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The Best Mexican Restaurants in London

The Best Mexican Restaurants in London

https://prescottmediacenter.org/ – London’s ever-growing Mexican food scene offers far more than platefuls of tortilla chips heaped with salsa, guacamole and jalapeños and smothered in gooey cheese. You’ll get incredible nachos if you want them, but there’s also quality quesadillas, tip-top tostadas and exemplary enchiladas on offer across town. You’ll find all these and more at London’s very best Mexican restaurants.

1. Kol

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Marylebone

A seasonal Mexican restaurant and the first permanent venture from ‘Nomadic chef’ Santiago Lastra, Kol was the highest placed UK joint in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2023 list. Not bad going. Inside this modern Marylebone restaurant you’ll find super seasonal British produce and ‘wild food’. You will, of course, have to book pretty far in advance to secure a hallowed table.

Photo: Breddos Tacos

2. Breddos Tacos

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 2 of 4

Breddos keep things casual to suit what is ultimately still street food. A custom-made wood grill adds rustic charm. Tacos remain its strong suit, but try the seafood tostadas too, which team the crunch of tortilla shells with punchy cross-continental flavours.

3. Cavita

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Marylebone

Growing up between Mexico City and a small village in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, chef Adriana Cavita is at the helm, bringing with her an impressive resumé that includes stints at Mexico City’s much-lauded Pujol, often called the best restaurant in the city, and Spain’s mythical El Bulli by superstar chef Ferran Adrià. At Cavita, the vibe is decidedly more laidback. There’s more focus on winning over a local crowd with a damn good time than winning over critics and scoring Michelin stars, but the dishes are anything but simple.

4. El Pastor

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Borough
  • price 2 of 4

If you need cheering up, head down to this Mexican hideaway beneath the arches by Borough Market. Owned by the Hart brothers (of Barrafina fame), Pastor is a taco joint with pedigree and a rollicking fiesta vibe. Order the mighty Pastor pork taco, the DIY short rib or the gringa quesadillas with fresh salsas and a blast of loud Latin music.

5. Casa Pastor

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

If tacos are your thing, look no further than Casa P, the newest addition to the El Pastor family. Punters can expect fresh tortillas made in house daily, plated up alongside a bevy of aguachiles and tostadas. You’ll find a selection of fillings to pile into your shells, from chipotle chicken (our fave) to baja fish (battered goujons, slaw and salsa) and veggie options.

6. Club Mexicana, Spitalfields

  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Spitalfields
  • price 2 of 4

Fun, lively and totally vegan, this branch of Club Mexicana is the biggest yet. Enjoy chef and founder Meriel Armitage’s unique plant-based take on tacos, nachos and burritos – as well as a giant mirror ball and iconic frozen margs. Read our review of the Kingly Court location here.

7. Zapote

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Shoreditch
  • price 2 of 4

Zapote serves punchy meat and elegant seafood dishes from the mind of chef Yahir Gonzalez. It’s something he does extremely well, serving up duck quesadillas with a gooey smoked chipotle jelly, scallop ceviche, beef tartare taco with roasted bone marrow and charred octopus. The ‘save room for dessert’ trope is total a cliche, but at Zapote you would be a fool not to, especially if the pistachio doughnut with morello cherry jam is on.

8. Daddy Donkey

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Holborn
  • price 1 of 4

Billed as a ‘kick-ass Mexican grill’, one-time street stall Daddy Donkey has morphed into a permanent behemoth among Leather Lane’s cheap handbags, shoes and CDs. Try a naked burrito (sans tortilla) or the signature Daddy D with a choice of five fillings.

9. Del74

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Dalston
  • price 1 of 4

Del74’s Dalston outpost prides itself on its no-fuss Mexican fare that ‘keeps it simple, keeps it real’. It sports kitschy ’70s-inspired decor and the menu’s modest but appealing. Go for the tangy guacamole, which comes with a hearty helping of homemade tortilla chips, or try the cochinita pibil, a braised leg of pork topped with fresh avo and red pickled onions that’s a fiesta in your mouth.

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10. DF Tacos

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Brick Lane

DF stands for Mexico City’s Distrito Federal, but this affordable, mass-market pleaser couldn’t be more London – and fashion-conscious with it. All the trademarks are here: strikingly modern design, cheery staff and Mexican fast food with a hipster spin. Open tacos hit the spot, as do the pork pibil tortas – a trendy Mex riff on the burger.

11. Santo Remedio

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • London Bridge
  • price 2 of 4

Simply brilliant. Low-lit, inviting and spread over two floors, it seduces punters with easy-listening Latin grooves, flickering tea lights, and some inspired food – guacamole sprinkled with tiny grasshoppers, hibiscus flower quesadillas and enchiladas and 12-hour slow-cooked smoky beef tacos. There are punishing shots of mezcal too.

12. Taqueria

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Notting Hill

Taqueria has a charming indie feel with its bare wood floors, film posters, Latin soundtrack and unfussy food. Quesadillas are the big hits (try the version with home-cured chorizo), but there are also a few tostadas (including one with a classic ceviche twist) and the usual suspects on the side. Drink Mexican beer, mezcal and tequila, or stay sober with a cooling aguas frescas.

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25 Easy Walnut Recipes

25 Easy Walnut Recipes

prescottmediacenter.org – You might think that a list of walnut recipes would be full of cakes and cookies, but walnuts are way more versatile than that.

They have a mild yet slightly bitter taste, and they’re no more expensive than almonds, cashews, or Brazil nuts.

And let’s not forget they’re rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fats, and they become super creamy and buttery when toasted and processed.

But what can you make with them?

How about a vegan “cheese” sauce for your next party? Or a batch of fresh walnut pesto?

If you’re sick of almonds and cashews, I guarantee you’ll find more than one walnut recipe here to get you excited.

1. 5-Minute Candied Walnuts

Caramelized nuts are a lovely little snack and a simple yet delicious cake decorating option.

Typically, you would boil sugar and water until the sugar dissolves and then add in your nuts, constantly stirring until everything turns golden.

This takes a little while and a lot of elbow grease.

This recipe, however, is a great shortcut. You’ll toss everything into a skillet, making a simple caramel sauce while the walnuts toast.

Once the sugar is melted, and the nuts are coated, pour everything onto a lined baking tray and do your best to separate the nuts so they can cool and set.

2. Cinnamon and Walnut Porridge

I know how easy it is to microwave a bowl of instant oats, but I promise this homemade oatmeal recipe is worth the extra time.

And by “extra time,” I mean it takes 5 minutes on the stovetop!

When everything is cooked and creamy, scatter over some walnuts and a dusting of cinnamon and enjoy.

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Or, those candied walnuts from above would be excellent in this dish.

3. Vegan Walnut Cheese Sauce

Vegan “cheese” can be a tough sell to meat-eaters, and I totally get it.

I mean, how can a bowl of nuts, water, and seasonings taste anything like a hot dish of Qdoba queso?

The truth is, this isn’t the hot queso you know and love. Instead, it’s more like cheesy hummus.

The walnuts are impossibly buttery and give this fantastic texture, while the nutritional yeast adds a delightfully nutty and cheesy taste.

4. Basil Walnut Pesto

If you love pesto as much as I do, I’m sure you’ve looked online for some tasty DIY recipes. The only issue with that is the cost of pine nuts.

Who knew they were so expensive? They grow in forests, and harvesting them takes a LOT of labor, which makes them pretty pricey.

The good news is that walnuts make the perfect pine nut alternative.

Pine nuts have a pretty mild flavor, and since you’ll blend the nuts with basil, garlic, parsley, and Parmesan cheese, I’ll bet nobody will even know you made this recipe with wallet-friendly nuts.

5. Apple Walnut Salad

The combination of fresh, crisp apple slices, toasty walnuts, and smooth blue cheese in this salad will leave you wanting more.

As with any recipe like this, you’ll need to toast the nuts before adding them to the bowl. This helps to release their natural oils and enhance the flavor.

I like to make the salad almost completely, but toast and add the nuts at the last minute.

That little bit of warmth makes such a nice change and will melt the blue cheese, too.

6. Walnut Pasta Sauce

Ask any vegan, and they’ll tell you: you can have your creamy mac and cheese and eat it too!

What’s the secret to vegan pasta sauce? Walnuts, dairy-free milk, and nutritional yeast.

Like the cheese sauce recipe from above, this is super creamy and cheesy.

Only, this version is much thinner and will coat your pasta like a dream.

7. Chocolate Chip Walnut Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is moist, spicey, super flavorful, and one of my all-time fall faves.

I love it with brown sugar crumble on top and plenty of dark chocolate chips inside.

It’s also extra scrumptious when you throw in a decent handful of chopped walnuts.

My advice is to keep the walnuts pretty large; that way, you don’t feel like the bread is full of seeds.

I prefer the occasional bite of the nut rather than bits in every mouthful that get stuck in your teeth.

8. Best Ever Banana Nut Muffins

Banana nut muffins work as a sweet breakfast option, tasty mid-morning snack, and even as a midnight treat in front of the tv.

The key to getting the best flavor is to start with ripe bananas.

The peels should be brown and spotty, and when you peel them, they should be super fragrant.

Also, to get that ultra-light and fluffy center, be sure you don’t over-work the batter.

Instead, just gently stir everything until it comes together and get those babies in the oven asap.

9. Cranberry and Walnut Stuffing

If your family is anything like mine, you’ll probably need a few dishes full of stuffing to keep everyone happy.

After all, it’s one of the best holiday sides, so it’s crucial everyone gets their fair share.

Not only is this stuffing recipe nutty and full of poultry-friendly herbs, but it’s also loaded with fresh cranberries for beautiful pops of color and flavor.

Of course, you can make this with veggie stock if you want it meat-free.

10. Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

How many times have you been subjected to watery, bland coleslaw?

