Singapore healthy food shopping guide

From a Weston A. Price perspective

Introduction

This Singapore healthy shopping food guide has been put together after much travel up and down the country visiting farms and dairies in Kranji, delis in the East Coast, butchers in the West and supermarkets and specialist shops all over the island. Whilst its not perfect we hope that it will prove useful to you in quickly identifying the best quality food in Singapore. If its not on the list its very likely that it doesn’t make the cut or serves no additional purpose to the outlets already mentioned below. However in the event that you feel we may have missed something please do reach out to us.

Vegetables

There are only a few farms in Singapore (in Kranji) and they do a limited amount of veggies so you need to shop around for the full spectrum of vegetables. Feel free to contact us for individual advice on our personal favourites.

Company Type Website Speciality Local or overseas Certified Organic
Green Circle

 

Singapore Farm www.greencircle.com.sg Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Both  

They use natural compost like mung beans. They are not certified organic but they are organic in spirit and in our opinion have the healthiest, best tasting local and imported veggies.

New Sky and Land Singapore Farm

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Greens Local

They use imported organic compost

Organic Himalaya Nepalese Farm

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Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Overseas

Cynthia imports organic vegetables, raw honey and spices from Nepal that you can order from her directly on a weekly basis or pick up at the farmers market at Lowen Gardens at weekends.

Quan Fa Organic Farm Singapore Farm quanfaorganic.com.sg Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Both
They use Japanese organic compost. Most of the locally produced veg are greens.
Zenxin Organic Malaysia Farm organicdelivery.sg Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Local
They supply the Cold Storage Group and you can order direct from them as well.
Mahota Supermarket www.mahota.sg Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Both

They have the largest organic store in the East and a mixture of produce from all over the world including their own organic farm in China. Definitely worth checking out.

NTUC Fariprice Finest Supermarket fairprice.com.sg Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Both
A mixture of organic produce from Thailand, USA and Australia
Cold Storage / Market Place / Jasons
Supermarket coldstorage.com.sg Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Local

Most of the organic produce is from Zenxin's farm in Malaysia. Its not bad but overpriced compared with the Thai and Aussie veggies from NTUC.

Fire Flies Health Farm
Singapore Farm fireflies.sg/wp Fresh local and imported fruit and veg and other produce. Both
Another great Singapore farm using no chemical pesticides and natural fertilisers such as rock dust, molasses and seaweed.
Frank Food Company
Online Delivery www.frankfoodcompany.com Greens, fruit, tubers and other root veggies Indonesian

Wonderful produce grown in rich volcanic soil in Java and the only Indonesian farm to be certified organic by the USDA, JAS and the EU.

Meat

For fresh, certified organic, grass fed and finished, pastured lamb and beef we can only recommendtwo shops: Ryan's Grocery and the Organic Grocer. They both also sell antibiotic free (AF)/hormone free (HF)/free range pork. You can also get healthier cuts of meat such as oxtails, liver, tongue etc. Virtually impossible to get kidney and sweetbreads in Singapore. They have the chickens from the same farm in Malaysia, the chickens are AF/HF, free range but spend a lot of the time in barns and are fed probiotics, natural herbs and raw corn. Certified organic, pastured chickens fed on a natural diet do not exist in Singapore so these are the next best.

 

Most of the other specialist butchers will have some limited organic produce like organic mince beef, tenderloin and strip loin. Some will say they have 100% grass fed beef but after researching further you'll find that 100% grass fed can mean grass fed until the last 90 days when they are fattened up on a diet of grain before slaughter. This totally destroys the beneficially fatty acid profile of the animal and introduces a boat load of toxins from the grain feed - so be careful! SuperNature has a lot of choice but its double the cost of everywhere else. Ryan's Grocery Supplies or Mahota might be more convenient if you live on the East side.

Company Type Website Speciality Meat Source Organic 100% Grass Fed Hormone Free Antibiotic Free 100% Pastured
Ryan's Grocery Shop

 

ryansgrocery.com

 

Beef, Lamb, Pork and Chicken Australia
Fresh organic  grass fed beef and lamb; HF/AF pastured pork; free range HF/AF chickens but fed on a grain diet.
The Organic Grocer Shop

theorganic

grocer.com.sg

Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Veg Australia
Fresh organic  grass fed beef and lamb; HF/AF pastured pork; free range HF/AF chickens but fed on a grain diet.
SuperNature Shop

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nature.com.sg

Everything Everywhere
They have a good mix of everything both frozen and fresh but it’s the most expensive store in Singapore by a long shot.
Oh Deli Butcher, Cafe, Delicatessen

www.ohdeli.com.sg

Beef, Lamb, Pork & Chicken Australia & Malaysia
Pastured beef and lamb; HF/AF pork; organic chickens, almost wild salmon.

Fish

Seabass, parrot fish, red snapper and certain species of mackerel are fresh and wild caught about 40km off the coast of Singapore and you can buy them in most supermarkets and fish markets. Imported tuna is pretty much always wild. Most of the fish served at top end Japanese restaurants and in the Japanese supermarkets like Isetan is fresh from Japan but you will pay for it.

 

Everything else is farmed (including the salmon) so best avoid. Some independent stores claim to sell healthy salmon but dig deeper and you'll find its farmed and fed on a diet of soy beans which destroys the beneficial O3 fatty acid profile of the fish.

