Artisanal sausages are on the rise in Singapore; our foodie columnist Beate lets you know where to find the most succulent sausages in Singapore, mama
Sausages – that BBQ staple, the stuff of coveted childhood dinners. Artisanal sausages that use whole cuts of meat (none of the unidentifiable nasties, MSG, fillers and undesirable cuts) have come a long way from a ‘cheap’ meat. From gourmet dinner party worthy sausages of Italian Pork and Fennel, to Kids’ Lunchbox friendly-Wienerli – we’ve rounded up our pick of the best sausages in Singapore. If you previously ran a mile when you heard ‘chicken sausage’ fear not, we have even found tasty (antibiotic- and hormone-free) chicken sausages to be proud of. And the best part? They are all MSG free.
We’ve also got some brilliant sausage recipe ideas and sauces including some of our no-sugar homemade ketchup – scroll down for the recipe! Your kids will thank you.
Sausages: 10 flavours, from Italian Pork & Fennel to Chicken Parmesan & Rocket, with a Beef & Caramelized Onion edition to come.
Deliveries: Arrive frozen – $14 for 500grams or $28 per kilo. Minimum order of 2kg for free delivery.
Order: Online (or in stores like Little Farms and The Fishwives)
Meat from: Australia, USA, New Zealand and South America
Credentials: Sausages are free of preservatives, gluten/wheat, nitrates, extenders and nuts, with no added hormones or antibiotics. No commercially available pre-mixes.
Great for kids: Mild Chipolatas are made smaller and we LOVE that they are fortified with slow roasted sweet potato and English spinach to get some extra vitamins into fussy eaters – win win!
Adults will love: Chicken with Cheese & Tomato – we had these picked out for the kids but the adults were bowled over with the deliciousness of these plump, meaty, juicy sausages. We also liked their Chicken Thai Basil, Lime and Sweet Chilli (made with the zest and juice of real limes).
Sausages: More than a whopping 35 flavours – raw and smoked (cooked) – from Mildly Spicy Lamb Merguez ($26/kg) to the German pork Nürnberger Bratwurst ($25/kg).
Deliveries: Delivery is free for purchases of $75 and above.
Order: Online and in-store. Huber’s at Dempsey is a great spot to let the kids charge around their shaded playground while mama grabs some gourmet groceries.
Meat sourced from: Spanish and Australian pork for cooked sausages, Canadian pork for fresh sausages
Credentials: No MSG and fillers. Raw sausages made in the shop are free from added chemicals, additives, preservatives, fillers and added MSG. All sausages (smoked and raw) have natural casings (which explains why they are naturally curved). Most are gluten free (unless recipe calls for the use of beer, breadcrumbs). Australian beef, Brazilian chicken, Spanish and Canadian Pork sausages are growth hormone-free and antibiotic-free.
Great for kids: Pork Cipolata Italian style ($25/kg) are delicious yet mild enough for even the pickiest of kids – plus they are small for little fingers. Try the Mini Wienerli ($29/kg) (ready to eat- smoked sausages) – great for school lunch boxes.
Adults will love: The juicy fresh tasting Lamb, Ginger, Coriander and Mint sausages ($39/kg), and the Thai style Pork sausages ($29/kg) – with fresh coriander leaves, lemongrass and just a little lick of chilli padi heat- these are meaty good quality bangers that are perfect with a cold beer.
Foodies: Fancy designing your own sausage? Huber’s will make your own creation in-house (minimum order of 5kg) – now that’s a BBQ conversation starter!
Something Saucy: Beerenberg Howie’s Barbecue Sauce – an Aussie barbie sauce, great with all red and white meats ($5.90).
Sausages: Ryan’s Grocery, which specialises in organic and free range meats, carry more than 10 different types of sausages from Organic Beef Steak & Merlot Sausage ($30/kg), to Organic Lamb Lemon & Oregano Sausage ($28/kg), to the festive Free Range Pork Cranberry & Chestnut Sausage ($25/kg)
Deliveries: Delivery at around $30 unless orders are over $150 then delivery is free (except during Festive Period).
Order: Online or at their Binjai Park shop
Meat sourced from: Organic beef, pork and lamb from Australia, Chicken from a local farm in Malaysia.
Credentials: Organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free, often grass fed and free range, gluten-free, MSG free and sulphate free. Some of their sausages are also preservative-free (no nitrates).