It’s sad because slaw is so easy to get right. This recipe, for example, is one of the best out there and will brighten up your meal in a snap.

As the title suggests, carrots are the main ingredient, and they’re crunchy, sweet, and vibrant.

That being said, you can easily throw in some cabbage if you want to bulk this out.

Once the walnuts are toasted, it’s just a matter of tossing all the ingredients together.

11. No-Bake Walnut Granola Bars

Many store-bought granola bars are full of sugars and artificial preservatives, and those that aren’t are usually pretty expensive.

So, why not try making your own? Using this recipe as a base, you can modify it so easily to make all kinds of fun flavors.

For example, I made a batch recently with golden raisins, chia seeds, and dried mango.

I’ve also made some with freeze-dried raspberries and dark chocolate chunks.

I think my next batch will have peanut butter and banana chips!

12. Blanched Kale With Walnuts and Raisins

This blanched kale side salad is perfect to go alongside some juicy pork chops or tender steak.

Not only does it look great with the dark greens and streaks of color, but it’s super simple to whip up last minute.

Of course, if kale isn’t your thing, feel free to use spinach instead.

Just keep in mind that though kale will shrink as it cooks, spinach tends to wilt a lot more, so you may need to reduce the cooking time.

13. Walnut Meat

If you’re not vegan, you might be wondering what exactly walnut meat is.

I know I’ve never seen it on a menu before, but it was a certified hit on my last meatless Monday!

Walnut meat is a ground blend of walnuts and mushrooms with a bit of soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

The idea is to use it as a ground meat substitute in everything from tacos and nachos to pasta and salads.

This recipe even offers some seasoning options depending on how you want to use it.

14. Zucchini Walnut Fried Rice

Fried rice is a quick and easy dish you can whip up with pretty much whatever you have in the fridge.

The trick is to start with cold, cooked rice, so it doesn’t turn to mush.

This dish is best when you slice the zucchini very thin, which is easier to do with a mandolin.

Between the veggies and the walnuts, this is bursting with fresh flavors and incredible texture.

15. Walnut Crusted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

I’m a sucker for “crusted” salmon, but I usually go for seasoned breadcrumbs and pecans.

For this version, you’ll mix chopped walnuts with mustard, maple syrup, olive oil, paprika, salt, and pepper before pouring it right over the half-cooked salmon steaks.

If you were to add the mix too soon, it would burn in the oven, so be sure to spoon it over after around 15 minutes.

16. Unbelievable Walnut Crusted Chicken

If you like the recipe above, you’ll go nuts for this incredible walnut-crusted chicken.

This recipe uses honey rather than maple syrup, and instead of pouring over a walnut sauce, you’ll dredge the chicken in a flour and walnut mix (as you might with breadcrumbs).

Next, you’ll sear the chicken to help the coating stick and finish the whole thing with a sweet and warm honey mustard glaze.

17. Walnut Brownie Protein Balls

Energy bites are a terrific little snack to keep you full on a busy day. They also work well as a quick breakfast or an after-workout protein boost.

Where many protein balls are made using dates and oats, this recipe takes it up a notch.

It uses chopped walnuts and chia seeds for texture, honey and dates for sweetness, walnut butter as a binder, and cocoa powder and chocolate chips for a touch of indulgence.

18. Lemon-Walnut Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

Adding quinoa and chickpeas to your salad will give you a boost of protein, keep you satisfied longer, and make that boring bowl of lettuce something to get excited about.

The dressing for this salad calls for walnut oil, which I’ve found in my local supermarket, and in Home Sense/Home Goods in the food section.

It leaves the salad with a slightly sweet and nutty undertone that works so well against the lemon juice.

19. Coffee and Walnut Cake

Coffee and walnut cake is an absolute classic British teatime cake. You’ll find it all over in bakeries and cafes, and they take it pretty seriously.

You’ll add coffee and walnuts to both the cake batter and the frosting, so if you were hoping for a light coffee flavor, you’re out of luck.

The coffee taste should be very pronounced in this cake!

One of the most traditional ways to decorate this cake is to cover the whole thing with frosting and coat it with finely chopped walnuts.

20. Walnut Brownies

I think brownies might just be the perfect baked treat.

They’re fantastic no matter how they come out, whether they’re cakey, fudgy, full of nuts, covered with ganache, or served warm with ice cream.

These brownies are bursting with sweet and nutty, toasted walnuts.

You’ll get a mouthful with each bite, and since they’re not crunchy, they’ll just add a bit of texture to otherwise soft brownies.

21. French Walnut-Caramel Tart

When I tell you that this pie is to die for, I’m not exaggerating.

It has a light, buttery pastry crust, and it’s filled with a sweet, rich, and wonderfully sticky walnut and caramel filling.

I know pecan pie is a classic, but I highly recommend making this instead!

The filling needs just seven simple ingredients, and you’ll make a quick caramel to start with.

Then, once it’s smooth and golden, you’ll mix through the walnuts and sea salt.

22. Chinese Walnut Cookies

I know these look a little like mini-bread rolls, but they’re actually walnut shortbread cookies.

The cookie dough is a quick blend of flour, sugar, butter, and rising agents, which gets finely chopped walnuts mixed in towards the end.

To get that golden top, you’ll brush them with egg wash before baking.

23. Deliciously Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Do you have a couple of bananas on the counter that are a little too ripe?

You know, when the skin is brown-black, and they smell super fragrant?

Then you just have to make this unbelievably moist banana bread!

It’s light and fluffy, perfectly sweet, and full of buttery walnuts for an added bit of nutty goodness.

It’s also even more delicious if you throw in some mini-chocolate chips.

24. Salted Maple And Toasted Walnut Brittle

Brittle is a tasty, salty, super sweet treat that’s typically made with corn syrup.

It acts as a source of sweetness and helps to prevent the sugar from crystallizing as it cooks.

Unfortunately, it’s not the best ingredient, and I know many people would prefer not to eat it.

This maple brittle is just as sweet and salty, but it only uses 100% pure maple syrup for a more natural finish.

One thing to note is that you’ll need a candy thermometer for this recipe, so you’ll know when the sugar mix is at the right temperature.

If you eyeball it and it’s not quite 300 degrees Fahrenheit, it won’t set right and will be soft rather than crunchy.

25. Applesauce Cake

Using applesauce in your cake batter will add subtle apple flavor, lots of moisture, and make the cake extra fluffy.

The apple will enhance the warm spices, and it’s extra tasty when it’s chock full of raisins and walnuts.

For something even more irresistible, try soaking the raisins in warm, sweet tea to plump them up.

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6 Best Drinks That Can Keep You Young, Try It Right Away!

6 Best Drinks That Can Keep You Young, Try It Right Away!

https://prescottmediacenter.org/ – Have you tried starting your day with a glass of fresh juice or any other healthy detox drink? If not, now is the time!

Besides flushing out toxins from your body, morning drinks help to maintain the health of your skin and make it appear radiant.

Here, we bring to you 6 amazing drinks that you can start your day with to flaunt glowing skin. Let’s begin!

What Expert Says

“Morning drinks rich in proteins, vitamins, and other micronutrients boost hair growth and promote healthy skin.”

Priya Chavan (PG, Cosmetics & Perfumery Management), Product Development Executive, SkinKraft

Importance Of Morning Drinks

Drinking water or fresh juice first thing in the morning helps remove toxins from the body and hydrate it. A study on Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics found that those who drank more water had improved skin hydration than participants who usually drank less water. [1]

Highlighting the importance of morning drinks, Priya Chavan, Product Development Executive at SkinKraft says, “When we wake up in the morning, the pH of our stomach remains highly acidic. Our metabolism remains slow too. After an overnight fast, our gut and stomach become soft which helps in the easy absorption of nutrients. So, if we begin our day with a healthy drink, the gut can absorb nutrients to their maximum capacity. This is why starting the day by consuming a healthy drink is recommended.”

She further adds, “Morning drinks rich in proteins, vitamins, and other micronutrients boost hair growth and promote healthy skin nutrition.”

6 Morning Drinks For Glowing Skin

Other than starting your day with drinking water, you can add other healthy drinks to your daily morning routine to give your skin a healthy boost. Here are some of them.

1. Lemon Water And Honey

Consuming lemon and honey with lukewarm water can work wonders for your skin. A study on Analysis on the Natural Remedies to Cure Dandruff/Skin Disease-causing Fungus – Malassezia furfur found that lemon juice is highly effective against skin disease-causing fungal growth. Besides, it contains Vitamin C that helps to rejuvenate the skin and promotes the growth of healthy skin cells.

Honey, on the other hand, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that not only remove excess oil from the skin, but also unclog pores that otherwise might lead to acne breakouts. [3]

How To Make

  • Squeeze one small-sized whole lemon in a glass of lukewarm water.
  • Add two-three spoons of pure honey to it and mix well.
  • Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.

Benefits

A glass of lemon water and honey not only helps in your digestion but also gives you clear skin, free of acne breakouts and pimples.

2. Fruit Juices

Freshly squeezed fruit juices contain a lot of vitamins and micronutrients that boost your skin health. Apples contain antioxidants that help to prevent premature ageing signs on the skin, pomegranate has anti-ageing properties that help in the renewal of skin cells, oranges contain vitamin C that helps to fight free radical activity in your skin [4]. You can consume a glass of fresh fruit juice of your choice to get the glow on.

How To Consume

  • Take an orange or a pomegranate
  • Peel off the skin
  • Use a juicer to squeeze the fruit
  • Strain the juice in a clean glass and drink

3. Green Tea

Green tea helps in boosting metabolism. “In the morning, we have low metabolism so drinks like green tea helps in increasing metabolism,” says Priya.

Besides, green tea contains a flavonoid called catechins, an antioxidant that delays skin ageing.

