Monday, 21 December 2009

I Love My Vegemite...

OK - One of the greatest things about living in Singapore (as opposed to being an expat in most other Asian countries), is the fact that just about anything you can buy in the supermarkets down under, can also be found on the shelves of most of the large supermarket chains here - Cold Storage, Fair Price (just to name a couple)...

This includes every Aussie's staple spread - Vegemite!! We all grew up with it, we all have grown to love it... and quite frankly, I couldn't live without it... strangely enough, I've not seen the advertisement below anywhere around Singapore :D




From Wikipedia:

NB: I have an issue with the Wikipedia description - it is absolutely nothing like Marmite... *sigh* - that's like comparing an LV handbag to a $10 market special...


"Vegemite is a dark brown Australian food paste made from yeast extract. It is a spread for sandwiches, toast, crumpets and cracker biscuits, and filling for pastries such as Cheesymite scroll. It is similar to British, New Zealand, and South African Marmite and to Swiss Cenovis" (you've gotta be kidding me!!??)

"Vegemite is made from used brewers' yeast extract, a by-product of beer manufacturing, and various vegetable and spice additives. It is salty, slightly bitter, and malty — similar to beef bouillon. The texture is smooth and sticky. It is not as intensely flavoured as British Marmite and it is less sweet than the New Zealand version of Marmite."

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4 comments:

asepsotic said...

I've got one in the fridge!

Acquired taste.

MISSUS SINGAPORE said...

Actually Pete, many of us in Singapore grew up on it too! Marmite was also popular as it was cheaper. There was another one Bovril. Again it had a different taste somewhat.

Jason_Fraser said...

yeast extract is this......

i asked this question while at tech college, vegemite is made from yeast being feed molasses, being a living bacteria it eats the mollasses coz it LOVES Sugars it then deficates out vegemite. so its really yeast poo, but dont tell the kids that, they will never eat it again!

i'm in macau i also have no problem getting the much loved vegemite!

AussiePete said...

Hi Missus Singapore... glad to know that u grew up on the vegemite!! Between u and me, I'm not a fan at all of Marmite (eeewwww)...

Jason - thanks for the info mate - gives me a whole new perspective... u're right though, I'll be sure not to let my son know how it's actually produced!! :D