Smitten by One Bite!

One taste of Emmett’s Ham was all it took for Mr Thomas Choong, Partner of Xi Yan, Singapore, to decide to bring it all the way from Suffolk, UK.


Emmett’s has been in existence since 1820 and it is the oldest ham and bacon producer in the region. They still operate from their original premises in Peasenhall, a small coastal village, where all production takes place by hand and not by machine. All of the pork  used is sourced from the village and is 100% free range. At Peasenhall, the pigs roam free, eat an organic diet and are free of antibiotics or growth hormones.

“Emmett’s ham is special in taste and texture; once sampled, you would remember it for a long time.” This was put to the test on 13 Sep when Drool Cook Club was among the guests treated to an afternoon of wine and ham pairings at Xi Yan.

Ham with Ginger

Apart from their signature Black Smoked Ham, we sampled a range of naturally flavoured hams featuring the ubiquitous Black Pepper Ham, Jasmine Tea Ham, Lime Ham, Root Ginger Ham, and an assortment of specialty bacon.

Sliced Suffolk Black Back Bacon

Xi Yan has been a trend-setter for modern contemporary Chinese cuisine in Singapore. It is now going further with its collaboration with Emmett’s by launching Xi Yan Gourmet Direct Initiative, an on-line marketplace which offers their artisanal meats and take-away dishes made from Emmett’s produce.

For the festive season ahead, Xi Yan’s head chef has also designed canapes and appetizers with Emmett’s ham as part of their December, Christmas and New Year Menus.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the offerings.

Xi Yan Gourmet Direct online shop will be available through Xi Yan’s website by late September. In the meanwhile, for those who want it now – orders can be made online via email at or or call 62203546.  Download Order Form

And as for the verdict – We unanimously agree with Mr Thomas Choong’s assessment of Emmett’s ham. It set a new benchmark for what we know simply to be cured meat!

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