My haul from Pasarbella

PasarBella is a covered market selling an eclectic mix of organic vegetables, fresh seafood, soy candles and shabby chic furniture. The first time I went there, I didn’t buy anything because I went in the evening. This time, I made a trip in the day, which is the best time to go because all the stalls are open. I wanted to get my hands on good meat and cheese and I wasn’t disappointed.

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My first stop was to James’ Butchery & Co.

“They have free-range meat!” I squealed in delight. There was also pasture-fed meat, which means that grass and other forage make up most of the animals’ diet.

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Free-range beef
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Free-range veal

We bought free-range beef and oxtail meat to make broth.

Our next stop was to The Providore, which specialised in artisanal cheese and charcuterie, as well as dips and olives. We bought some salami (not pictured here).

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Cheese at The Providore

Apart from a deli, The Providore also has a dry goods section selling herbs and coconut-based products.

Herbs and spices at The Providore
Herbs and spices at The Providore

And for all the paleo people out there looking for coconut products but don’t want to order online from CocoNuture you can get your oil, flour and sugar from PasarBella.

CocoNuture products at The Providore
CocoNuture products at The Providore

Next up was The Cheese Ark, which was located in a temperature controlled room in an obscure part of PasarBella. The moment you step in, the smell of pungent cheese assaults your senses. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Mostly raw milk cheese
Mostly raw milk cheese
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Cheese sampling is very welcome

Apart from cheese, The Cheese Ark also sells goat’s milk from local goat farm Hay Dairies. Goat’s milk may be better for people who have trouble digesting cow’s milk because it contains less lactose (milk sugar). In any case, your milk cannot get any fresher than this because Hay Dairies is located in Lim Chu Kang.

Fresh local goat's milk
Fresh local goat’s milk

We bought 100 grams of buffalo cheese for about $15.

Apart from meat and cheese, there were also stalls selling organic vegetables. I always feel that the healthiest and most environmentally conscious way to eat vegetables is to eat local most of the time. So I was happy to skip the vegetable sections that imported Australian or American greens.

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This is my haul from PasarBella consisting of free-range beef and oxtail meat, buffalo cheese, salami and (not so healthy) Cornish ginger ale.

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That very evening, we made a stew using the free-range beef. The meat was so good it melted in my mouth.

Beef stew with carrots, celery and tomatoes
Beef stew with carrots, celery and tomatoes

 

Address
PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah
200 Turf Club Road Singapore 287994

Opening Hours
Stalls : 9.30am to 7pm
Restaurants: 10am to 10pm

Review: Project Paleo – finally! Paleo lunches in the CBD

Back in the 2013 when I first started this blog, there was no such thing as a paleo restaurant or takeaway or cafe in Singapore. You either had to cook at home to get a good paleo meal or just close an eye and brave it outside. First, Cavemen Food opened up at Novena Square Two. And now for people at Raffles Place, we have Project Paleo.

Here is the owner Joyce with her stall at 15 Phillip Street. Her food contain no refined sugar, no harmful additives, no diary and no gluten. Olive oil is used for cooking.

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All sets go for $8, which include one main and two sides. The mains range from chicken to fish to beef to pork. The sides include sweet potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables. And fear not if you are vegetarian because you can choose three sides as well.

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I chose the salmon with cauliflower rice and mushrooms. Here’s my verdict:

  • Salmon: tender but quite plain and less tasty than I expected.
  • Mushrooms: yummy! The best part of my dish.
  • Cauliflower rice: this tastes very interesting indeed – like coleslaw but a super healthy version. Some people in the paleo world eat this to simulate the mouth feel of real rice.
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Salmon, mushrooms and cauliflower rice

My overall thought was that the dish was very small. I wasn’t full after eating even though I enjoyed every delicious morsel of food. The salmon was 150 grams and for another $4 you can add on another 100 grams. Or maybe I just have a huge appetite! Continue reading Review: Project Paleo – finally! Paleo lunches in the CBD

What people eat around the world

In 2007, photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith Dā€™Aluisio visited 30 families in 24 countries to document what they ate. The results were incredible photographs showing Indian, Japanese, Mexican families with their weekly meals.

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The Patkar family spends around $45 per week
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The Ukita family spends around $361 per week

I have always been curious about what other people eat. When I’m at supermarkets, I would peer into the baskets of other shoppers. Did that man just buy 10 bags of Coke and 8 bags of potato chips? And, oh wow, that salmon looks amazing – where did she get that?

In their 2010 book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, Peter and FaithĀ focused on the diets ofĀ individuals instead.

On one extreme, we have this lady in the UK showing us what she eats on a bingeing day.Ā Her bagsĀ of chips, chocolate bars, bread and sausagesĀ amounted to more than 12,000 calories.

Continue reading What people eat around the world