3 Must Buy Souvenirs from Singapore 2020
Singapore is home to many interesting souvenirs and delicious food and when you come here, it's no wonder that you'd like to bring back a little something for your friends, family or even yourself to enjoy later on! No trip would be complete without bringing back memories in the form of souvenirs and I know just the things to get. Here are the 3 absolute must-buy souvenirs from Singapore in the year 2020!
Choco Express is a sweet treat lover's paradise and holds over 60 global brands from Belgian to Japan. Whether it's for self indulgence or gifting, Choco Express is the one-stop shop for all things sweet. Recently, I tried 3 of their products - Werther's Original Caramel Popcorn, Nasi Lemak Chips and Baileys Truffle Chocolates, and they were all amazingly good in their own unique ways.
Werther's is a brand that's been around for over a 100 years and they're known for their caramel and their butterscotch which are both extremely yummy as well. Probably a take on innovation, they've come out with a Caramel Popcorn flavour that's reminiscent of popcorn you munch on when you visit the movies. One of popcorn's greatest appeal is its crunch which is why it's so mind-blowing to me how this Caramel Popcorn flavour works so well! The crunch has been replaced by this creamy and smooth sensation and it goes so well with the distinct sweetness and almost burnt flavour of caramel! It's not too sweet as well and it's extremely addictive so buy at your own risk!
The Nasi Lemak chips were an ode to the local flavours of Singapore and as with any local delight turned into a different type of food, I was skeptical and dubious but surprisingly, the chips were good. It had the fragrance of the pandan rice that is synonymous of Nasi Lemak and the savoury spiciness of the sambal! For those who aren't able to take spicy, you can rest assured because it wasn't too spicy. The spice builds up as you eat but it's so addictive that you can't seem to bring yourself to stop. If you've come to Singapore to try our Nasi Lemak and absolutely loved it, the Nasi Lemak chips are a great substitute to bring back home and revel in the fragrance and deliciousness of our Nasi Lemak.
Finally, I had the Baileys Truffle Chocolates as well and those little tiny balls of happiness bring me so much joy. The outside is a slightly dense shell of chocolate that melts fast in your mouth to reveal the soft and fragrant salted caramel. The salted caramel mixes with the chocolates to bring you this sweet and burnt marriage of salted caramel and chocolate. It's no surprise that these two go together so well and it should be a crime for Baileys to give us bite sized pairings of these two because it's so difficult to stop! What's the kicker is this little tinge of alcohol that cuts through the sweetness and makes it less surfeit but goes so well with the creaminess of this treat. It's really a great treat to bring back home and enjoy.
Golden Moments was the brainchild of 3 friends who absolutely loved durian. As you might know, there are only two types of people in Singapore - people who hate durians and people who love them, and I would say that the latter makes up a large majority of our population, so many of us jumped for joy when Golden Moments decided to bless us with the creation of Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncakes and another product that they call The Golden QQ, which is essentially Mao Shan Wang Durian encased in soft gooey mochi! Their mooncakes has no preservatives, no added sugar, no cream and uses only 100% pure Mao Shan Wang. Mao Shan Wang is considered the king of Durians, so you can imagine how deliciously creamy it is!
The mooncakes almost looked too good to eat; the charcoal bamboo snow skin had edible gold dust sprinkled on top and on the snow skin, the Chinese character ”金“, meaning "gold", was delicately engraved on it. Upon slicing it open, the fragrance of durian immediately overtook the entire room. The yellow contrasted against the black beautifully and exuded luxury.
The mooncakes were as good as you'd imagine! It was creamy, fragrant and had a great mouthfeel thanks to the charcoal bamboo snow skin. Another variation of this amazing snack, The Golden QQ, was equally as good. While similar to the mooncakes, it had a different mouthfeel. If you popped the entire thing in your mouth, the durian would explode and ooze out of the mochi in your mouth. It was equally as delicious but a different experience altogether.
Why I'd recommend this as a must buy gift is not only because of its amazing taste, but also because it's a great sharing snack. Mooncakes are a great snack to have while spending time with the family or friends. You can slice it up and divide it amongst yourself and indulge in the luxury and richness that is durian mooncake or revel in the Golden QQ together. Also, with Golden Moments, you can order these mooncakes and their other products anytime because they aren't limited to only Mid Autumn Festival unlike other mooncakes! What are you waiting for?
Marketing themselves as "The World's Strongest Truffle" and claiming that nothing comes close, they really take their truffle seriously! They seal in the Black Truffle’s rich, earthy and aromatic flavors into their special house recipe, before glazing them onto their hand-cooked chips, giving you their amazing truffle chips.
If you think you know truffle, you haven't tried Aroma Truffle yet! As soon as you opened the bag, the rich aroma of truffle immediately spilled into the room. I get it, sometimes truffle smell stronger than they taste but trust me when I say that it tastes as good as it smells! Honestly, I don't have much to say about this snack except you absolutely have to try it and buy some back for your friends or family to share. I understand your doubt but there really is no way to describe or show you the intensity of the flavour of these chips. It's so incredibly rich and addictive!
Do yourself a favour and just get these if you're in Singapore. You won't regret it.
And there you have it! The 3 must buy souvenirs from Singapore in 2020. All are unique and absolutely delicious in their own right.