The healthiest fried rice in Singapore?
What to eat
Rice is not your enemy; it's the type you eat that matters. Tuck into a typical plate of hawker stall fried rice - the white variety glistening with oil and laced with salt and MSG - and you'll be in for a guilt trip soon after. But head to Joie for its wild rice dish and you'll have no regrets.
Let's be clear about one thing: Wild rice isn't actually rice. Native to the US, the purplish-black kernels are grains harvested from semiaquatic grasses. Its nutritional superiority is clear: While a cup of cooked white rice contains 210 calories, 4g of protein, 45g of carbohydrates and 1g of fibre, the same-sized serving of wild rice provides 170 calories, 7g protein, 35g of carbohydrates and 3g of fibre. Compared to brown rice, wild rice is higher in protein, fibre, potassium and metabolism-boosting niacin.
Owing to the presence of several phytochemicals, the antioxidant activity in wild rice is 30 times greater than in white rice, found a 2009 Canadian study. Recent research published in the British Journal of Nutrition also found that eating wild rice may improve your blood lipid profile, raise good HDL cholesterol levels and reduce oxidative stress, even in the face of a diet high in fat and cholesterol.
It all sounds splendid, but does it pass the taste test? At Joie, a restaurant serving "modern meatless cuisine", wild rice is sauteed with chopped French green beans and root vegetables mixed in, with baby radish and carrots on top. The slightly chewy grains impart a slight nutty flavour that melds well with the sweetness of the paired ingredients.
Our verdict? Far from being a wild card, this dish proves a winner in every department.
4.5g Dietary Fibre
As part of a 6-course lunch ($38.80++)
As part of a 7-course dinner ($68.80++)
#12-01 Oorchard Central
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