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What retail products do you miss from home?

Postby monkton » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 3:44 am

I remember when we first moved here from the US my wife really missed Vitamin Water (it's since arrived in SG). I still miss certain products that I used to be able to walk into a 7-11 or a supermarket in New York and pick up. What are some items you used to take for granted that you can't find in Singapore?

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Postby Max Headroom » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 7:56 am

Cracker Jack!

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Postby PNGMK » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 9:09 am

Liquorice.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 9:24 am

Deodorant or shaving gel that doesn't suck.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:20 am

A limitless choice of extraordinary craft beer at max. e1.00/500ml. My local bottle shop stocked maybe 500 kinds of beer.? I'd go once a week, and randomly choose 'c5 beers I've never had before'. Then I'd enjoy them and consider them, and then I'd visit BeerAdvocate and see how others found them. I did that every week for three years.... yes, maybe almost all 500 beers :)

Lidl/Aldi.

250gm tubes of mustard/mayo/tartare that cost e0.29 each

Smoked salmon as a staple, not a luxury. Ditto fresh mussels.

20 kinds of cured ham

Hot fresh sliced and loaded roast joint of pork kebabs (down the local market, the stall was called 'Carnivore' lol)

29 cent deodorant. (we brought, I don't know, maybe 30, wedged in a box we knew would stay upright whilst in transit).

M+S ready meals. In the UK there are maybe 1000 options. I can eat a different gourmet meal every night for three years (though I really miss the curries (Indian, Malay, Thai, VNese... they really have it covered).



This could become a veeeeery long list :)

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Postby nutnut » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:39 am

I don't really miss anything, just the ability to shop online properly, not on retarded webpages that are written by children (or not at all)
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Postby kookaburrah » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:17 am

Bread! My god how I miss good bread.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:27 am

Good one. Bread, white or brown, or wha'ever, that actually has flavour.

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Postby kookaburrah » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:34 am

Indeed. The only halfway decent bread you can find here is the baguette/batard style, in ridiculously overpriced shops like Kaiser and the Tiong Bahru bakery. Any other types of bread are either totally absent, or are this powdery, insubstantial, rubbery material that is absolutely vile.

The swiss bakery, with all it's promise, is the worse offender.

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Postby Steve1960 » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:35 am

kookaburrah wrote:Bread! My god how I miss good bread.


I make it myself at home :wink:

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Postby kookaburrah » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:37 am

I should do that!

Steve1960 wrote:
kookaburrah wrote:Bread! My god how I miss good bread.


I make it myself at home :wink:

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:40 am

FYI, there's this recipe going around for making bread that just needs ice cream and flour:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ice-Cream-Bread-ka-POW/

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:49 am

I don't own but have used a bread-maker. The results were flavoursome but, er, dense, rather like a German loaf of rye.

p.s. When you make your own bread (either in a kiln or bread-maker), the surprise is that, it has flavour, it's bloody solid, a slice of bread is half a meal, and, you have maybe 2 days to eat it.

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Postby Steve1960 » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:16 pm

I have been racking my brains and don't think there is anything I really miss.

Sometimes it takes a little searching (or asking on this forum) and sometimes (more often than not) its a bit expensive but I have found everything I like in the end. Maybe I am just not that adventurous!

The things I thought would be a problem are easily found in Cold Storage. Piccalilli, HP brown sauce, cheese sauce (for cauliflower cheese), OXO cubes.

In fact now that I have a 'UK TV Anywhere' box installed and a large free standing bath tub I would go as far as to say the only thing I miss from the UK is family.

Doner Kebab on a Saturday night after a long stint in the pub watching football..................maybe but my health must be better without it and the six pints of wife beater beforehand.

Can't think of anything else. :-k

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Postby Fortan » Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:24 pm

PNGMK wrote:Liquorice.


+1


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