Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Vintage Singapore rose syrup

A truly authentic Singapore creation and brand that has never changed over the years in terms of packaging is this rose syrup by T.G. Kiat and Co. Its flavour comes from rose petals and is a favourite among Singaporeans for making bandung, a drink that mixes rose syrup with evaporated milk. This drink has no association whatsoever with Bandung city in Indonesia though many people make that assumption due to its name. The bandung drink is especially popular with the Malay community in Singapore as it goes well with spicy food. It is also a favourite drink on special occasions such as Malay weddings, breaking fast during Ramadan and Hari Raya. Its packaging has not changed since I was a little girl and I 've even come across old black and white archive pictures of hawkers preparing the drink with the same traditional packaging. Saw it on the shelves of NTUC recently and couldn't resist this shot. 

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