Saturday, 22 November 2014

Popping Down to the Shops- Singapore Style

I do love trawling through foreign supermarkets when overseas. It is one of the most fascinating and easy ways to glimpse a foreign culture to check out what is on the shelves of the supermarkets. This was a trip into Cold Storage at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

$23 SGD boxed melons from Japan

Miles of nice looking sushi

Kaya is a rather delicious coconut spread.
No room in the suitcase anyway-
but you can buy it in Australia

Singapore Slings
although I'm not a gin drinker 

Other Intriguing Drinks

Many Hello Kitty products 

Way too many durian products

Lots of other exotic sounding biscuits

A different sensibility

More dried mango than you can poke a stick at

Pistache Magnums! Oh I hope we get those soon. 
These looked good. Sadly untried. 

Not that I'm much of a chip eater,
but I'd give salt and seaweed a go.

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skiourophile said...

Salt & Seaweed sounds so much more interesting than Salt & Vinegar - yum! I do love foreign supermarkets!

Brona said...

I love your supermarkets photos.
I never think to do it when I'm holidaying in foreign climes!

I know I've read a durian post by you before (at least I think I remember reading a post about durian before!) but can you remind me what it is & why you don't like it ?

Unknown said...

If I was in a foreign country, I would definitely be in the grocery stores. So many interesting things. I do that when I'm visiting in a different city, too. Things are different in different areas. Have a great weekend, Louise!

Louise said...

Vicki- I really don't like Salt and Vinegar. I remember a (short) while back getting duped into trying Balsamic Vinegar and Salt chips. I thought "ooh that sounds nice", til I bit it and realised that it was just S&V backwards! You can fool all of the people some of the time. Enough to try a chip at least.

Well remembered Brona. I snuck in a link to my durian article under the second durian product. But didn't make it obvious. My problem with durian is that is smells and tastes of burnt vomit- thankfully I didn't get even a whiff on this most recent visit. Here it is again

Frances - We get a little bit of variability here, but not that much between towns.

I'm Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Salt and seaweed Pringles! Oh my! So many things out in our big world.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'm wondering about the coconut spread...I love most things coconut...and the Pringles are a blast from the past.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

You are can discover a lot by what's on the shelves.

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Love the photos of the different products. I thought about doing that when I travelled abroad but thought I would get strange looks. I think next time I will just do it regardless.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Anonymous said...

I just love your photo journaling, giving us glimpses into worlds we seldom visit. Yes, a supermarket in Singapore! You know, your post reminds me of the Japanese supermarkets. Have you been to any? You can actually sample sushis and other food items. Another world.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Thats fun! I like looking at foods from other cultures too.

B Reading said...

What interesting products and I spied the Pringles too.

Allison said...

My husband and I enjoy sushi. It would be an experience to try it in Asia.

I wouldn't mind trying the chocolate products. Chocolate is part of my sixth food group. :-)

When my step-mom visited her native Philippines, she brought back dried mango for family and friends to try.

I'd also be willing to try salt and seaweed. As a child, my favorite chip flavor was salt and vinegar. Does that make me in the minority here? :-)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Mmmm. Pistachio Magnums! I discovered that ice cream in Spain and ate a bar almost every day I was there. I hope the pistachio flavor is available here soon.
I was also surprised by the way the melons were packaged in individual boxes. Around here they're just piled in a heap! Thanks for sharing your grocery store trip. Very enlightening and fun.

Anonymous said...

Always love visiting supermarkets too, as does Whispering Gums ... And of course Ms Gums.

BTW Have you been to Glutton's Bay ... Upmarket Hawkers ... for dinner?

Anyhow, enjoyed the photos.

Ginx Craft said...

Some interesting products. The sushi look the most appetising.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I never think about visiting the supermarkets other than popping in to pick up some snacks. I had to laugh at the Pringles... we have those in the US, but I've never seen Salt & Seaweed.

Christine Harding said...

Interesting to see the differences in packaging - they all look very bright and colourful. My Snapshot is at