From bubble tea to biscuit sticks: A round-up of unusual National Day specials
It’s that time of the year again when brands come up with quirky ideas and interesting collaborations as we show our patriotic pride and indulge in all things local. From kueh dadar mooncakes to Singapore Merlion charms, here are some of our favourites.
Singapore celebrates its 55th birthday on Sunday (Aug 9), and what better way to celebrate than to eat, drink and maybe even wear all things Lion City-inspired.
Here’s a quick list of locally inspired products, from beer and biscuits to bubble tea and mooncakes.
TIGER’S ORCHID BREW BEER
We say cheers to this limited edition offering from a homegrown brand that’s roped in a local talent to work on the cans.
Artist Tiffany Lovage’s design takes inspiration from Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, and an interesting discovery that a tiger orchid at the Singapore Botanic Gardens might be the world’s oldest orchid.
It’s not just what’s outside, though – the lager’s infused with orchids and boasts light floral notes with a touch of citrus. It was initially available for a limited time at Tiger Street Lab at Jewel Changi Airport but now it’s everywhere.
Four-can packs are priced at S$11.70 and available until Aug 31.
CHANGHOSEK'S KUEH DADAR AND D24 PENGAT MOONCAKES
This boutique mooncake maker is known for its Mao Shan Wang and D24 durian pulp snow skin mooncakes (and a popular bubble tea one last season).
This year, ChangHoSek is taking on one of our favourite local snacks with a kueh dadar variant, which boasts a desiccated coconut yolk centre amid a smooth pandan paste. The infusion of pandan into a reduced sugar white lotus paste is reminiscent of the pandan crepe used for making kueh dadar while the gula melaka kaya with dessicated coconut completes the taste.
Alternatively, there’s the D24 pengat snowskin mooncake – a medley of pure D24 durian pulp, coconut and gula melaka, encased in snow skin that is tinted blue with blue pea flower.
The mooncakes are available at https://www.changhosek.com
JANICE WONG'S TASTES OF SINGAPORE CHOCOLATE BOX
Trust the award-winning pastry and dessert chef to come up with the prettiest of chocolates with the most varied of flavours for Singapore’s 55th birthday.
Janice Wong's National Day Special Tastes of Singapore Box comes with a special sleeve design and 16 gems boasting eight local flavours, including kopi, banana palm sugar, gingerflower, laksa leaf lemongrass, chilli padi, gula melaka pandan coconut, kaffir lime salted caramel and milk tea.
The package is priced at S$55 and available at https://www.janicewong.online/
HEYTEA'S MILO BOBO-SHIOK BUBBLE TEA
Bubble tea isn’t strictly a “Singapore” thing but hey, everyone grew up with Milo, right?
You’ve got two options: The Milo Bobo-Shio has Milo, cocoa and chewy brown bobo topped with whipped cream, and the bubble-less Milo-Shiok Sundae Mini, which is soft serve paired with milk cream swirl.
And if you’re fast enough on Aug 9, free chocolate croissants will be given to the first 55 customers who order the Milo Bobo-Shiok at each outlet.
The Milo Bobo-Shiok is S$7.80 while the Milo-Shiok Sundae Mini is S$4.30 at outlets in ION Orchard, Westgate and Marina Bay Sands.
OLD CHANG KEE’S NATIONAL DAY PASTRY SERIES
You’ve probably seen this going around on social media – four different puff flavours that “represent our racial diversity to advocate togetherness and unity”. Well, they taste nice too.
There’s the tangy chilli crab with real crab meat and a fancy red and white exterior that supposedly resembles the flag. It's available until Aug 9.
Then from Aug 10 to Aug 16, there’s rendang chicken puff inspired by the Malay dish. The week after that, it’s a butter chicken variant with chicken, onion and potato in a velvety gravy of rich Indian spices. It’ll conclude with the charcoal-cased chicken stew version.
Each puff above is priced at S$2 and available at all Old Chang Kee stores and delivery platforms.
HOOK COFFEE'S NATIONAL DAY FLAVOURS
The homegrown specialty coffee company has two new nostalgia-inducing coffees: Grape Times and Choco-Lit.
The former is a nod to the beloved local snack, Sultana biscuits, and is full-bodied with fruity notes. The latter, which is dense and fudgy, was inspired by the ubiquitous chocolate cream wafer snacks every 80s and 90s kid loved.
Hook Coffee has got other local-style coffee blends, too: The Singablend pays tribute to another childhood favourite, iced gem biscuits. There are also Yaya Kakaya pods, a rich coffee blend made from 100 per cent specialty-grade Arabica beans, with added natural flavours of pandan and coconut.
Prices for Grape Times and Choco-Lit start at S$14 for 200g. For more details on their offerings, visit https://www.hookcoffee.com.sg/.
PRETZ X WEE NAM KEE CHICKEN RICE
Now, this is what you call a chicken (rice) in a biscuit. The iconic Singapore chicken rice is now in the form of biscuit sticks, thanks to a collaboration between Singapore’s Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice and Japanese confectionery company Glico.
The latter’s crispy biscuit stick has been around in Singapore for 40 years and we think this flavour is a long overdue – imagine having the taste of succulent poached chicken meat, fragrant chicken rice and even the piquant chilli and ginger complementing dips in one portable, crispy snack.
It retails at S$1.60 (31 grams per pack) at all Wee Nam Kee outlets and major supermarkets.
NUTMEG & CLOVE X ROKETTO IZAKAYA’S GARDEN CITY NEGRONI
Owner bartender Colin Chia of homegrown bar Nutmeg & Clove joined forces with chef Willin Low of Wild Rocket and Roketto Izakaya to curate a special bottled cocktail to commemorate Singapore’s big day.
Named after the “Garden City” vision introduced by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew back in 1967, it’s a twist on the classic cocktail inspired by local floral, herbs, spice & fruits, including Hendrick's Gin infused with ginger flower and lychee vinegar.
Every purchase of the limited edition drink comes with a voucher redeemable at Roketto Izakaya for a deconstructed Singapore Sling dessert, paired with Nutmeg & Clove's signature cocktail, Slinging Lion, which is, of course a twist on another famous homegrown cocktail.
It’s priced at S$65 for a 250ml bottle and only 55 are available at https://www.nutmegclove.com/delivery-menu.
TEXAS CHICKEN'S REAL SALTED EGG FRIED CHICKEN
Everyone's getting egg-cited for National Day. Texas Chicken is putting their popular real salted egg fried chicken back on its menu from now till Aug 26, in celebration of our nation's 55th.
What sets this one apart from the rest is the recipe, which Texas Chicken says took three years to perfect. The result? 100 percent fresh chicken that is generously coated real salted egg sauce and sprinkled with salted egg crumbs to give that extra crunch.
There is a special National Day promotion where all in-store dine-in and takeaway orders with a minimum spend of S$10 in a single receipt get S$1 off when payment is made with using the OCBC Pay Anyone app. For delivery orders with a minimum spend of S$30 via the website, customers can get 10 percent off using the promo code TEX10 upon check out.
Available at https://order.texaschicken.com.sg/ till Aug 26.
PANDORA'S SINGAPORE MERLION CHARM
We’re throwing a curveball here – in case you actually want something to wear. The Danish jewellery brand’s new sterling silver Merlion charm is exclusive to Singapore. Set with brilliant-cut clear cubic zirconia, it also has intricate details in the Merlion’s swirly mane and fish scales on the tail.
It’s priced at S$55 until Aug 10 and S$69 thereafter from https://sg.pandora.net/en