You know, the SO was shocked a few months ago when I told him that the Bovril we have in Singapore does not contain beef. He was so disgusted that the first thing he did when we got back from the UK earlier in the year was to go to the fridge and chuck the offending non-beef version into the bin.
For those of you who don’t know, the version we have in Singapore contains yeast extract, which makes it similar to Marmite or Vegemite. There is a chicken version available here as well (I think – will check when I head to the super the next time but I do recall seeing it.) but hands’ down, beef is the bomb.
I love the stuff, even the yeast/ chicken ones. I love it in my porridge, on top of toast with a pat of butter, in my oatmeal (it’s not that strange – go try it. The SO and his entire family were flummoxed when I scooped a thick spoonful of that gorgeous gooey stuff into my bowl. You should have seen the look on their faces. Haha.)
I guess the beef version was pulled from our shelves because of fears of Mad Cow Disease (or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as BSE) but ugh… such a pity. And this is the reason why I make it a point to visit a super whenever I travel, to try and get hold of any of the following:
Campbell’s Soup – Oxtail
Again, perhaps this was killed because of fears of BSE, but I don’t get the logic – why do you have beef stock (bullion and in liquid form) available when this isn’t?
Campbell’s Soup – Chicken Noodle
I have a beef to pick with this. Or rather, where’s the beef? Why on earth do you remove this from our shelves? This salty goodness in a can is perfect for when I am exhausted. Why, you tell me, WHY???? And it’s all very strange – this was actually still available two years back and then it suddenly disappeared (don’t think I didn’t notice, you sneaky lil creatures.)
Come to think of it – lots of other flavours seem to have disappeared. I sense discrimination. Why does Campbell’s hate us? Why?
Ma Ling Luncheon Meat
Technically speaking, these are still available (thank goodness!) but I miss the taste of the luncheon meat of yore. For those unfamiliar with this, it’s similar to spam, and tastes absolutely delish when you fry/ bake it as you would fries (hence, spam/ luncheon fries). My mother used to use this brand,which was available until a banned antibiotic found in the product in 2007. The company has of course removed this but somehow, the taste… is different.
I mean, I know it’s for my own good, but…….. man, they need to get that taste back.
Anyways, whatever I have here isn’t conclusive, of course. But these are what I crave a lot! So do me a favour – if you see this on your travels and are headed to Singapore, and there is space for at least for any of the above, can you pretty please, with cream and strawberries on top, help buy for me? 🙂