Snack Like a Local: 22 Unique Snacks to Try in Singapore That Are a Must-Buy
Every country is known for their own traditional snacks and Singapore certainly isn’t short of its scrumptious savoury bites – most of which are stocked at local supermarkets and minimarts such as 7-Eleven.
Best of all, they seem to really celebrate the true, authentic flavours of Singapore too – which is probably why they’re so addictive to the locals that love them. From unique salted egg skin flavours to spicy corn bites, you’ll be coming back for me!
1. Have you got a craving for a salted egg flavoured snack?: The Golden Duck’s Salted Egg Fish Skin
This gourmet snack brand is a super popular choice when it comes to their Salted Egg Fish Skin (which they became well-known for originally).
Apart from their fish skin crisps, you can buy Salted Egg Seaweed Tempura and Potato Ridges, Chill Crab Seaweed Tempura Crisps and their latest product, the Bangkok Tom Yum Goong Gourmet Mix (includes crispy lotus roots, baby shrimp chins and oyster mushroom bites.
2. If you’ve never tried this snack before now’s the time: Mushroom Kingdom’s Shitake Mushroom Crisps
Found a recent addiction to mushroom chips or snacks? It’s been gaining immense popularity in the country over the last few years.
Cue Mushroom Kingdom where you’ll find Shiitake Mushroom Crisps in three flavours including a sweet version too; Honey Butter Shiitake chips right here in Singapore!
PS: They also sell a scrumptious Spicy Shiitake Mushroom Sauce.
3. A favourite Tze Char dish now in snack form: Wok Wok’s Cereal Prawn Potato Chips
If you’re sitting at home and have a sudden insatiable craving for Singapore’s famous Cereal Prawns, you can now get the snack version of it – in potato chip form.
FYI: Cereal prawns are prawns that are covered in a batter made from crushed and toasted cereals (usually an instant cereal) and fried in a lot of butter, curry leaves and chili.
4. For authentic flavours of Singapore: The Kettle Gourmet’s Popcorn
There’s something so nostalgic about the smell of popcorn, and you can never go wrong with the snack choice. But forget about the traditional salt, butter and caramel seasonings.
For a true taste of Singapore, this brand offers kettle popcorn in an array of local flavours including kaya butter toast flavour, as well as nasi lemak!
5. Gourmet noodles in an instant: Prima Taste’s Chilli Crab instant noodles
We all know how many instant noodle brands there are to try, including hundreds of options from outside of Singapore.
But if you’re looking for a quick meal, that’s slightly different from the usual instant noodle pot, try Prima’s Chilli Crab noodles, which take six minutes to cook as the noodles are authentic to the real dish, plus they contain no added MSG!
6. Or opt for the traditional two-minute pot: Nissin’s Chilli Crab instant noodles
If you don’t have that much time to wait and you actually want your noodles in an instant, try Nissin’s Chilli Crab pot of noodles for all the authentic, sweet and salty yumminess that makes Chilli Crab such a popular dish in the first place.
7. The perfect midnight snack: F.EAST’s Potato Chips
Celebrating the diversity of Singapore, here comes a potato chip brand that personifies popular local dishes!
Find all your favourite street food dishes including Singapore Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Egg Prata with Fish Curry and Crispy Beef Rendang which pays ode to Indonesia.
8. The first beancurd skin crisps brand in Singapore: Fupi’s Beancurd Skin Crisps
Beancurd is something that you either love or hate, and thanks to its sweetness it’s been adapted and used in a variety of dishes across cuisines, such as sushi for example.
For those that enjoy their savoury sweet snacks, you’ll love this soybean rendition that takes the tofu skin, fries it up and is seasoned in two delicious local flavours: Sichuan Mala and Hot Pot Tomato!
9. Be careful, you might just become addicted: ItsyBitsySpicy’s Roasted Corn Belinjau
Did you know that the Belinjau tree is native to Southeast Asia and it’s one of the few tree species that produce both flowers and conifers (cones) and its leaves and cones are used as vegetables?
They’ve got a very unique and distinctive aftertaste that’s salty/bitter but with this snack it’s perfectly balanced thanks to the sweetness of the corn!
10. For a mala extravaganza: Ooh
Are you the type of snacker that prefers to always go for something spicy? Here you’ll find mala-flavoured everything from prawn crackers to green peas, peanuts and cassava chips.
And if you’re looking for an interesting pairing, try the Ooh Mala Marshmallows!
11. You’ll go nuts for these: King of Melon Seeds
A popular snack for those on-the-go or if you require a quick boost of energy, choose from all sorts of nuts, seeds and other popular packet snacks.
For local favourites, try their Szechuan Mala Broad Beans – if you can handle your heat – or try flavours from around the world such as their Thai Tom Yum Soup snack-pack. You’ll find traditional dry ingredients such as ikan bilis, cashews, peanuts and even dried Flying Fish.
