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Fab­u­lous finds for the food lover

1. Gold Star Cheesecake

LeTAO—one of the top 10 cheese bak­eries in Hokkaido, Ja­pan—is fi­nally in Singapore. Light, fluffy and full of flavour, LeTAO’s star prod­uct Dou­ble Fro­mage cake is made us­ing Ital­ian mas­car­pone cheese and com­prises a layer of no-bake cheesecake atop a richly flavoured baked cheesecake. Covered with cheese crumbs, ev­ery bite of the Dou­ble Fro­mage melts in your mouth, redo­lent of milky rich flavours yet fin­ish­ing on a del­i­cate sweet note.

$28 for 12cm cake, LeTAO

2. Sat­isfy Your Kreyv-ings

Fresh, chunky and full of flavour, local brand Kreyv’s Jeruk Asam Boi, a condi­ment of pick­led fruits, makes for a great snack. Al­ter­na­tively, add it to your dishes for a lovely pi­quant flavour. Com­pris­ing only fresh fruit, asam boi (sour plum), limes and chilli padi, each jar is freshly pick­led daily and 100 per cent free of preser­va­tives and vine­gar, mak­ing it safe for preg­nant ladies. Se­lect from eight va­ri­eties—guava, green ap­ple, pineap­ple, pa­paya, rambu­tan, mango, jambu (rose ap­ple) and ke­don­dong (am­barella). $10 a jar, face­book.com/kreyv.sg

3. Guilt-free Snacks

Say good­bye to af­ter-snack­ing guilt with Sin­ga­porean brand Pe­tite Fruits Con­fec­tions’ freeze-dried fruits. Re­tain­ing 98 per cent of the orig­i­nal vi­ta­min and nu­tri­tional com­po­si­tion, these snacks are a much health­ier al­ter­na­tive to salty potato chips and even typ­i­cal dried fruits. Choose from goose­berry, straw­berry, ba­nana, mango and chiku—ve­gan-friendly and all nat­u­rally free of gluten, sugar and preser­va­tives.

From $3.90, pe­tite­fruits.com

4. Amazake Any­where

First pro­duced in Ja­pan over

1,500 years ago, amazake is an al­co­hol-free bev­er­age made from fer­mented rice. Mak­ing its de­but in Singapore, Amamoto Café in­tro­duces amazake cul­ture in the form of bot­tled pure amazake. This drink is rich in nu­tri­ents such as anti-ox­i­dants and high lev­els of vi­ta­min B6, which help re­duce stress and pro­mote a healthy ner­vous sys­tem. Amazake is lac­tose-free, dairy-free, ve­gan, veg­e­tar­ian, gluten-free and sug­ar­free, and suit­able for any diet.

$6.50 for 350ml, Amamoto Café

5. Brit­tle Nuggets O’ Love

Local brand Pro­vi­sions spe­cialises in de­li­cious home­made and Asian­in­spired baked items and snacks. A must-try is their gula jawa brit­tle that’s made from pure In­done­sian co­conut sugar, roasted whole al­monds, sea salt and co­conut flakes. Crisp, well-bal­anced and com­plex in flavour, it pairs well with cof­fee and ice cream, but is def­i­nitely good enough on its own. To en­joy it at its best, keep re­frig­er­ated once opened. From $10, Pro­vi­sions

Cafédi­rect—a lead­ing fair trade hot bev­er­age com­pany in the UK—brings its latest prod­ucts to Singapore. The or­ganic medium roast cof­fee is a blend spe­cially for­mu­lated by in-house cof­fee ex­perts. Com­bin­ing 85 per cent Peru­vian Ara­bica with 15 per cent Ugan­dan Ro­busta, the re­sult is a rich blend of cof­fee pow­der with com­plex and full-bod­ied flavours of dark cho­co­late and almond. For caf­feine-junkies, go for the Ara­bica espresso roast and ground cof­fee—a blend of rich Peru­vian Ara­bica beans bal­anced with Costa Ri­can Ara­bica beans. This in­tense cof­fee is full of flavour and ends on a sweet note. From $8.70 a pack, avail­able at lead­ing su­per­mar­kets Singapore mush­room pro­ducer Mush­room King­dom brings mush­room grow­ing into homes with its My Mush­room Gar­den grow kits. Ev­ery­thing you need for a mush­room gar­den is in­cluded in the kit, which con­tains only nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als like rice bran, hy­drated limes and corn husks on which the spores grow. Wa­ter three or four times daily, and your mush­rooms will be ready to eat in seven to 12 days. From $17.90, avail­able at shrooms.sg

8. Chock Full Of Honey

Singapore-based Cer­ana shines a light on the lesser-known South­east Asian honey. South­east Asia’s cli­mate pro­vides a more con­sis­tent food source for bees and a more con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for bee­keep­ing, re­sult­ing in more sus­tain­able honey. Farmed and har­vested in Thailand, sold raw and 100 per cent un­pro­cessed, Cer­ena’s hon­ey­comb is the most nat­u­ral form of honey you can get. Crunchy, sweet and brim­ming with honey, en­joy it au na­turel or paired with cheese, crack­ers and fruit.

From $40 per 350g, cer­ana­honey.com

9. Pasta, With Love

Aus­tralia-based Ot­way Pasta Com­pany was founded by stay-ath­ome dad Steve Robin­son, who wanted to make nu­tri­tious and de­li­cious food for his chil­dren in the form of fresh hand­made pasta. Ot­way’s pasta is made us­ing a spe­cial flour mix com­pris­ing du­rum wheat semolina which is high in pro­tein; Ital­ian white ‘00’ flour that adds a silky-smooth tex­ture; and or­ganic khorosan flour made from an an­cient grain, which con­trib­utes a del­i­cate nutty flavour and is more eas­ily di­gested than reg­u­lar wheat. Choose from a va­ri­ety of pasta types—spaghetti, riga­toni and gluten-free fet­tucine.

From $12.50 per 400g, The Fish Wives

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