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COOKING

5 Easy Recipes to Try With Your Kids At Home

In an all-out effort to flatten the curve with the spread of the coronavirus, parents and children have been advised to stay home when possible. While schoolchildren rejoice at the thought of being away from school, parents groan in frustration, not knowing what else they can do to keep their kids busy. How about some family bonding time through cooking and baking? Children love to be involved in group activities and the kitchen is full of curious things to play …

All Things Coffee: Cake, Jelly, Buns and More

Coffee, coffee, coffee. One thing that we all probably have in common is the love for the fragrant, nutty and flavourful drink. Apart from loving a good old caffeine boost, coffee lovers take their love for the bean one step further by knowing exactly what type of coffee they love, their preferred cafe beverage and even find themselves drawn to foods for a perfect pairing with their drink.  We can all agree that coffee bears a strong distinct scent that …

Simple Stay-Home Snacks to Whip Up

Staying home might get a little dull every now and then. But if anything, there is no better time for you to exercise your home cooking chops and test out new recipes.  Missing your favourite desserts, dishes and sweet treats? Want to DIY that crispy, warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven goodness.. but also don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen?  We’ve got you covered. Here are a few easy stay-home snacks you can whip up, all almost effortlessly! Easy Portuguese …

Your Guide To Steaming Delicious Food

How often can you say this – steaming food can be sexy.  Previously thought of a cooking method only for the health-conscious, steaming is slowly catching on amongst home cooks for its many benefits. You can stretch your imagination with this method, not only saving it for when nursing a fever or cold. Professionals turn to it for its rich flavours, so you can replicate their methods at home too, and impress your family and friends. All you need are …

Dalgona with a Twist: Matcha, Milo, and More

If you’re living anywhere that’s not under a rock, there’s a good chance you’ve seen people sipping on the now-famous Dalgona coffee. Lauded to be a simple barista-worthy creation you can whip up with no more than three ingredients (four, if you count water), the cloud-like beverage has taken the world by storm (pun intended). A quick introduction to the trendy drink: Dalgona coffee is named after South Korea’s well-loved street candy, a sugary and foamy honeycomb snack. A part …

How to Make the Most of Your Garlic When Home-Cooking

Garlic is one of nature’s best gifts to the kitchen. Spicing up dishes that would have been too bland otherwise, there’s nothing the versatile ingredient cannot do – and who doesn’t love garlic bread? But for us common folk not well-versed in professional cooking methods, preparing garlic is slow and often cumbersome. We peel the tiny cloves one by one with our fingernails, which is not only time-consuming but also unhygienic. We chop it too coarsely or unevenly for recipes …

EATING

Lactose-Intolerant? Here’s Some Dairy-Free Ice Cream to Enjoy.

When people walk into a cheery Kind Kones outlet in Malaysia, they are often curious about the dairy-free ice cream parlour’s vegan offerings.  They usually have one question in mind: Can dairy-free ice cream really be satisfying? Can it be as creamy and luscious? Or is it going to be a pale shadow of ‘real’ ice cream? Their scepticism is born mostly out of unfamiliarity, as dairy-free ice cream still isn’t widely available in Malaysia although the trend seems to …

Faux Gras – The Cruelty-Free, Vegan Alternative to Foie Gras

Meat-free options are all the rage these days with health benefits being touted as the main attraction of a plant-based diet. But health purposes may not be the only motivation of seeking a foie gras alternative. This French delicacy, sought after for its richness and decadence has been the subject of animal rights and cruelty debates across the world. In New York City a recent law to be enforced in 2022, was passed recently in a move to ban this …

5 New Superfoods to Try

The term “superfoods” induces the occasional eye-roll from those who shun them for their trendy status, high prices and outlandish cure-all claims. You may get teased by friends, who say you are getting cheated of your money when you can get the same health benefits from a handful of spinach. But one thing is for certain – superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients that are good for your health. Sure, they may be over-marketed by the health …

Detox Diets – Good for Post-Festive Season Guilt?

Now that the festivities are finally over, you feel bloated, uncomfortable and guilty for all that gluttony.  Well, it’s time to make good on your resolution to eat healthily and maybe lose a little weight from all binging. Wait – before you go back into the gym and jump into looking up some articles on which diet is the easiest to attempt, you wonder if you should do a detox to jumpstart your quest. With a plethora of detox diets …

Lucky CNY Dishes and Their Symbolism

Non-native Chinese speakers who try to pick up the language are often amused to discover that different words can possess the same pronunciations while taking on entirely different meanings and characteristics. For instance, the word “no”, pronounced as 不(bù), shares the same pronunciation as 布, which is Chinese for cloth. Being a superstitious bunch, the Chinese have used this similarity in pronunciation to associate luck, prosperity, and good health with a list of foods and dishes typically eaten during Chinese …

No Meat, No Problem! Best Protein Sources for Vegans.