Company Type Website Speciality Wild Caught Fresh or Frozen
The Alaska Guys Online thealaskaguys.com Salmon and shellfish Frozen
Great source of 100% wild (but frozen) crab, prawns, salmon and roe etc. You can get some fresh fish if you order a lot or buy salmon in season.
Ryan's Grocery Shop ryansgrocery.com Beef, Lamb, Pork and Chicken Frozen
A smaller collection of frozen wild seafood.
The Organic Grocer Shop theorganicgrocer.com.sg Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Veg Frozen
A smaller collection of frozen wild seafood.
SuperNature Shop supernature.com.sg Everything Frozen
A smaller collection of frozen wild seafood.
Singapore neighbourhoods Fish Markets n/a Fresh and farmed fish and shellfish Fresh
Seabass, Parrot Fish, Red Snapper, local Mackerel (also known as Batang or Ikan Tenggiri).
Singapore neighbourhoods NTUC/Cold Storage n/a Everything Fresh
Seabass, Parrot Fish, Red Snapper, local Mackerel (also known as Batang or Ikan Tenggiri). Look for the fillets with "wild caught" on the packets.
Redmart Online redmart.com Everything Glass Jars
Mackerel, tuna and anchovies in glass jars.

Milk and Dairy

The best milk in Singapore is the Paris Creek brand which is biodynamic in conversion, grass fed, unhomogenised but it is pasteurised. There is no raw milk available in Singapore apart from Viknesh but you should visit the farm before making a decision about whether you want to drink that raw. You can, however, get some fantastic cheese, butter and sometimes cream in the supermarkets in Singapore.

Type Company Website Speciality Raw Milk (unpaseurised) Organic Unhomogenised
NTUC Fairprice/Cold Storage Supermarket See Above Everything (milk, cheese, yogurt, cream)  
Paul's pure organic unhomogenised full cream milk from Australia is the 2nd best commercial milk available in Singapore. Organic Times butter from Aussie is also 100% grass fed. You can also sometimes get organic cream and creme fraiche from Cold Storage/Market Place.
SuperNature Supermarket

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nature.com.sg

Paris Creek Milk  
Probably the best milk in Singapore. The main difference between this and Paul's is that Paul's cows are fed on an organic diet of "grass, grain and hay" whereas Paris Creek cows are 100% grass fed so will have a far superior fatty acid profile.
Hay's Dairy Farm

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Milk    
Farmed goats milk in Singapore. HF but not AF. Fed Alfalfa hay and grain.
Viknesh Dairy Farm

vikneshdairy

farm.com

Milk  
Raw milk but the cows are fed something that resembles sawdust, kept in small cages, and are not guaranteed AF/HF - avoid.
The Dairy Folks Farm dairyfolks.com Milk      
Fresh local milk but it is pasteurised. Cows are fed a mixture of "jungle grass" and commercial feed. Conditions not great. Best to visit the farm yourself and decide if this is a to be a regular product for you.
The Cheese Ark Shop

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ark.com

Cheese  
They have a wonderful selection of artisan cheeses from small farms in Europe. Some are certified organic but most are organic in spirit because they are all tiny farms using traditional methods and no modern chemicals. All of the cheese is from 100% pastured animals, mostly raw, silage free and well looked after.
The Cheese Shop Shop

cheese

shop.sg

Cheese

They have a good selection of quality cheeses: some organic, some organic "in principal", raw and grass fed cheese.

Le Petit Depot Online lepetitdepot.com Cheese, cream and yogurt  
Le Petit Depot has a huge selection of organic yogurts from France and a good selection of organic cheeses (some raw).
Oh Deli Butchers, Cafe & Delicatessen

 

www.ohdeli.com.sg
Milk, cream & butter    

The only place in Singapore to sell "almost" organic cream. Good quality milk and butter too. All dairy from grass fed and finished, hormone and antibiotic free pastured cows.

Eggs

The best eggs are the Organic Feed Eggs that you can get in most supermarkets and speciality stores. You can get many varieties of "free range" or "kampong" eggs but they are all from chickens kept in barns, with a roof, and a concrete floor and fed a non organic, grain based diet.

Grains, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds

You can get organic grains, legumes, nuts and seeds in most of the big supermarkets. Its very hard to find unpasteurised nuts in Singapore however the Pili Pushers are one of the few exceptions who supply a high quality soaked, sprouted and activated pili nut.

Water

Unfortunately Singapore water contains both chlorine and fluoride (which has been banned in the EU). It can also can contain lead, pesticides and other undesirable elements. Ultrapure (www.ultrapure.com.sg) do a good reverse osmosis system but there are many other brands here. Remember its important to remineralise all RO water with sea salt and/or trace minerals.

Fats

Butter as mentioned above. Organic virgin olive oils you can buy in most supermarkets. Organic coconut oils you can also buy in most supermarkets and specialist shops but its much cheaper to order online from sg.iherb.com. Likewise that is also the best source for organic grass fed ghee. Beef tallow, lard and suet you will have to DIY...

Booze

Mahota has the largest selection of organic wines in Singapore - a must visit. Analogue Wines (www.analoguewinemerchant.com), who are based in SPRMRKT at Robertson Quay, are also good but they have a much smaller collection than Mahota. The Hop Shop (www.hopshop.com.sg) at Bukit Timah Plaza do organic and gluten free craft beers.

About The Weston A. Price Foundation

 

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.