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The Butcher’s Kitchen– Indulge in organic, hormone and antibiotic free meats

If the recently opened The Butcher’s Kitchen sounds familiar, it’s because it is opened by renowned butchery The Butcher which has been in Singapore for 14 years. This is one of the rare few places in Singapore where you can purchase your favourite meats to cook at home after sampling them for lunch or dinner.

The Butcher's Kitchen - Steaks

Photo credit : The Butcher’s Kitchen

The Butcher’s Kitchen’s philosophy is to retail or serve meats that are certified organic from naturally raised animals, free from antibiotics, hormone promoters and steroids. The Butcher works directly with award-winning accredited producers, visiting their farms and processing facilities to authenticate the farm to table experience.

Being a person who cares about eating clean and natural foods, it is always good to be able to have more organic options. Although it naturally costs more to go the organic route, at least such options are made available, and hopefully this means more people become exposed to the philosophy of knowing what goes into their food.

When at The Butcher’s Kitchen, one naturally has to check out the meats. The meats are prepared by grilling or pan frying with minimal marinating to focus on the quality and not the sauces. But actually, their menu is quite wide, and they have also have fish, pizzas, pastas, pies and even ice-cream, 2 huge counters worth in fact!

Scroll down to see what we sampled.

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Mavis’s Kitchen [Australia–Tweed Valley]

For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you might have realised that I was away in Australia on a whirlwind trip over the weekend. Yes, 2 days in the Tweed Valley, south of Gold Coast! And what a jammed packed eventful weekend it was. Can’t wait to tell you more about the entire trip, but first, a quick post on Mavis’s Kitchen, a fantastic restaurant that prides itself on using locally sourced produce, and organic where possible.

In fact, that’s one thing I noticed about being in the Tweed Valley, people place great  importance on sustainability and environmentalism, and what better way than via the food that is consumed.

Mavis's Kitchen

Scroll down to check out more photos of the food as well as the lovely gardens that the restaurant is situated in.

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Lunch at Bulau Bulau Aboriginal Tribe (Taiwan–Yilan)

Bulau Bulau Aboriginal Village (124)

Lunch at Bulau Bulau Aboriginal Village was a really enjoyable affair. It was everything a good meal should be. Delicious, organic, not overly complicated food, plated beautifully and enjoyed in a picturesque environment. It was certainly worth the long journey to Yilan and a 4 wheel drive up the mountain to be able to partake in this wonderful meal.

Bulau Bulau Aboriginal Village (66)

This is sort of like the main hall to gather and have lunch. Lunch comprised of many rounds of small dishes, just the way I love to enjoy my meal!

Bulau Bulau Aboriginal Village (94)

Escargots wrapped in ginger slices

Almost all the dishes served at Bulau Bulau are organic and grown on site, except for some items which are not possible to grow in Taiwan. I just find it so amazing that simple, natural ingredients can be presented in such an appetising way. The dishes will not look out of place in a fine dining restaurant but if you scrutinise closely, the ingredients used are all very down to earth! Even the escargots!

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Purple yam with ginger slice and sea salt

We were told that rich Taiwanese businessmen love to eat yams with ginger slices to ward off all forms of cancer. We all know that ginger is good for health, but some people find it too strong tasting.

Bulau Bulau Aboriginal Village (104)

The fish was one of the items not reared at the village. Simply steamed, with just a little bit of salt, I found it really appetising. The glutinous millet rice dumpling on the side was also fantastic. It’s not as sticky as the glutinous rice that we are used to in Singapore, which is good for the stomach.

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Real Food at Central

I’m always on the look out for places which serve organic, healthy and delicious food and I was shocked to discover that one such place exists at The Central since last year! As you know, I used to work around that area and it would have been great if I could have had the opportunity to introduce this gem of a place to my meat loving and organic abhorring colleagues.

So I finally made it down to Real Food yesterday, with my parents and the Partner in tow. Real Food is fairly large for a cafe, and we managed to get seats without any problems. Aside from cooked meals, Real Food also has a small section featuring organic groceries, and books.

According to the Real Food website, all their meals, dressings and sauces are made from scratch using basic organic ingredients. Absolutely no artificially processed ingredients, preservatives, trans-fats and colouring is used. Most of the dishes are vegan, meaning they contain no animal products including milk or eggs. There are some egg dishes though, like the poached egg sourdough sandwich.

We skimmed through the menu. Everything sounded really delicious, and it was great to know that they would all be healthy and organic. My mother (a health fanatic) even exclaimed that for the 1st time, she could order anything she wanted without having to think twice about it’s nutritional value!

In the end, my father and the Partner settled for the fried rice, my mother took the stuffed salad while I ordered the dumpling noodles.

Real Food - Fried Brown Rice

Fried Rice $6.80 – Brown rice stir-fried with garlic (on request), pineapple, capsicum, French beans, carrots, mushrooms, black pepper and fresh corn. After trying the 3 main dishes we ordered, I found this to be the best tasting. Obviously one reason is that the rice is fried. But the great thing is that it doesn’t taste oily and heavy. On the contrary, the rice is very light but firm and hardly feels fried. There is a lot of crunch to it thanks to the diced vegetables. The dish feels substantial even though there is no meat at all. I loved this dish very much and I would most definitely order this again when I am back.

