Learn CNY Vegetarian Cooking

2015 July to Dec Veg Cooking class at Awareness Place by Vinitha

Teacher Vinitha Ang is conducting vegetarian cooking classes on the next Sundays at Awareness Place Well-being Centre.

Sign up with her now if you would like to learn how to make delicious and healthy CNY dishes like Yu Sheng (no artificial colouring, no additives!), Lotus Leaf Fragrant Brown Rice, Peng Chai and herbal dessert.

Ms. Vinitha Ang can be reached at 92368402, http://nutrihub.blogspot.sg


Vegan, Raw, Nutrient-packed Sprout Powders





Raw, Vegan, Freeze-Dried Sprout Powders

Gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, wheat-free, fat-free, no preservatives, non-GMO.

These nutrient dense sprout mix are easy to use – simply add to smoothies, soups or stews, even salads.

Choose from:

Broccoli & Kale, Bean Sprout Mix, Red Clover & Daikon Radish Sprout Mix.

Available now at www.bgoecoshop.com.

Energise with Thai Organic Rice & Organic Curry Paste



New Mekhala organic rice & organic curry pastes now available at BGO Ecoshop!

Thai Organic Rice & Curry Paste

Organic Black Rice – Low in sugar, high in fibre

Organic Brown Rice – Rich in antioxidants & source of GABA

Organic Energy Rice – Low GI, versatile in cooking

Organic Ruby Rice – Decreases risk of heart disease & cancer

To go with these healthy rice, you can choose among:

Organic Green Curry PasteOrganic Red Curry Paste & Organic Yellow Curry Paste. Get the Organic Rice & Curry Paste Bundle Deal for savings!

Nutrihub Healthy Living Culinary Workshop

CNY is just round the corner. If you have been looking towards learning to bake yummy cookies or even to make Yu Sheng, why not learn to make healthy raw food version?!

Nutrihub announced their Jan 2013 Culinary Art Workshop. Remember, BGO friends get to enjoy 15% discount – just mention Chewy or BGO Ecoshop.

NutriHub Culinary Art-  CNY Jan 2013 Workshops by Vinitha Ang


The Vitality Superfood – Raw Organic Maca Root Powder

Ingredients: 100% Organic Raw Maca Root Powder

Feeling fatigue and stressed? Is mental and physical exhaustion draining your energy level? Then Maca Root Powder could be your answer.

Maca is a radish-like tuberous root cultivated and grown in the Andean Mountains of Peru for thousands of years. Maca is well-known for its numerous health benefits and was part of the diet of the ancient Incas of South America years ago.

Today, maca is growing in popularity in countries like Japan, Europe and the United States due to its reputed energizing effects, fertility/libido enhancement and aphrodisiac qualities.

Other traditional uses  include increasing stamina and endurance in athletes, promoting mental clarity, helping with menstrual irregularities and with female hormonal imbalances, including menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Health Benefits of raw Maca Root powder:

√  Raises energy levels, combats mental and physical fatigue & stress

√  Highly nutritious – a wholesome dietary supplement (one glass of tea containing half to 1 tsp of raw maca root has more nutrients than 1 serving of most fruits & vegetables)

√  Stimulates the functioning of the endocrine system in both men and women (maca contains no hormones and is a safe & effective non-estrogenic herb that works to naturally balance your hormone levels)

√  Slows down the process of aging, enhances mental/brain functions

“What I see in maca is a means of normalizing our steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone and estrogen. Therefore it has the facility to forestall the hormonal changes of aging.”

– Garry P. Gordon, MD, former president of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, now Founder and President of the International College of Advanced Longevity Medicine (Illinois, Chicago).

√  Alleviates the symptoms of menopause by stimulating balanced hormone production

“Whenever possible, I prefer to use maca therapy rather than hormone replacement therapy, because HRT actually ages the body, diminishing the hormone producing capability of the glands. Maca has proven to be very effective with menopausal patients in eliminating hot flashes and depression and in increasing energy levels.”

– Gabriel Cousens, MD, practising internal medicine in Patagonia, Arizona.

√  Increases libido/fertilty and sexual activity

Maca root powder has a distince, nutty, almost butterscotch taste. here are some bevergaes/smoothies which will compliment the taste of maca root:

Add only 1/4 or 1/2 tsp if you wish for the maca flavour to be very mild. Experiment it for yourself.

