The $16 ’ang moh’ chap chye peng shop. Grain Traders offers a Westernised version of economical rice, except that this bowl may not be as economical.
The healthy-dining eatery by the team from Kilo has done well enough to set up a 2nd outlet at Tanjong Pagar 100AM (Amara Hotel). The first is at Market Street CapitaGreen Building.
For $16, you get a basic bowl of 1 grain choice, 1 protein, 1 hot veggie, 2 cold veggies, 1 sauce and 1 topping. Compared to a typical salad bar, the offerings will feel heartier and more filling.
The base grains include Japanese Rice, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Bulgur Wheat, Soba Noodles OR Super Greens Bed; topped with protein choice of Grilled Striploin Steak, Sous-vide & Chargrilled Salmon, Roasted Chicken, Slow-roasted Pork, Seared Marinated Tuna, Lentils Patty.
The food is laid out in huge bowls and containers. Just like in a marketplace, you get to choose your freshest ingredients visually, and make your payment at the end of the counter.
You can get their servers to recommend, but to be reminded that CBD lunchtime can be pure madness and getting a seat is definitely tougher than catching a high CP Pokemon. (Tell me about it.)
If you are lost, some recommendations from the Grain Traders team include:
– Executive Chef Gisela’s personal favourite is quinoa, sous-vide and chargrilled salmon, grilled beets & carrots, cucumber pickles and coleslaw, pumpkin seeds, and beetroot feta yogurt.
– Founder Javier top choices are brown rice, with sous-vide and chargrilled salmon, furikake corn, mixed bean pico de gallo, crudités & coleslaw with kaffir lime vinaigrette, and roasted nut mix.
– Co-founder Ken picks super greens, lentil patties, furikake corn, mixed bean pico de gallo, bean sprout salad, roasted nut mix, raisins, miso caramel, and avocado for his bowl – for energy and protein.
– Co-founder Josh recommends brown rice, slow-roasted pork, charred veggies, mixed bean pico de gallo, seed mix, salsa verde, and an avocado to top it all off, as it reminds him of his Puerto Rican childhood.
During my last visit, I had Soba Noodles (refreshing), Slow-roasted Pork (tender and tasty), Wild Mushrooms (bring out a different texture, personal favourite) and Charred Furikake Corn (for that crunch).
Overall, most friends would comment that the food is hearty and has more flavours (thus not as boring) as the typical health bowls. BUT, price is a factor, and they may not have these bowls as regularly as they would have preferred.
100 Tras Street, 100 AM Mall #01-03/04 Singapore 079027
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
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