Photo: Wheat Baumkuchen
By Mcken Wong
Rice – it’s a staple that most of us Singaporeans can’t live without.
There’s this emotional attachment, some sense of comfort that only those pale grains can provide when paired with other flavours. The furore surrounding the benefits (or the recent perceived evils) of white rice, like most other foods, can actually be allayed by the concept of moderation. But, brown rice has positioned itself as a viable option for those who’re gunning for an immediate – albeit basic – route towards a healthier lifestyle.
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White rice is brown rice that has gone through a far more extensive milling process – having its bran and germ removed – leading to a lower fibre and nutrient content. On the other hand, brown rice is a whole grain with only its husk eliminated via milling. Ultimately, it’s a choice for the consumer to decide.
If you’re looking for a quality joint to feed your brown rice craving, or curious about what clean eating can do to your body – here’s a lineup of some of the top places in Singapore.
This vegan establishment is making waves with a plethora of creative dishes that promises to be healthy, sugar- and dairy-free. The deli’s ultimate goal is to “bring sexy back to vegetables”, while its ingredients are sourced from local and regional farmers to provide that raw, natural bite that few would expect of plant-based foods.
What to order: Cuban Brown Rice Burger (above)
Although salad haunts have multiplied over the years, Toss & Turn has managed to poke its head above the sea of salad bars with its refreshing array of salad choices, flat breads and sandwiches. A plus point here is that you can select both greens and brown rice for the salad base to double your benefits.
What to order: Prawn Avocado Sesame Rice
Image: Wheat Baumkuchen
A favourite for the CBD lunch crowd, Wheat Baumkuchen first came to prominence with its offering of healthy soba noodles that are created from buckwheat flour. The eatery also offers brown rice dishes such as salmon and yakiniku beef.
What to order: Black Pepper Chicken With Brown Rice (above)
Touted to offer nutritious and delicious seafood dishes (hence its name ‘Nude’), the establishment’s fast gaining fans from both within and out of the financial district area. Prices are reasonable, and because it doubles up as a café, you’ll get decent barista-made coffee, too.
What to order: Salmon With Brown Rice And Cucumbers
Tucked within an unassuming neighbourhood is this vegan café that produces Asian-Western-influenced dishes. If you’re seeking a quiet sanctuary to dine in without the hustle and bustle of city life, then jot down this place and bring a book.
What to order: Special Edition Brown Rice Set
Image: Grain Traders
The concept here is simple: Select the freshest ingredients with your choice of protein, hot and cold veggies, and then pair them with your preferred grains. Some standout protein choices include striploin steak, seared marinated tuna and even slow-roasted pork. Fans of Papa Palheta coffee will be happy to swing by, too.
What to order: The Beebop (Braised pork shoulder with Furikake corn, Crudites Slaw and Mixed Bean Pico de Gallo on Brown Rice
Like an indie band that has risen out of oblivion and swathed with as much attention as mainstream groups, The Daily Cut seems to be on most fitness enthusiasts’ (or wannabes) lips. Its protein salads come in three sizes, but a regular seems hefty on its own: 1 protein + 1 complex carb + 3 supplements + 1 dressing. 12 bucks. Boom. Muscles fed.
What to order: Basically whatever type of ingredients you feel would go well with brown rice. Our pick? Ribeye steak.
For any healthy, to-eat list, Japanese-influenced protein bowls should be on it. Shinkansen offers a slew of protein and paleo bowls with various Japanese toppings and meats, but ultimately, you are granted the authority to create your very own power meal. The ordering process is fast, though fighting snaking queues is another matter altogether.
What to order: Omega 3 Donburi
This stylish Japanese space that hugs its own spot along Pickering Street is a sushi/sashimi-only joint. This can mean only one thing: They focus on delivering only the freshest sea produce. Its Donburi selections are catered for Japanese food lovers, and if you think sushi rice can’t taste good when replaced with brown rice variants, you’re so wrong.
What to order: Tuna Tartare Rice Bowl
“Eat your goals’, that’s the mantra at Yolo café. They have specific meals prepped for those seeking to hit a range of targets, such as getting energised, shaping up or simply to bulk-up. The food options on offer are engaging, nutritionist-approved, and best of all, stamped with the amount of calories you will consume.
What to order: Coconut Chicken On Brown Rice (above)