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Managing Acid Reflux With Food

Friday, October 19th, 2018 | Permalink

Acid reflux or GERD, one of the most common health problems in Singapore, happens when the acid in the stomach goes back up the esophagus of food pipe, causing a burning or tightening feeling in the chest (called heartburn).

As acid reflux is largely caused by the food we eat, those who experience it should pay close attention to their diet to resolve the condition and avoid further episodes in the future.

Foods That Trigger Acid Reflux
The following food items should be avoided by people who frequently have acid reflux:

• Deep-fried food. The fat contained in these foods causes the lower esophageal sphincter to narrow, leading the stomach acids to back up.
• High-fat meats. Meats like pork, beef and lamb stay longer in the stomach, increasing the chance of acid reflux.
• Caffeine. One cup per day should be no problem, but those who drink coffee throughout the day will very likely increase the acidity in their stomach.
• Tomatoes and citrus fruits. Tomatoes, as well as oranges, lemons, and even pineapple naturally contain high levels of acids.
• Carbonated drinks. The bubbles in soda cause the stomach to expand, which puts pressure on the stomach, thus prompting acid reflux.
Other common trigger food are high-fat dairy products, mint, onions, garlic, alcohol, and chocolate.

Foods That Can Help Acid Reflux
Adding more of the following foods may help you avoid experiencing acid reflux or heartburn:

• Lean meats. Low-fat meats include fish, chicken, turkey and seafood. Don’t fry; instead, bake, poach, broil or grill them.
• Vegetables. With naturally low fat-content, vegetables help decrease acidity in the stomach. The best kinds are cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes, cucumbers and green beans.
• Whole-grain food. Oatmeal contain lots of fiber that absorb the acids in the stomach; whole grain rice and breads are also good options.
• Ginger. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger helps prevent the onset of heartburn as well as other gastric problems.
• Fruits. Any non-acidic fruit is a great addition to your diet, but the best are probably apples, bananas, melons and pears.
• Unsaturated fats. These can be found in foods like walnuts, sunflower oil, olive oil, sesame oil, avocadoes, and flaxseed.

Making Important Lifestyle Changes
Aside from heartburn, other symptoms of acid reflux are bloating, regurgitation, burping and a dry cough. If you’re frequently bother by acid reflux, remember the last foods you ate and minimize or avoid them in the future. You can also reduce episodes of acid reflux by avoiding the following:

• Overeating,
• Lying down immediately after a meal,
• Eating close to bedtime, and
• Smoking.

7 Must-Try Dishes in SG if You Love Spicy Food

Friday, April 27th, 2018 | Permalink

The Singaporean palate is made just for this type of flavor as far as the locals are concerned. You aren’t a true local if you can’t stand this throbbing tang, and for tourists this is some sort of rite of passage when you come visit the place.

This is one flavor we can’t stand but still can’t resist to indulge in. Panting like we just ran a mile with beads of sweat trickling on our backs, we can’t seem to say no to this treat which we always have the hots for.

1. Pan Mee
This dish originating from Kuala Lumpur is spiced up with dry chili flakes that’s slow-roasted to achieve just the right flavor. It’s optional though, so you have to figure out whether or not to have flakes on your serving. The dish typically has a mix of crisped ikan bilis, meatballs, fried scallion and minced meat.

2. Tom Yum Soup
Whoever said that spice always comes in the color red is so wrong in all the right ways. Singaporean food proves that looks can be very deceiving, even costing you the surprise of ingesting a very spicy dish. The Tom Yum soup is light in color, speculated to have originated from Thailand. It is often served simmering hot, to preserve its flavor that’s both sour and spicy at the same time.

3. Laksa
Literally meaning “spicy sand” in Chinese, this dish is known to have originated from the Pernakan culture. It has dried prawns that’s grounded to achieve that granular texture smoothened by its coconut-based soup. Its red tint gives your forewarning about what to expect when you prepare to take a bite.

4. Sate Ayam
Known to have originated from Indonesia, this is a dish coated with sweet soy sauce with a tinge of spicy hot peanut sauce. The main star of the dish is typically charcoal-grilled and twigged-through, so it’s handy and can be enjoyed even while walking around or sitting at table.

5. Mee Goreng
There are more variants of this dish but since we’re on our spicy list, we’ll stick with the Indian version which will leave you sweating profusely. Thanks to the chili sauce, ketchup and green chili, you’ll sweat bullets while munching on this one. It has fried noodles with egg and seafood, with the right blend of sweet, salty and spicy.

6. Indian Curry
Indians have this knack for spice and it seemingly has influenced Singapore as well. There are various versions of this tangy dish, and it depends on your mood or your tolerance to spiciness. The Machichi Curry is for those looking to break a sweat while dining and the Makhani Chicken Tikka is for those craving for a more creamy taste.

7. Roti Prata
Let’s not mistake this seemingly innocent dish, as its dip is always sets our palates ablaze. With different choices like fish, curry or chicken gravy, this dish totally has that kick we all want in our food.

Uncommon Spices Used in Cooking

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Permalink

We live in a world where almost any type of food ingredient can be found at the nearest shop. In Singapore, it’s not a surprise that rare ingredients find their way into the local markets. Here are a few spices you need to try to level up your dishes.

Saffron

These tiny red threads are used as coloring too besides seasoning for food. They are considered one of the most expensive ingredients even if they have been used for thousands of years.

Ambergris

This is considered rare and expensive because acquiring it is no joke. Ambergris is sperm whale vomit. It is prized also for its healing properties and fragrance as well.

Grains of Paradise

Want something similar to black pepper? Grains of Paradise are dried seeds from Africa. They are expensive because the demand for them isn’t as great as for black pepper.

