I know we’ve heard this statement countless of times, and we always feel a little cheated when we actually try these “health food disguised in unhealthy names”. Only to find out that they are bland and no where like the usual sinful (but oh so delicious) food that we have usually.
I had my doubts when I visited The Bento People for their healthy Quinoa bowls. The Bento People operates for lunch from 11am to 3pm on Mondays to Saturdays! They are driven by the goal of incorporating the habit of healthy eating into our lifestyles, yet not compromising on the taste and enjoyment of the food!
Besides their healthy bentos, they have recently launched their Quinoa Bowls like I’ve mentioned earlier, which are only available EVERYDAY! What’s Quinoa? Isn’t it like some healthy stuff and one of the grain choices in my salads at the salad bar? How good can it get really? This was my first impression of Quinoa. While I knew it was healthy, I couldn’t really be bothered to try it because huh not just like grains meh.
For all those people who are trying to “eat clean” or have “no carbs”, well, quinoa makes a pretty good alternative from your usual intake of white rice. It is not only high in protein, dietary fibre (goodbye constipation), it is also gluten free (omg latest buzz word) and easy to digest! Hey, that sounds so much better than just white rice!
The most important part is, HOW DO THEY TASTE LIKE? The Bento People has made quinoa more palatable for all of us skeptics. They have Quinoa done in Chinese Yangzhou Fried Rice style, Nasi Lemak, and even have a Bibimbap version of their quinoa. Crazy, I know!
The Ultimate Quinoa Bowl (Beef) – $15.80 (U.P. $17.80)
Look at how colorful this bowl is. In which, there is tricolor quinoa (black, red, white) done in the Chinese Yangzhou Fried Rice Style with pork charsiew and eggs, served along with Korean Bulgogi Beef, Ratatouille and Japanese Cucumber.
I had my first mouthful of the quinoa fried rice, and wow. The flavors simply burst in my mouth, and it was EXACTLY like yangzhou fried rice. I haven’t had fried rice in the longest time, because unhealthy. BUT THIS QUINOA BOWL, really satisfies that craving, MINUS the guilt. It’s simply amazing how they were able to replicate the flavors with the quinoa! I don’t think I’ll have fried rice at anywhere else ever.
The sides were really filling. Bulgogi beef was so juicy and flavorful, I wish there were more of it in the bowl! The Rataouille and Japanese Cucumber were served generously though, and it’s really something you could go for if you’re watching your diet, or trying to make an effort to eat more healthily! Even the most unhealthy eaters would love this “fried rice” minus the veggies. HAHA!
I would think that this quinoa bowl may hurt most of our pockets, especially for those who are working in the area for their lunch breaks. $17.80 as the usual price, it might get a little hard to swallow, and the price is often why I rather cook my own clean meals than have them outside. Oh well.. Nonetheless, if you ever decide to eat healthily while you’re out or have massive cravings for things like fried rice or nasi lemak, be sure to head down to The Bento People for these much healthier alternatives!
Honestly, this is my first time having a non-salad healthy meal outside of the comforts of my own home, and I was blown away by how good these tasted! While The Bento People can get a little inconvenient to get to, I’d think the trip there is worth the experience if you’re looking for something unique and a very different dining experience!
If there’s anything that could entice you, CT HUB is located just 5 minutes away from the enclave of cafes at Lavender, and perhaps you could include them into your cafehopping itinerary on weekends! Have a healthy lunch before embarking on all of them unhealthy sweets! HEHE!
How to get there?
#02-17, CT Hub, 2 Kallang Avenue, 339407
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm
* Starting from 16th Feb,
Monday to Friday (Dinner): 6pm to 8.30pm