BRIL­LIANT BOWLS

Lay­ers of flavours, tex­tures and colours make these gor­geous bowls a healthy, one-dish ad­ven­ture

Wine & Dine - - Contents - WORDS MICHELLE YEE

Gor­geous one-dish meals packed with good­ness

The de­mand for fast yet fresh, healthy and hearty meals has led to the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of one-dish food bowls. They come in sev­eral vari­ants in­clud­ing grain, veggie, poké and even su­per­food, and are flavour-packed, mak­ing them in­cred­i­bly easy to love.

Poké Bowl

A re­fresh­ing Hawai­ian raw fish dish, poké (pro­nounced POH-kay) bowls com­prise a mix of raw cubes of seafood (usu­ally ahi tuna or sal­mon) in a soy sauce-based mari­nade and served over rice or greens.

At A Poké The­ory, din­ers can cus­tomise their own bowls ac­cord­ing to their pref­er­ences. They can pick from sushi rice, lemon herb quinoa or ro­maine let­tuce for the base, and four dif­fer­ent flavoured cuts for the raw fish, such as shoyu tuna, spicy gar­lic se­same tuna, and mayo sal­mon or av­o­cado miso sal­mon. Last but not least, jazz up the bowl with top­pings such as fu­rikake, pineap­ple, cherry tomato and nori flakes.

Where to buy: Aloha Poke (alo­hapoke. com.sg), Rol­lie Olie (rol­lieolie.com), A Poke The­ory (apokethe­ory.com), Poke Doke (poke­doke.sg)

Su­per­food Bowl

One of the hottest health food trends on our shores is none other than the açaí (pro­nounced ‘ah-sigh-ee’) bowl. Even if you’ve never tried this de­li­cious su­per­food, chances are you’ve stum­bled across an In­sta­gram pic­ture of one of these gor­geous pur­ple bowls. If all else fails, check out one now at @pro­jec­ta­cai, the team at Project Acai does a very pho­to­genic ren­di­tion.

Açaí berries are packed with very high lev­els of an­tiox­i­dants and heart-healthy fats along with loads of es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als such as vi­ta­min C, vi­ta­min K, cop­per, mag­ne­sium, potas­sium, and many more. And the best part? They are ab­so­lutely de­li­cious—their taste is of­ten de­scribed as a blend of wild berries and dark choco­late.

Where to buy: Project Acai (project-acai. com), An Acai Af­fair (anaca­iaf­fair.com), Haakon (haakon.com.sg), Ab­so­lute Acai (ab­so­lute-acai. com), Afterglow (afterglow.sg), Su­per Loco (su­per-loco.com)

Veggie Bowl

Some es­tab­lish­ments have dis­cov­ered ways to serve veg­eta­bles that are full of flavour. Over at Kitchen by Food Rebel, chef-owner Elika Mather has bril­liantly cre­ated a zoo­dle bolog­naise, which fea­tures strips of zuc­chini swathed in an umami-laden ragu. So tasty and hearty, you won’t no­tice that the “pasta” is ac­tu­ally made from veg­eta­bles.

For a quick salad fix, there are plenty of healthy eater­ies that al­low din­ers to cus­tomise their own veggie bowls. For in­stance, at The Salad Shop, din­ers can pick one leafy base out of three choices and six top­pings.

Where to buy: Kitchen by Food Rebel (foodrebelsg.com), The Liv­ing Café, The Salad Shop (the­sal­ad­shop.com.sg), Sumo Salad (sumos­alad.com), The Green Bar (face­book.com/TheGreenBar), The Salad Box (the­sal­ad­box.com.sg)

Grain Bowl

Grain bowls are all the rage with Sin­ga­pore’s in­creas­ingly health-con­scious din­ing crowd seek­ing health­ier al­ter­na­tives. One of our favourite places for a whole­some grain bowl fix is Grain Traders, where din­ers get to pick a grain, a pro­tein, a hot veg­etable, two cold veg­eta­bles, a top­ping and a sauce. A win­ning com­bi­na­tion here is the El Hibaro, com­pris­ing a grilled striploin with salsa verde, charred veg­eta­bles, wafu tomato, bean sprout salad and brown rice. For a lighter op­tion, swap the brown rice for quinoa or soba noo­dles. Where to buy: Grain Traders (grain-traders. com), The Daily Cut (dai­ly­cut.sg), Wa­fuken (wa­fuken.com), Plen­ty­full (plen­ty­full.com), Ninja Bowl (nin­jabowl.com.sg), Shinkansen (shinkansen.co), Lean Bento (or­der.lean­bento.com)

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