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.