How To Consume

  • Boil water in a steel pot/pan.
  • Add a spoon of green tea leaves
  • Let it steep for 2-3 minutes or less depending on your choice of flavour.
  • Strain the tea and add a teaspoon of honey.
  • Let it cool for a few seconds and enjoy your cup of tea.

Benefits

Drinking a cup of green tea in the morning can boost your skin health, treat acne issues, unclog pores, etc. The green tea polyphenols can inhibit or slow down stages of skin carcinogenesis. [5]

4. Vegetable Juices

Like fruit juices, vegetable juices too are rich in vitamins and micronutrients and are good for the skin. Beginning your day with a glass of fresh vegetable juice not only gives your skin a natural glow but also prevents acne, dryness, etc.

Here are two quick vegetable juice ideas.

A. Cucumber and Spinach Juice

Cucumber and spinach juice hydrates your skin naturally while the rich fiber content helps remove the toxins. Drink a glass of this power-packed juice every day for glowing skin.

How To Make

  • Peel a medium-sized cucumber
  • Take 10-12 fresh spinach leaves
  • Wash them thoroughly
  • Blend the cucumber and the spinach with ¼ cup of water
  • Add a spoonful of honey (optional)
  • Pour the juice into a glass and enjoy your drink.

Benefits

Cucumber and spinach both are rich in vitamin A. Regular consumption of this juice helps to combat skin pigmentation issues. It also helps to get rid of dark spots, control acne and slow down the skin ageing process.

B. Carrot and Beetroot Juice

Both carrot and beetroot are root vegetables and powerhouses of nutrients. Drinking a glass of this juice every day not only makes your skin flawless but also helps to ease bowel movement, detoxifies your body, and improves liver function.

How To Make

  • Take a medium-sized beetroot and two carrots.
  • Wash them thoroughly and peel the skin.
  • Blend with ¼ cup of water.
  • You may add a slice of ginger for taste.
  • Chill it in the refrigerator or add a few ice cubes and drink it first in the morning.

Benefits

Carrot and beetroot juice helps to fight skin pigmentation issues. This juice also helps to revitalize your skin. Both the vegetables hydrate the skin from within and make your skin soft and supple. If you have acne issues, regular drinking of this juice can help solve your problem.

5. Turmeric Milk

For decades, turmeric milk has been known to provide several health and skin benefits. It has also been used as a traditional and Ayurvedic medicine that acts as an antibiotic and antiviral agent.

How To Make

  • Boil the milk and let it cool down a bit.
  • Take fresh turmeric root and grate it. Alternatively, you can use organic turmeric powder if you can’t source the fresh root.
  • Mix it with the milk well. You can add 1 inch ginger too.
  • If you want to remove the cream of the milk, you can strain it.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey as a sweetener (optional).
  • You may also add ½ spoon of pepper powder for taste. It will also help to absorb curcumin from the ground turmeric.
  • Drink it warm.

Benefits

The antibacterial property of turmeric helps to keep the skin free of acne, while the milk hydrates the skin. It is rich in antioxidants that retard the ageing process.

Important Note:

The high content of hormones in dairy products like milk can clog skin pores and cause the skin to become oilier, which makes it more prone to acne. Hence, oily skin people can avoid having milk.

SkinKraft Tip:

You can use the milk malai or the cream of the milk and turmeric to make a quick skin brightening face pack at home.

6. Coconut Water

Coconut water has been a traditional drink among Indians for a long time. Starting your day with a glass full of fresh coconut water helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It helps in collagen production, maintains skin elasticity, and hydrates the skin naturally.

How To Make

You can drink coconut water directly. Coconut water has a natural sweetness so no need to add any additional sweetener.

Benefits

Coconut water is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is rich in vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C. Regular drinking of coconut water prevents skin dryness, improves skin elasticity, and makes your skin glow.

Did You Know?

Coconut water has plenty of natural nutrients and enzymes and is low in calories, making it a perfect drink for weight loss. It is also recommended to curb dehydration and constipation issues.

Wrapping Up

From using various skin care products to trying out different DIY methods, we all strive to achieve healthy and glowing skin. What we often ignore is cleansing our system from within. Sipping healthy drinks during the morning not only flushes out the harmful toxins from your body, giving you clear skin but also improves your overall health. Start your day with these simple yet essential drinks and flaunt healthy and beautiful skin.

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9 Delicious Typical Semarang Foods, Garang Asem to Lumpia

9 Delicious Typical Semarang Foods, Garang Asem to Lumpia

https://prescottmediacenter.org/ – Every region in Indonesia has its own unique specialties, one of which is Semarang’s special food. Apart from spring rolls, the city of Semarang has delicious and popular culinary delights such as garang tamarind, kopyok noodles, and the typical Semarang pecel.

If you travel to Semarang, don’t miss one of these culinary specialties from Semarang.

The reason is, even though these foods can be found in other cities, you can feel the authentic taste if you taste them directly in the city of Semarang.

The following are some of Semarang’s specialties, collected from the book Culinary Tour of Semarang’s Typical Foods by Miftah Sanaji and other sources.

1. Garang tamarind

Garang asem is one of Semarang’s culinary specialties which is very popular in the form of chicken in coconut milk sauce with the addition of chilies and belimbing wuluh.

Previously, the chicken and coconut milk sauce were cooked by putting them in a banana leaf first to add a delicious taste and aroma to the garang tamarind.

This one food can be a friend of rice and is complemented by fried tempeh, chicken innards, and cakes.

2. We are coyotes

The next typical Semarang dish is kopyok noodles which are perfect to enjoy when the weather is cold.

Kopyok noodles are wet noodles that have been doused in hot water. Then given a piece of beef and beef.

3. Chicken rice

Chicken rice is rice filled with shredded chicken, opor and chayote. In addition, usually there are also several other accessories.

Complementary is intestinal satay, offal satay, to young egg satay. The uniqueness of this culinary is that it is served using pincuk banana leaves.

4. Dirty rice

Nasi koyor or also called sego koyor is a dish of white rice topped with pieces of koyor or beef tendons.

Then sprinkled with koyor sauce, cucumber slices, and fried petai.

5. Lumpia Semarang

Lumpia is a typical Semarang culinary dish made from flour dough which is then filled with stuffing and then folded and rolled and fried in hot oil.

The fillings for spring rolls are chicken, garlic, scrambled eggs, dried shrimp, soy sauce, vegetables and bamboo shoots.

6. Tofu dreadlocks

The next recommendation for typical Semarang food is dreadlocked tofu. This Semarang culinary dish is made of fried tofu, vegetables, pieces of rice cake, and prawn bakwan.

Then served with a sauce made from coarsely pounded fried beans. In addition to its delicious taste, this food is filling because there is lontong in it.

7. Tofu petis

Semarang typical tofu has a dense texture so it can be filling. Petis tofu itself is tofu with petis sauce.

The thick, dark black petis sauce becomes the inside or filling of the tofu.

8. Soto Semarang

Unlike most soto, soto Semarang has a clear broth made from free-range chicken broth.

Usually this soup is served with a variety of satay menus, such as shellfish satay, intestines, and quail eggs. In addition to various satay, Semarang soup is also more enjoyable to eat with fried tofu or mendoan.

9. Pecel Semarang

Actually pecel Semarang has similarities with pecel from other regions, namely using vegetables such as kale, bean sprouts, kenikir, and sliced ​​cabbage as vegetables.

However, what is different is the complementary pecel, namely karak crackers and conch satay, which make it even more delicious and filling.

Those are some typical Semarang foods with delicious flavors. Happy culinary tour!

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20 Drinks that are Hits and Current in 2023

20 Drinks that are Hits and Current in 2023

prescottmediacenter.org – In an era that is all hits and contemporary, drinks can’t be separated from the target of culinary lovers. The reason is, it’s not just food that can become hits, because a number of drinks suddenly become popular, either because of the taste or uniqueness.

Indeed, in this era of all social media, it’s not only a matter of taste that can be contested, but also the uniqueness of each cuisine, such as some of these popular drinks. Yes, some of these popular drinks are not only known for their delicious taste, but also for their uniqueness.

Curious about what drinks are currently popular? We have summarized 20 hits for you. Take a look at the reviews for the drinks that are currently hits and viral below!

1. Dalgona Coffee

One of the drinks that is being hit and very viral right now is Dalgona Coffee. This hit drink is famous because it was popularized by celebrities from South Korea. Actually, the word Dalgona itself is a traditional Korean-style candy made from sugar, hot water and baking soda.

But now everything has developed into a drink, namely Dalgona Coffee. The way to make Dalgona Coffee is very simple, namely black coffee, sugar and a little water, stir until thick foam like whipped cream then pour it as a topping over full cream milk that has been given ice cubes.

2. Iced Coffee Milk

Ice coffee milk is one of the many popular drinks that people like today, especially among young people. Usually, today’s iced coffee milk is made from a mixture of coffee, milk and palm sugar. However, there are also those who mix it with other flavors such as rhum, hazelnut and many more.

3. Beverages with Brown Sugar

Brown sugar or brown sugar is also popular nowadays and is widely used as a mixture of delicious drinks that are trending. Starting from coffee, milk, to milk tea, now they are given a sweet mixture of brown sugar.

Well, how to make a drink with brown sugar is also quite easy. Like milk tea for example. All you have to do is mix black tea, brown sugar, ice cubes and liquid full cream milk. Mix all the ingredients, except the ice cubes. Then stir until all the ingredients are well blended. Finally, add ice cubes according to taste.

4. Herbs

Still think that herbal medicine is only for parents or just traditional drinks? If you think so you are wrong! Nowadays, herbal medicine is no less popular when compared to other drinks.

The appearance of herbal medicine in attractive packaging, simple, and can be taken anywhere, has made herbal medicine a hit drink that is almost as famous as iced coffee milk. Today’s herbal medicine also tastes interesting, you know, there are even herbs mixed with almond milk and other flavours. What is certain is that this hit drink tastes good and of course is healthy!

