A taste of home.

9/6/10

Upon learning that Jeff was unable to find corn tortillas for sale in Singapore, I brought a bag of masa in my luggage to make them ourselves. I don't think I've ever not had a pack of tortillas in the fridge. Not as a child, not as a college student, not living with Jeff. We've willingly given up quite a few creature comforts as part of our move to Singapore, but tortillas will not be one of them. ::takes a bite out of a quesadilla::

Mexican products are few and far-between in the stores here, but Jeff made an amazing (and amazingly random) discovery one day when he found a kiosk at the Leisure Park Kallang mall which exclusively sells Mexican products. And I'm talking the real stuff from the motherland, not that Old El Paso stuff. I took some photos of this place because I wanted to show it to everyone that reads this blog. Look at the prices, especially. 
MASA for S$25 a bag. I had a visceral reaction when I asked the salesgirl how much it cost. First, because a bag of masa costs a few bucks back home. Secondly, because I am sad that I did not think of starting a Mexican food product import/export business of my own. 
A view of the kiosk's refrigerator. Contents include burritos, tamales, tortillas, Mexican cheese, Jarritos, salsa, limes, and chorizo. Basically, what our fridge looked like back home.
Queso fresco for S$16.05! (Interesting fact: The Marquez Brothers company that owns and makes El Mexicano products is from San Jose, California... our hometown!)
We had all of the things in these photos in our pantry back home. The ingredients we used almost daily back in California seem so exotic here in Singapore when they're sold at a specialty mall kiosk for four times the price. Jeff bought three bottles of Cholula and one bottle of Habanero sauce. This will not be our last purchase here since we haven't been able to find these ingredients anywhere else.

14 comments:

  1. This makes me so hungry, lol. What are the postal service prices from the states to Singapore? You're going to need some Mexican-care packages from Mama Flora STAT! ;)

    <3

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  2. Hello! A friend of mine, Leone, and blog follower/friend of yours sent me your blog link. Happy to find it! Our family has been in Singapore or a year now and are from South Texas. Oh, how we miss Tex Mex!! We have searched high and low for anything comparable and have finally decided that the best Mexican food in Singapore is cooked in our non-airconditioned kitchen! http://thestunzfamily.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/best-mexican-food-in-singapore/

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  3. Sadly, Mexican food is a pale imitation of what you'll find back home. We're from Boston, but we had a family-run restaurant called Taqueria Mexico around the corner with the most amazing authentic food back home.

    You've already found Cafe Iguana, which is about as good as it gets here. El Patio in Holland Village is okay, but most places we've tried are fairly awful.

    I stumbled across that same stand when we went to the indoor play area in that mall a few months ago. But I couldn't remember which mall it was in (they totally blend together after a while unless it's a mall you're at all the time), so thanks for helping me figure it out! I've been meaning to make chicken mole for dinner, but the ingredients are not easy to come by.

    I've added you to my blog roll. Glad to "meet" you!

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  4. Not too late to start an import business, especially if it brings in the things you love!!

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  5. thanks for the post...i didn't even know a shop like this existed in Singapore.

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  6. mmmmm. mmmmm. your taste of home looks yummy!!

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  7. wow joo heet de yakpot fren! nopales, hot chocolate, chile, spices, salsas, is that hominy i see on the counter next to the fridge? you can even make posole or menudo out there- start your own soup shop. what are those lil plastic containers full of by the nopales? did you find out who the owners are and how they got into the business of importing mex products? you could totally run a shop like that- or an online one like you have before but selling chocolatito, savila, remedios, etc ;o)

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  8. Hey guys!

    It's been fun reading these! Let me just say...it looks like this kiosk is better stocked than the whole of Seattle! I'm not kidding! I haven't been to one store in the city that has cajeta quemada. I have to go to Tacoma for that.

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  9. Hey guys!

    It's been fun reading these! Let me just say...it looks like this kiosk is better stocked than the whole of Seattle! I'm not kidding! I haven't been to one store in the city that has cajeta quemada. I have to go to Tacoma for that.

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  10. wow joo heet de yakpot fren! nopales, hot chocolate, chile, spices, salsas, is that hominy i see on the counter next to the fridge? you can even make posole or menudo out there- start your own soup shop. what are those lil plastic containers full of by the nopales? did you find out who the owners are and how they got into the business of importing mex products? you could totally run a shop like that- or an online one like you have before but selling chocolatito, savila, remedios, etc ;o)

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  11. Not too late to start an import business, especially if it brings in the things you love!!

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  12. This makes me so hungry, lol. What are the postal service prices from the states to Singapore? You're going to need some Mexican-care packages from Mama Flora STAT! ;)

    <3

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  13. I'm going to hook this up before our fish taco night! Great resource Flora. I was about to get Joel to smuggle this stuff back from his next trip to LA.

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  14. Guys, thanks so much for the info. I've been living in Singapore for 2 years now and finally I know where to buy mexican food products... especially Salsa Valentina...

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