Often times, many of us are familiar with the big international brands while grocery shopping in NTUC. Campbell, Coca-Cola, Nestle – these are all famous brands synonymous with household food products.
How many food items can you recognize that are made in Singapore though? Especially for the younger generation, it’s important to know and support locally produced foods.
Here’s some food products made and packed by Singaporean companies. Majulah Singapura!
1. Sauces and Paste
Savoury, thick and often used to compliment a variety of dishes in Chinese cooking, brands like Woh Hup and Tai Hua produce bottled sauces and condiments exported globally.
Woh Hup’s flagship product is Oyster Sauce, which is essentially oyster essence with sugar and other ingredients added to make it taste less like oyster concentrate, and more like the perfect topping for a plate of blanched kai lan.
Tai Hua on the other hand has produced soy sauce for decades in Singapore with a large homecook following.
Woh Hup Food Industries Pte Ltd: 315 Outram Road, #14-05, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074
Tai Hua Food Industries Pte Ltd: 12 Jalan Besut, Singapore 619566
2. Ready-to-drink Coffee and Roasted Coffee Beans
Caffeine is king and many of us will happily remain loyal subjects to what is arguably the most important thing to life, only after breathing.
The actual coffee beans may not be grown in Singapore but Boncafe International roasts and packs ground coffee on our very shores. Boncafe has also further developed into coffee capsulesas well as exports canned ready-to-drink coffee.
For all the wide-eyed excitement stemming from this caffeine overload, let’s remember that local style kopi deserves just as much praise.
Boncafe International Pte Ltd: 208 Pandan Loop (S)128401 | And all your local Kopi
3. Fresh Eggs
Often touted as the most value-for-money source of protein, most of the eggs you’ll find in your local markets and supermarkets are produced in Singapore at local egg farms like Seng Choon.
Not limited to just eggs as they are, local egg products range from regular eggs to the interesting looking and sounding instant eggs. Century eggs we’ll eat but, I guess there’s something about a shelled egg that’s been vacuum sealed that isn’t appetising.
For those looking to be more socially and ethically conscious, check out cage free eggs from Freedom Range Company.
Seng Choon Farm Pte Ltd: No.1 Jalan Gamala 2, (S)718798
N&N Agriculture Pte Ltd: 1 Lim Chu Kang Lane 9, (S)718845 |
Chew’s Group Limited: 20 Murai Farmway, (S)709153
The Freedom Range Company Pte Ltd: 13-17, Icon Tower 2, 10 Gopeng Street, (S)078878
4. Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Since the olden days where chilled storage was scarce, canned foods are a staple in many households, for their convenience and long shelf-life.
Hosen Group and Goh Joo Hin’s Mili brand are local Singapore companies that specialize in canned foods (especially fruits and vfegetables) you’ll see in various supermarkets
Hosen Group Ltd: 267 Pandan Loop, (S) 128439
Goh Joo Hin Pte Ltd: 2 Link Rd, (S) 619024
5. Assorted Biscuits
A national treasure and a quintessential part of every Singaporeans’ childhood, Khong Guan biscuits came by the tin full and in an assortment of flavours.
They kept rabidly hungry children like me satisfied till it was time for dinner. Cream crackers with a warm cup of milo, are the memories flooding back now?
Khong Guan Biscuit Factory Singapore: 338 Jln Boon Lay, (S)619526
6. Fresh Vegetables
Hydroponics and other (what used to be) futuristic looking and sounding farming techniques were all the rage in science textbooks.
Vegetables and even mushrooms are grown in Singapore and are proof of a rich local agricultural industry. Sure we don’t have picturesque postcard terraced hills and won’t be able to call our island the leaders in kang kong production but, we’re doing alright.
OH Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms Pte Ltd: 14A Bah Soon Pah Rd, (S)769960
7. Packaged Instant Asian Foods
Asian dishes are notoriously laborious to prepare, the spice mixes like rempah can take hours to work on before the dish is anywhere near done.
Most of us will never acquire godly kitchen skills like our grandmothers but, with packaged Asian foods from Amoy Canning or Prima Taste, I guess we’ll get by with a “mechanised grandmother” located in a far away factory that we’ll never visit.
Amoy Canning Corporation Singapore Limited: 2 Bukit Batok Street 23 #04-02, (S)659554
Prima Taste: 6 Senoko Avenue Senoko Industrial Estate, (S) 758299
8. Crocodile Meat
Not quite dinosaur meat but, close enough. These ancient beasts are reared in Singapore at Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm and I wouldn’t describe it to taste like chicken.
If the old belief that crocodile meat will cure you of your asthmatic wheezing isn’t enough to get you to add some diversity to your diet, perhaps the lean nature of crocodile meat will.
Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm Pte Ltd: 321 Neo Tiew Cres, (S)718914
9. Vacuum Packed Frog Meat
When regular porridge isn’t cutting it, only a piping hot serving of frog porridge will do. The treacly dark kung pao sauce that frog is so commonly cooked in isn’t the only way to enjoy it, a plain version and even deep fried frog legs are some other ways frog is prepared.
Calorie counters and those particular about how their food is produced, frogs are not only lean but, free from the cocktail of injections so often associated with livestock at Jurong Frog Farm.
Jurong Frog Farm: 56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 (S)719164
10. Farmed Seafood
It seems fitting that an island nation would have or be involved in some kind of seafood production or farming.
Offshore fish farms and kelongs like Ah Hua Kelong rear everything from fish to a variety of shellfish like oysters and even gong gong (sea snails) that we often find at barbecued seafood stalls.
So the next time you or someone you know laments how we can never “eat local” in Singapore, remember this list or forcefully make said person read this, It is after all, your national duty.
Ah Hua Kelong, Farm number NE5 (Sembawang), Seafood: Farm number FC117E (Changi), 200 turf City PasarBella @ Grandstand #K2 9 (S)287994 (Retail)