What souvenirs DO tourists buy from Singapore when they return back home? That is actually a really hard question to answer. As Singaporeans, we’re really scratching our heads to answer this one. After all, as a small island nation, Singapore imports many of its products (yes, including all the branded items at Orchard Road). So the real question remains, if you’re a Singaporean, what would you recommend your friends to buy when they visit Singapore? Here’s a list of souvenirs that we recommend your friends to take home after their visit to Singapore…
What Souvenirs to buy in Singapore: 1. Prima Taste Premix
Singapore is a haven for foodies – both locals and travellers alike. If you have visited Singapore, it is very possible that you have fallen in love with local hawker fare such as the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa or even the famous Singapore Chili Crab. With Prima Taste Premixes, you’ll be able to bring these Singapore flavours, anywhere around the world!
Things to Buy in Singapore? 2. Risis Singapore Orchid Jewellery
Before we go any further, we have to clarify that this particular gift is mostly meant for mothers and/or mother-in-laws. Having clarified that, let’s dive into this Singaporean gift – Risis Orchids. The national flower of Singapore is actually Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’, a species of orchid. The orchids are pretty, vibrant and elegant flowers that many people from around the world enjoy. In Singapore, the Risis company has brought this class over to gold-plated orchid souvenirs. Granted that they are not cheap, if you have a lovable mum or “challenging” mother-in-law, this would definitely be a great gift for her from Singapore.
Singapore Gifts: 3. Bak Kwa aka BBQ Pork Slice aka 肉干
Bak Kwa also known as BBQ Pork Slice aka 肉干 is a Singapore created delicacy. These thin slices of grilled wonders are made from minced pork, formed into squares and grilled over fire. The sweet-savoury taste of bak kwa makes it a wonderful snack and these days, a perfect souvenir to be brought home from Singapore. Yes, you’ll be able to get them vacuum packed for transport home at Bee Cheng Hiang or Lim Chee Guan bak kwa outlets.
What Souvenirs to buy from Singapore? 4. Souvenirs from Chinatown
Whenever we go on our travels, Chinatown would be one perfect venue to stock up on souvenirs before we go. You’ll be able to find souvenirs such as key chains, magnets and many other affordable gifts to bring home from Singapore. Our favourite is the magnet in the shape of a Captain’s wheel with all of the attractions in Singapore (Marina Bay Sands, Merlion, Esplanade, Gardens by the Bay etc.) engraved right in the center. At just 3-for-$10, they’re a steal!
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