10 'pasalubong' ideas when visiting Singapore

Kristel Dacumos-Lagorza

Posted at Apr 05 2017 12:21 PM

Swing by the exciting Lion City and discover a world of endless thrills and fun adventures. On your next trip, bring home more than just the memories with unique finds and delicious pasalubong for you and your loved ones.

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Irvins Salted Egg Chips & Fish Skin

Filipinos are undoubtedly one of the most adventurous foodies in the world, and our palates are always seeking new flavors. While we may have our own growing market of gourmet salted egg goods in Manila, nothing beats the original – Irvins Salted Egg Chips & Fish Skin. The burst of umami and the richness of the salted egg, paired with chips and fish skin, create an incredibly addictive bite. When in the city, don’t forget to hoard bags of this truly Singaporean snack.

Where to buy: Raffles Xchange B1 and Vivo City

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Bee Cheng Hiang’s Bak Kwa

Indulge in a treat that has more bite with Bee Cheng Hiang’s bak kwa (jerky). Considered one of the top 5 bak kwas in the city, Bee Cheng Hiang is in a class of its own with its soft, tender, sweet and smoky jerky. This is the best pasalubong, so during the Lunar New Year, expect extra long lines to the counter. If you’re considering to buy a lot, place and advance order, and have these signed, sealed and delivered for your flight home.

Where to buy: Bugis Village, Nex Mall, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, and Changi Airport Departure Lounges

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Plain Vanilla Bakery

Cake always signals a reason to celebrate, so why not give your loved ones a pasalubong that perfectly encapsulates how you feel. Plain Vanilla Bakery has perfected the art of baking its delightful desserts, and excites its visitors with its array of wonderful flavours such as dark chocolate ganache, lemon meringue, cinnamon sugar, milk chocolate banana and much, much more. Add more sweetness to your gift with a personalized message written with cupcakes!
Where to buy: Tiong Bahru, Cluny Court, and ION Orchard

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Bengawan Solo’s Pandan Chiffon Cake

Bengawan Solo has become a household name in Singapore, thanks to its delicious traditional cakes and kuehs, which are still made following time-honored traditions. While people flock to its stores for Kueh Lapis Sagu (rainbow layer cake), Ondeh Ondeh (coconut-coated glutinous rice balls filled with molten palm sugar), and Kueh Lapis (spiced layer cake), Bengawan Solo is best known for its Pandan Chiffon Cake, a fluffy, delicate slice of heaven.

Where to buy: Bugis Junction, Plaza Singapura, ION Orchard, Takashimaya, The Arcade, and Changi Airport Terminal 1,2 and 3

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Ya Kun Kaya Spread

If you loved the experience of Ya Kun Kaya toast with hot kopi on a weekend morning in Singapore, you can recreate the same sweet breakfast moments back home with your own jar of Ya Kun Kaya. Similar to our coconut jam, Ya Kun Kaya is made from a delicious mix of coconut milk, eggs and sugar, which is then generously slathered onto warm toast. It’s a true luxury that can be enjoyed every day.

Where to buy: 100AM, 313@Somerset, Bugis Junction, ION Orchard and Changi Airport Terminal 3

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The Cookie Museum

Find more than just your average chocolate cookie here at The Cookie Museum. Capturing authentic Singaporean flavors, The Cookie Museum (as you guessed it!) features a heritage collection of cookies that will have your mouth watering and your senses going on overdrive. Revel in decadent bites like the best-selling White Almond Truffles and Violettes Cherry, which offer a lovely balance of crunch and sweetness. When at The Cookie Museum, you must try their exotic variants such as Durian, Satay and Chilli Crab. We do recommend taking home its best-selling cookie trio – Chicken Rice Ball, Singapore Pandan, and the Pandan and Lemon Barley. Savor all the flavors of Singapore in a cookie.

Where to buy: Marina Square, Raffles City Shopping Centre, and Takashimaya

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Beyond the Vines

Beat the heat in style with easy, breezy, ensembles from the renowned local label, Beyond the Vines. Inspired by the Scandinavian movement in minimalist fashion, Beyond the Vines has become a cult favorite among the youth, because of its chic, casual picks that are perfect for every day and for everyone. Mix and match pieces in a palette of neutrals to create a look that is fresh and hip. These designs are not only incredibly affordable; they’re versatile enough to be worn on any type of trip.
Where to buy: Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Road

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Jamal Kazura Aromatics

Jamal Kazura brings back memories of the past, conjuring exotic scenes of the Silk Road and Spice Routes. Singapore was, indeed, an important city in the cultural exchange, and Kazura gives ode to those ancient times. Kazura’s attars (Arabic perfume oils) are sourced from the Middle East, Europe and India. While fragrant on their own, these exotic scents can be customized to your liking.

Where to buy: 21 Bussorah Street


Singapore is a hub of creativity and bright personality, and all these come together in the beautifully curated store, Naiise. Naiise strives to make good, local design accessible to everyone with its wide array of products that include a slew of designer picks as well as home-grown crafts. More than just a shopping destination for souvenirs and eclectic knick-knacks, Naiise gives you an exciting peek into the growing art and design community.

Where to buy: Clark Quay Central, Orchard Gateway and L12 Katong

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Axe Brand Universal Oil

The equivalent to our beloved White Flower or Tiger Balm, Singapore’s Axe Brand Universal Oil is a great gift for athletes, elder family members or any stressed out friend. With its soothing blend of aromatic oils, it relieves headaches, dizziness and muscle pain in an instant! Pure and effective, it’s a small yet practical gift that everyone will love having handy in their bag.

Where to buy: All convenience stores and department stores

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