5. Boba drink

Well, drinks with boba that are no less delicious are also trending right now. Boba itself has the same shape as pearl bubble and both are made from tapioca flour. However, this boba usually erupts immediately when it enters the mouth. Melted, deh!

Boba itself is used as a topping for various types of drinks. Starting from milk, brown sugar milk tea to coffee and toast. How to make boba is also fairly easy. You only need to prepare half a cup of tapioca flour and also black food coloring which has previously been brewed using warm water.

Well, first of all, mix the tapioca flour and food coloring until it becomes easy to shape and not sticky at all. After that, shape the dough lengthwise and cut it into small pieces and then shape it back into a circle.

After that, heat the water in a saucepan, then add the boba mixture that was made into a circle earlier. Let stand for about 15 minutes or according to taste, until the boba is cooked and the level of elasticity is right.

6. Regal Milk Drink

Apart from iced coffee milk, another popular drink is a drink that uses Marie Regal biscuits. Well, the coffee shop that popularized this delicious drink is Kopi Soe. But now, drinks with regal biscuits are available everywhere.

The way to make it is quite easy, mix UHT milk, sweetened condensed milk, creamer and evaporated milk. Then stir until combined. Then, put the ice cubes into the milk mixture and add the previously broken Marie biscuits to serve as the topping. It’s so easy, right? You can make this drink yourself at home.

7. Cheese Tea

Maybe we are used to drinks made from tea or tea mixed with milk. But this one drink is a contemporary drink that hits because of its uniqueness. Known as the Cheese Tea drink, this drink, which is not much different from other milk teas, adds soft cream cheese to the drink. Thanks to the sweet salty taste of cream cheese, this is what makes Cheese Tea so popular.

8. Contemporary Yakult drink

Want a fresh and healthy drink? This modern drink mixed with yakult is the answer. This Yakult drink is a hit because it turns out to taste very good and is suitable to be mixed with anything. Some drinks that are delicious and hits when mixed with Yakult are yakult lychee ice, yakult matcha, yakult lemon and many others.

9. Charcoal drinks

Charcoal drink is one of the most popular hit drinks because of its uniqueness. Drinks that turn black in color are usually made from juice mixed with activated charcoal or activated charcoal.

This drink mixed with charcoal doesn’t taste like a change in taste, what changes drastically is just the color. This charcoal drink is in great demand because it has good health benefits, namely because charcoal can flush out toxins in the body.

10. White Rabbit Milk

Children of the 90s generation must be familiar with milk candy which is now a hit among young people. This milk candy called White Rabbit Milk was transformed into a modern drink and went viral. Usually this drink is equipped with additional interesting toppings such as added boba, biscuits or palm sugar.

11. Contemporary Tea Drinks

Tea-based drinks are hits that will never end. This tea drink is not only made from tea drinks plus ice. Among the contemporary beverage outlets that are mushrooming, this tea outlet remains the choice.

These modern tea outlets usually have made tea with attractive flavors such as fruit or milk flavours. For contemporary drinks made from tea, they usually don’t use any toppings anymore. This is what makes him survive and is still sought after.

12. Contemporary Yogurt Drink

For those who like sour and fresh drinks, yogurt drinks are sure to be a very attractive choice. When it comes to hits, yogurt is no less a hit than other drinks. Now yogurt-based drinks are becoming increasingly popular because they are mixed with other unique ingredients such as mixed with sticky rice, oats or fruits.

13. Thai Tea

Actually, this one drink has been around for a long time but only recently has been sticking to the surface. This typical drink from the Land of the White Elephant serves fresh tea drinks with minimal sweetness. The tea served will be given milk and creamer, so it tastes a little sweet and a bit thick on the tongue.

With a unique taste and a variety of presentations, it’s no wonder Thai Tea is selling well in Indonesia, especially among teenagers. Indeed, Thai Tea is really suitable to drink when the weather is hot, because Thai Tea is more often served in cold temperatures.

14. Cold-Pressed Juice

Cold-pressed juice is a hit among people who like a healthy lifestyle or maybe just want to try a healthy life. At first glance, cold-pressed juice looks like fruit juices that we usually encounter, but actually the method of preparation is different from ordinary juices.

The tools used to make cold-pressed juice are different from ordinary juicers. If an ordinary juicer works by crushing fruit, this tool for making cold-pressed juice is different, namely the way it mashes the fruit and then only extracts the juice. This makes cold-pressed juice thinner than regular juice.

15. Squash Drink

Squash drink is a mixture of real fruit juice and soda. The fresh taste makes this drink a drink that is always hits and not easily forgotten. How to make this squash drink is quite easy and the ingredients are also easy to get.

For example, if you want to make lemon squash, the first ingredients to prepare are lemon, honey, soda and ice cubes. The trick is lemon that has been juiced, added honey, soda and ice cubes to taste. Simple, right?

16. Chocolate Drink

Apart from coffee shops that sell modern iced coffee milk, there are also drink shops that sell all-chocolate drinks. This proves that chocolate drinks are one of the hits. The all-chocolate drink that is sold is made from real cocoa powder which makes it taste even more bitter.

Not only that, this contemporary chocolate drink is also packaged attractively like the current iced coffee milk. There are also options that make it even more interesting, such as additional toppings, syrup or other flavors such as matcha, red velvet and many more.

17. Es Cappuccino Cingcau

Have you ever tried grass jelly iced cappuccino? This one hit drink has a very unique taste. Cingcau itself is a traditional iced drink that has been around for a long time, then it was created with iced cappuccino which comes from milk coffee. Curious how it feels?

18. King Mango Thai

Have you ever enjoyed manga fruit juice with pieces of manga fruit as a topping? It’s called King Mango Thai. This drink is very hits and has become viral. If you want to taste it, you have to be willing to stand in a long queue to be able to enjoy it.

At the beginning King Mango Thai appeared, many buyers were willing to queue for a long time but because many outlets had opened, the queues had become normal. King Mango Thai is famous for its thick manga juice, topped with vanilla ice cream/whipped cream, and chunks of mango. One glass of King Mango Thai is guaranteed to make you full.

19. Jelly drink

After that, there’s iced coffee milk, yogurt, chocolate, then there’s jelly drinks! This hit drink is perfect for refreshing your throat while keeping hunger at bay. This jelly drink is made from fruit juice plus jelly or agar with the same taste as juice. Then packed in small bottles and served cold.

The jelly and juice in this drink are guaranteed to hold your hunger pangs and are definitely healthy. This drink is also very easy to make at home. Want to try making your own?

20. Avocado Shake

Love avocados? If so, you will definitely like this hit avocado ice cream. This hit drink consists of healthy and filling ingredients, namely avocado fruit, sweetened condensed milk, powdered chocolate milk and ice cubes.

It’s very easy to make and you don’t need a blender. Dredge the avocado fruit and then mash it roughly, you don’t need to make it smooth, then put the fruit in a container. After that, add sugar, sweetened condensed milk and stir until evenly distributed. Then add ice, cocoa powder on top, the rest you can add other ingredients according to taste.

So, those are the various choices of drinks that are currently hits. Indeed, the average is dominated by tea or milk huh! If you do, which drink would you like to try? Or have other recommendations? Can you share directly in the comments column, OK? Happy culinary!

Oh yeah, if you like hot and spicy dishes, then you really have to try the 10 Hot Spicy Foods This Year, OK? Guaranteed to be addicting!

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9 High Protein Foods that are Good for Body Health

9 High Protein Foods that are Good for Body Health

https://prescottmediacenter.org/ – Protein is a nutrient that plays an important role in the body’s metabolic processes, repairing body cells, and producing new cells. In order to meet protein needs, there are several high protein foods that can be consumed.

High-protein foods are also often used as an option for someone who is on a diet because they can help increase muscle mass. Not only that, pregnant and lactating women are also advised to consume sufficient protein intake to support the growth and development of the baby.

Let’s find out some examples of high protein foods, both animal and vegetable, through the reviews below.

Examples of High Protein Foods

Everyone’s daily protein needs are different, depending on age, gender, and body weight. For example, based on the Nutrition Adequacy Rate (RDA), the daily protein requirement for men aged 19–29 is 65 grams and women aged 19–29 is 60 grams.

The need for protein can also be met by eating foods that contain high protein. Here are some examples of high protein foods you can choose from.

1. Chicken Breast Meat

Chicken meat, especially the breast, is a high-protein and low-fat food that is easily available and can be processed into various types of dishes. This is because 100 grams of cooked chicken breast contains 31 grams of protein.

In addition, chicken meat also contains B vitamins, choline and selenium. However, try to choose skinless chicken meat. This is because the skin contains fat and cholesterol which are not good for health.

2. Lean Beef

Apart from chicken, you can also eat beef to meet your protein needs. However, try to choose lean beef, such as sirloin and flank, which have a much higher protein content. Apart from being a source of protein, beef also contains B vitamins and various types of minerals, such as iron, selenium and phosphorus, which are important for the body.

You can process beef by roasting or boiling. If you want to fry it, you should use a healthy oil, such as olive oil, soybean oil, or canola oil. For beef storage, it is recommended that you store it in the freezer at -18 degrees Celsius so that the meat stays fresh.

3. Counts

Eggs are known as a high-protein food, no doubt about it. Please note that one egg contains about 6 grams of protein. Not only that, these foods are also enriched with other nutrients that are beneficial for maintaining weight, accelerating healing, and maintaining heart health.

To get optimal benefits, eggs should be consumed by boiling. The reason is, frying eggs will increase cholesterol and saturated fat levels.

4. Seafood

Several types of seafood, such as salmon, shrimp, squid and octopus, are known to contain high protein which is good for the health of the body. In 100 grams of salmon is known to contain about 100 grams of protein.

However, there are several types of seafood, especially fish and shellfish, which are known to contain mercury. Therefore, you need to be more careful in choosing this seafood. To be healthier, you are also advised to process fish by boiling, steaming, or sautéing it with a little oil.

