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If you can’t stop raving about the food in Singapore and want to extend your gastronomic experience even after you head home, we’ve got you covered. Bring some authentic Singapore flavours back home to share with your loved ones, in the form of snacks and delicious goodies.
From the popular Pandan Chiffon Cake from Bengawan Solo to the finest tea leaves from TWG Tea, you will be sure to find the perfect local gifts for your family and friends, and perhaps something for yourself too!
The best part about it? You will be able to find all of these uniquely Singapore snacks and food souvenirs easily in Changi Airport and Jewel Changi Airport. Our recommendation - do make time to do some souvenir-shopping before you depart from Changi. You won’t regret it.
1. Everything salted egg from Irvins Salted Egg
Let’s start with one of the most highly raved snacks in Singapore - crunchy and savoury salted egg-coated chips. You can find everything salted egg at Irvins—from potato chips and cassava chips to fish skin and crunchy rolls.
Irvins became an immediate hit when it launched its first product—Salted Egg Fish Skin. Locals and tourists were snatching up the bags of snacks at its first retail store in VivoCity, and long queues at its pop-up stores in Changi Airport’s terminals were a daily phenomenon. Its unique and flavourful snacks have kept its regular customers going back for more over the years.
With their tagline #DangerouslyAddictive, they are not kidding. Open a packet of the snack and you’ll find yourself reaching out for the salted egg treats one piece after another. The brand has continued to innovate in its product offerings, with the new Salted Egg Packet Noodles and Smoked Cheese Salmon Skin added to its range of products.
There are three outlets in Changi Airport and Jewel. If you haven’t tried salted egg-flavoured food, grab a bag or two and you will be surely addicted to the deeply savoury flavours!
Don’t miss it: Irvin’s launched a limited-edition holiday gift box filled with some of their most popular offerings - Truffle Potato Chips, Salted Egg Fish Skin, Salted Egg Salmon Skin, and Salted Egg Potato Chips. Priced at S$19.90 each, it is available at outlets in Jewel and Changi Airport. This would make a perfect local gift for the festive holidays, so don’t miss out on this!
Irvin’s Salted Egg
T1 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (near C Gates), #02-k07; opens daily from 06:00am to 11:30pm
T3 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central), #02-43A; opens daily from 06:30am to 06:30pm
Jewel Changi Airport - #B2-248/249/250; opens daily from 11:00am to 10:00pm
You can also shop for Irvins Salted Egg products on iShopChangi
2. Delicious Bak Kwa (traditional barbecued meat slices) from some popular brands
Bak Kwa (traditional barbecued meat slices) is a perfect blend of sweet and savoury flavours. It is an upgrade from the usual meat jerky that you might be more familiar with. Bak Kwa meat is glazed with maltose and grilled over charcoal or fire, giving it a deep smoky and charred flavour.
You would see long queues forming at some of the well-known Bak Kwa shops during the Chinese New Year season in Singapore as it is the most popular snack during the festive period.
Bak Kwa is usually packaged in a sealed bag, so you can do your last minute shopping and make sure you get the freshest batch at Changi Airport before your journey out of Singapore. They also come in bite-sized individual packets, handy for introducing the delicacy to friends from foreign lands. In Singapore, locals prefer to eat them in its entire large square piece that is about the size of one’s palm.
For those more acquainted with Bak Kwa, some players have introduced more sophisticated new flavours recently, such as mala (spicy and numbing flavour, made from Sichuan peppercorn and chilli) and black pepper flavoured bakkwa.
You can find this delicacy all year round at shops in Singapore, from Chinatown to heartland malls and at Changi Airport. At Changi Airport, you will be able to find multiple branches of Bee Cheng Hiang and Fragrance—two of the most popular Bak Kwa brands in Singapore. There’s also a Lim Chee Guan store at Jewel, adding to your options for bringing home some of the best Bak Kwa from Singapore.
There might be food product restrictions from your destination country, so do check on the guidelines before your purchase, or speak with the outlet staff at the airport.
