Raw With Chef Yin - Eat Better, Feel Better and Live Better
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Raw With Chef Yin - Eat Better, Feel Better and Live Better

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27 August 2016

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Frunatic has been tempting me with their beautiful photos on their Instagram feed since May this year so I was elated when they finally launched in Singapore!

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I initially thought they were a restaurant but soon found out they actually create bespoke therapeutic wellness meals which are delivered straight to your doorstep. Which is even better as there’s no need to drive out or take the MRT to get nutritious, plant-based meals anymore.

During my last trip to Singapore where I was invited to host a Healthy Gut Meet Up Session together with Raw Living Asia on Kerabu (or perhaps Ke-RAW-bu?) and Raw Satay Sauce, I also managed to find some time to check out Frunatic’s wonderful offerings.

What a blessing it was to have the opportunity to experience a 10-course Meal at Frunatic’s R&D Kitchen at Kaki Bukit Avenue.

Here’s what I had:

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Longevity Herbal Tea
  • Tropical Energising Smoothie
  • Southwest Tofu Scramble
  • Green Punch Juice
  • Matcha Truffle with Raspberry Surprise
  • Pineapple Dill
  • Quinoa Beetroot Risotto
  • Chinese Yam Noodles
  • Pumpkin Dessert

This is a mixture of both raw and cooked dishes which are all plant-based, nutrient-rich and absolutely beautiful.

It was quite fascinating to learn that they have their very own in-house team of wellness professionals including a Nutritionist, Dietitian, Naturopathic Doctor and TCM Physician to collaborate with their Chef to come up with a whole series of set meals.

Yup, they actually have at least 12 types of set meals catered for: Athletic Sports, Performance, Immunity, Anti-Fatigue, Digestive, Detoxifying, Sleep Inducer, Weight Management, 2H (High Blood Pressure and High Blood Cholesterol), Diabetes, Confinement, Kid’s Meals and Customised Individual Meals. With that, I’m pretty sure they’ve covered all grounds.

So... what did I think of the dishes? Here’s the lowdown:

Longevity Herbal Tea

This is a rich herbal tea, made from Chinese wolfberries, red dates, chrysanthemum, rose, premium ginseng, dried longan, green tea and licorice. They even brewed this in alkaline ionised water. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me of the herbal teas that my grandfather would make for all his grandchildren. I might even try to replicate this with my water kefir drinks.

Tropical Energising Smoothie (Raw)

It’s smoothie time! For those who have been following me on my Instagram feed, they would know that I just love smoothies. So I was really happy to be able to sample this mango & banana smoothie which has a touch of cinnamon and ginger powder. Chef Sabrina also explained that they blend their smoothies no more than 45 seconds to ensure that all the nutrients are still intact and not heated up.

Southwest Tofu Scramble

An egg-free alternative for those who still want to have their scrambles. This dish is essentially a tofu scramble tossed with thinly sliced red onions and bell peppers accompanied by a turmeric sauce with heirloom tomatoes and Swiss brown mushrooms. To be very honest, it tasted a bit ordinary. I’m not a huge fan of tofu only because my body doesn’t seem to respond too well to it so this one wasn’t a favourite.

Green Punch Juice (Raw)

Frunatic only uses a cold pressed juicer for all their juices to ensure the freshness and all the natural vitamins and enzymes are retained. This one was a winner! Loved the invigorating blend of green pepper, kiwi, green apple and the zing from the peppermint.

Matcha Truffles with Raspberry Surprise (Raw)

This was so much fun to have! An energy ball made from almonds, cashews, raw cacao and right in the center there’s a raspberry surprise. The slight bitterness from the matcha gave it a really nice edge to counter the sweetness of the dates.

Pineapple Dill (Raw)

I loved this the most. Very simple actually but I think it was perfect. Dehydrated baby pineapple slices sprinkled with fresh minced dill. They explained that the pineapple was dehydrated for 24 hours which explained the intensity of the pineapple flavour. I liked the texture - it was chewy and yet not too dry. As Goldilocks would say, it was just right. The dill was the perfect accompaniment to the pineapple.

Quinoa Beetroot Risotto

Not quite a hit with me but Mr Jazz Guitarist lapped it all up. And that says a lot as he is not a fan of beetroot. He enjoyed the baby beetroot with tri-coloured quinoa served with cauliflower, truffle mushroom and carrots. For me, the cauliflower and carrots tasted too plain but I was told that the main feature was supposed to be the beetroot so they were designed not to overpower in taste.

Chinese Yam Noodles (Partially raw)

An interesting dish featuring three kinds of noodles - spiralized Japanese yam, edamame and brown rice. The sauce is something I would try to replicate with mushroom stock, vinegar and ginger. I thought there was something missing in this Chef’s Special… perhaps some bird’s eye chilli? Not sure if the chilli would be considered therapeutic or not though!

Pumpkin Dessert (Raw)

What a lovely way to end the meal with a raw vegan cake created with pumpkin juice, cashew nuts and cinnamon. To top it off, there’s a crunchy buckwheat brittle as well as hazelnuts. Apparently, everyone loves this dessert.

So there you go, a summary of my Frunatic experience. Mmmmmmmmmm… beautiful food which is both yummy and healthy. This 10-course meal is totally aligned with my beliefs that healthy food can actually be appetising and very energising. I felt really alive and invigorated after the meal. *starts skipping around and singing*

Be well!


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