Add to:

– sweet Iced Tea

– Iced Cappuccino

– Espresso (use 1/4 tsp per cup)

– Any fruit-based smoothies with raw honey or Nature’s Superfoods’ Coconut Palm Sugar

Recommended daily serving: 1/2 to 1 teaspoons (4g)

Start with 1/2 teaspoon then work your way up gradually. Take 1 week off after every month of usage on order to keep the body responsive to its phytonutrients. Not recommended for children under the age of 3 and pregnant women.


Do not combine the consumption of maca powder with anything hormone-related. This includes any phytoestrogens (Dong Quai, Soy Products, Black Cohosh, Coumestrol, Vitex/Chasteberry), progesterone creams and Evening Primrose Oil.

Nature’s Superfood’s Raw Organic Maca Powder is fair trade and certified organic. It is now available at BGO Ecoshop (www.bgoecoshop.com).

Vegetarian & Organic – Bi Bim Bap & Salty Biscuits with Hibiscus Tea

I had the chance to drop by local vegetarian haven Fortune Centre recently and remembered to try the Vegetarian Bi Bim Bap at New Green Pasture Cafe I had mentioned in my previous bog post Tasty & Healthy Organic Vegetarian Food in Singapore.

Brown rice was used and it came piping hot in a clay pot. I was nicely surprised to see so many ingredients that went into my Bi Bim Bap. There were mushrooms, vegetarian eggs, fish pieces, seaweeds, sprouts, sliced radish … and I seemed to taste ground peanuts as well in the rice.

It was well-cooked, tasty and the portion was definitely filling. The serving was quite big so I decided to forgo ordering dessert.

Before I went into New Green Pasture Cafe however, I spotted a signage that pointed to Tian Yuan Healthy Vegetarian Food Paradise (田园健康素食品). The shop is not visible from the escalator, so thank goodness for the sign.  It seems the shop also serves food, but I think they really does retail as they stock all sorts of vegetarian items.

I bought a box of Wholemeal Salty Peacake (全麦豆沙饼)at less than $5.00 for ten pieces. They were really yummy! Not too sweet nor salty. According to the box, all the ingredients used are organic, which includes wholemeal flour, mung bean, sunflower oil, cane sugar, sesame and French seasalt. Filter water is used instead of normal unfiltered water.

I took my peacakes with Organic Hibiscus Flowers Tea which I had bought from Yes Natural.

Hibiscus flowers contain high Vitamin C and helps to relieve cold and dissolves phlegm. It is also good for the heart and blood circulation, lowers blood pressure as well as cholesterol level.

The tea turns bright red once hot water is poured onto the tea leaves and it has a slight sourish refreshing taste, which goes well with the salty peacakes!

Tasty & Healthy Organic Vegetarian Food in Singapore

Some time ago, after my recent bout of illnesses (see my posts on TCM vs. Western Medicine and TCM Triumphs Again), I had the good fortune to enjoy tasty and healthy vegetarian organic food again, with my taste buds intact and my appetite coming back.

I was really hungry when I dropped in one day on Nutrihub (46 Temple Street, Chinatown), opened by Ms. Vanitha Ang who used to be a nurse and was inspired through nursing her parents battling with their serious illnesses to open an organic eatery and promote healthy vegetarian diet through education.

I ordered their special meal for the day, which happens to be Curry with Brown Rice set. Perhaps my hunger had to do with it, but the curry that was served to me was almost to die for.

It was delightfully delicious. Not too heavy and spicy. I felt that it had a homemade taste. And I suspect that even for non-vegetarian curry, one can seldom find such a curry that is light and tasty at the same time. Not to mention that it is healthy too. I overheard Vanitha telling another customer that she used soy milk instead of coconut milk to cook the curry. No wonder it tasted different and light.

It was a very satisfying meal. If you have not been to Nutrihub before, do check out their small cafe at Chinatown. For the culinary inclined, Nutrihub offers cooking classes too, even customized ones.

You must try their veggie sushi, avocado shake (with chia seeds too!) and of course the Curry with Brown Rice set, if they do have that day.

Then on a different day, I went to New Green Pasture Cafe at Fortune Centre, #04-22. I have been here quite a few times, and I always like their soup (self-serving, free if you order a meal set, otherwise just donate a dollar to the Vegetarian Society). The soup is always packed with so much homely taste that just sets you at ease.

I ordered their Zha Jiang Mian, which is essentially dried noodles with sauce. It was quite a big serving, with generous portions of veggies too. Noodles were slurpy and sauce was nice! It certainly satisfied my hunger and taste bud. Just before I left, I noticed that they serve vegetarian Bi Bim Bap too! I definitely got to try that some day!

