While Spain, Italy and France tend to get all the plaudits for their top-notch cuisine and produce, when it comes to fine European eating, Irish food isn’t to be sneezed at. With its location on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Ireland is blessed with the ideal climate and natural conditions for sustainable farming and food production. Thankfully, you can now shop these snacks and goodies from online retailer Inish Bia, which ships from the shores of Ireland, directly to Singapore. Here are our top picks!
Irish Farmhouse cheeses
Shop a select range of quality cheeses from Ireland; on the spotlight is Carrigaline Farmhouse, a traditional farmhouse offering handmade cheese made with pasteurised milk from Friesian cows. A flavourful pick is the garlic herb waxed ($12.90, 200g), best served accompanied with a glass of vino, or as a side for roast chicken.
Sourced from The Burren Smokehouse, an award-winning, family-run smokehouse founded in 1989, the store’s organic salmon, mackerel and trout are prepared using traditional smoking methods. Pure sea-salt flakes are used for the salting process, while oak shavings are employed to generate the smoke and give the fish a distinctive flavour. We’re dying to try the organic hot smoked salmon ($25.90, 180g), among other varieties.
For those with dietary restrictions, Inish Bia offers a great range of gluten-free products that are healthy yet delicious. Pair your cheeses and chutneys with hearty crackers: Foods of Athenry Gluten Free Multi Seed Toasts Box ($8.90, 110g) make for the perfect base; baked twice with gluten-free oats, and without preservatives or additives, these crunchy sodabread crackers contain a good dose of heart-healthy seeds. For busy weekday mornings, we recommend the Maria Lucia Bakes Gluten Free ‘no added sugar’ Granola ($15.20, 400g) or the Maria Lucia Bakes Gluten Free Cranberry, Coconut and Chia Seed Granola ($15.20, 400g), great as breakfasts on-the-go or post-workout snacks.
We can’t talk about Irish produce without mentioning beer! Eight Degrees Brewing, an award-winning independent Irish craft brewery, is the online retailer’s newest addition. Signature brews include Howling Gale Pale Ale ($6.90, 330ml) which goes well with fried food, and Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner Lager ($6.90, 330ml), which pairs well with pizza or Thai food.
Don’t forget to check out Longueville House, a family business known for distilling Ireland’s only apple brandy for over 30 years. A must-try is the Longueville House Apple Brandy ($75, 500ml), matured and developed for four years in French Oak Red Wine Casks. If you’re more of a cider fan, the Longueville House Cider ($16, 500ml), will certainly satisfy. Go ahead; kick off the party and invite your mates over for some craic!
Based in Singapore, Inish Bia is a small online start-up that brings in some of Ireland’s best food and drinks from the country’s family-run farms and artisan businesses. Most of the products carry the Origin Green mark of quality and sustainability from the Irish Food Board, and have also won accolades in The Irish Food Awards and Great Taste Awards. You’ll find a full range online, and you can enjoy free delivery if you spend above $100!
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