Modern flash-freezing know-how prolongs the shelf lifetime of meals with out preservatives and it’s now extra frequent to see the frozen part of supermarkets full of native dishes.
Before the circuit breaker began earlier this month, I went to NTUC FairPrice to see what frozen meals I might replenish.
Zane Elixir’s Cordyceps Bak Kut Teh caught my eye with its hanging black field exhibiting an attractive photograph of the pork rib soup in a claypot. But what satisfied me to put it in my basket was the promise that it had no synthetic colouring, added MSG, added preservatives or trans fats.
It was going for $14 for 2 packs. On the grocery store’s on-line retailer, it’s presently at $7.90 a pack.
The ribs weren’t as huge as these within the photograph and the meat was a tad dry in contrast to contemporary pork, but it surely was tender and tasty.
What impressed was the broth. It was peppery, although not overwhelmingly so, and a bit garlicky. I could not style the infused cordyceps militaris – a fungus believed to have well being advantages – however the tasty soup was pretty much as good as many hawkers’.
It would have been laborious to inform it was from a frozen pack if I had not heated it up in a water tub myself. You can even pop it right into a microwave oven.
The serving is nice for one particular person.
WHERE: NTUC FairPrice supermarkets or on-line
Some of the perfect cookies I ate throughout Chinese New Year have been from Mdm Ling Bakery, so I used to be fairly keen to attempt the steamed buns that it launched for on-line orders this month.
There are three flavours: tau sar pau or crimson bean bun ($eight.90 for six), liu sar pau or salted egg yolk lava bun ($10.90 for six) and lian rong pau or lotus paste bun ($four.80 for six).
All are delivered to your doorstep frozen. Just steam what you need to eat.
The dough is ok however not excellent. The fillings, nonetheless, are a standout. The salted egg yolk custard is easy and not overly candy.
The different two flavours are sweeter, however the paste is simply as silky easy. The crimson bean buns are additionally a lot larger than the others.
What is nice too is that they’re all made with out preservatives, colouring or synthetic flavouring.
WHERE: Order on-line or name 8468-0201
INFO: Free supply with minimal order of $45, in any other case pay $10.90
Just since you now have to depend upon takeaways and house deliveries for your meals doesn’t imply you do not need selections.
Ketomei, for instance, provides a subscription plan for ketogenic meals.
I am not an enormous fan of diets and am positively not advising anybody to go on a keto weight-reduction plan that’s excessive in fats and low in carbohydrates on a long-term foundation. But some individuals who attempt it for brief intervals discover it efficient for weight reduction.
For me, slicing down on carbohydrates helps to maintain my weight underneath management, so I attempted a few of the choices from Ketomei to see in the event that they style ok to be often integrated into my each day meals.
I did not stick faithfully to the weight-reduction plan as I ordered meals from eating places too, so I will not choose it by its effectiveness in weight reduction. But as for style, I’d say it is hit and miss.
What’s good is that there are a mixture of Western and Asian dishes reminiscent of Beef Stroganoff and Masala Chicken Boneless Leg.
The meals are sealed and chilled, to be stored within the fridge and microwaved earlier than consuming. And they maintain lengthy sufficient for you to skip a meal or two in order for you a cheat day.
The meats typically style positive as fattier cuts reminiscent of hen thigh quite than breast are used. They prove moist and tender.
They are well-seasoned too, although I’d have favored extra kick within the masala hen.
The greens, nonetheless, are typically not so attractive. The broccoli and cauliflower in some dishes style boringly plain, however the cauliflower rice and baked king oyster mushroom have been tasty.
WHERE: Order on-line
PRICE: From $180 for 12 meals