Taste Zen­sa­tion

Ele­men col­lab­o­rates with Zenxin Agri-or­ganic Food to launch an ex­clu­sive menu that is de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious

Food and Travel (Singapore) - - Special Feature -

Pop­u­lar home­grown veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant ele­men has been draw­ing crowds with its healthy and hearty veg­e­tar­ian dishes since it opened more than a year ago.

And now, hav­ing es­tab­lished them­selves as the ones to watch in the lo­cal veg­e­tar­ian din­ing scene, ele­men has once again upped the ante with an ex­clu­sive menu (S$68.80++ per per­son for 8 cour­ses) that is launched in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Zenxin Agri-or­ganic Food, one of Sin­ga­pore’s lead­ing pro­ducer, dis­trib­u­tor and re­tailer of or­ganic pro­duce.

For those who have never vis­ited ele­men, the veg­e­tar­ian dishes served here are not merely nu­tri­tious and nour­ish­ing, but they are also well pre­sented and full of dif­fer­ent flavours and tex­tures. This is made pos­si­ble as the es­tab­lish­ment uses a wide va­ri­ety of pre­mium raw in­gre­di­ents such as black Chi­nese wolf­ber­ries, Amer­i­can wild rice, truf­fle, and peach gum in its dishes, and pre­pares them in the sim­plest way with light and healthy sea­son­ing like olive oil, co­conut oil, sea salt and al­ka­line wa­ter to re­tain the in­gre­di­ents’ nu­tri­ents and orig­i­nal flavours.

For this ex­clu­sive menu, which is avail­able till end Septem­ber, Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Lam Chun Hing con­tin­ues us­ing a range of pre­mium raw in­gre­di­ents paired with se­lected or­ganic pro­duce from Zenxin, and the re­sult is whole­some and flavour­some veg­e­tar­ian food that makes you for­get about your love for meat.

To start, we were served a pot of Or­ganic Mulberry Tea paired with honey coated wal­nuts, which was a lovely way to start the meal. We were told by one of the wait­staff that Mulberry leaves, which are rich in vi­ta­mins B2, C and K, cal­cium, phos­pho­rus and mag­ne­sium, of­fer a slew of health ben­e­fits such as help re­lieves colds, coughs, throat in­fec­tions, in­flam­ma­tion of the eyes, liver and lung prob­lems, and con­se­quently keep the ar­ter­ies free of fat de­posits.

Next, we had the vi­brant and colour­ful Party in the Gar­den, a light yet tasty salad com­pris­ing beet­root, Europe toma­toes, kale, av­o­cado, dried mulberry, chia seeds and yuzu may­on­naise. If you are crav­ing some­thing warm and com­fort­ing, the 5 El­e­ments Soup con­sist­ing bur­dock root, radish, radish leaves, car­rot, snow lo­tus seed, bam­boo fun­gus, Chi­nese golden fun­gus and red dates will surely hit the spot. The soup was light, flavour­ful and ab­so­lutely nour­ish­ing, a com­fort­ing treat to our stom­achs. While we were savour­ing the soup, Chef Lam came out to ex­plain the var­i­ous health ben­e­fits of the in­gre­di­ents he used in the soup, and men­tioned that snow lo­tus seeds, for one, en­hances blood cir­cu­la­tion, pro­motes lower blood pres­sure, and im­proves the func­tions of kid­neys and lungs.

We then pro­ceeded to the heartier cour­ses on the menu. The Fiery Crys­tal Pineap­ple fea­tur­ing winged bean, mon­key­head mush­room and sweet Thai­land crys­tal pineap­ple, served in the pineap­ple cav­ity, was a hit with ev­ery­one at the ta­ble. Per­fectly cut and cooked, we loved how the sweet and sour pineap­ples com­ple­mented the savoury mon­key-head mush­room, while the winged bean added a nice tex­tu­ral crunch. Equally de­light­ful was the Sun­shine Rice­berry, fea­tur­ing rice­berry, golden pump­kin, zuc­chini, corn, egg white foam and black truf­fle. The rice was cooked to per­fect firm­ness and of­fered a nice bite, and went well with the other in­gre­di­ents. Apart from of­fer­ing a lovely tex­ture, we were told that rice­berry is in fact very nu­tri­tious – it ap­par­ently has three times more iron than other va­ri­eties, and con­tains a high level of an­tiox­i­dants which help to keep im­mune sys­tem healthy.

Be sure to save some space for desserts, as the fi­nal course – Ge­lato in Co­conut – which com­prises vanilla ge­lato, co­conut jelly, peach gum, and av­o­cado sauce served in a co­conut husk, is ir­re­sistibly good, but very fill­ing. But upon hear­ing the health ben­e­fits of av­o­cado – it of­fers nearly 20 vi­ta­mins and min­er­als in ev­ery serv­ing, and is high in mo­noun­sat­u­rated fat which helps lower bad choles­terol, we were de­ter­mined to fin­ish ev­ery drop of this whole­some dessert.

For this ex­clu­sive menu, a min­i­mum of two pax is re­quired, and din­ers will need to pre-or­der two days in ad­vanced. #01-75A, Mil­lenia Walk, 9 Raf­fles Boule­vard. Tel: 65/6238-0511

#01-113, Thomson Plaza, 301 Up­per Thomson Road. Tel: 65/6452-0351 www.ele­men.com.sg www.face­book.com/el­e­mensg/

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