We have a precious rock in the house that we keep in the refrigerator, in a ziplock bag beside the fruit compartment.
No, not a crystal. Not a diamond. Not any of those pricey stones you can't eat.
Ours looks like a brick of pink quartz, but it is actually a plate made entirely of Himalayan salt. It adds an even salty flavour to any food served on it. It works well with fruits such as watermelon, pineapple and pear, sharpening their sweetness with an edge of saltiness.
Imported from Pakistan by wholesaler The Indiana Supply Company, the salt slab has another use.
Heated up, it can also serve as cookware, for fish, pork, lamb, beef and so on. A slab that has been chilled and used as tableware can't double as cookware, however.
Meanwhile, we have been calling our plate a family heirloom (we're just joking) and we plan to serve fruits (and ice cream, maybe, in flavours such as chocolate) on it for the festive season.
At the rate we are rubbing all the sides of our cut fruits on it, however, who knows? Salt slabs, unlike diamonds, aren't forever, unfortunately.
The Farquhar Himalayan Food-grade Salt Slabs, from $37 for 2kg, from www.batch.sg or crateful.com.sg.
The slabs will also be available at The Indiana Supply Company's stall at the Dream Christmas Market, 456 River Valley Road, on Dec 6 and 7, from 11am to 7pm.
This article was first published on Nov 30, 2014.
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