Singapore Restaurant Month 2016 begins from 1 to 31 July 2016 with healthier dinning as the theme. This is the second year the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) is running the event. For this year, they are collaborating together with Health Promotion Board Singapore (HPB) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB). In addition, Unilever is the appointed official ingredients partner for the event.
In this year event, a total of 46 F&B brands curated 95 wholesome, healthier and yet delish dishes for the event. Among the 46 F&B establishment, 10 are heritage restaurant.
Each qualifying dish must contain 500 calories or less and/or at least 8% of wholegrains such as oatmeal, brown rice and wholemeal bread. All dishes for the event were approved by certified HPB nutritionists. Diners could identify these HPB endorsed dishes with the ‘Healthier Choice’ label.
Some Highlights At Singapore Restaurant Month 2016
We have the honour the check out some of the F&B joints and their participating dishes of healthier choice.
UNA at One Rochester
1 Rochester Drive, Singapore 139212
Tel: +65 6773 0070 or 6773 0060
Our first stop was UNA at One Rochester. We were surprised to find the Coca De Higos Y Foie Con Vermouth ($26++) as a dish with lower calories. It has as low as only 384.1 calories per serving. Furthermore, no additional sugar added, the sweetness comes purely from the Fig. Who would ever associate Foie Gras as healthier choice? But indeed, this delicacy is an healthier choice. Doubt no further.
An alternative dish, Cogollos Con Idiazabal Y Achoas Ahumadas with lower calories is also available. The total calories for this grilled spanish sucrine lettuce, Idiazabal cheese form, smoked anchovies and pomegranate is at 260 calories.
1 HarbourFront Walk #02-117 VivoCity Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6272 3306
Second stop was at Earle Swensens, a popular household F&B brand whereby most Singaporean knows. And in fact must have ever patronised.
The only available healthier choice is the Baked Hoisin Cod Fish ($35.90++). Likewise, it is a lower calories dish with 470.2 calories per portion. Since the Cod Fish is baked with Hoisin sauce, result in a flavourful dish. Beside are also baby potato and shiitakae mushroom.
Soup Spoon Union
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-77/78 Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6334 3220
HPB identified the Grilled Salmon with Cauliflower Rice ($15.80) as a dish with both lower calories and higher wholegrains. The dish comprises of cauliflower bites mixed with quinoa and beans, grilled salmon and black pepper sauce. We find there are room for improvement in this dish though. Some diners found it dry while other commented on the raw cauliflower.
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant
80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1,
Tel: +65 6535 6006
Lastly, a dessert at Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant. Dessert are usually associated with high sugar and high fat content but the Double-boiled White Fungus in Pear Vessel ($15++) otherwise. The result of fungus coupled with refreshing pear after double-boiled is a refreshing and yet nourishing dessert. Diner could enjoy at ease since it consists of only 454.2 calories for the full portion. This is another lower calories dish.
Finally, at NAHMJ, we understand the importance of healthy eating by choosing the healthier choice. With the same token, we also believe taste should not be compromised in the healthier dishes too. Lastly, the result of our taste test; we are glad that most didn’t.
Singapore Restaurant Month 2016
For more information regarding the Singapore Restaurant Month 2016, check the link below.
Official hashtag: #singaporerestaurantmonth, #singaporerestaurantmonth2016