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“Here, have some lotus root soup for your fever. Don’t forget to eat the dates inside, they’re good for you!”
“I’ve made you some bubur with chicken. Have a bowl and you’ll feel much better!”
Food – the remedy to all illnesses. Chances are, you would have heard those words when you were feeling under the weather. One of the unique things about the Asian culture is that the approach to food and eating is to create wellness.
Whether Indian, Malay or Chinese, some parts of Asian cuisine are renowned for its nutritious and balanced properties.
In fact, researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute also believe that the Asian plant-based diet1 – locally grown staple grains like rice, starchy roots such as potatoes, legumes, beans and other vegetables and fruits provide the protection against many chronic diseases.
Here are a few healthy Asian food habits you can practice today:
Similar to yin and yang, Asian foods and eating habits revolve around keeping the diet in balance. It isn’t only about what you eat but also how you eat and how much you eat; recognising that good health and wellness is a way of life that extends beyond food but into physical activity like yoga or tai chi. Perhaps we can first start by following these healthy food habits as a step to living a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Watch Jeremy Pang of School of Wok as he teams up with footballers from Tottenham Hotspur for a little Asian cooking 101. In this Wok Out series, Jeremy introduces the footballers to the goodness of Asian cuisine. Midfielder Dele Alli cooks up some prawn wanton soup while winger Georges Kevin N’Koudou whips up a tasty Chicken Pho. Who do you think will win this #Wokout?
Give these recipes a try yourself! Eating healthy is much easier than you think!
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