I am back in Melbourne for these 10 days to spend some quality time with my partner, friends and family living here. Every time I make a trip here, I’d get requests from my loved ones to bring them something particularly Singaporean (or perhaps Malaysian). In the past, I used to bring packets of Chilli Crab mixes, Laksa mixes and Chicken Rice mixes, thinking that they would like a taste of Singapore even when they are miles away. It was not long before I realized how widely available these mixes are in Australia – I had to get them something different.
Thankfully, about a year ago, a friend introduced me to The Cookie Museum. She told me about how this place sells lots of beautiful cookies that are low in sugar and egg-free. Besides that, The Cookie Museum also carries a unique range of Singapore-themed cookies –which are not egg-free though - that come in flavours such as Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Ikan Bilis, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Hae Bee Hiam. I was a little skeptical at first, but decided to give it a try since my friend seemed to really like their cookies.
I am usually not a person who will buy cookies. I find that most commercial cookies are too sweet for my liking. Given a choice, I would rather buy quality dark-chocolates than quality cookies. Yet when I tried their Singapore-themed cookies, I was sold. These are savoury cookies made to taste similar to the local dishes. My favourite will have to be the spicy Nasi Lemak flavoured cookies – the aroma and taste of coconut milk, roasted peanuts, spices and ikan bilis slowly unfolds giving the cookies a complex flavor and left me wanting for more. It has since became my go-to souvenirs when I visit friends and family in Australia and Japan. This time is not an exception too. People whom I have gotten this for loved this too., and have been asking me to buy this for them. If you are thinking of getting a Singapore-themed souvenir, this is certainly an option worth considering.
|This is the real deal. You can find the recipe to Nasi Lemak here :)|
My only grudge is that this beautiful tin of cookies cost S$40. In my opinion, the price is a little steep. But considering the fact that these cookies are handmade, and how unique the flavors are, I am more than happy to pay the price so that my loved ones overseas can enjoy this lovely treat.
Besides cookies, it seems like this place does tea and desserts too. With the girly Victorian decor, this place looks like a great place to hang out with your best gal pal. Maybe someday, I might spend an afternoon there too …
For those who are living in Singapore, what type of souvenirs do you usually buy for people living overseas?
What is the most exotic cookie flavor that you have tried?
The Cookie Museum
8 Raffles Avenue #01-02/04
Tel: +65 6333 1965