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I’m a New Mexican in Singapore.

What a whirlwind visit I’ve had here in Southeast Asia.

I think I’ve lived a year in a week and on Sunday, my last day in residence, I have a lot of thoughts going through my mind.

I have had some of the best food of my life. I have sweated more than I thought my pores were capable of. I’ve felt more at home than anywhere I’ve visited. I’ve felt more alien than anywhere I’ve ever visited.

I’m not sure where to even begin speaking about it all and rest assured over the next weeks and months it will slowly come through my writing. Or, perhaps, even years. My mind and Muse need to ruminate over it all.

But let’s get down to basics.

After eight days and twelve thousand miles away from home, I need some Mexican food.

On Friday as I visited with my ex-pat friend now living in Bali, we agreed that Mexican is just one thing you don’t get here. You can find just about everything else, but Mexican is a no.

While shopping the enormous Mustafa Market in the Little India district of Singapore (it truly is a store where you can find anything), I happened to stumble across this:




While Old El Paso is my least favorite brand, it’s at least something, right? Salsa! Here! Yes!

Only.

No.

Turn over the jar and you see this:





Made in Spain? For General Mills Switzerland?

Remember that old Pace commercial: “New York City!?! Get a rope…”

Yeah. Times a thousand.

I shan’t be sampling the Spain/Swiss salsa. I’ll simply have to enjoy another day of chili crab, delicious laksa, chicken rice and everything else wonderful here and then next week I’ll see about getting my chile meter back up to green.



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  • Ur bro

    Please be advised that Singapore imposes the death penalty for use or posession of unauthentic condiments.

    • Karen Fayeth

      Well, I jaywalked across the street and ate a Durian on the MRT while carrying the condiments.

      They’ll resuscitate me and take me down again.

      ;)

  • Anji

    I’m afraid it’s Old El Paso or nothing in France too. A new supermarket has opened near to us which has lots of English food that I miss and some American! I was too excited to check out the Mexican section. I will make it my mission next time.

    I’m looking forward to reading more about Singapore

    Read and be read ExposeYourBlog!

    • Karen Fayeth

      Hi Anji – My deepest condolences that Old El Paso is the only representation of Mexican in your part of the world. Come to the US. We’ll take care of you!

      Meanwhile, there was also Heinz Baked Beans at the Market here. Former colony and all……

  • Anji

    Heinz baked beans – they can’t be all bad…

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