5. Milk and its Processed Products

The next high-protein food is milk and various processed products, such as yogurt and cheese. The reason is, in one glass of low-fat milk contains 11 grams of protein. Milk is also one of the intakes that contain vitamin D and calcium so that it can help maintain bone health.

6. Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the vegetables that is included in one of the foods high in vegetable protein. Please note that in 100 grams of broccoli there are about 2.8 grams of protein. Other ingredients in broccoli that are no less beneficial are fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K.

7. Nuts

Types of nuts that are classified as high protein foods are peanuts and almonds. Please note, in 100 grams of peanuts contain 26 grams of protein. Meanwhile, in 28 grams of almonds there are as many as 6 grams of protein.

In addition, peanuts and almonds also offer a variety of other nutrients that are important for the body, such as magnesium, fiber, and vitamin E. These nutrients are beneficial for maintaining good cholesterol levels and lowering bad cholesterol levels.

8. Soybeans

Soybean is known as a food with a complete protein source because it contains 9 kinds of essential amino acids. One type of soybean that you can choose is edamame. There are 11 grams of protein in 100 grams of cooked edamame. Edamame or other types of soybeans are suitable as a healthy snack between meals.

9. Tofu and Tempeh

Tofu and tempeh are processed foods from soybeans. That is why the daily food of the Indonesian people has a high protein content. Apart from protein, tofu and tempeh also contain antioxidants to help fight and prevent the effects of free radicals in the body.

Those are some examples of high protein foods that are good for body health. Given that the function of protein for the body is quite important, make sure you don’t forget to include one of these high protein-containing foods in your daily menu.

You don’t need to be confused about preparing a healthy daily menu, you can use the Healthy Catering Home Care package from Hospitals. This package includes a healthy and nutritious food menu every day and a free consultation with a nutritionist.

If you have other complaints related to physical health, don’t hesitate to visit the nearest Hospitals to get proper diagnosis and medical treatment from our doctors.

Also use the Teleconsultation feature to make it easier for you to consult directly virtually with the doctor concerned. Or, download the application to be able to access all the health features you need easily and quickly. Let’s download the app now and take care of your health!

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7 Foods For Diabetics That Are Safe To Eat

7 Foods For Diabetics That Are Safe To Eat

What superstar foods are good for diabetes?

“Superfood” is a term used by many food and beverage companies as a way to promote a food thought to have health benefits; however, there is no official definition of the word by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA regulates the health claims allowed on food labels to ensure there is scientific research to support the claims. The list of foods below are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber that are good for overall health and may also help prevent disease.

Beans

Kidney, pinto, navy or black beans are packed with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and potassium. They are very high in fiber too.

Beans do contain carbohydrates, but ½ cup also provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To save time you can use canned beans, but be sure to drain and rinse them to get rid of as much added salt as possible.

Dark green leafy vegetables

Spinach, collards and kale are dark green leafy vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, E and K, iron, calcium and potassium. These powerhouse foods are low in calories and carbohydrates too. Try adding dark leafy vegetables to salads, soups and stews.

Citrus fruit

Grapefruits, oranges, lemons and limes or pick your favorites to get part of your daily dose of fiber, vitamin C, folate and potassium.

Berries

Which are your favorites: blueberries, strawberries or another variety? Regardless, they are all packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Berries can be a great option to satisfy your sweet tooth and they provide an added benefit of vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, potassium and fiber.

Tomatoes

The good news is that no matter how you like your tomatoes, pureed, raw, or in a sauce, you’re eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium.

Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fats may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammation. Fish high in these healthy fats are sometimes referred to as “fatty fish.” Salmon is well known in this group. Other fish high in omega-3 are herring, sardines, mackerel, trout and albacore tuna. Choose fish that is broiled, baked or grilled to avoid the carbohydrate and extra calories that would be in fish that is breaded and fried. The American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes recommends eating fish (mainly fatty fish) twice per week for people with diabetes.

Nuts

An ounce of nuts can go a long way in getting key healthy fats along with helping to manage hunger. In addition, they offer magnesium and fiber. Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Whole grains

It’s the whole grain you’re after. The first ingredient on the label should have the word “whole” in it. Whole grains are rich in vitamins and minerals like magnesium, B vitamins, chromium, iron and folate. They are a great source of fiber too. Some examples of whole grains are whole oats, quinoa, whole grain barley and farro.

Milk and yogurt

You may have heard that milk and yogurt can help build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium, many milk and yogurt products are fortified to make them a good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the connection between vitamin D and good health. Milk and yogurt do contain carbohydrate that will be a factor in meal planning when you have diabetes. Look for yogurt products that are lower in fat and added sugar.

Tips for eating on a budget

Some of the items above can be tough on the budget depending on the season and where you live. Look for lower cost options such as fruit and vegetables in season or frozen or canned fish. Foods that are easier on the budget year ‘round are beans and whole grains that you cook from scratch.


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5 Viral Food Places whose Queues Are Crazy Over Time, Have You Tried It?

5 Viral Food Places whose Queues Are Crazy

prescottmediacenter.org – Every year culinary trends are always varied and new. Throughout, there are several culinary delights that make many people curious. In fact, to be willing to stand in line for hours, you know.

Because of the high enthusiasm of the public, most of these foods are viral on social media. Starting from snacks to heavy meals, here are the list of foods that are viral throughout 2022. Check it out, have you ever tasted any of them!

1. Karen’s Diner

Karen’s Diner recently opened in Jakarta. This Australian burger restaurant is known for its bad service concept. No wonder it had invited the pros and cons of netizens.

Many food influencers and celebrities have reviewed this restaurant. This made many people more curious and eventually crowded with visitors.

Location: Jalan Panglima Polim IX Number 15, Melawai, Kebayoran Baru District, South Jakarta.

Operating hours: Sunday-Thursday 11.00-22.00 WIB, Friday-Saturday 11.00-23.00 WIB.

Price: starting from IDR 50 thousand.

2. Lounge in the Sky

Lounge in the Sky offers the sensation of eating above a height of 50 meters. You can enjoy dinner on a telescopic boom crane made in Europe.

This place to eat also reaped the pros and cons. However, the security and service is very good. The food served is also delicious.

Location: Mangkuluhur City, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Karet Semanggi, Setiabudi District, South Jakarta.

Operating hours: Tuesday-Sunday 16.00-22.00 WIB, Monday closed.

Price: starting from IDR 1.6 million.

3. Gacoan noodles

Mie Gacoan offers a variety of spicy noodle preparations at affordable prices. Equipped with a variety of contemporary fried snacks.

Interestingly, the menu names there are also unique, such as Devil’s Noodles, Genderuwo Ice, Pocong Ice, and others. Its branches have also spread across major cities in Indonesia.

Location: Jalan Tebet Raya Number 35, Tebet Timur, Tebet District, South Jakarta.

Operational hours: 24 hours.

Price: starting from IDR 10 thousand.

4. Risol Margo

Having gone viral on TikTok, Risol Margo is a business owned by a content creator from Tangerang. He often promotes his resolutions through his personal TikTok account.

Interestingly, many were willing to line up in front of Margo’s house before 05.00 WIB. This made his risol sell well.

Location: Jalan Japos Complex, Paninggilan, Ciledug District, Tangerang City, Banten.

Operational hours: every day 05.00-08.00 WIB.

Price: IDR 4,000.

5. Jasmine Grilled Rice JKT48

As the name implies, Nasi Bakar is a business owned by Melati JKT48’s parents. Reportedly he helped develop his family’s culinary business. Because of its popularity, this restaurant has managed to attract the attention of visitors.

Location: Jalan Kramat Jaya Baru H4 Number 14, Johar Baru, Johar Baru District, Central Jakarta.

Operational hours: 18.00-00.00 WIB.

Price: IDR 15 thousand.

Those are some places to eat that are viral throughout 2022. All of the food above looks interesting, right? If you are alone, have you tried any?

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8 Famous Fast Foods in Indonesia, Recognize the Dangers

8 Famous Fast Foods in Indonesia, Recognize the Dangers

prescottmediacenter.org – Fast food is often a choice that is often consumed by people in their daily lives, especially for those who have a lot of work. Choosing ready-to-eat food is considered more effective in saving time and energy. Some of the famous fast food in the community are french fries, burgers to pizza.

Even though it saves time, if consumed too often or long term it can have an impact on overall body health. This is because fast food contains little nutrition and fiber. Whereas humans need nutrition and fiber for body development. But unfortunately, things like this seem to be ignored at all, and still many people consume them regularly.

Here is complete information about 8 famous fast food in Indonesia, get to know the dangers

1. Burger

The first famous fast food in Indonesia is burgers. These foods have very little nutritional value, and are loaded with everything that is bad for health. Burgers available in fast food restaurants have also been linked to obesity, heart disease and other health problems. Thus, it is not recommended to eat these foods too often.

2. Fries

The next famous fast food in Indonesia is French fries. These snacks have been around for hundreds of years. However, this one food is still considered bad if people consume it too often.

Basically, any food that is fried using vegetable oil will have a bad impact on health. This is because these foods contain polyunsaturated fats, which produce cancer-free radicals in the body. This also applies to french fries because they tend to contain a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide.

3. It Crimea

Who doesn’t know ice cream, food made from milk and various other ingredients that are loved by people of all ages, from children to adults. Ice cream is indeed very delicious especially when consumed when the weather is hot.

However, ice cream contains as many calories and sugar as a bottle of soda. This dangerous ice cream means when it is mixed with milk and made into a milkshake. When used as a milkshake, you are said to have consumed around 1,000 calories.

4. Given

Plain donuts don’t contain many calories, and they don’t harm your body. However, nowadays donuts have many flavors and contain a lot of sugar. If you only consume one, maybe it won’t be a problem.

