Being able to have a barbecue at any time of year is probably up there in the top seven things about being an expat living in Singapore. Just after having a pool! It’s important, therefore, to be able to nip to a high quality butcher in the neighbourhood or get a reliable delivery planned ahead for some really good meat. Whether you’ve nabbed the condo BBQ pit, are hosting a roast or simply planning your meals for the week ahead, it’s really worth spending a bit more on a trustworthy source – generally freshly shipped from overseas.
Sasha’s Fine Foods
The one to try: New Zealand grass-fed ribeye
Known for high-quality, ethically produced, hormone-free and additive-free meat, fish, plant based products, ready-made meals and healthy snacks, Sasha’s Fine Foods is a go-to online grocer for food-conscious shoppers who want carefully sourced products delivered to their doorstep.
Those looking for the perfect beef to feed their families with, will want to check out the website’s New Zealand grass-fed ribeye steak from Green Meadows farm. Located in Coastal Taranaki, the farm is run by the Carey family, who let the animals graze in the fresh air on cool-climate grass and live a happy life out in the open. This, in turn, gives the meat a higher concentration of marbling, thus creating extra flavour and juiciness.
You can read more about the origins of this steak, and more, on Sasha’s Fine Foods’ website; in fact, there’s an entire “Provenance” section dedicated to telling the stories of Sasha’s suppliers – who they are, how they farm, what the animals are fed, and so on – to give consumers full transparency and confidence in the food they’re buying.
Some of Sasha’s other best-selling products include Mount Cook Alpine salmon, fresh local chicken breasts, English Wicks Manor sausages and bacon, wild blue cod from New Zealand and the recently introduced local sustainable fish.
The one to try: 120-day grain-fed beef ribeye
Open Taste is an online platform that gives consumers in Singapore the opportunity to shop an array of perishable products from around the globe at wholesale prices, and get them delivered to their doorsteps within 36 hours of placing the order. This means access to everything from Thai coconuts, Italian pasta and fresh milk from small Aussie farms to all kinds of meat from Australia, the US, Malaysia, Spain and Brazil.
On the must-try list is the 120-day grain-fed beef ribeye from Open Taste’s private label of quality steak cuts. For $26.99, shoppers can get two ribeyes (500g total) flown fresh from Australia, chilled and ready to cook – a steal, if you ask us! Of course, if you prefer other cuts of meat, they’ve got it all, from striploins, filet mignon and chucks to flanks, brisket and burger patties.
More than just a stop for grabbing some slabs of meat, Huber’s Butchery (22 Dempsey Road) is, in fact, an all encompassing foodie experience. The selection of mostly growth-hormone-free meats is vast – everything from grass-fed US Angus beef, Australian wagyu and bestselling Stockyard beef from Australia to always-popular handmade sausages, lamb chops, cold cuts and poultry, sourced from trusted farms to guarantee quality and ethical treatment of animals.
This family-run, one-stop shop also carries more than 100 types of cheese from around the world, along with air-flown fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads, imported sweets, pastas and spices, as well as a selection of wine, craft beer and liquor; there’s even a “BBQ corner” with all the essentials, from charcoal and tongs to all kinds of salts and rubs. In addition to answering any questions, discussing recipes and offering cooking tips as they portion meat à la minute, the Huber’s butchers offer free marinating services, and the option of having meat dry-aged in the special dry-ageing chiller.
Though you can order groceries and meat online (pick up from the store or opt for home delivery), visiting in person means you can grab a pre- or post-shop bite and beer at Huber’s Bistro while the kids have a play at the onsite outdoor playground.
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