Vegetables: Raw or Cooked?

There’s really no easy answer. Since cooking heightens the nutrients in some vegetables and makes it easier for our bodies to absorb them, while it does the exact opposite in others, it really depends on the vegetable. Nutrient availability Cooking can increase the availability of some nutrients, including vitamin A, calcium, iron and the antioxidant..

Different Types of Potatoes and Their Benefits

Potatoes are often thought of as a comfort food – mashed with butter, cheese and sour cream or fried in oil. When prepared in these ways, they can lead to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. However, if they are eaten the right way, potatoes are essential and nutritious. They are low calorie and are..

Different Ways to Use Alcohol in Cooking

Keep this in mind when pairing alcohol with food: lighter colored alcohols and spirits work well with lighter proteins, sauces, and meals, but as the alcohol gets darker, so should your pairings (though there may be exceptions). Alcohol can be used in the process of making syrups, savoury sauces and desserts. Here are some of..

Bento Making Tips for Beginners

In Japanese, bento (弁当 bentō) refers to a compact, nutritiously-balanced, visually appealing meal served in a box. Bento meals are typically neatly packed in a lunch-box like plastic container and are usually prepared for children. Unfortunately, these adorable lunches do have a dark side. In Japan, a child’s bento box is a reflection of a..

Guide to 5 different cuts of pork

When it comes to the whole range of pork cuts, it can become confusing with all the different parts and their alternate names in different countries. So here’s some useful information about the more popular pork cuts. Pork chops Pork chops are cut from the meat perpendicular to the spine, often from the loin. Pork..

5 Specialty Groceries in Singapore to hunt down hard-to-find produce

Picky with where your food comes from or have countless dietary restrictions and want more options? We’ve got you covered with these specialty groceries stocked with direct imports, organic and gluten-free products and a wider range of food items, so you can shop to your heart’s content. Gourmet Shop This business began in 2008 as..

How to salvage a split homemade mayonnaise and curdled hollandaise (hint: it’s SUPER easy)

If you’ve ever tasted homemade mayonnaise, it is likely that you’d never want to go back to store-bought ones (with the exception of Kewpie but that’s another story for another day…), given its superior taste and how easy it is to make. However, it is also easy to make mistakes on your first few attempts..

Recipes for CNY: Hakka stir-fry

We’ve got another dish to add to your Lunar New Year repertoire that will have your friends and family talking about it for the whole year. Chef Pang Kok Keong shares with us his recipe for an umami-packed Hakka stir-fry, which uses a spiced, smoked pork belly to lend this simple stir-fry a mouth-watering fragrance...

Recipes for Chinese New Year: Hakka Salt Baked Chicken

Welcome the Year of The Rooster with a delicious Hakka-style salt baked chicken. The recipe comes from chef Pang Kok Keong of Antoinette, who has dug deep into his Hakka heritage to give us a dish that’s been around since the Qing dynasty. Wrapping the chicken in baking paper and aluminium foil seals in the moisture,..

Recipes for Chinese New Year: Yam Cake

For Daniel Tay, the chef, entrepreneur and founder of online bakery Old Seng Choong, yam cake holds fond memories. “My mother used to make this for us all the time and now that we’re grown and have families of our own, she still makes big batches and portions them out for my siblings and relatives,”..