12. A super popular Singaporean brand for a reason: IRVINS’ Salted Egg Snacks
One of the country’s most beloved snack brands, if you love your salted egg flavour your tastebuds will be salivating, as it’s not just traditional fish skin that you’ll find made from salted egg, but a range of goods too including their new Salted Egg Salmon Fish Skin.
PS: Try their “dangerously addictive” Salted Egg Crunchy Rolls or Salted Egg Gyoza Skins, and they also stock the flavour as potato chips.
13. Artisanal popcorn: Magi Planet’s Spicy Sichuan Pepper Popcorn
Get ready to hold onto your tastebuds – and if you can’t handle your spicy things, we suggest keeping a glass of milk/yoghurt drink/milo nearby.
“Spicy, Fiery, and Numbing”, the moment you open a bag of these you’ll get a load of the fiery red kettle-popped popcorn and it certainly delivers on heat and flavour.
14. A literal flavour explosion in your mouth: Mala Mala’s Mushroom Chips
Mala is somewhat of a staple flavour in Singapore (even though it originally hails from Sze Chuan, China!). For those that aren’t familiar with it, Mala is extremely hot and can be mouth-numbing thanks to the mix of Sichuan peppercorn and chilli pepper.
Honing in on the staple mushroom ingredient these guys have created the best of both worlds offering an inspiring, delectable mala flavoured mushroom chip and you can choose your spice level – ranging from Mild to Crazy Spicy!
15. Bite-sized tastes of Singapore and around the world: Uncle Sabas’ Poppadoms
For some, eating a curry without poppadoms is kind of unheard of, but as it’s usually cooked in boiling hot oil, it’s not always the healthiest.
Here to offer a (gluten-free, vegan) alternative, you can enjoy the yummy lentil snack at any time offered by Uncle Saba in a chip version. And get this, they’ve taken inspiration from other local flavours and used these as seasonings, for example, their Hot & Spicy Masa Poppadom crisps. Do try their Korean BBQ and Thai Tom Yum Seafood options too.
16. What sounds more delicious than a piece of hot, buttery, kaya toast first thing in the morning?: Ya Kun Kaya’s Homemade Kaya
A household name for when it comes to serving actual kaya toasties, this business also serves their own range of delicious kaya – which they use in their menu in-stores too.
Note: Kaya jam is traditionally made from coconut milk, eggs and sugar and kaya toasts are somewhat of a breakfast staple in Singapore!
17. Providing the snacks since 1938: Lim Chee Guan’s Bak Kwa
Bak Kwa is a dried, barbecued meat product that’s both sweet and salty in taste – almost like a type of meat jerky.
At Lim Chee Guan you’ll find the options of pork, beef and chicken, and in fact, they also have a prawn and fish option for our pescatarians out there that still want to enjoy the divine BBQ’d smokey flavour.
18. Flavours and ingredients inspired by Singapore’s tropical fruits: Straits Preserves’ Singapore Sling Jam
The Singapore Sling is famous for a reason and its combination of pineapple, lime and cherry has become a staple cocktail found on most bar menus.
If you’re not a big drinker, or simply want your favourite cocktail in jam form (minus the alcohol), you’ll love this marmalade spread on toast in the mornings, evenings or any time of day! Plus it’s all vegan, dairy and gluten-free, and 100% au naturale.
19. Imagine your favourite instant noodle, but made from potatoes!: Nissin Cup Noodle flavoured potato chips!
For many, instant noodles is the number one go-to snack perfect for in between meals, travelling or chilling..and there’s something so comforting about the soupy noodles.
What if we told you that there’s a potato snack out there that’s actually cup noodle flavoured! And get this, it’s offered in three traditional instant noodle flavours, including Laksa, Tom Yum and Black Pepper Crab.
20. Calling all tea enthusiasts: Ette Tea’s Pandan Chiffon Tea
Although pretty popular throughout SouthEast Asia, pandan chiffon cake is a staple in Singapore.
Also known for its love of tea, it only makes sense that this teahouse and brand serves the traditional flavours but in tea form.
PS: This brand also offers an epic array of other tea flavours including Nasi Lemak and Ice Kacang.
21. More than just the usual salted egg fish skins: Crusty’s Fish Skin
We love our salted egg fish skin, and if you’re hooked on the snack, try one of their seasonings other than the original.
Choose from Truffle, Mala, Tom Yum and Hot & Spicy Chicken Salted Egg Fish Skin flavours or try their Soy Skin Salted Egg Crisps for something a little different.
PS: Check out their new Medicated Ointment Scent Soy Skin Crisps too!
22. Enjoy the famous cocktail at home from the original hotel: Raffles Arcade Boutique’s Singapore Sling
The famous cocktail to come out of Singapore all the way back in 1915, you can now enjoy the original cocktail right from where it originated at Raffles Hotel where the drink was first ever created.
Buy their mix kit and shake yourselves up a Singapore Sling (that’s pretty much the original) from anywhere in the world.