Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Fun Fruity Facts for Health

Singaporeans have a love-hate relationship with food. On one hand, as a nation consumed with food, we are always on the lookout for new and exciting culinary finds. On the other hand, as we become more health-conscious and actively plan for optimum nutrition, it can be ‘painful’ to read food articles or watch cooking shows on TV, knowing that what’s featured might not be good for us. You’ll be glad to know that this article is all about delicious healthy fruit snacks that’s good for you!

While the oft-quoted saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may be somewhat oversimplifying it, fruits are definitely healthy snacks that are packed with health benefits as they are naturally low in fat, calories and sodium. In addition, many fruits are rich in fibre which keeps us feeling fuller for longer, preventing us from overeating. People often think of fruits as a great source of vitamin C, but they are so much more. They are a great source of antioxidants, which are important for disease fighting. They also contain some A, B, E and K vitamins, as well as minerals such as potassium, phosphorous and calcium.

Fruit also provide a rich resource of nutrients that can be seen from their bright colours! The colour, smell and taste of a fruit comes from the plant’s phytochemicals. These plant-chemicals are believed to offer a wide range of health benefits, including those with antioxidants properties, carotenoid from orange-coloured fruits, and anthocyadin from red, blue and purple coloured fruit and vegetables. Oh, and if you want to keep the doctor away, the magic number is two servings of fruits per day. Now you know.

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Monday, 10 August 2020

5 Famous Food Feuds in Singapore

Hawker stalls which had been reused and copied, their ownership challenged and fought over

1. Hock Lam Street beef kway teow (beef noodles)

In short: Brothers Anthony and Francis Tan both claimed they were the true successors of the famous Hock Lam Street beef kway teow.
A file photo of Mr Anthony Tan. He and his brother Francis Tan both claimed they were the true successors of the famous Hock Lam Street beef kway teow PHOTO: ST

2. Tai Hwa bak chor mee (minced meat noodles)

In short: Mr Tang Chay Seng, owner of Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle in Crawford Lane, took his nephew Arthur Tung to court for trying to pass off his stall, Lau Dai Hua, as the original.
A file photo of Mr Tang Chay Seng at his Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle stall in Crawford Lane. PHOTO: BT

3. Katong laksa

In short: Katong laksa was popularised by brothers Ng Juat Swee and Ng Chwee Seng, who started selling the noodles in a coffee shop in East Coast Road in 1963. Four rivals had popped up along the same stretch of East Coast Road by 1999, and many of them had names with “Katong Laksa” in it.
A file photo of 328 Katong Laksa eatery in Katong PHOTO: ZAOBAO

4. Rochor beancurd

In short: The Rochor beancurd war is a tale of bitter business rivalry among the Koh siblings. It began in the 1960s when their parents peddled tau huay, a beancurd custard, from a pushcart in the Rochor and Beach Road areas. After their father died in 1986, the stall had shop units in Selegie Road and Middle Road before settling in Short Street in 1998. Disputes over control of the family business, however, saw the siblings set up their own stalls.
A file photo of the three Koh brothers (fr left) William, Koh Koon Meng and David, seen here with their mother PHOTO: ST

5. Siglap mee pok (flat yellow noodles)

In short: At the centre of this war is 132 Mee Poh Kueh Teow Mee, started by Mr Chan Sek Inn at the old Siglap market in the 1970s. Four hawkers were plying their noodle business within a few kilometres from each other. Each stall claimed to be independent, yet all were seemingly associated by name or ownership.
A file photo of 132 Mee Poh Kueh Teow Mee's owner Chan Sek Inn (left) and his son, Choon Wing (right) PHOTO: ST

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Happy Singapore National Day 2020

NDP 2020: Focus on celebrating at home, many segments moved to the heartland and smaller-scale evening show
Many parade segments will be moved to the heartland and streamed live over TV and Internet platforms.PHOTOS: MINDEF, ST FILE

This year's National Day Parade (NDP) will focus on allowing Singaporeans to celebrate in their homes, instead of at a central location like the floating platform at Marina Bay.

Unlike previous parades, Singapore's 55th birthday bash - which features the theme Together, A Stronger Singapore - will see many parade segments moved to the heartland and streamed live over TV as well as Internet platforms, said the organising committee on Wednesday (May 20).

For the first time, traditional elements like the state flag fly-past, F-15SG fighter jet aerial display, the Red Lions free-fall jump, and mobile column will take place in different locations around the island. These displays will also pay special tribute to front-line workers against Covid-19.

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NDP 2020 to have morning and evening shows; shows to be scaled down in line with COVID-19 precautions
NDP 2020 executive committee chairman Brigadier-General Frederick Choo wants to bring this year's NDP to every Singaporean at home. (Photo: NDP2020 executive committee)

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) will be split into morning and evening shows, with participant numbers drastically reduced in line with COVID-19 guidelines.

Fewer than 300 participants will be involved in both segments of the show, and the committee does not plan to allow spectators into the evening show at the moment, said Brigadier-General Frederick Choo, chairman of the NDP2020 Executive Committee on Wed (May 20).

Unlike previous years, large groups of volunteers from organisations like the People’s Association, SOKA, and the Ministry of Education will not be involved, with performances limited to the Home Team, the Singapore Armed Forces, the Music and Drama Company and some selected performances and artistes.

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NDP 2020 to be live-streamed; show segment indoors for the first time, with no audience
Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) parachute team — better known as the Red Lions — will be making “special appearances” in the heartlands

This year’s National Day Parade will go on but for the first time in 55 years there will be no audience.

Instead, the parade will be broadcast live and on internet platforms to households in Singapore, with a morning segment at the Padang and an evening performance at The Star Performing Arts Centre at Buona Vista.

This will also be the first time the evening performance will be held indoors.

The number of participants for the events will also be reduced so that safe distancing can be enforced amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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