A gluten-free tour of Mustafa

You may have heard the name ‘Mustafa’ as an answer to where to find any given product in Singapore.  With a range of over 300,000 items, Mustafa carries anything and everything.  The biggest challenge is where to find what you are looking for in the enormous department store.  The grocery section on the second floor carries a wide variety of food from all over the world, including an excellent selection of gluten-free items.

Mustafa does not have a dedicated gluten-free area, instead, items are spread through out the store with the regular groceries.  There is a section that houses a wide selection of Bob’s Red Mill products, be sure to check packages for gluten-free labeling to determine if they are celiac safe.

Mustafa is an enormous store.  These are a few tips for first time visitors…

  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and that you have contact numbers for your shopping companions
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Feel good when you go.  This is not a store to visit hungry, tired, with a headache, etc
  • Set aside at least 90 minutes for your first visit
  • Plan to explore, take pictures and make notes of where you find things
  • Before you start shopping, agree on a meeting point with you companions.  At some point you will lose someone in your party
  • The same item maybe found in multiple places at Mustafa
  • Mustafa does not deliver, be prepared to carry home everything that you buy
  • Only take a small shopping basket with you.  The aisles are narrow and carts can be difficult.

The best entrance is Entry #2 along Syed Alwi Road.   From the door, go up the stairs or the escalator,  Once at the top, you are going to need to turn yourself 180° and head toward the grocery section.

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All the groceries referenced on this list are on the second floor. Aisle numbers repeat in the original store and the newer section the store.  The two sections are connected by a “flyover” that connects the two buildings.

We have tried to put the aisle number in order as you walk from one end of the building to the other.

Things listed here are generally gluten-free, but it is the buyer’s responsibility to check the label and ingredients.

Enter at Door 2 on Syed Alwi Road.

Starting around aisle 20 in center of store.

          Aisle         Products

  • 19 & 20: Nuts, Dried Mangos
  • 12 a, b, c: Rice
  • 11: BRM Flours and Mixes,  Xanthan Gum, GF Oats
  • 10: Chia Seeds, Chickpeas, Lentils, Dried Legumes
  • 8: Palm Sugar
  • 2: Baking supplies, Chocolate Chips
  • 1:  Betty Crocker GF mixes, Chocolate Chips, Hershey Syrup, Maple Syrup

We are well into the new section of the grocery store now.  Please take note that the numbers restart.  Look upwards to see the numbers and product lists for each aisle.  We have tried to give you a photo and list of some of our favorite items to look for.

  • 14: Nut Butters
    16: Honey
    17: More Bob’s Red Mill Flours
  • 18: Greenfield Spices
    19: McCormick Spices
  • 24 & 25: Cooking Oil
  • 26: Ghee
  • 28: Curry Paste
  • 29: Asafetida, Hing Powder
  • Loop back around at the end of the store.  Return back through the vegetable section.  Towards the middle of the vegetable area are multiple shelves of spice mixes.  Some of our favorite gluten-free mixes are on top of a low freezer unit in the center of the aisle.

Look for:  Dancing Chef, Taste Prima and Asian Home Gourmet.

Amy’s Brand frozen meals can be found in freezers in this section.


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