Real Food - Organic dumplings  with wholegrain ramen noodles

Dumpling Noodles Dry 8.80 – Special handmade dumplings, wholegrain ramen noodles with green leafy vegetables, cherry tomatoes, and a side of vegetable soup. The special dumplings are really delicious as they contain at least 10 ingredients in them including diced carrots, mushrooms and chestnuts. They were so nice, I wish there was more filling in the dumplings. The noodles I didn’t fancy so much. The texture was a little soggy. Hey and I just realised that I wasn’t given the soup!!!!

Real Food - Stuffed Veggie Salad

Real Food - Stuffed Veggie Salad (2)

Stuffed Veggie Salad 9.80 – Grilled organic capsicum, filled with a homemade patty made from grated beetroot and carrots, mashed potatoes, onions and fresh thyme. When the salad arrived, we were like, “oh my god, is that the salad we ordered? It’s huge!” According to the staff, all their salads here are very substantial. I loved the stuffing inside the capsicum. It has a very special taste which just had me craving for more. I wonder if they use this stuffing in their sandwiches as well, it would be worth a try. The rest of the salad was a bit more normal, with the stuffed capsicums being the stars of the dish.

Real Food - Slow Pressed Beetroot Carrot Juice and Carrot Ginger Pineapple Juice

Slow pressed juice – $4.60 The front one is beetroot carrot, while the back one is carrot, ginger, pineapple. Pretty affordable prices, considering that the juice is slow pressed, with no added ice or water. BTW, beetroot is really good for health and so delicious when combined with carrot juice or apple juice. I know those of you out there unaccustomed to drinking vegetable juice might think of beetroot juice as being totally repulsive. Trust me, it’s DELICIOUS! It’s sweet and refreshing and the juice doesn’t taste like it originated from a vegetable!

I’ve been thinking of getting a slow pressed juicer myself. I did some basic research and it seems you can get a single gear one for about $450. Double geared ones are better, but far more expensive, like maybe $1000? Conventional juicers, the ones that go at high speed and make a heck of a noise, they create so much heat they kill off the enzymes in the juice. That’s why its far better to get a slow/cold pressed juicer for the full health benefits.

I know I know, eating the fruit fresh is the best way to go. But let’s face it, I really don’t foresee myself munching carrots and beetroots the minute I hop out of bed in the morning. Down a cup of juice to get vital nutrients, I still can manage.

Real Food - Phoenix Organic Ginger Beer from New Zealand

Organic Gingeer Beer $4 – Made in New Zealand!

Real Food - Hazelnut, Mulberry and Vanilla Ice Cream made with rice milk

Vegan Ice Cream $4.50 for 3 scoops – Rice milk is used instead of milk. I tried the hazelnut flavoured one and it’s pretty good. The texture is practically the same as normal ice cream. Almost can’t tell that it’s not made from milk. The mulberry one has a texture and taste similar to that of frozen yoghurt. It’s the vanilla flavoured one that you can really tell that this isn’t real ice cream. The texture is somewhat rough and the vanilla almost tastes medicinal if you think hard about it. The girl manning the ice cream stand is very helpful. Ask her for free samples!

Real Food -Vegan Ice Cream

Real Food - Seating Area

Real Food - Seating Area (2)

On the whole, I think that the food here is very reasonably priced. Organic ingredients tend to be more expensive, yet the most of the main dishes only cost $6-$12. And despite the food being vegan, our dishes were tasty and satiated us. We will definitely return again. The groceries at the grocer section seemed over priced, so we didn’t buy anything. For example, the Fairtrade coffee costs about $9 at a normal supermarket but Real Food was selling it at $12. The little bookshop stocks books with a healthy mind healthy body theme, good for those who are searching for books on natural healing etc.

Real Food : Cafe, Grocer, Books

6 Eu Tong Sen Street

The Central #B1-52/53, Singapore 059817

T: +65 62244492

Mon-Sat 10am – 930pm

Sun & P/H 10am – 4pm

http://www.realfoodgrocer.com

http://realfoodgrocer.com/realfood_menu.pdf

Bunalun coffee and cake

Every cafe in Dempsey Hill was packed to the gills yesterday so we escaped and made our way to Chip Bee opposite Holland Village for a cuppa. Bunalun is a small organic store specialising in organic grains, cereals and jams. It is the only place in Singapore I know off that sells organic brown basmati rice.

Even a year or 2 ago, it was pretty hard to find stores selling organic food, but now, even Cold Storage and Shop and Save have an organic section. With these big boys fighting for a slice in the organic market, I don’t know if stores like Bunalun, SuperNature and Four Seasons Organic Market will be able to withstand the competition.

One thing that Bunalun offers that the others don’t, is that within the Bunalun store itself sits a nice little cafe serving up all sorts of organic baked goods and coffee. When we arrived at 4pm yesterday, it was totally empty, although an ang moh lady subsequently came in after us. We ordered an organic banana tea cake and an organic flat white. 

Bunalun (2)Bunalun

Organic banana tea-cake about $4.50. Quite nice, but mine is better hehe.

Bunalun (3)   Organic Coffee about $5 – Very nice coffee. Strong and good tasting

Bunalun also serves an all day organic brunch menu, with items such as toasted crumpets, blueberry pancakes, brioche french toast, scrambled eggs and omelettes. The prices range from around $10 – $20…which seems reasonable given that the food is all organic.

 

Address : 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-70 Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278116 (Opposite Holland Village)

Telephone : 64720870

Fax:64792981

E-mail:chipbee@bunalun.com

Opening times :09.00-21.00 (Daily)

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