Great for kids: The simple yet tasty Australian free range Organic Farmhouse Pork Sausage ($26/kg) and the Original Chicken with Sweet Paprika ($21/kg).
Adults will love: Looking for a classy sausage to have with smashed potatoes and a glass of red? Try their Organic Beef Steak & Merlot with fresh merlot, parsley and pepper. We were impressed with the size of Ryan’s Grocery sausages – the biggest, fattest sausages we have ever seen, juicy and meaty to boot.
Something Saucy: Sweet and spicy Latasha’s Kitchen Jalapeño Onion Relish ($15.95)
Sausages: 13 different sausage varieties made fresh on a daily basis, ranging from pork, lamb and beef to chicken. They also sell Australian Pork sausage meat ($29.90) for homemade sausage rolls and scotch eggs.
Deliveries: $10 or free with orders over $100
Order: Online or in-shop (East Coast)
Meat sourced from: Beef, lamb and pork is all air flown from Australia. Chicken is local, delivered twice daily
Credentials: Grass-fed beef, wheat free (rice flour used), not organic but emphasis on animals reared using sustainable farming without growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics in feed.
Great for kids: Aussie Pork Chipolata ($29.90) – mildly seasoned, small in size, these are great for dipping into sauce.
Adults will love: The interesting tasty combination of Lamb, Feta and Sundried Tomato and Basil ($32.90/kg) and the gluten free Spicy Chorizo ($29.90) sausages.
Something Saucy: Truffle Mustard ($24.90) — Dijon mustard with black truffle make a unique mustard for simple pork bangers.
Sausages: SuperNature stocks Rhug Estate and Applegate brands, with 9 flavours to try altogether from Rhug Estate Organic Traditional Pork, to Applegate Andouille Chicken & Turkey sausage, to Applegate Organic Spinach and Feta Chicken and Turkey sausage.
Deliveries: At $20, or free if order is over $120 (or $100 for SuperNature members)
Order: Online or in-store (Forum The Shopping Mall)
Meat sourced from: Applegate Sausages are from the US, Rhug Estate from UK
Credentials: Both Applegate and Rhug Estate sausages are certified organic, without use of antibiotics or growth promotants; no nitrates or fillers.
Great for kids: Gluten-free Applegate Organic Chicken & Apple sausage ($68.5/kg) — they have a mild flavour and are very sweet.
Adults will love: The good ole British Organic Rhug Estate Lamb and Mint ($57/kg) – great for making posh sausages and mash. The Applegate brand (which are precooked) has a bit more ‘processed’ taste due to the texture of the meat and the lack of bite (as sausages are made with no casing).
Something Saucy: Pur Beetroot Ketchup – a muted earthiness with a slight kick from the addition of raspberry vinegar ($7.90)
Sausage Recipe Ideas
Italian Lentil Sausage Soup: SideCar’s Italian Pork and Fennel sausages are perfect with this soul-warming hearty soup.
Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage Hash: A super easy supper for the kids – just throw everything in the oven and voila!
Spicy Sausage Pasta: Oh Deli’s Gluten-free Spicy Chorizo with chilli, cayenne and paprika work a treat with this recipe; throw in some baby spinach and that’s the midweek supper sorted.
Frittata with Sausage, Wild Mushrooms and Cheddar: Makes an interesting weekend brunch dish, or pack in the kids’ lunchbox — the teachers will be impressed!
Oven Baked Sausage Risotto: This recipe screams ‘lazy Sunday dinner for the family’ and it’s a perfect way to use up leftover sausages from the barbecue.
Make Your Own Ketchup
If your little one ends up eating more sauce than sausage, you’ll want to make sure there’s no sugar, MSG or High-Fructose Corn Syrup in your ketchup, too. Making your own ketchup is super easy and you can be smug in the knowledge they are actually just getting more good stuff in them. We make a batch of this up and put it into a sterilised Heinz bottle and our little darlings are none the wiser. Shhhh!
Sugar-Free Homemade Ketchup
- 1 ½ cup tomato passata
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 7 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup maple syrup (or to taste)
- pinch sea salt
- pinch garlic powder
- pinch allspice
- small pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 bay leaves
- Bring to a simmer on the stove then lower heat and cook for around 20 minutes until sauce thickens and liquid reduces.
- When cool, pour into a sterilised glass jar or bottle. Refrigerate.
Happy eating, mamas!