Bee Cheng Hiang
T1 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (near D gates); opens daily from 06:00am to 12:00am
T2 Transit - Level 2, Departure (South); opens daily from 06:00am to 10:00pm
T3 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (near B gates); opens daily from 06:00am to 01:00am
T4 Public - Level 2; opens daily from 08:00am to 08:00pm
Jewel Changi Airport - #01-226; opens from 10:30am to 09:30pm from Monday to Thursday and 10:00am to 10:00pm from Friday to Sunday
Fragrance Bak Kwa
T1 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central), opens daily from 06:00am to 01:00am
T3 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central), opens daily from 06:00am to 01:00am
T3 Public - Level 2, opens daily from 11:00am to 09:00pm
Lim Chee Guan
Jewel Changi Airport - #B2-222, opens daily from 10:00am to 09:00pm
You can also shop for Bak Kwa on iShopChangi.
3. Yummy Fossa Chocolate at GIFT by Changi Airport
Chocolates might not be one of the first snacks that come to mind for a souvenir to bring home from Singapore. However, you have to check out Fossa Chocolate. Being one of the few brands to produce handcrafted chocolate from scratch in Singapore, Fossa Chocolate has been gaining popularity among Singaporeans and travellers.
As the chocolate is made in small batches, you can expect high quality products. There is also a wide range of flavours, some inspired by Singapore food. For example, there’s the Nanyang Kopi flavour inspired by the locally brewed coffee, and the Pineapple Tart flavour - a chocolate bar studded with dried pineapples and buttery crust, inspired by the local festive snack.
You can find these unique and delicious chocolate bars and GIFT by Changi Airport store in Jewel - a souvenir shop with curated lifestyle and uniquely Singapore products. Warning: You will be spoilt for choice at the store to pick your local gifts for friends and family, as you’ll find a mix of other types of unique souvenirs at the store, in addition to Fossa Chocolate.
GIFT by Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport - #04-233; opens daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm
4. Classic Kaya (coconut egg jam) from Ya Kun Kaya Toast and Heavenly Wang
If you can’t stop thinking about the kaya toast with coffee and soft-boiled eggs you had at the local coffee shops in Singapore, you can have one more serving of kaya toast at Changi Airport’s Ya Kun Kaya Toast or Heavenly Wang outlets before you depart.
The star ingredient of the toast is the kaya - a jam made from coconut milk, eggs and sugar that is caramelised to perfection and hits the spot for Singaporeans and travellers alike.
Since kaya is the jam of choice for many locals, you can find this Singapore food at many places, including supermarkets. You will find two main types of kaya which can be identified by their different colours. The one with a rich caramel colour is Hainanese kaya, made with caramelised or brown sugar, while the green-coloured kaya is Peranakan-style as it is tinted by the pandan leaves (fragrant leaves widely used for flavouring in Southeast Asia cuisines) that flavours it.
You can bring home jars of this local jam from Ya Kun Kaya Toast and Heavenly Wang as souvenirs - both have been making their own versions of kaya for decades!
Ya Kun Kaya Toast
T1 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central); opens daily from 06:00am to 12:00am
Ya Kun Family Cafe
T3 Public - Basement 2; opens from 07:30am to 08:00pm on Monday to Thursday and 07:30am to 09:00pm on Friday to Sunday
T1 Public - Level 2; open 24 hours
T1 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Near C Gates); opens daily from 07:30am to 10:00pm
T2 Public - Level 1, Arrival Meeting Hall (South); opens daily from 07:30am to 07:00pm
T3 Public - Level 1; open 24 hours
T3 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central); opens daily from 07:00am to 03:00am
5. Signature Pandan Chiffon Cake from Bengawan Solo
Fluffy, aromatic and addictive - that’s Bengawan Solo’s version of Pandan Chiffon Cake. The fragrant cake is the result of mixing coconut milk and juices from pandan leaves in the batter.
Dubbed Singapore’s National Cake by CNN in 2017, the Pandan Chiffon Cake from Bengawan Solo has become a must-buy local gift item for many who are departing from Changi Airport. It is such a popular item that Bengawan Solo sold some 690,000 pandan cakes in 2017 at Changi Airport.
Haven’t tried the signature Pandan Chiffon Cake before? Have a slice to taste, and you are sure to be hooked to the flavours.
