6. Sustainable Coffee 7. Shrooming at Home
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