We’re loving decadent comfort food, but also eating more fruits and veggies. It’s a balance, right?
1 SUPERFOOD BOWLS.
Health foodies are having an obsession with bowls right now, but we’re not complaining. Besides being super nutritious, the Acai, Smoothie, Buddha and Poke Bowls flooding Instagram look so darn delicious that we’re constantly inspired to eat better.
This trend is big in the US, and Singapore wants in on the action. A slew of stalls offering burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas have popped up all around town, and we can’t get enough of these comforting bites stuffed with yummy cheese and soft shredded meat.
3 SEAWEED IS THE NEW KALE.
Bump up your consumption for better gut health and immunity. You also get a boost of cancer-fighting nutrients, protein and a whole load of essential vitamins and minerals. Foodies love it as a cheap and sustainable ingredient that can be added to a multitude of dishes including salads, soups and stir-fries.
4 EXTREME INDULGENCES.
On the flipside of the wellness trend, people have been going nuts for over-the-top treats. There are the monster milkshakes that can probably feed two, churro and doughnut cone ice-creams, and then there are all those treats topped and stuffed with candy, cookies, salted egg yolk sauce and Nutella.
5 BROWN BUTTER.
Chefs have a new secret ingredient. They’re making desserts and savoury fare extra tasty by melting butter, heating it till it’s golden, and adding the strained liquid to dishes for a toasty nutty flavour.
Going alcohol-free is an in thing. Besides the emergence of booze-free and vegan bars serving unique fruit and veggie-based drinks, regular cocktail joints are rolling out better menus for non-drinkers. In place of tacky soft drink mixes, there are now tastefully mixed housemade sodas, tinctures and tonics.
7 WASTE NOTHING.
The stem to root movement is taking off, misshapen foods are being sold in supermarkets and people are getting creative with reinventing leftovers. There’s even a local campaign that encourages us not to waste food. Some ways you can help: Order only what you can eat, turn veggie peels into purees, or boil shrimp shells and chicken bones into stock.
8 QUICK VIDS.
Thanks to our growing interest in food and cooking, Facebook has been flooded with quick two-minute recipe videos. Subscribe to your favourite channels for super easy meal and potluck ideas.
9 AVOCADO EVERYTHING.
Once considered strange to those unfamiliar with it, the creamy green nutrient powerhouse is now being added to toast, salads, milkshakes, icecreams and even turned into pudding.
Who knew whipping up the reserve liquid from canned beans could produce the most convincing egg substitute to date? Vegans and vegetarians are celebrating this discovery by making meringues, omelettes and spreads with the dense foam that’s almost indistinguishable from aerated egg whites.