Serve Up a Rainbow on a Platter
Feast on a colourful array of foods that are healthy to eat and lovely to behold
Issue: May 2012
Colourful foods are not just pretty, they are also healthy and at Salad Stop! you have a rainbow of choices
In sunny Singapore where the tropical heat makes it summer all year round, you can indulge in all that the season offers - casual summer wear and summer foods any time you want. Some of the summer delights are designed to help you chill and beat the heat. Others are created to celebrate the colours of summer in all its glory.
Don’t Stop at Green
Begin with a cool, crisp and refreshing salad, one of summer’s best offerings. These days, salads are no longer just green. They come in many tantalizing hues, which is good news because it has been proven that the more colourful the food, the more nutritious it is.
Naturally yellow foods such as corn, yellow peppers and summer squash are full of carotenoids and bioflavonoids that function as antioxidants. Antioxidants combat oxidative stress that is related to heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes and cancer. They are also teeming with Vitamin C that boosts the immune system. Orange foods like carrots contain beta-carotene, a carotenoid, which is good for eyesight, helps delay cognitive ageing and aids cell function. Red foods such as watermelon and tomatoes have lycopene that protects white blood cells and fight infections; while strawberries, raspberries, and red grapes have anthocyanins that protect cells from damage. Purple foods such as eggplants contain lutein and zeaxanthin that relax blood vessels and improve ageing eyesight.
Giving the summer sensation an Asian interpretation, Salad Stop! offers Tuna Soy that features a Wasabi Honey Soy Dressing
Salad Stop!, located at One George Street in Singapore, offers you a smorgasbord of wraps and fresh salad ingredients that come in hues of yellow, orange, red, purple and green. You can create your own salad sensation by taking your pick from leafy vegetables that come in purple (red cabbage), green (mixed greens, spinach and rocket) and white (white cabbage). Add on colourful toppings such as pumpkins, carrots, sweet corn, red grapes, green apples, mangoes, beetroot and tomatoes. But the toppings are not limited to fruits and vegetables. In the staples section, soba noodles and vermicelli noodles make for interesting Asian choices in addition to the usual potatoes, brown rice, pasta and croutons. Proteins range from boiled eggs, toufu and cheeses to premium options like roast beef, Cajun shrimp, smoked salmon, seared tuna, and Tandoori chicken made to pamper the palate. Finally, complete your salad with some unusual dressings. Worthy of special mention are the tangy Raspberry Vinaigrette that has all the goodness of red foods. The sweet and savoury Wasabi Honey Soy packs a punch for those who enjoy a little heat in their food. Other Asian spins include the flavourful India Spiced Yoghurt and local hot favourite, Singapore Chili Crab. There are 18 appetising dressings to choose from at Salad Stop!
Sensational Summer Mains
Spanish eats at The Octapas Spanish Tapas – Valencia Paella and Bacon-wrapped Prawns with Tomato Masala – evoke the taste and colours of summer
Move on from starters to some mains at Octapas Spanish Tapas Bar which is located at Clarke Quay where you can enjoy the great summer weather with a chilled drink, and a feast of the best catch from the oceans while taking in the view of the Singapore River at this Mediterranean restaurant. Of the wide selection of cold and hot tapas, we recommend the Chilled Tomato Soup. Chilled soups are summer favourites because they are so refreshing, and are especially popular in Spanish cuisine because of the country’s scorching summers. Octapas’ Chilled Tomato Soup is a cold, thick broth that still retains the sweet, succulent flavour of the freshest of tomatoes. Their Platter of Cold Ham, Chorizo, Manchego and Goat Cheese is a delicious choice of pinks and yellows.
The seafood selection is equally impressive but the clear winner is the Bacon-wrapped Prawns with Tomato Masala with its enticing orange, red and green accents. The taste is sensational too. The bacon seals in the juices of the grilled prawns while the mildly crispy bacon edges add that extra bite to the crunchy prawns.
Spanish cuisine is not complete without Paella. Their Valencia Paella is a vision of beautifully golden saffron-infused rice soaked with rich stock, pink chorizo slices, creamy pork and chicken chunks, dark mussels, lilac-tinted squid, brilliant orange shrimp and tender white fish.
Savour the Spanish dishes with a jug of chilled Sangria, a wine punch commonly found in Spain, Argentina and Portugal. Concocted with chopped seasonal fruits, wine and brandy, this ruby red sweet drink is almost a dessert on its own.
Fruit tarts from Fruit Paradise - Mixed Fruit Tart (left) and Grapefruit Orange Tart (right) – are almost too pretty to eat
End your meal with something sweet. Some of summer’s best and most colourful fruits are the various types of berries that ripen during the season. They are not only great for desserts but are nutritional powerhouses full of anti-oxidants, and vitamins. At Japanese pastry store, Fruit Paradise, at Raffles City Singapore, these and other fruits are the superstars of the luscious, creamy fruit tarts that are inches high.
Nearly 20 different types of tarts freshly baked at the store every day with varying combinations of blueberries, strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, kiwi fruits, bananas, and nuts ensure that you will always be spoilt for choice. The Chocolate Mint Tart is slathered in minty cream with a chocolate base and topped with a mix of blueberries and strawberries. If you want to try all their fruity selections but cannot make up your mind, go for The Mixed Fruit Tart that has every fruit in their menu on top of a biscuit base filled with custard and cream. Grapefruit Orange Tart is a burst of sunny yellow and orange that successfully combines the tart taste of citrus fruits with the sweet cream. The coffee in the Strawberry Tiramisu makes the poufy pie perfect with a hint of bitter that balances the sweet, and the little blueberries added to the strawberry topping make it a pretty dish.
So full of fun activities and sunshine, it is no wonder that summer is many people’s favourite season. The riot of colours it brings to a plate also adds to its appeal. And there is no better place to feast on the tastes of summer and the nutrients they bring than in Singapore where the season lasts forever.
Octopas Spanish Tapas Bar
Blk D River Valley Road
Clarke Quay #01-08
Tel: (65) 6837 2938
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-44F
Tel: (65) 63334849