Over the past few years, a wave of eateries and food companies have started to offer grain and protein meals that cater to the more health conscious diners.
Protein bowls have been taking the world by storm – not only are they healthy and delicious, but they also fit right into your Instagram feed aesthetics. Each bowl usually contains a varying combination of grains, a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, and either beans or another type of protein. Here are 11 restos and companies to order protein bowls and more from when you are in the CBD.
Dosirak means lunchbox in Korean and is traditionally shaken to mix the components in it. The fuss-free eatery is opened by brothers Eugene and Edward Chia, who are of Singaporean-Korean descent. At Dosirak, you get to pick your protein, carbs and veggies, which are served in a cute plastic container. Add the given sauce into the container, pop the lid back on and give it a good shake.
Protein options include beef bulgogi (Korean grilled meat) and soya sesame chicken. Besides making your protein bowl from scratch, you can opt for a standard bowl from the menu, which offers vegetarian-friendly Kimchi & Tofu, as well as the signature Beef Bulgogi.
The halal-certified, Dosirak also offers soups such as Doenjang, a Korean soya bean paste soup and Korean teas such as citron tea.
Located at a corner of Downtown Gallery, this bicycle-themed cafe attracts a healthy lunch crowd. The choice of protein here is extensive, ranging from the crowd-favourite BBQ Pulled Pork to Teriyaki Grilled Squid.
The portion size did not disappoint and neither will the taste. While waiting for your food to be served, check out the racks of bikes and extensive bike equipment displayed. They lend an interesting touch and will get bike enthusiasts excited.
Wheat Baumkuchen is a no-frills eatery that offers a range of protein bowls, such as Dolphin made of soba or Japanese buckheat noodles, and grilled prawns and Penguin (soba and shredded chicken), with every dish on the menu is below 500 calories and is approved and certified by SG’s Health Promotion Board (HPB).
The winner? Its signature Salmon Soba, which has a grilled salmon fillet sitting atop a bed of lettuce and cha soba (Japanese buckwheat and green tea noodles), with an onsen (Japanese slow-cooked) egg served on the side. The chilled, chewy noodles go well with the warm, flaky salmon.
Alternatively, go for the design-your-own-bowl option. Pick your protein, carbs, toppings and sauce, and your meal will be ready in as fast as five minutes. Order online or visit its restaurants to get your hands on its tasty bowls.
This popular lunch spot, The Daily Cut is known for cooking its meats upon taking orders so you can get a fresh, wholesome meal. As seats are limited, it is a good idea to order to-go. The Daily Cut has a concise menu — just grab an order sheet and choose from seven proteins, five carbs and 17 add-ons to fill your bowl.
Popular protein options are the Cajun Chicken and Skirt Steak. If you are into fish, choose from tilapia or salmon fillet. The protein options are updated every three months – something regulars will look forward to.
At Wafuken, the protein items are the highlight, with the meats cooked sous vide to perfect tenderness. The salmon is silky, buttery and melt-in-the-mouth, and the fish skin is flame-torched for a smoky, umami or savoury flavour. Paired with soba, soya sauce-lemon juice dressing, grilled asparagus and wakame (brown seaweed), and cucumber salad, this refreshing combination makes a great lunch option that will not give you a food coma.
Also try the chicken breast, which is surprisingly moist and tender. Order the Half Breast portion – enough to fill a hungry tummy – with the donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish) option of rice, onsen egg, daikon (winter radish) and red cucumber pickles.
This cafe is a chic hangout at Holland Village, serving protein bowls, soups and desserts. It is a cosy place with 80 seats and a couple of standing tables in front of the food counter.
The protein here is cooked in sous vide style – great for those who like fresh and light-tasting food. Try the chicken served with seasoned couscous – it’s like a healthier version of Hainanese chicken rice. Underneath each chicken slice is a small piece of ginger to elevate the taste.
There’s also a chilli bar that offers a range of chilli, from sriracha sauce to cincalok (fermented small shrimps with chilli), that customers can help themselves to. And if you have room for dessert, choose the Matcha Bingsu that’s served in a cup.
Nestled between Cecil Street and Telok Ayer Street, this understated cafe-bistro is easy to miss. But walk in and you will be rewarded with a plethora of appetising choices.
Priding itself on using ingredients that are organic, hormone-free, sustainable and locally produced, Kitchen by Food Rebel manages to make every dish a foodie highlight on its own. There are plenty of vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free options. With its smart selection and combination of ingredients, this is one of the best places to take sceptical foodies who do not believe that healthy and tasty food can coexist.
Touting itself as the place for ang moh (Hokkien dialect for Caucasian) economy rice, Grain Traders has set the bar high for grain bowl concepts — everything is fresh, vibrant, healthful and appetite-rousing.
D-I-Y your bowl or choose from one of six signature bowls on the regular menu each with its own special base, such as Mawashi (soba noodles), Senor Hombro (barley and shiitake or Japanese mushroom risotto) and Down Under (brown rice).
The name is also a nod to the Japanese-inspired menu where the resto‘s donburi-style “Ninja Bowls” take centre stage, with names that follow the theme. Try the Noka, which means “The Farmer” in Japanese, laden with fork-tender chunks of 24 hour-braised beef cheek, baby corn in red-and-white miso (Japanese paste made from fermented soya beans, barley or rice malt) dressing and sun-dried tomatoes.
These rice bowls are carb-free by default, but you can add on quinoa, orzo pasta (they look very similar to rice, with a more al dente texture), Ninja rice (a seaweed-flaked mixture of vinegared Japanese rice and brown rice), or garden greens at an extra cost.
If you must order in wholesome, all natural snacks to add to or accompany your own packed homemade protein bowl, then opt for boxgreen. From taro strips to shiitake mushroom chips to cheng tng (Asian clear soup dessert with dried longan, goji berry and crispy lotus seeds) mix, this delivery company has enough healthy snacks to satisfy.
It’s not in CBD, but what Grain offers is delicious enough to order online if you happen to work in the area and want to eat in. In addition to a menu full of regular best-sellers such as Grilled Farm Fresh Chicken with pesto on organic mixed grains, Tofu-Powered Tabbouleh with aubergine, roasted pumpkin and bulgur, and Pan seared Norwegian Salmon with citrus vinaigrette on pasta, Grain also offers one new dish on the menu each week.
Text adapted from www.shape.com.sg, www.thepeakmagazone.com.sg + www.straitstimes.com / Updated by Christopher Ong, 20 August 2018.
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