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With the COVID-19 pandemic happening across the world, many Singaporeans living abroad might have to forgo their annual trip home to spend time with their family and indulge in their local favourite food. If you have any Singaporean friends living abroad, you’ll know the yearning for local food is always there.
While it is impossible to send the actual dishes over to them, you can consider sending them a quirky care package filled with these best locally-inspired hand baked popcorn instead!
1. Chilli Crab
According to this “Best Classic Singaporean Food” survey by research company, YouGov, Chilli Crab is amongst the top ranking Singaporean food cuisine. Popular amongst locals and tourists alike, Chilli Crab is also one of the most ordered dishes at any seafood restaurant in Singapore. The next best thing to the actual dish would be The Kettle Gourmet’s Chilli Crab popcorn. The secret to this delicious Chilli Crab popcorn in the 'sauce' – a tangy flavour combined with the succulent flesh of the stir-fried crab. If any of your overseas Singaporean friends are missing this, it is just the perfect fix for their craving!
2. Chicken Floss
Most of us would probably remember biting into a comforting chicken floss bun as a student. Baked till golden brown, The Kettle Gourmet’s Chicken Floss popcorn will redefine that moment for your friends with this crunchy and fluffy snack! You might be tempted to try it for yourself too and create a new wonderful memory with this chicken floss popcorn.
3. Nasi Lemak
Did you know that Nasi Lemak was the inspiration for The Kettle Gourmet’s founder, Zac, to start this business? He was snacking on his popcorn in the cinema when he smelled the delicious aroma of Nasi Lemak and had the idea to infuse the taste into popcorn!
When we think of Nasi Lemak, we think of the traditional fluffy white rice infused with coconut milk and pandan, served with fried ikan bilis, eggs, cucumber slices, peanuts, fried fish and the most important - sambal chilli. Pop The Kettle Gourmet’s Nasi Lemak popcorn into your mouth and enjoy this savoury snack! Your overseas friend would be thrilled to find this in your parcel to them.
4. Kaya Butter Toast
Silky smooth butter and sweet creamy kaya spread on toasted slices of fluffy bread makes a hearty breakfast for most Singaporeans. Depending on where your friend is in the world, it might not be easy to get any kaya, a traditional jam made of coconut and eggs. Indulge your Singaporean friend in one of life’s simple pleasures with The Kettle Gourmet’s Kaya Butter Toast that’s sweet and crunchy!
Along with these delicious popcorn snacks, check out more Singapore gift ideas here that you can add to your care package for your overseas Singaporean friends too!
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