Totally excited to share with you all today, this incredible food movement, called Food Conversations by WORLDFOODS.
If you’re worried about your family getting the right kind of nutrition in your everyday cooking, then read on.
Being a huge proponent of “You are What you Eat”, this event was a real eye opener. Food Conversations by WORLDFOODS recently had a workshop to encourage a healthy discussion about eating right even in our local context, Malaysian food and all.
With so much multicultural cuisine to choose from Malaysians are faced with a somewhat bewildering range of choice, taste and appetite. With so many food distractions.. so how do you pick something that’s nutritious, is of good quality, yet does not compromise on taste?
So, this recent workshop we attended, showed us how to do, precisely that – have great, nutritious food, that tastes awesome too. In collaboration with food nutritionist Goo Chui Hoong of At Nineteen Culinary Studio, WORLDFOODS conducted the first of their Food Conversations series. Goo Chui Hoong is a qualified dietitian and an adjunct clinical senior lecturer with the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur.
Members of Kuala Lumpur based non-profit organization ibu, a resource centre for young families and new mothers to meet, share experience on parenthood and raising funds to support local charities working with disadvantaged parents and children in Malaysia were present to kicked off this event.
Goo has been working with Worldfoods for sometime now, as they use only natural ingredients, that have no preservatives, are gluten free, low sodium and low sugar. Worldfoods is a Malaysian-Thai collaboration since 2000, sold in Europe and America, and is not making its way back to Malaysia.
If you read the labels, you will see that a lot of the Wholefood range are suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans and even Coeliacs (gluten free)..
Now you might find the marinades, pastes or sauces somewhat bland to begin with, due to the lack of MSG (mono sodium glutamate) and its low salt/sugar content, but trust me this is a good sign. You see, living in South East Asia, we have become so programmed to love all things laden with MSG, salt and sugar, that once these unnatural additives are missing, we find food not palatable. Well, this is a concept that we need to change, if we want to lead a healthier life. The milder taste of the sauces is also catered to the western palate and young children.
And Goo’s concept of food preparation is also a revelation. Instead of hours of preparation, she opts for quick meals of delicious south east asian flavors, that don’t cook the food to death, are actually easier to prepare and make for healthier meals. Only add a pinch of salt, sugar, spice, or chilli if needed or when necessary.
Goo prepared 3 dishes for us with ease, and all three had 3 things in common – they were light tasting, nutritious and actually very delicious!
First one was the Spanish Mackerel, Seaweed, Egg rolls with Tom Yum Paste…
flaying the deboned fish from its skin
Blend it with the fish paste..
Steaming the egg rolls lightly to cook the fish..
Next was the ever so popular local favourite, Chicken Paitee with Turmeric Lemongrass Marinade..
the marinade is added the to chicken and cooked
Finally, something all kids love, but is made in a fashion that’s nutritious as well as tasty – Pizzas made with brinjals, tomatoes and Green Curry Paste..
vegetables prepared fresh.. That’s what healthy eating is all about…
Give it a good toss with the green curry paste.. no salt or sugar is needed really
bake these on nutritious, high fibre brown capati skins.. as opposed to white dough
The results were fantastic dishes that were medium-flavoured, yet had evident aromas of south-east asian flavors! Definitely a healthier option to MSG loaded sauces on the market shelves these days. Loved it.
WORLDFOODS – they do a range of ready-made sauces, marinades, paste, salad dressings and fruit toppings that are 100% natural, with no unnecessary artificial additives and no genetically modified (GM) ingredients
I particularly love the huge selection of marinades, paste and sauces that are used as a base in most popular Asian dishes – thanks to them, you can easily whip up food in your kitchen quickly and easily. Vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs will be pleased to know that these products cater to them too.
So where does one go to get these awesome sauces..? Well, all the leading supermarkets in Malaysia actually, including Village Grocer Bangsar, Mt Kiara and Sunway Giza, Jasons, Cold Storage, BIG, Jaya Grocer The Internark, Plaza Jelutong and Empire Shopping and Hock Choon Jalan Ampang. Worldfoods has already been available in many specialized supermarkets in US, and Europe.
There’s definitely no going back for me now, that my household has found Worldfoods!
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