A Taste of Home
By Lim Yan Wen

Miss the food at home? Now you can find that familiar taste right here in Singapore, at supermarkets and niche groceries that sell foreign products.

Living in a new city away from your hometown may be exciting and filled with new sights, sounds and tastes, but nothing beats the familiar taste of home every now and then.

Being the cultural melting pot that it is, Singapore has a large population of foreigners living and working here. A number of grocery and departmental stores around the island have sprung up to meet the demand for groceries from various countries. We suss out some of them just for you.

Western
Cold Storage
The most well known chain of supermarkets popular among Westerners in Singapore is Cold Storage. Established as far back as 1903 by the British, Cold Storage is one of the oldest household names in the country.

Where: More than 30 outlets across the island. Prominent locations include Centrepoint, Takashimaya, Bugis Junction, Causeway Point, HarbourFront Centre, Parkway Parade and Jelita Shopping Centre. For full list of outlets and their locations, visit http://www.coldstorage.com.sg.
What: Regular supermarket fare. Boasts value and a wide variety of products based on ethnic mix. Some outlets also feature various specialties, such as a specialty breads section, delicatessen with grilled foods and salad selection, and wine cellars. Home delivery and online shopping services are also available. For Japanese products, visit the branch at Takashimaya.
Price range: Average, slightly higher than what you might find in other local supermarket chains.

Market Place
Also managed under the Cold Storage group, Market Place stores are specially tailored to grocery shoppers with an eye for quality.
Where: 1. Jasons The Gourmet Grocer, 1 Claymore Drive, #01-01 Orchard Towers, Singapore 229594
2. Tanglin Market Place, 163 Tanglin Road, #B1-02/04 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
3. Paragon Market Place, 290 Orchard Road, #B1-20/24 Paragon, Singapore 238859
4. Jasons Market Place, 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-01 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
What: A wide range of international food and merchandise. The shopping environment is designed to be pleasant and relaxing, adding to the overall upmarket feel of the stores. Jasons the Gourmet Grocer also houses the Jasons wine cellar with a wide selection of wines from countries like Australia, New Zealand and America.
Price range: In keeping with the higher quality and range of its imported products, prices here are notably higher than that of other supermarkets.

Carrefour
This first-ever hypermarket in Singapore, Carrefour offers French food items at an affordable price. They also have a wide selection of cheese, wine, and household items.
Where: 02-000 Suntec City Mall, Tel: 6333-6868
What: Carrefour's French origins ensure that they have a diverse and quality selection of French gourmet delights. Their France house brands deliver an enticing collection, from Bouillabaisse soup befitting the finest of French restaurants, to exquisite William Pear jam and Montelimar nougat for the more sweet-toothed. Whether you're seeking cooking ingredients or deluxe ready-to-eat items, Carrefour is a good place to visit.
Price range: Average prices, and it is possible to find value-for-money items.

Jones the Grocer
The new kid on the block for gourmet groceries, Jones the Grocer at Dempsey Hill offers a wide range of exclusive epicurean food items for everyday living.
Where: Blk 9 Dempsey Road #01 – 12 Singapore 247697
What: They have a range of premium international ingredients and food products, incorporating a café, a full kitchen catering for the café and for take-home meals, and a deli.
Price range:

Expect to pay more for these gourmet food products.


Danish/Scandinavian

So Delicious

Located at South Buona Vista Road, this shop sells a wide range of Danish and Scandinavian food, and also other special European food items that supplement their collection.
Where:

So Delicious, 30 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118160

What: Large selection of quality meat which surprisingly enough are cheaper than some major retail outlets in Singapore. The gourmet shop has created a name for themselves for having an assorted collection of quality meat, something which has drawn Singaporeans to shop there.
Price range: Average prices, but slightly higher than what you would expect in local supermarkets.

IKEA

IKEA is a one-stop paradise to get in touch with Swedish food culture while shopping for furniture.
Where:

1. IKEA building (Alexandra Road), 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965
2. IKEA Building (Tampines), 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764

What: The IKEA store sells authentic Swedish food items. The country-styled shop features delicious Swedish snacks, food products and the famous Swedish meatballs, which you can prepare at home.
Price range:

A bit pricier than your local supermarkets, but definitely worth the money if you miss food from home or just want to try new cuisines here.


Japanese

Meidi-Ya
Those from the land of the rising sun can look forward to a wide variety of Japanese products in Meidi-Ya.
Where:

Meidi-Ya, 177 River Valley Road, #B1-50, Liang Court Shopping Centre, Singapore 179030

What: Wide variety of Japanese products, ready-cooked dishes, in addition to regular supermarket fare. Home delivery and online shopping are also available at http://www.meidi-ya.com.sg.
Price range: Average, but expect to pay higher prices for Japanese products.

Indian

Mustafa Centre
Mustafa Centre is a mega shopping complex in the heart of Little India, retailing an extensive range of products under one roof.
Where:

Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704

What: The departmental store houses a mind-boggling variety of merchandise, such as apparel, electronics, foodstuff (including Indian spices and groceries), jewellery, sari fabric and household wares. Open 24-hours, you can expect crowds even in wee hours of the morning. For the full list of stores within the mall, visit http://www.mustafa.com.sg  
Price range: Good value for money as prices are generally low.

Thai
Yen Investments Thai Supermarket
Located in the heart of Little Thailand along Beach Road, this little-known Thai supermarket offers both basic and quirky treats.
Where:

5001 Beach Road, #02-64, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588

What: Assortment of groceries from Thailand. Look out for familiar brands with special Thai flavours and varieties, like Green Tea Tom Yam instant noodles. 
Price range: Low to average.

Filipino
Baclaran Grocery Trading
This is one of the many Filipino groceries at Lucky Plaza, which is a favourite hangout for Filipinos in Singapore on weekends.
Where:

304 Orchard Road, #04-096, Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863

What: Products imported from the Philippines, ranging from toiletries like soaps to foodstuffs like anchovies and canned goods.
Price range: Steep; the goods are approximately three times the price you would pay in the Philippines.

Korean
Shine Korean Supermarket
Conveniently located at the edge of the city district, this store is popular among those who crave for their fix of Korean snacks.
Where:

175 Bencoolen Street, #01-10/1 Burlington Square, Singapore 189649

What: Korean foodstuff, with most of it being dried goods. Don't miss the free samples that are sometimes offered with purchases.
Price range: Low to average.

Koreana Trading Pte Ltd
Those who favour whipping up their own Korean cuisine will find Koreana Trading's supply of groceries ample to serve their culinary needs.
Where:

163 Tras Street, #01-01Lian Huat Building, Singapore 079024

What: Wholesale Korean foodstuff and groceries like traditional kimchi. An extensive range of foodstuffs is available. Their seaweed is a must-try!
Price range: Average.