I happily allowed Bandana to plonk items into my shopping basket as I browsed the aisle of the shop and ooh-ed and ahh-ed at everything on display. The way she described the food made it sound so good!

Originally a food-wholesale company that started out in 2003, Foodedge Gourmet expanded its business with a retail arm, Melvados, just over a year ago. Having to meet the stringent requirements of their original clients (airlines, hotels and restaurants, among others), the quality of food is maintained at high standards, made from the finest ingredients, while keeping prices affordable for the everyday consumer. With the simplest 3-step process of defrost-heat-eat, Melvados’ gourmet delights are the perfect solution for a busy working mother, a party or anything in between. All the items are fully cooked and kept fresh by blast freezing – a process that requires no artificial preservatives. The food can be kept for approximately 3 months in this state! And I was so pleasantly surprised to find out how healthy it is. Other than the absence of artificial preservatives, Melvados’ food is chemical-free, with no added salt, and also halal certified! 

Well, of course to know whether the food was really that good, I had to do a taste test. Yay! And it was so nice of Bandana to gift me such a generous amount of goodies! I was so excited to try them – i had them for dinner that night. Let me just share some of my favourites :)

I honestly don’t have much high expectations for food that comes out of a packet. I love cooking myself, and I always believe in freshly-prepared food. The food from Melvados probably changed my entire opinion about frozen food though!! I’m a fan of lagsane ($16 for 4pcs), and this dish hit all the right notes with its piquant flavours and generous amount of minced beef. It was a thoughtful touch to have the sauce packed separately too, so that the elements remained fresh individually.

The Thai Green Curry Chicken Wrap ($12 for 4pcs) could have been a meal on its own, and was a really interesting east meets west type of dish with its Asian spices. It was stuffed to the brim with the filling (save for the two ends of the tortilla, but that’s understandable) and packed a punch.

The Garlic Herb Cheese Flatbread ($4/pc) was so simple to prepare. Simply thaw and toast to give it a crisp crust and melt the butter ever-so-slightly to release the mouth-watering aroma from the garlic & herbs.

There was such an array of ice creams and sorbets on display that I had such a hard time trying to decide what to pick! Whether you’re seeking traditional flavours like chocolate or vanilla, to something more decadent like salted caramel, Melvados has it all. And I’m not even done. What I found so special about their store was the way they incorporated local flavours into many of their products! (as with the Green Curry Wrap above^) Choose from an array of refreshing fruit flavours in their sorbet range, and…wait for it…DURIAN ICE CREAM ($9.50). For those durian fans out there, you’ll be glad to know that this velvety tub of ice cream is made from pure D24 flesh, and (though I don’t eat durian myself), in the words of my parents “it tastes exactly like the real fruit!”

I picked out the Yuzu Sorbet ($8) for myself, which is one of the newest additions to their collection. Where else have you heard of yuzu sorbet??!! At least I haven’t. And I was so surprised and thrilled that they had this. I thoroughly enjoyed the refreshing citrus-y flavour, though it was a tad too sweet for me.

The pièce de résistance was the Chocolate Melt Dessert ($20 for 8pcs), which is essentially a lava cake. We were absolutely FLOORED by this. It was so so so good!!! We took awhile to get the heating right, but once we got it, the chocolate lava flowed right out once we cut it open. It was rich, smooth, and dark-chocolatey, exactly how a good lava cake should be. And we could now enjoy it in the comfort of our home. This dessert won praises all around, and my entire family was sold.

Melvados really impressed with all the dishes we tried and I’ll definitely be going back to them if I need to cater food for a party :) You can check out their website for their entire catalogue of products, or their two outlets (details below). And for those who don’t live near the East/North (like me), you’ll be glad to know that you can order online and get the food to be delivered for a charge of $8.50, with free delivery for orders above $100/$50 with the purchase of a cake (tray/round).

Joo Chiat Outlet (Melvados)
216 Joo Chiat Road #01-11
Tel.: +65 6444 9351
Tue-Sun 10am-8pm (closed on Mondays)

Woodlands Outlet (Foodedge Gourmet Factory Store)
The Melavdos retail outlet is within the premises of the parent company
26 Woodlands Terrace
Tel.: +65 6339 4953
Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm
Sat 9am-1pm
Closed on Sundays & PH

*I promise this is an unbiased post even though it was sponsored!*
Thank you Bandana & Melvados for the kind hospitality :) 


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