Sumac

Sumac are dried and ground fruits of the Rhus plant. It’s common in Middle Eastern dishes as a garnish and is made into a beverage in North America.

Fennel Pollen

Fennel seed is used for its sweet taste. It comes from a flower that is difficult to create that is why it’s almost as expensive as saffron.

Amchur Powder

Sometimes spelled amchoor or aamchur, amchur powder is made from dried and powdered unripe green mangoes. When used as a seasoning, it gives a tangy citrus flavor.

Wattleseed

Wattleseed has been used by Australian Aborigines for thousands of years. These seeds are dried, roasted and then crushed. Its flavor will remind you of chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts.

Ajwain

Sometimes called ajowan, carom and bishop’s weed, ajwain are the leaves and fruit of an herb. These are fried or dried-roasted in butter called ghee before they are used in food preparation.

Truffle Salt

Truffles salt comes the Mediterranean sea. So how is it different from other sea salt? It contains ground black truffles.

Anardana

Anardana comes from the pods of pomegranates. If you’re looking to buy some, make sure you’re prepared to shed bucks because they’re pricey. It is used as a seasoning because of its sour flavor.

Nigella Seeds

Nigella seeds are one of the oldest known spices in the world. Also called kalonji, its black seeds are used for their bitter and pungent aroma.

Asafetida

This is the powdered gum resin of the asafetida plant. It is used for its acrid and bitter flavors. You have to heat it in oil or butter to make the flavor milder.

Kala Jeera

This is called black cumin by some chefs. These are seeds from plants that belong to the parsley family. They are often confused with the kalonji and cumin spices. Black cumin should be dark brown in color and crescent-shaped.

Urfa Biber

Called isot pepper, urfa biber are dried Turkish chili pepper. They are usually maroon or red in color and they turn to purple or black when dried.

Now Serving: Delcie’s Desserts

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 | Permalink

Vegans all over Singapore are probably no stranger to Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes. Even non-vegan consumers are falling in love with their desserts. But if you’re still on the gray about this revolutionary pastry shop, do continue to read on.

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Delcie’s love for baking was the fuel behind the creation of her very own pastry shop. But an unfortunate stroke of fate which resulted in the passing away of her mother was what solidified her earnest mission to provide only healthy desserts to consumers. The decision to turn her pastries dairy-free and egg-free was also a result of her healthy lifestyle change. And so her mission to create healthy desserts lives on. In fact, they have already been awarded Healthier Choice Bakery by Health Promotion Board Singapore. Their desserts are healthy and at the same time they are superbly delicious.

Here are some of their must-tries.

Mud Fudge Cake

This remains to be among their most raved about cakes. The chocolate ganache covering the cake is so rich and is made from 73% dark chocolate and non-dairy cream. Though the ganache may be dense, it still gives off just the right amount of sweetness. And if you want a more intense, chocolaty cake, you could warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the chocolate ganache.

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Rainbow Lemonade Cake

A splash of colour, no make that 7, to brighten up your day! This beautiful cake consists of all the colours of the rainbow. And there’s no need to worry because this cake contains absolutely no artificial ingredients. All the colours and flavour in it are made from plant-based colouring. In between its 7 layers is a generous spread of lemon cream.

Brownies

For the best selling item in their store, this is it! Their brownies are so fudgy that you can’t resist getting your hands on another piece. Their brownies are also made with walnuts and cranberries in them to add more depth to the texture. Who knew that so much decadence and gratification could be packed in a piece of brownie?

Indulge yourself in a decadent, guilt-free, gastronomic experience with these desserts from Delcie’s. To finally see their sweet creations, you could visit their shop at 951 Upper Serangoon Road.

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A BBQ Kitchen On The Go

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 | Permalink

Some of the booming businesses in Singapore include bbq wholesale and bbq catering mainly because people there love to eat. People keep coming back to the country’s food centres to have inexpensive, delicious food. An example of bbq food that is popular in their culture is satay.

In bbq wholesale or bbq catering services, there are times when you will need to set up a temporary kitchen where you can do necessary food preparations. There are a lot of ways in which you can be creative when it comes to setting up a temporary on-site barbecue kitchen.

Cart
Hawker centres in Singapore are known for their food stalls and food carts that offer a wide selection of palatable foods. If you are planning to venture into bbq wholesale business, you can customize a food bbq kitchen cart on your own. It’s definitely convenient and portable. If you have a food cart, you can sell pre-packaged bbq food so that you no longer have to do the grilling and cooking on the site. If you want, you can also have a food cart that is custom-built with refrigeration space and cooking equipment. In this way, you can be more flexible as you can prepare, cook, and serve food—all in one place. This type of outdoor kitchen is perfect for hawker centres, malls, parks, and outdoor markets. Everything you need can be contained in one location.

Tent
Perhaps this is the second most common type of temporary outdoor kitchen setup on the go which most Singapore-based caterers do. With a tent and a few cooking equipment, you can already have a BBQ in singapore setup that is perfect for festivals, markets, or large-scale outdoor events including weddings and parties. Furthermore, you should also have a refrigerated van or at least a refrigerator to maintain the quality of bbq food, as well as portable propane stoves and outdoor grills.

Refrigerated Van
To have a mobile kitchen which you can have on the go anytime, you can buy a refrigerated van in Singapore and furnish it with kitchen equipment. However, having a refrigerated van can be expensive especially if you’re still new to bbq catering. You can use the van for refrigeration and food preparation purposes alone, and equip it with a ramp so pulling out cooking equipment can be made easier and faster.

Trailer Kitchen
For frequent outdoor Singapore event bbq wholesale and bbq catering, it is best that you invest in a trailer kitchen. A fully equipped trailer kitchen consists of refrigeration storage, cooking equipment, and a work space. Usually, mobile trailers also have windows and awnings.