Eating out regularly is a huge part of Hong Kong’s cultural identity and lifestyle. As we take the necessary health precautions, the idea of dining-out now shares the spotlight with eating in. Many of us have been spending more time in the kitchen, preparing home-cooked meals for our loved ones. Not only has the virus motivated us to start cooking more, it’s inspired us to cook healthier meals. We can all agree that our health is something that we cannot take for granted. Making the right food choices is one way we can live a potentially long and rewarding life. Have a little fun in the kitchen and try cooking recipes from different parts of the world. We came up with some healthy pairings from different cuisines to keep you inspired.
Transport your family to Italy and prepare a wholesome yet healthy home-cooked Italian meal. Tasty Italian food can be quite simple to make, especially when you have good ingredients. Make a healthy version of the classic Spaghetti & Meatballs. We suggest Luca Ciano’s fresh pasta and sauces available at premium grocery stores such as city’super. Chef Luca Ciano has perfected his recipes through over 20 years of culinary experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants. For the meatballs, try replacing animal protein with Beyond Beef from Green Common. Beyond Beef is a plant-based protein substitute that offers the same meaty texture and juiciness of ground beef.
If you’re short on time, Muji’s Bolognese is here to make your life easier. Their conveniently packaged Bolognese is just as tasty and takes just 5-7 minutes to prepare. Muji’s Chicken & Spinach Cream Stew also makes for a great appetizer and pairs nicely with the Bolognese.
Sawasdee, it’s Thai night! Satisfy your Thai cravings in a flash with OmniEat’s Spicy Thai Basil OmniPork with Jasmine Rice and Thai OmniPork Stir-Fried Noodles. OmniEat uses “Flash Freezing” technology which helps preserve freshly-cooked ingredients at their tastiest state. These light meals and are 100% plant-based, cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and calories. Pick up these meat alternatives at Green Common. After it’s all said and done, unwind and end your day with a cup of Nam Pei Hong’s Lung Detox Tea. This tea is meant to help soothe and protect the lungs made with medicinal Chinese herbs, roots, chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, and more.
Curry is an amalgamation of herbs and spices, most of which offer a variety of health benefits. Ingredients such as turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, fennel seeds, and more can help our bodies in many ways. Turmeric, for instance, contains curcumin which is well known for its ability to fight inflammation. Making curry from scratch is definitely a possibility, but oftentimes requires an abundance of ingredients. Muji comes to the rescue again with its premade Apple & Vegetable Curry made with potatoes, carrot, onion, zucchini, garlic, ginger, pumpkin, and more. This option is a little more substantial, especially with rice. To help ease digestion, sip on Checkcheckcin’s Rice Water which promotes a strong digestive system by strengthening the spleen and stomach.
If you’re in the mood for light Chinese food, OmniEat also has a Dim Sum Series at Green Common. You can get that yummy yummy dim sum in the comfort of your home in a matter of minutes. The handmade OmniPork Pearl Dumplings are made with plant-based OmniPork and carrots, providing fiber and protein. The OmniPork Buns are also made by hand, soft in texture filled with OmniPork, cabbage, and yam beans. With every home-cooked Chinese meal, soup is an essential. Pak Shing Tong 百成堂 offers two soups to protect the lungs, Hsueh E Yun Fei Soup for enhancing healthy lung function or Dried Crocodile Meat Soup which is said to nourish lung function, relieve coughing and reduces phlegm.
Treat yourself well and healthy, it’s our time to take a culinary adventure at home!