National Day is coming!
And since National Day is all about remembering Singapore’s past achievements and celebrating them, why not do our own National Day special?
We’ve thought of doing a music video with fireworks and hot babes…
…but we scrapped that idea because our singing’s worse than Donald Duck on his worst day.
Instead, we’re going to go to NTUC FairPrice and search out the 10 most Singaporean products you can ever find.
After all, what better way to celebrate Singapore’s National Day than by getting Singaporean products that made up our childhood, right?
1. Khong Guan Lemon Puff
Before we had Salted Egg everything, this was what we had for snacks. Especially the lemon puff, where the sweet lemon cream is layered between two bland biscuits.
Kids might not be able to appreciate this but to us 90’s kids, this was what we’ll look forward to between meals.
Here’s an interesting tidbit (see what I did there?) about Khong Guan: They could have been selling soap instead of biscuits.
During the Japanese invasion and occupation, the founders (a pair of brothers) experimented and sold soap to survive. It was only after the pair chanced upon old and damaged biscuit making machines for sale and bought them that the legacy of Khong Guan really began.
2. FairPrice Kool Potong Ice Cream
After a day of playing block-catching under the hot sun, the best thing you can enjoy right after is either these ice pops…
…or, if you feel like treating yourself, you’d go for Potong ice cream:
We’ve tried this before and let’s just say that it’s so authentic, having it might just transport you back to the past.
3. EGO Haw Flakes
No matter what the product name or the brand is, you’re probably going:
But once you see this, you’d get what we’re talking about.
Oh, yeaahhhhhhhhhh, this one.
You might be thinking, isn’t that called shān zhā (山楂)? Well, it is, if you open it up and see the name. Here, take a look:
Back in Primary School where it was the trend to give out bags of sweets on your own birthday, this is one sweet that’s inside the bag all the time.
Because who could hate the sweet-salty pieces of red goodness, right? You can let it melt on your tongue or bite for that burst of flavour.
Bet you didn’t know you can actually find this in FairPrice, did you?
4. Nonya Kaya from FairPrice
Hands up if you remember having this for breakfast every morning before Nutella became a thing.
Before Isaac Toast and Cheese Toast made Singapore their home, Singapore was doing very well on the toast front.
Especially our Kaya-Butter Toast.
While butter isn’t exactly very Singaporean (ang mohs use it in their cooking all the time), kaya is something that’s reserved for Singapore, Malaysia, and some say Batam.
5. Prima Taste Chilli Crab La Mian
In case you didn’t know, Prima Taste has done Singapore proud in the ramen arena.
Despite the Korean wave that took over the entire world and Kimchi ramen practically taking all the top spots in the instant noodles arena, Prima Taste emerged as the champion.
Prima Taste’s Laksa Ramen, and after that, Laksa Wholegrain La Mian, has consistently come in number one on theramenrater.com’s top 10 list in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Lest you’re not aware, that’s number one globally, not just in Singapore.
And now, they’re ready to wow the world with their rendition of Singapore’s national flavour, the Chilli Crab La Mian.
If it’s half as good as their Laksa ramen, you know you’re going to be in for a helluva ride. Instant noodles aren’t just something poor students eat at midnight nowadays, you know.
It’s now something you’ll want to eat for a meal.
6. TSM Food Chin Chow With Lingzhi
Stay away, Korean ice kachang and gelato ice cream, for this year’s NDP, we’ll strongly ask you to eat this healthy dessert.
If you’re a believer in Chinese medicine (and all the theory about our bodies being cold and hot), this is the perfect dessert to cool you down after all the fried stuff you’ve had this National Day, like the ever popular super local Har Cheong Gai or Hokkien Mee.
TSM Food is Singapore’s leading Asian Dessert Manufacturer and produces Asian traditional desserts that everybody loves.
And of course, all their products are made in Singapore. Even the name is very Singaporean: TSM stands for Tan Soon Mui (no, that’s not your auntie’s name).