But in reality, the average individual consumes two to three donuts. You need to remember that in a donut that tastes like it contains no nutrition at all, which is sure to make the consumer feel hungry.

5. Pizza

The next famous fast food in Indonesia is pizza. This food is often served mixed with lots of cheese, meat, sauce, and other ingredients, containing 600 calories per slice.

This is because these foods are high in saturated fat, sodium and carbohydrates. Therefore, if consumed too often pizza can have a bad impact on health, the most famous of which often triggers obesity.

6. Fish nuggets

Fish nuggets are often given by parents to their children. This is clearly against the rules, and it is not good if it is given too often let alone in large quantities.

If you want to be healthy, eat really fresh fish meat, and don’t choose fish that has been processed like this. Remember, fish that have been processed on average contain a lot of preservatives, let alone consumed by frying.

7. Hot Dog

This long-sized beef layered bun mixed with a little mayonnaise, chili sauce, and tomato sauce also has ingredients that are not healthy for the body. Hot dogs are directly related to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

In this case the problem is not the meat in the food, but the high salt and preservatives that are often used. If you really want to eat this fast food, choose organic, low fat and sodium content.

8. Stick to Keju

Next, although cheese is not so harmful to health. But it will be a problem if this cheese has been mixed with bread flour and fried. So, in a cheese stick there is very high fat and sodium, and it is definitely very dangerous for the body.

Therefore it is not recommended to make this ready-to-eat food as a daily snack, especially for children.

 

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15 Food and Beverage Trends Predicted to be Hits in 2023 | Delicious and Healthy!

15 Food and Beverage Trends Predicted to be Hits in 2023 | Delicious and Healthy!

prescottmediacenter.org – Come on, find out what foods and drinks will be trending in 2023 here!

Entering the end of 2022, maybe you are curious about the food and drink trends that will appear in 2023. As you already know, there are lots of food and drink trends that have emerged in 2022.

The phenomenon of healthy food and drink also continues to proliferate this year. Starting from oat milk, wheat bread, and other organic foods, many people are starting to pay attention.

However, that does not mean that food and drinks with delicious tastes derived from animal sources, flour and sugar are not being looked at. Call it boba ice cream, various pastries, sandwiches, and others.

Seeing the dominance of food trends that are hits this year, will these trends continue in 2023? Come on, see more about this article!

Prediction of Food and Beverage Trends in 2023

Here are some predictions of food and drink trends that will hit in 2023. Check below, who knows it could be your culinary business idea!

1. Food trend 2023: Salted egg chicken

Current food trends with salted egg sauce or salted eggs have continued to mushroom over the past few years, one of which is salted egg chicken. Even though it has been present for quite a long time on the market, this food is still being invaded by people, especially the people of Indonesia.

Salted egg chicken is also very easy to serve. It is enough to serve chicken which is fried using flour and then served over hot rice and smeared with salted egg sauce, so this one menu immediately looks tempting.

With all its practicality, it is predicted that this food will continue its popularity in 2023. Of course, with the creation of new innovations, this food will continue to enliven the culinary world, especially in Indonesia.

2. Salted egg chips

Unlike the salted egg chicken which is usually served as a main meal, these salted egg chips are a snack that you can eat in your spare time. These salted egg chips are usually made from salmon skin which is fried and then seasoned with salted egg. Offering a delicious and savory taste, it looks like this snack will continue its popularity as one of the food trends in 2023.

3. Ciring

Cireng is a snack that is in great demand by the people of Indonesia. Cireng, which has a crunchy texture on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside, has always attracted the interest of the Indonesian people.

Moreover, served with a sprinkling of chili powder or chili sauce adds to the resulting taste. In addition, cireng is also often created into several new preparations, such as filled cireng to salad seasoning cireng.

4. Churros

This snack from the country of Matador, Spain turns out to be increasingly liked and in demand by the people of Indonesia. Having a crunchy texture on the outside but so soft on the inside makes this food very enjoyable to eat while accompanied by a cup of tea.

In addition, churros are also usually served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and chocolate sauce which further adds to the sweetness. No wonder this food will re-enter the food trend in 2023.

5. Potato milk

Maybe all this time you only know the choice of vegan milk is between oats, almonds, soy, or just coconut. Well, now you also need to know about potato milk which is being talked about more and more by people.

This milk is made from potato tubers and is one of the plant-based milks which is predicted to become a trend in 2023. The taste of this creamy potato milk is also very suitable to be combined with coffee.

Of course you can make delicious lattes and cappuccinos from this potato milk. Have you ever tried it?

6. Salmon

Another food that is predicted to become popular again in 2023 is salmon. Today more and more people are paying more attention to their food intake, and therefore they are more interested in foods with less protein, sauces and vegetables.

Preserved or smoked salmon is one of the favorite options. Processed smoked salmon added with shallots, cream cheese, and artisanal bread or biscuits can certainly spoil the tongue for those who eat it.

7. Food trend 2023: Yuzu

Yuzu is a typical Japanese orange that looks very much like a lemon. The aroma of this orange is also more fragrant and the taste is more sour. In fact, the content of vitamin C in this yuzu fruit can be up to three times higher than that of lemons, you know.

In addition, Yuzu also has many other health benefits for the body. Starting from preventing cancer, increasing immunity, improving blood flow, to maintaining brain health.

8. Katsu sando

One of the foods that is expected to re-enter the 2023 food trend is katsu sando. This is because there are more and more innovations in making sandwiches that are popular with many people because of their practicality.

Katsu sando is a sandwich made from milk bread typical of Sakura Country, Japan. Besides having a soft texture, this bread has a sweeter taste than ordinary white bread.

The toppings served at this katsu sando include wagyu katsu, eggs, and vegetables. Having this blend, of course, makes the taste of this food delicious and able to shake the tongue. Come on, try it!

9. Cabbage

Brasika or brassica is a plant belonging to the cabbage tribe or Brassicaceae. Indeed, this type of vegetable is known by people as a source of vegetables and seasonings such as cabbage and mustard greens. Apart from that, brasika is also considered a versatile vegetable that is delicious and can last a long time in the fridge, you know.

10. Food trends 2023: Various Indian dishes

It is predicted that various Indian dishes will also become one of the food trends in 2023. Moreover, at this time there are also many who have started to enjoy food or cuisine from India.

Actually Indian food is quite good and varied, and most Indian restaurants have also eschewed things like pav bhaji, momos and other classics. Indian cuisine is rich in spices and strong flavours, from butter chicken to mouth-watering rogan josh.

11. Honey

Public awareness to consume honey is also predicted to continue to increase. Moreover, in 2023 people will be increasingly concerned about the importance of health. Besides having a function as a medicine, honey also has a delicious taste and can add pleasure when taken with warm drinks, such as tea, milk, ginger water, and others.

12. Food trend 2023: Organic food

Millennials and Generation Z are predicted to be increasingly interested in organic foods. One of them is a type of grain food, such as chia seeds, sesame seeds, and quinoa. Team Chef Armstrong from Hybrid Chef in Jupiter, California also said that people will be more focused on cleaner, healthier and hygienic food in 2023.

13. Kombucha

The next food and drink trend that is predicted to be popular in 2023 is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that has a sharp, sour, vinegar-like taste, yet refreshing.

Even though kombucha tea has actually been consumed in China for more than 2000 years, now you can find this tea menu at your favorite cafes, you know. In addition, kombucha is also believed to have various health benefits. You must try!

14. Mushrooms

Because food trends in 2023 tend to be healthier food and drinks, the use of mushrooms as a food ingredient is also predicted to increase. Moreover, mushrooms can be the best alternative as a substitute for red meat.

In addition, the texture and taste of mushrooms are very similar to meat. Of course, food creations using mushrooms will continue to increase. For example, replacing the burger patty with grilled portobello mushrooms, which are no less juicy and delicious.

15. Food trend 2023: Korean fried chicken

The increasing popularity of Korean culture in the world makes anything Korean sell well, including the food. One of the typical Korean food menus that is predicted to become more popular in 2023 is Korean fried chicken.

If Indonesia has fried chicken with special spices, then Korea also has huraide cikin or fried chicken. The difference is, this Korean fried chicken uses flour and special seasonings to give the chicken a crunch and delicacy.

Apart from that, Korean fried chicken is also known for its chicken meat which is very juicy and tender when eaten. Of the various Korean fried chicken menus, one that is quite popular is the Ban Ban menu.

This menu presents Korean fried chicken covered with a sauce made from sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, gochujang, gochugaru, and spring onions. If you’ve never tried this Korean fried chicken, then you have to try it right away!

 

Healthy Food

Building Balanced Snacks to Feed to Toddlers

Building Balanced Snacks to Feed to Toddlers

prescottmediacenter.org – Toddlers need important nutrients to build their brains and bodies. Children this age use a lot of energy to grow and play, but they have small stomachs. They may not be able to eat enough at mealtime to make it between lunch and dinner.

Every toddler is different. Many toddlers need an afternoon snack. Some toddlers also need a morning snack.

Here are some ideas to help you build snacks for your hungry toddler that offer a healthy balance of the nutrients they need.

How to put balanced snacks together

Children sometimes come to think of a “snack” as a time to eat highly processed foods. You can help avoid this trap by serving a variety of healthy, freshly prepared foods to your kids—even at snack time.

To make a balanced snack for your toddler, you can include:

  • a protein food (includes dairy foods)
  • a fruit and/or vegetable and​
  • a grain or starchy vegetable

Keep in mind that not every snack needs to be a mini-meal; a balanced diet can be achieved over the course of the entire day. When you serve snacks with fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans and proteins, though, you know your toddler is on the right nutritional track.