Being vegan doesn’t mean that you lose out on protein – just ask vegan bodybuilders and athletes. The topic was even tackled in a recent Netflix documentary, The Gamechangers, in which host James Wilks travelled the world to show that a plant-based diet can elevate an athlete’s performance, and to debunk the myth that humans can’t get strong and fit without animal protein. There are actually plenty of plant-based protein sources to choose from. Some pack more protein than others, so …

INGREDIENTS

Ube-r Healthy: Everything You Need to Know About Purple Yam

Often when we think of using starchy ingredients like the potato or taro, savoury dishes come to mind. But not for ube – the purple yam of the Philippines. Pronounced as “oo-beh”, this Southeast Asian tuber is considered a dessert staple in the Philippines and is cultivated and enjoyed worldwide. Used primarily for sweets and desserts, its distinct purple or lavender colour makes it a fun ingredient to use in ice creams, cakes or puddings. Speak to any Filipino and …

Reishi Mushroom – A Promise of Immortality?

Reishi mushrooms, also known as Lingzhi, have long been a traditional ingredient in Chinese medicine. However, recently food delivery company UberEats have noted its popularity as more searches crop up for this mushroom in its online platform. The woody, bitter-tasting mushroom is ending up in smoothie bowls, hot chocolates or are being pounded into capsules for consumption. Reishi mushrooms (scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum) has a long history of being used in Japan, China and other Asian countries. A book …

Cauli-FLOUR?

Bland and mushy. Some have even coined this vegetable as “tasteless”. The humble cauliflower’s plain flavours may not appeal to most, but it happens to be a great ingredient to soak up flavours from spices in your aloo gobi, or potato and cauliflower curry, and work well in a tempura dish. Either battered with flour and fried, or paired with melted cheese – there are many ways to “spice” up the cauliflower.  With new emerging food trends, we’re finding many …

Moringa: The Next Superfood in Vegan and Gluten-Free Kitchens

Traditional food turning trendy.  That seems to be way food is changing for the modern kitchen – and the moringa is no different as it takes the stage as a healthy and tasty choice for vegan and gluten-free recipes. The moringa tree, also known as the moringa oleifera is native to northern India and is typically found at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. One of its biggest advantages is its ability to survive in dry and arid regions where rainfall is …

The Many Shades of Horchata Milk

Nut milk has long been a popular alternative to dairy milk for vegans and those suffering from lactose intolerance or dairy-related allergies. More recently, the list of dairy-free choices has expanded to include grain-based milk beverages, including one known as horchata. Horchata originates from a Mediterranean tradition of grinding grains to create drinks (the name comes from the Latin word hordeata, which in turn originates from hordeum or barley). These drinks have been an important alternative form of protein for people consuming plant-based …

Nuts! It’s Peanut Butter Month

Have you eaten peanut butter sometime in the last month? Yes? Then you’ve inadvertently celebrated Peanut Butter Month, in which we celebrate a globally enjoyed staple condiment that has stood the test of time. And for good reason: without exaggeration, peanut butter may be the greatest food spread in history. But before we make our case for peanut butter, let’s start with the peanut butter basics. Yes, any self-respecting human has eaten peanut butter on crackers and in sandwiches since …

Is MSG Really Bad for Your Health?

More dining establishments are going MSG-free these days, reflecting widespread consumer concerns about the consequences of eating too much of this commonly used flavour enhancer. Formally known as monosodium glutamate, MSG is usually found in Asian cooking, as well as in canned soups and sauces. Some people try to steer clear of MSG completely, claiming it gives them headaches and causes weight gain. It’s perhaps most synonymous with Chinese food, thanks to a 1968 opinion piece in the prestigious New …

Is Vegan-Friendly Coconut Nectar the New “Agave”?

Natural sweeteners are all the rage in vegan-friendly or vegetarian kitchens, with products like coconut nectar or agave syrup appearing in everything from desserts to baked goods and breakfasts. Vegetarian or vegan cooks are employing these naturally sourced sweeteners not only for their perceived health benefits but also due to the widespread use of bone char in sugar production. Many manufacturers use bone char to decolourise or bleach sugars through an absorption process. Bone char is a byproduct of slaughtered cattle …