7. Milkmaid Full Cream Sweetened Condensed Milk
How could you not? Condensed milk makes up a huge part of our Singaporean childhood. Like kopi dabao.
Yes, our dads used to take away their morning coffees in condensed milk tins like that.
Make your own coffee shop coffee at home by adding condensed milk and sugar to your black coffee.
This iconic coffee taste is something that’ll always remain a part of the Singaporean identity. Despite Starbuck’s best efforts.
Want to feel local this National Day? Prepare a cup of coffee with this on 9 August 2018 and post it as a KOTD (Kopi Of The Day). We’ll help you ‘Like’ it.
8. Yeo’s Chrysanthemum Tea with Less Sugar
Who says drinks like these are reserved for Chinese New Year? Did you know that they’re sold all year round at places like FairPrice?
When your parents wouldn’t let you drink Coca-Cola because it’s bad for your health, this is the closest to the soft drinks we can get during our childhood.
And in the spirit of fighting diabetes, Yeo’s less sugar drinks are a hit with health-conscious Singaporeans. Because you should know that Singapore is now at war: at war with diabetes.
9. Sunshine Soft White Bread
What do you think of when the sun shines in the morning? Well, I think of this.
Sunshine is Singapore’s oldest bakery at the age of 88 years old this year – much older than the age of me and me and me combined together (sorry, can’t resist showing off how young I am).
Buy this and eat it with Nonya Kaya (#4) this NDP. #SupportLocal
And no, you don’t have to have it when the sun is shining.
10. Swallow Globe Brand Serbuk Agar-Agar Powder
Before we had mochi, crepe cakes or any other kind of desserts, there’s one dessert that every Singaporean kid would’ve eaten and loved.
So what better way to celebrate National Day this year than to make yourself some of these nostalgic jellies like your grandmother and auntie used to do?
Just make sure not to do chocolate ones because based on personal experience, chocolate and agar-agar really don’t go well together.
And just so you know, we’ve colleagues who’re born in the 90s who don’t know what this is. I don’t know whether to feel sad for myself or sad for them.
Feeling Singapore Yet?
I certainly do. After all, it’s not every day that I get to see so many Singapore products at one go in the office. And it’s not every day that wherever I go, I hear this:
If you’re feeling super Singapore as well, we’ve got some good news for you.
This National Day, Celebrate with NTUC FairPrice
Itching to buy these stuff now as you’re feeling the Singapore vibes? Well, we ain’t doing a giveaway, so too bad.
But you can get them at a discount because we’re good like that. NTUC FairPrice is having a promotion from now until 19 August 2018, and it obviously has got to do with National Day.
From now until 9 August 2018, head down to any FairPrice, FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra and Unity stores and get a $5.30 Return Voucher when you spend a minimum of $53!
I bet I don’t need to tell you why they use the digit 53, do I?
Only one Return Voucher is issued per customer per day, and it’s on a while stock lasts basis. But hey, you can’t suka-suka just use these vouchers any time, because there’s a…
Here you go: you can use your vouchers from 13 August 2018 to 19 August 2018 – a whole week for you to spam these vouchers you’ve been collecting.
You can use them in all FairPrice, FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra and Unity stores, but do note that you can only use one original Return Voucher per transaction, and it’s limited to one redemption per customer per day. No splitting of receipts is allowed as well.
If you’ve too many vouchers, you can send it to us since our pantry is running out of snacks soon #justsaying
Summary of Promotion
- Get a $5.30 Return Voucher with a minimum spend of $53 from 7 August 2018 to 9 August 2018
- Vouchers can be used from 13 August 2018 to 19 August 2018
- Only one voucher can be used per transaction per day
- Valid at all FairPrice, FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra and Unity stores
Don’t wait liao! For more info, click here.
This article was first published on goodyfeed.com and written in collaboration with NTUC FairPrice