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Where to get New Zealand products in Singapore

When the Partner heard that I had to produce an article relating to New Zealand food in Singapore, he actually volunteered to pen the post, for the 1st time in the entire life of this blog! Well I don’t see why he shouldn’t, being that he’s a Kiwi himself! Alas, the enthusiasm lasted but 2 and a half paragraphs. Still, it’s a good start nonetheless. I’ll try to rope him in more often in future!!

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New Zealand Fair collage

Want great New Zealand food but can’t afford to fly there? Or perhaps you’ve been there and miss the scrumptious kiwi Potato Chips and thirst quenching refreshing NZ beer? Well the great news is that from now until 12 May 2013, all 47 Cold Storage outlets have stocked over 80 products from Aotearoa, (Maori name for New Zealand and loosely translated as the Land of the Long White Cloud). In fact, we’ve just returned from our honeymoon in Europe and will be rushing down to Cold Storage tomorrow to stock up on NZ goodies which we would otherwise only be able to lay our hands on when we visit New Zealand once a year.

New Zealand is blessed with rich agricultural land and pristine waters, which in turn produces a wide selection of tasty and natural produce. Seasonal fruits are a highlight with the likes of fresh blueberries which are high in antioxidants, and sugar pears that are naturally sweet and often used in baking and desserts. Don’t miss the avocado dips that are made from fresh avocado, and can be spread on toast or serve in salads and wraps.

Cold Storage New Zealand Fair (11)

Wine lovers should take the opportunity to try the affordable varietals from the Tiki Estate range, Single Vineyard range, and Tiki Koro Central Otago Pinot Noir

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Matson’s beers are 100% natural brewed

Kiwis are  passionate about their food just like Singaporeans and they take pride in producing world class tasty food with a proven reputation for freshness and quality. Some may know that NZ has a well earned reputation for wine but their beers are just as good and new to Singapore is Matson’s beers. Made by natural brewing with all locally sourced raw materials the beers come in 3 varieties: Lager, Pilsner and Classic Draught. Having tried these myself I would say that the beers are crisp and clean but with a refreshing unique taste. So if you’re tired of drinking the same old beers served here in Singapore then head on down and get a “Pick & Mix”, where you can select an assortment of varieties.

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Meiji Milk

Meiji Milk is made in Thailand! 

Did you know that Meiji Milk is a product of Thailand? I’d always thought that the milk came from cows born and bred in Japan! I’ve always liked the milk from Meiji for its particularly unique taste. Can’t quite put my finger to it, except to say that it doesn’t taste like the usual fresh milk. It seems ever so slightly sweeter too. I checked the ingredient list (as I always do for everything that I buy at the supermarket) and it’s 100% fresh milk. I haven’t been drinking Meiji Milk for a few years. A friend once told me that milk should not be stored in bottles where the milk can be exposed to light. Apparently, light from the florescent tubes in the supermarket can cause the vitamins and minerals to break down. Also, the thick plastic bottles that Meiji uses isn’t all that good for the environment. These days I just go for Marigold Fresh FULL CREAM milk. And don’t let me get started on why it is better to drink full cream milk than skimmed milk.

New Zealand foods

Ok so the steak’s not going to be ready until 8pm. To keep me quiet, the Partner decided to prepare some cheese on crackers first. Our friend who recently returned from a holiday in New Zealand brought back some cheese for us from Hawkes Bay Te Mata Cheese Company. I was there exactly 2 years ago. We carted back so much cheese, chocolate, honey and olive oil that we busted the 20kg limit by several kgs and had to smile very nicely at the lady manning the check-in counter.

If you are planning to visit New Zealand’s North Island, you have to make a trip down to Hawkes Bay. That where you can find a lot of their wineries, olive oil and cheese producers. You can have a field day just going to winery after winery, cheese factory, mushroom farm, olive oil plantation and more.

Don’t forget to bring a huge ice-box to keep all your stuff cool, especially if you’re going in the summer time. I highly recommend staying at lodgings which have cooking facilities. Cuz it just totally sucks when there’s so much fresh and cheap produce to be bought and you can’t buy them if you’re not cooking. Just to let you know how affordable food is in New Zealand, in season produce that is, meat costs less than half what it costs here. A whole bag of apples can be obtained for SGD$2. I once paid SGD$2 for half a kg of brown mushrooms.

Okay, there. A plug for NZ! …and back to my cheese on crackers story….

Pakipaki Goats Milk Cheese from NZ Te Mata Cheese Company

This is the white-rinded goats milk cheese that our friend got for us. It has a texture some what similar to brie. It has less of a milky buttery flavour, but it is quite pungent!

Slices of Pakipaki Goats Milk Cheese on Ritz Crackers

We had it on Ritz Crackers. The Partner likes Ritz crackers but I find them too savoury to fully enjoy the flavours of the cheese.

Bakerzin Artisan Bread - Cheese Display

It’s hard to find New Zealand cheese in Singapore. There are lots of French and Italian types, but no New Zealand soft cheeses. I know you can get the NZ brand Mainland here, but that’s only for cheddar. Just 2 days ago, I discovered that Bakerzin at MyVillage has also started selling cheeses. They have cheeses like Manchego, Reblochon, Pecorino Sardo to name a few, but all from France, Spain and Italy only! I wonder if they would like to consider bringing in some New Zealand cheese as well? I’d surely be their 1st customer! Okay maybe the Partner would be the 1st and I would be the 2nd.

Feijoa from New Zealand

And since we’re on the topic of New Zealand food, here’s a photo of a Feijoa. It’s the Partner’s favourite fruit, and apparently only grows in Southern Hemisphere countries such as New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Tastes like a combination of Pineapple and Guava, and has a texture of a soft, somewhat gritty guava. If you go to New Zealand, you can even find Feijoa flavoured vodka! As usual, it’s not sold in Sunny Singapore.

Seriously, I’m beginning to wonder what foods from New Zealand are exported here? I used to think that milk was, but if you check, there is no Fresh Milk (the chiller section type) from New Zealand. They are mostly from Australia, Malaysia and Japan! The only NZ milk you can find here is the UHT type and the milk powder type from Fernleaf and Anlene.

And now, I’m going to check if the chef has fainted. It’s almost 8!!!

Wild Honey Cafe @ Mandarin Gallery

Wild Honey Brownie

And while we are on the topic of cakes, we had a most delicious piece of brownie the other day at Wild Honey Cafe. Although I said I like the chocolate cake at Shots Cafe very much the last time, this one is EVEN BETTER, because the brownie comes with a little cup of creamy milk.

This is the 1st time that I have ever been served milk to go with the brownie. It’s not cream because it’s not thick enough, yet it’s not plain milk because that would be too thin. Whatever the case, the creamy milk and the brownie was just a match made in heaven. I dunk the ENTIRE jug of milk onto the brownie and shovelled up all the chocolatey goodness. If ever you need some cheering up, this has got to take the cake, pun intended. I liked that the outside of the brownie was a little bit crusty while the inside was still moist and rich.

At $6+, I’m definitely coming back for more brownie. Breakfast wise, I think more value for money options can be found. To be continued….

Wild Honey Cafe

http://www.wildhoney.com.sg

#03-02, Mandarin Gallery, Orchard Road, Singapore

Tel: 6235 3900

Open: 9am – 10.30pm everyday, 8am Saturdays & Sundays

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