Saying No To Sharks’ Fin

A 3rd local supermarket chain has said no to sharks fin sales in Singapore. Carrefour joins NTUC Fairprice and Cold Storage in committing to stop selling sharks fin at its outlet in Singapore.

This announcement comes after Singapore’s largest supermarket chain, Fairprice, announced that it will withdraw all sales of shark’s fin products by end of March this year due to a public uproar after an insensitive message was posted by one of NTUC Fairprice’s seafood supplier Thern Da Seafood.

The supplier had posted on Facebook on 17 Nov 2011 at 12.14am, “Screw the divers! Shark’s fin and Mola Mola will also be launched at all NTUC Fairprice outlets during CNY 2012! Exact date for launching will be out soon!”

Sharks fin, which is virtually tasteless, is priced in Chinese culinary as a rare and privileged food. It is lauded by the Chinese that sharks fin helps to boost sexual potency, improve skin quality and the body’s “qi” or energy. As it is rare and expensive, it symbolises wealth and prestige and is often served to guests in banquets to show honour and respect for guests.

Environmentalists have long criticised shark finning contributing to the decline of certain shark species. There is controversy in this area as researches have shown that only a small proportion of the shark species are in endangered and sharks are captured for reasons other than shark finning.

Nevertheless, the removal of sharks fin from the shelves of supermarket chains should be celebrated. The nutritional value of sharks fin has been overrated (see article here) and it is inhumane to deprive these great sea creatures of their fins for mere satisfaction of human’s taste buds and ego (one suspect it is more of the latter).

The preparation of the sharks fin may involve the use of hydrogen peroxide which is a bleaching agent, and its vitamin content is much less than that of typical vegetable soup, containing almost no vitamin A.

If consumed in extremely large quantities, shark fin soup may cause sterility in men due to mercury content. The FDA recommends pregnant women and young children avoid eating shark fins.

One would be much wiser to choose healthy vegetarian soups. View loads of good recipes at Savvyvegetarian.

Dr. McDougall On Why A Vegan Diet Did Not Cause Steve Jobs To Die

Dr. John McDougall (a physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine) wrote an article in his newsletter on what exactly caused Steve Jobs to die.

According to Dr. McDougall’s analysis, Steve Jobs’ cancer cells possibly began in his body and metastasized when he was in his twenties, when Jobs was exposed to carcinogens in the electronics industry, such as his working on frequency counters at HP plant, as well as soldering circuit boards in his early days in Apple.

Dr. McDougall dispelled the thinking that many people might have that Jobs’ life could have been prolonged if he had not delayed the surgery to remove his cancerous tumour and had not been on a strict vegan diet. While some people might “discount the importance of a healthy vegan diet” by the apparent paradox of Jobs’ strict vegan diet and that of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who loves typical American fast food and is older, bigger and heavier, Dr. McDougall stated that:

The cause of his cancer was not due to his vegan diet. In fact, his healthy diet likely slowed the growth of his tumor, delayed the time of diagnosis, and prolonged his useful life.

At the pressure of his doctors’ advice to take more high quality protein, Jobs finally took eggs but it also did not help him in fighting off the cancer cells.

Neither Steve Jobs’ vegan lifestyle nor turning down surgery were the acts of an insane man. Rather both decisions demonstrate his rationality, genius, intuitiveness, and internal strength to stand up for what he knew to be right.

What could we have done to ward off cancer?

Dr. William Li of Angiogenesis Foundation (a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting), gave a TED Talk on how eating antiangiogenic foods can help to starve cancer cells.

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

Refer to the link here for Dr. William Li’s list of antiangiogenic foods.

You would find that the all the foods listed in this list are non-meat, not even eggs are listed. This is another support of the fact that a healthy vegan diet can be helpful in fighting against illnesses such as cancer.

BGO Ecoshop on ST Life!

BGO Ecoshop is featured on Straits Times Life!  Section today! WOO HOO!

The article is on buying interesting children’s gifts conveniently online. The picture shows our lovely vegetarian daughter Yi Xi wearing Under The Nile 100% Egyptian organic cotton Poplin 3-tier dress at the Istana – taken by proud Daddy Sweng (www.31images.com).

Also featured are our star buy Scraptopus – made from organic cotton scraps and filled with only the good stuff (organic cotton)!

Thanks Rohai for the spread! X-D