Some balanced snacks you can put together using key food categories:

Fruits

  • Apples, peaches, plums, pears (all thinly sliced)
  • Grapes, grape tomatoes, berries (all smashed or cut lengthwise)
  • Oranges, grapefruit sections (cut into pieces)
  • Bananas (sliced lengthwise)
  • Frozen fruit (defrosted and cut into pieces)
  • Avocado (sliced)
  • Dried apricots, peaches, pears, dates, prunes, raisins (pitted and cut into small pieces)
  • Rinsed canned fruits

Example combinations

  • Plain yogurt + defrosted frozen fruit (diced) + a piece of toast
  • Paper thin sliced apples + thin spread of seed butter + cooked frozen pea

Vegetables

  • Carrots, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli (steamed until soft)
  • Yams or sweet potatoes (cooked and diced)
  • Peas (cooked and smushed)
  • Steamed spinach or greens (pureed)
  • Rinsed canned vegetables

Example combinations

  • Rinsed canned corn + diced cooked sweet potato + smashed black beans
  • Steamed cauliflower + cooked rice + cooked tofu cubes

Dairy products

  • Plain yogurt
  • Cow’s milk or non-dairy milk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheese (shredded or diced)

Example combinations

  • Quesadilla made with cheese + quartered grape tomatoes
  • Cottage cheese + rinsed canned peaches + English muffin

Grains

  • Tortillas, pita bread, whole wheat bread
  • Rice, corn, quinoa, grits (cooked)
  • Hot cereals
  • No or low-sugar whole grain cold breakfast cereals soaked in milk

Example combinations

  • Oatmeal + peanut butter and shredded apple stirred into it
  • O’s cereal soaked in non-dairy milk + scrambled eggs + smashed blueberries

Proteins

  • Salmon and sardines
  • Chunk light (skipjack) tuna can be served once per month. Tuna fish can be higher in mercury, which is not good for toddlers. (See “Healthy Fish Choices for Kids.”)
  • Peanut butter, nut and seed butters (spread thinly)
  • Edamame, chickpeas, beans (cooked and mashed)
  • Lentils
  • Hummus
  • Cooked tofu cubes
  • Eggs (scrambled or hard boiled and cut)
  • Chicken, turkey, pork, beef, lamb (cooked and diced)
  • Ground nuts and seeds (mixed into foods)

Example combinations

  • Cooked quinoa + diced chicken + steamed broccoli
  • Cooked rice + lentil curry with greens

Toddler serving sizes

Serve toddlers small portions to start, such as three quartered strawberries and ⅛ of a quesadilla.

If your child finishes this, they will decide if they are still hungry and ask for more. If they don’t finish this, they are full. Let them stop eating.

Because you are serving snacks with fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans and proteins, it’s okay to let them fill up at snack time.

Foods to avoid with toddlers

Choking hazards

Big chunks of food, and hard, round, and slippery foods are a choking hazard for children under 4 years old. Cook or cut up these foods to minimize choking risk. Avoid whole nuts, spoons of peanut butter, and popcorn until age 4.

Sugary, salty & overly processed foods

Toddlers don’t need added sodium or sugar. For health reasons, avoid added sodium and sugar until they are 2 years old.

Foods like salty crackers, chips, cookies, pastries and cakes can be fun sometimes, but your child will eat these when they are older. Serve these foods less often.

Best beverages for toddlers

Serve snacks with water or milk. Delay serving juice until age 2 to help protect your child’s teeth and avoid developing a preference for sweet drinks. (See “Recommended Drinks for Children Age 5 & Younger.”)

Unhealthy Foods

11 Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight

11 Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight

prescottmediacenter.org – Certain foods are high in sugar, refined carbs, and fat, yet low in important nutrients like protein and fiber. This can make weight loss more difficult and may have other negative effects on health.

Most people focus solely on cutting calories to lose weight.

However, it’s also crucial to consider the types of foods that you’re eating.

Foods high in protein and fiber can keep you feeling fuller for longer, which may support weight loss.

On the other hand, eating too many foods high in sugar, refined carbs, or fat can add extra calories to your diet, making weight loss more challenging.

Here are 11 foods to limit when you’re trying to lose weight.

1. French fries and potato chips

French fries and potato chips are often very high in calories and fat.

In observational studies, consuming French fries and potato chips has been linked to weight gain and obesity.

One 2011 study even found that potato chips may contribute to more weight gain per serving than any other food.

What’s more, baked, roasted, or fried potatoes may contain substances called acrylamides, which have been linked to cancer.

Therefore, it’s best to enjoy these foods in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Summary

French fries and potato chips are high in calories and fat, which could contribute to weight gain if consumed in excess. Therefore, it’s best to enjoy these foods in moderation.

2. Sugary drinks

Sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, are high in calories and added sugar.

They are strongly associated with weight gain and can have negative effects on health when consumed in excess

Even though sugary drinks contain a lot of calories, your brain doesn’t register them like solid food.

Liquid sugar calories don’t make you feel as full, meaning you won’t eat less food to compensate. Instead, you may end up adding these calories on top of your normal intake.

If you are serious about losing weight, consider limiting your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and opting for drinks like flavored water, kombucha, tea, or coffee instead.

Summary

Sugary drinks can negatively affect your weight and general health. If weight loss is your goal, then limiting your intake of soda and similar drinks may have a big impact.

3. White bread

White bread is highly refined and often contains a lot of added sugar.

It is high on the glycemic index, meaning that it can lead to a rapid increase in blood sugar levels.

One 2014 study in 9,267 people found that eating two slices (120 grams) of white bread per day was linked to a 40% greater risk of weight gain and obesity.

Fortunately, there are many nutritious alternatives to conventional wheat bread, including Ezekiel bread, which is made from sprouted grains and legumes.

However, keep in mind that all wheat breads do contain gluten, which should be avoided by people with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity.

Some other options for those following a gluten-free diet include oopsie bread, cornbread, and almond flour bread.

Summary

White bread has a high glycemic index and has been linked to weight gain and obesity. It also contains gluten, which may not be suitable for people with celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten.

4. Candy bars

Candy bars pack high amounts of added sugar, added oils, and refined flour into a small package.

Candy bars are also high in calories and low in nutrients. Many varieties of candy bars covered in chocolate contain around 200–300 calories, and extra-large bars may contain even more.

If you are craving something sweet, consider opting for a snack-sized candy bar or a few squares of dark chocolate and enjoy alongside other nutritious snacks, like fresh fruit, nuts, or a yogurt parfait.

Summary

Candy bars are high in sugar, refined flour, and added oils. They are also high in calories, but not very filling.

5. Some fruit juices

Some fruit juices you find at the supermarket have very little in common with whole fruit.

In fact, some types can contain just as much sugar and calories as soda, if not more.

Also, fruit juice usually contains no fiber and doesn’t require chewing.

This means that a glass of orange juice won’t have the same effects on fullness as an orange, making it easy to consume large quantities in a short amount of time.

Opt for whole fruit instead, or try limiting your intake of fruit juice to around 4 ounces (118 milliliters) at a time.

Summary

Fruit juice is high in calories and added sugar, but usually contains no fiber. It is best to stick to stick to smaller portions or choose whole fruit.

6. Pastries, cookies, and cakes

Pastries, cookies, and cakes are packed with calories and added sugar.

These foods are also not very satisfying, meaning that you may become hungry very quickly after eating these high calorie foods.

If you’re trying to lose weight, try limiting your portion sizes of these foods and enjoy them from time to time as part of a well-rounded diet.

Foods like dark chocolate, fruit, trail mix, or chia pudding can also help satisfy your sweet tooth instead.

Summary

Pastries, cookies, and cakes are high in calories and added sugar but are not very filling. Limiting your portion sizes or opting for other sweet snacks may help with weight management.

7. Some types of alcohol (especially beer)

Alcohol provides more calories than carbs and protein, or about 7 calories per gram.

However, the evidence for alcohol and weight gain is not clear.

Drinking alcohol in moderation seems to be fine and is actually linked to reduced weight gain. Heavy drinking, on the other hand, is associated with increased weight gain.

The type of alcohol also matters. Beer can cause weight gain, but drinking wine in moderation may actually be beneficial.

Summary

If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to consider cutting back on alcohol or enjoying drinks like wine in small amounts.

8. Ice cream

In addition to being high in calories, most types of ice cream are also loaded with sugar.

A small portion of ice cream is fine every now and then, but the problem is that it’s very easy to consume massive amounts in one sitting.

Be sure to serve yourself a small portion of ice cream instead of eating straight from the container so that you won’t end up eating too much.

Alternatively, consider making your own frozen desserts using less sugar and more nutritious ingredients like full-fat yogurt and fruit.

Summary

Store-bought ice cream is high in sugar and calories. Making your own frozen desserts at home using less sugar or sticking to smaller portion sizes of ice cream can be beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight.

9. Pizza

Pizza is a very popular fast food. However, commercially made pizzas are often high in calories and made with ingredients like highly refined flour and processed meat.

If you want to enjoy a slice of pizza, try making your own at home using nutritious ingredients and toppings.

If you order from a restaurant, stick to lower calorie toppings like grilled chicken, peppers, onions, spinach, mushrooms, or garlic.

You can also choose thin crust pizza to reduce the calorie content or enjoy a slice or two alongside a salad or a side of steamed broccoli to round out your meal.

Summary

Commercial pizzas are often made from highly refined and processed ingredients. Making your own pizza at home or selecting lower calorie toppings can support weight management.

10. High calorie coffee drinks

Coffee contains several biologically active substances, including caffeine.

These chemicals can boost your metabolism and increase fat burning, at least in the short term.

However, many coffee drinks contain excessive amounts of cream and sugar, which can significantly increase the total calorie content in each serving.

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s best to limit your consumption of these beverages or choose plain, black coffee sweetened with a bit of cream or milk.

Summary

Plain, black coffee may help increase fat burning and boost your metabolism. However, many coffee drinks contain excessive amounts of cream and sugar, which can increase the total calorie content.

