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Eating

Flavors of Traditional Peranakan

Uncle Jeff private dine-in home over at Choa Chu Kang is a comfortable 5 room flat where he lives with his wife. Glass is used to partition his kitchen offering a great view of the chef in action. At present, it is priced at $50 per person for a minimum reservation of 6 people, and it can accommodate up to 12. I liked that there is a ‘no-frills’ menu of 8 dishes and a dessert – Kueh PieTee, Buah Keluak, …

Colourful Food and Why it’s Good For You

You’ve heard about the need to eat a varied diet. Naturally this means eating a good variety of foods, including meat, vegetables, fruit, carbohydrates and so on, but did you know it also applies to the range of colours you have on your plate? Vegetables and fruits come in all the colours of the rainbow, and the colours are not there just because it looks appetising. The colours in fruit and vegetables stem in part from phytonutrients. Phytonutrients – or …

An Unbeleafable Explosion for your Taste Buds

The banana leaf rice meal was first introduced to the region during the British colonial era, where immigrants from South India came over to find better jobs and a better life. With them, came this wonderfully tantalizing and complete meal.  As most of these Southern Indians worked in plantations, banana leaves could be found in abundance – just like back home in India, and was a natural choice if you wanted a hearty, well-balanced meal with all the accompaniments. Plus, …

Healthy Eating as you Age

A healthy diet is important, and no matter what stage of life you may be in, eating right can make all the difference as you age. A well balanced diet will keep you energized and healthy even into your golden years. As we age, our body’s dietary requirements change. The body begins to need fewer calories while the need for nutrients stays the same. This necessitates a shift away from energy rich foods to nutrient rich foods.   Portioning right …

Yogurt And You

People have been making (and eating) yogurt for thousands of years, probably because it’s so simple to make and an easy method of preserving dairy. Although the word ‘yogurt’ is Turkish in origin, yogurt is traditionally eaten worldwide with unique variants found in Europe, West Asia, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam.   It all starts with milk. Brought to a boil to kill off bacteria and to denature the proteins, the milk is then removed from the heat and allowed …

Gluten In The Asian Diet

There’s a lot of fuss about gluten and whether or not it is beneficial, but what’s the real story? Gluten is a composite of proteins that is produced in wheat and related grains and consequently can be found in most wheat based products such as bread and cereal.   So why does gluten get a bad rap? While harmless to the vast majority of people, gluten can cause health issues for people who suffer from gluten intolerance. The most serious …