet-_front



Feeling stuffed from too much eating? Stuff this foodie bag instead. This embroidered Png Kueh –  a chewy snack  normally containing only savoury rice and nuts – serves as a receptacle for small everyday items, including a hidden pocket for name cards.


Available at Naiise outlets including #02-23 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street





Not everybody knows that internationally-acclaimed luxury tea brand, TWG Tea, was established in Singapore, inspired by the island’s finest year as a trading post for teas, spices and other aromatic epicurean goodies. Sip a signature brew that draws from the melting pot that is Singapore itself – TWG’s Singapore Breakfast Tea blending green tea, black tea, rich vanilla and rare spices.


Available at TWG Tea outlets including #02-21 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn

kueh tutu eraser




While the best foods tend to be the quickest to vanish, this ‘Kueh Tutu’ – a sweet steamed rice cake with a choice of coconut or peanut filling and often seen at Singapore’s pasar malams (night markets) – will last longer than most, since it’s actually an eraser. Let it help you eradicate those pesky errors on paper and replace frustration with sweet memories of snack-time in Singapore.


Available at various stores including museum store at National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road.

merlion shopper



Completed your haul of food-inspired souvenirs? Carry them the way a real Singaporean would – in a Merlion-print bag. Designed by designer/curator/artist Hans Tan, this fabric shopping bag closely resembles a once-ubiquitous plastic bag that Singaporean shops would put just about every product in, from groceries to takeout to sundries. Hans’ version is better for the environment, plus it has bonus print in the form of lines which form a guide to folding the bag into a tiny triangle for easy carrying, just like how Singaporeans would fold away an actual plastic bag for future use.


Available at Naiise outlets including #02-23 Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street

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