As a child of the 1960s and 1970s living in Malaysia and Singapore, I grew up with Marmite and Bovril. These were used to enhance the taste of rice porridge (congee). Lately I discovered the popular Marmite Chicken, a Malaysian/Singaporean dish and have improvised my own home cook recipe. I had Marmite Chicken for tea tonight and was going to take a snapshot to share my first recipe in littlegirlstory but alas, ate them all, totally forgotten.
While all the ‘Mites’ are yeast extract, Bovril is (or was*) a beef extract. Marmite is widely popular in New Zealand while Vegemite, Promite and the newer product MightyMite (made in Australia) are of course the preference in Australia. Back in those days in Malaysia and Singapore, Bovril were made in U.K. Compared to all the other ‘mites’, Bovril is more watery and can be eaten as a soup. Marmite, MightyMite, Promite and Vegemite are mostly used as spread on toast.
Kiwi are big eaters of Marmite. Stocks of Marmite ran dry early last year after Sanitarium’s Christchurch plant was forced to shut down in November 2011 because of earthquake-related concerns. Marmite supplies were on a knife edge, with lovers of the spread being urged to ration their use as supermarkets run low on stock. The “Marmageddon” as wags on the Internet quickly dubbed it became a hot topic on Twitter, where “Marmite” was the top trending phrase in New Zealand, with fans and foes of the spread debating how to deal with a shortage. It was not until July 2012 that the New Zealand staple returned back to the supermarket shelves.
On some lazy days, here’s my breakfast in bed.
Homemade bread with Marmite and Honey Spread
Introducing the different kinds of ‘mite’.
Marmite – Proud to be New Zealand made
True! Marmite has been proudly made in NZ since the 1940’s. Vegemite first came to us from Australia and they even made it here for a while. But they have buzzed back home to Australia, where they belong.
Some people drink Marmite
True! Sanitarium used to promote Marmite as a healthy drink – just add to hot water! In the 60’s in the Sanitarium staff canteen the choice of hot drinks was between Marmite, Milo or cereal based coffee. Large jugs of Marmite dissolved in hot water were just as popular as the other options (some people even added milk!)
MIGHTYMITE – Proud to be Australian made
What spreads across a sandwich, is 100% Australian Owned and Made and is Gluten Free? MIGHTYMITE! A yeast extract spread that has Vitamin B and Folate. Mightymite was formulated and launched to give Australians the chance to buy an Australian Made Yeast Spread. Mightymite has a smooth taste, is less salty then other products on the market and is easy to spread and suitable for vegetarians
Spread on bread or great on toast Mightymite will give you the kick start every morning. Add to your favourite soup or stew recipe for extra flavour.
PROMITE Spread is a vegetable and yeast extract which is a delicious spread on toast or bread and comes in 2 convenient pack sizes. PROMITE Spread can also be used in soups, casseroles or gravy for added flavour. Simply spread on toast or fresh bread. Delicious with cheese in hot jaffles. Great on toasted crumpets, English muffins or Pita bread. PROMITE Spread has a smooth texture with a unique taste which all the family will love. The taste is slightly sweeter than other yeast spreads. PROMITE Spread is an excellent source of B Vitamins.
VEGEMITE is a nutritious, and undeniably delicious start to the day.
Rich in B vitamins to kick start your day, open the lid on a world of ways to Start With VEGEMITE.
VEGEMITE spread is virtually fat-free, with a mere 40kJ in a 5g serve, and is the perfect accompaniment for a wholesome, breakfast, lunch or snack. In fact, its unique and delicious flavour is what distinguishes VEGEMITE. We recommend VEGEMITE be enjoyed as part of a varied, balanced diet, and active lifestyle.
Marmite Shortage leaves New Zealanders spreading themselves thin
MARMITE Sanitarium NZ
PROMITE by Masterfoods
MIGHTY MITE Australia ThreesThrees
The Great NZ BOVRIL Hunt
Bovril drops the Beef to go Vegetarian