On Why Eating Rice Dumplings in Dragon Boats is so Cool

Posted on 23 Jun, 2012 | Eat Magazine

photo credit: Darren Ng

How could dragon boats and rice dumplimgs go together? In modern Singapore, they just do as locals celebrate the Chinese festival of Duanwu.

This year it falls on June 23, a Saturday, when you see most neighborhood markets and coffeeshops are filled with rice dumplings.  Several days before, I saw an uncle buy several dozens along an eatery specializing on rice dumplings along Balestier Rd.  For most families, it is a time when your mother and other aunties cook overnight dozens rice dumplings, known also as "bachang" or" zonzi". The result? you simply have an oversupply of...

Easing the Pain, Leaving the Skin Out

Posted on 11 Jun, 2012 | Eat Magazine

Normal levels of uric acid is dissolved in the blood and is passed through the kidneys, exiting as urine. But excess uric acid that doesn’t exit the body is are become crystals and are lodged at the joints, causing pain and inflammation. This is what we call gout. 

For those with gout, the rule of thumb then is to avoid bean products including soya milk, tofu, bean sprouts, bean paste, etc. as they all have fairly high-purine content and consequently high uric acid levels. 


When a Lemon is not a Lemon

Posted on 7 Jun, 2012 | Eat Magazine

When you go shopping for oranges, lemons or limes, how do you choose? Do you go by its aroma? Or is it the sheen or its deep color?

In whatever ways we choose our fruits, we go for both senses. It is the mix of visual and fragrant clues that reign supreme as we go about determining the food we take in. But what if these clues fail us? what if we end up with lemons? But what is a lemon?

This idiom goes back to the olden times, some say in the 1800s, when sweet stuff are the things to give and share during winter and...

Adorn your Skin with Henna Art

Posted on 1 Jun, 2012 | Shop Magazine

The art of applying henna on your hands, arms, feet and toes is readily available here in Singapore.  Artists abound and are not confined to Little India.

I came across one during a corporate event of a friend who was works in telecoms. I was surprised that she wasn’t Indian. Not that the skill need to be limited to one race. It was one of things that I naturally associated with Indian weddings and assumed that most henna artists were of Indian descent. Totally wrong.

Henna art as a traditional art form meant for celebrations is a fairly common offering during parties and family gatherings here in Singapore.  Women enhance...