T1 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central); opens daily from 07:00am to 11:00pm
T3 Public - Level 2, opens daily from 07:00am to 11:00pm
Jewel Changi Airport - #01-228/229; opens from 10:00am to 09:00pm on Monday to Thursday and 10:00am to 10:00pm on Friday to Sunday
6. Decadent Pineapple Tarts from Violet Oon
From ball-shaped to open-faced tarts, pineapple tarts in Singapore are a must-have during the festive occasions in Singapore, such as the Lunar New Year, Hari Raya and Deepavali. For travellers, this buttery sweet treat is a perfect gift for friends and loved ones all year round.
Pineapple tarts from Singapore are buttery pastries paired with a sweet and tangy pineapple jam. The bite-sized morsels are decadent and perfect with a cup of tea (see below for our ultimate tea recommendation!)
Our ultimate pineapple tarts recommendation? It has got to be the pineapple tarts from Violet Oon. They are made from a Portuguese-inspired pastry and a Peranakan-style jam, bringing together the best flavours from different cultures.
While you are picking up the tarts at Violet Oon, you can also consider staying for a Peranakan (refers to people of mixed Chinese and Malay/ Indonesian heritage) cuisine meal, featuring signal dishes like the Buah Keluak Ayam (classic chicken stew and buah keluak nut infused with spices) and Fish Curry with Roto Jala (creamy curry with a traditional laced pancake).
Violet Oon Singapore
Jewel Changi Airport - #01-205/206; gift shop opens daily from 11:00am to 10:00pm
7. Durian treats from Durian Mpire by 717 Trading
Durian, often named the king of tropical fruits, is a popular fruit in Singapore and Southeast Asia. If you’re thinking of bringing the strong flavours of durian back to your friends and family as a souvenir, you can get them in Changi Airport.
It is an acquired taste due to its pungent smell, but the custardy flesh is sweet and creamy. The sweet and creamy flesh can be eaten on its own, or made into desserts and snacks. Fresh durian and durian pastries are sold in Changi Airport, including durian crepes, durian puff, durian mochis, durian-flavoured biscuits and more. Once you can get over the strong scent, you will be able to appreciate this king of fruits better.
The durian products will be packaged in a sealed bag, so that you could carry them onto your flight, or pack them into your luggage in accordance with flight regulations.
Durian Mpire by 717 Trading
T3 Public - Level 2; opens daily from 11:00am to 09:00pm
8. The finest tea from TWG Tea Boutique
Here’s the tea recommendation we promised to spill. TWG Tea is a local Singaporean tea brand that has built a name for itself worldwide. Boasting more than 800 varieties of tea and a wide range of products inspired by tea, this might just be the perfect local gift for your loved one who is obsessed with sipping on tea brewed from some of the finest tea leaves.
Apart from the mainstays and best sellers like the English Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey and Silver Moon Tea, you can also find unique tea inspired by Singapore - like the Singapore Breakfast Tea.
If you are looking for something more than just tea, you can also check out tea scented candles, unique tea sets and sweet treats like tea-flavoured macarons at the TWG Tea Boutiques in Changi Airport.
TWG Tea Boutique
T1 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central); opens daily from 06:00am to 12:00pm
T2 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (South); opens daily from 6:00am to 1:00am
T3 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central); opens daily from 06:00am to 01:00am
T3 Transit - Level 2, Departure Lounge (near B gates); opens daily from 06:00am to 01:00am
T4 Transit - Level 2, Departure Transit; opens daily from 06:00am to 01:00am
You can also shop for TWG Tea products on iShopChangi.
Get delicious local gifts from souvenir shops at Changi Airport and Jewel
So there it is! Eight uniquely Singaporean snacks that make great souvenirs for your friends and family, all available at Changi Airport and Jewel.
If you are a Singaporean visiting someone overseas, you now know where you can get all these local gifts and snacks, right before you depart for your flight. Or if you're looking for some Singaporean snacks or souvenirs to take back home, the shops at Changi Airport and Jewel are definitely great places to start your search.
Still on the hunt for gifts for family and friends? Check out our 2022 festive gift guide at Jewel and Changi Airport.
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