11. Foods high in added sugar

Consuming high amounts of added sugar is thought to contribute to several chronic conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and liver disease.

Foods high in added sugar usually provide high amounts of calories, but are lacking in other important nutrients and are not very filling.

Examples of foods that may contain massive amounts of added sugar include sugary breakfast cereals, granola bars, and low fat, flavored yogurt.

You should be especially careful when selecting “low fat” or “fat-free” foods, as manufacturers often add extra sugar to make up for the flavor that’s lost when the fat is removed.

Summary

Added sugar is high in calories and may be linked to several chronic health problems. Many products, such as low fat and fat-free foods, are high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation.

The bottom line

If you’re trying to lose weight, the types of foods that you’re eating can make a big impact.

In addition to being higher in calories, certain foods might also be less filling or lacking in important nutrients that can support weight loss, such as fiber or protein.

Be sure to check the label carefully and limit your intake of foods that are highly processed or high in added sugar.

Also, remember to consider the serving sizes. Some nutrient-dense foods, like nuts, dried fruit, and cheese, are high in calories, and it can be very easy to eat too much.

You can also practice mindful eating, in which you pay close attention to each bite, chew your foods slowly, and monitor your fullness. This technique can help moderate your food intake.

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22 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

22 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

When the weather warms up, it’s only natural to want to spend less time in the kitchen. So check out these streamlined summer dinner recipes whether you’re eating in the backyard, having a picnic on the lawn, or just gathering around the dining room table. Designed to keep you cool, these quick and easy summer dinner recipes that rely mostly on pantry staples will give you more time to enjoy lazy days and take full advantage of the season and all that summer has to offer. Recipes with short ingredient lists and very little prep ensure that dinner will be ready in 45 minutes or less.

Grilled Chicken with Rosemary and Bacon

Just a few ingredients — fresh rosemary, bacon, and garlic powder — add considerable flavor to this quick summer dinner recipe that recipe reviewer Country Folks says also works on a stovetop grill. By making extra portions, you will be able to use it in sandwiches and salads during the rest of the week.

Tomato Basil Salmon

Nothing quite says summer like the combination of tomatoes and basil. With the addition of Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and basil give an Italian vibe to salmon. Several reviewers also suggest adding fresh or powdered garlic to amp up the flavor and using fresh basil instead of dried, if you have it.

Crunchy French Onion Chicken

Crispy French fried onions aren’t just for green bean casseroles. Here, they form the breading for skinless, boneless chicken breasts that are baked in the oven after a quick dip in beaten egg. Recipe reviewer Ashley Hamilton suggests baking it on parchment paper to avoid any chance it will stick.

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Whether you’re eating inside or out, this recipe is sure to please. Recipe creator Foodie Geek says, “These are a big hit in the summertime when everyone is tired of the same old hamburgers and hot dogs. Serve with or without buns and your favorite condiments. I like to serve these with lettuce, tomato, and Tzatziki sauce.”

Mushroom Pork Chops

You probably already have the ingredients needed for this terrific recipe. A combination of fresh sliced mushrooms, onions, and cream of mushroom soup doctored with salt, pepper and a pinch of garlic salt create loads of flavor with no fuss. The sauce is delicious with mashed potatoes, noodles, or bread.

Baked Salmon Fillets Dijon

For a picture-perfect fish dish, smear salmon with Dijon mustard and top with bread crumbs, and melted to create a crunchy crust with a minimal amount of work. It bakes in 15 minutes, and the use of aluminum foil makes it a breeze to clean up.

Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Chicken

Pantry staples come to the rescue again in this chicken dish with diced tomatoes, sundried tomato pesto, and canned artichokes. Lots of recipe reviewers put their own twist on the recipe, including adding more pesto, including garlic, adding black olives, and Italian seasoning mix. Many reviewers say it’s great served over pasta.

Easy Tuna Casserole

Raid the pantry for macaroni, a can of tuna, a can of cream of chicken soup, and French fried onions. Combine it all with grated cheddar cheese for a very quick and simple version of the ultimate comfort food, tuna noodle casserole. Recipe creator LMCDEVIT says it’s great as leftovers too.

Marinated Grilled Chicken

Did you know that Italian salad dressing makes a great marinade for chicken? While the recipe calls for skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, recipe creator Denise Boyd says you can use the same ingredients and technique with inexpensive chicken pieces or to grill a whole chicken.

Air-Fried Italian Stuffed Tomatoes

Use up your leftover tomatoes and create a simple dinner that’s cheesy, spicy, and oh-so-satisfying. Whether you love tomatoes or just enjoy using your air fryer, this delicious dinner will meet all your needs.

Kielbasa with Peppers and Potatoes

A summertime favorite, smoky sausages combine with red and yellow peppers and potatoes for an easy one-dish supper for six. Easy to adapt using what you have on hand, several reviewers suggest adding onions and swapping Italian sausage for kielbasa or using low-fat turkey kielbasa.

Salsa Chicken

Taco seasoning mix along with salsa adds flavor to this simple chicken recipe. Recipe creator Faye says you can use any salsa you like — mild, medium, or hot and adds, “I usually serve it with Spanish rice and Mexican-style canned corn. Very easy and quick!”

Grandma’s Famous Salmon Cakes

There is no flour, bread, or cracker crumbs as filler in these cakes; just egg to the salmon and onion. Recipe reviewer EMoore512 says, “I’m on the Atkins Diet and this is a perfect meal for anyone who is doing the low-carb, high-protein thing.”

Barbeque Chicken Grilled Pizza

Recipe creator Kristin C says, “Use whatever toppings you normally like on regular pizza, but the barbeque chicken is always a crowd-pleaser!” It’s a great way to use leftover barbeque chicken and sauce. Recipe reviewer Tonia St says, “Instead of using dough I used naan bread, mozzarella, and used mushrooms instead of tomatoes.”

Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Pesto blended with heavy cream and Parmesan makes a rich sauce for both shrimp and linguine. Recipe creator Loretta Buffa says, “One of our family’s favorites, it’s also great when made with crab meat instead of the shrimp.” Several reviewers suggest using half and half instead of cream if you’re looking to reduce fat and calories.

BLT Salad

When it’s too hot to cook, this cool refreshing salad makes a hearty meal that’s a bit like a wedge salad. All the ingredients from a BLT sandwich are smartly repurposed into a salad. The bread is croutons and seasoned mayonnaise thinned with milk becomes the dressing.

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

These tacos are perfect for those who love shrimp but also don’t mind a bit of spiciness. “Really good but beware the chipotle peppers in adobe sauce are kickin’!! Don’t have to use a lot!,” says reviewer Lktigger24.

Zucchini Soup

If your garden is overflowing with zucchini or a neighbor has left you some of their crops, you can use it to make this luscious soup that takes no more than 15 minutes to cook. Vegan, gluten-free, fat-free, and super low carb, it’s light, fresh, and healthy as can be.

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

“The steak of veggie burgers. Serve on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and aioli sauce,” says recipe creator Bob Cody. Perfect for vegetarians, these portobello mushroom caps get a quick marinade before being cooked like burgers on the grill. A slice of melted provolone cheese makes these burgers something special.

Portable Chinese Chicken Salad

Heading outside to dine al fresco? This salad is designed to be taken with you and is made in two steps. Prep the salad, dressing, and noodles with almonds, then combine all three when you get to your picnic spot for a crunchy light Chinese chicken salad that’s cool and fresh.

Sauteed Scallops

If you’ve got fresh rosemary and garlic, you can make these scallops. It only takes five minutes of preparation and five minutes to cook these scallops. Some reviewers add white wine to the pan to make a quick and easy pan sauce to accompany the scallops.

Quick and Fresh Gazpacho

There’s no cooking to make this simple favorite soup. Simply combine tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, and bell pepper in the blender with some seasonings to make this refreshing soup. A Spanish classic, recipe creator pealawson says her Spanish husband taught her to make it.

Asian FoodChinese Food

The 10 Most Popular Dishes in China

The 10 Most Popular Dishes in China

Chinese culture has a rich history tracing back thousands of years. With an ever-evolving ethos, Chinese civilization has been at the forefront of its time, revolutionizing in areas of ceramics, architecture, music, literature, martial arts, visual arts, philosophy, and religion. Yet, there is one area that stands apart. Chinese cuisine has innovated in the culinary world for centuries. Chinese restaurants, and their chefs, continue to inspire, creating magnificent dishes that are tasted around the world. Here, we pay homage to Chinese culinary cuisine, sharing 10 of the most popular dishes in China, that must be experienced in time for this upcoming Chinese New Year.

Kung Pao Chicken

What better way to start this list of popular Chinese foods than with one of China’s most renowned and famous dishes: kung pao chicken. This classic dish originated from Sichuan cuisine (south-western China) and is a meal that is often first associated with typical Chinese food and cuisine. With stir-fried chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers, this dish is sure to satisfy in its perfected simplicity.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and sour pork is a staple dish enjoyed in Western China that is also often found in Chinese restaurants around the world. This dish is constructed around its main ingredient, deep-fried pork, which is stir-fried in a sweet and sour sauce, typically made of sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, and soy sauce. Additional ingredients including  onions pineapple, and green pepper also work to complete this signature meal, leading it to become one of the most popular dishes in China.

Peking Roast Duck

Created for the Ming Dynasty, Peking roast duck has since become a common delicacy enjoyed in Beijing, China. Seasoned before being oven-roasted, Peking duck is often served right out of the oven with its signature crisp and golden-brazed skin still intact. Served with the duck, bringing the dish together, is sides of spring onion, cucumber, and sweet bean sauce.

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu is the real deal when it comes to spicy and spice lovers alike, establishing itself as one of the most popular dishes in China. The tofu itself is set in hot and spicy sauce before being simmered with bean paste, beef, hot roasted chili oil, and a handful of the infamous tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. If you believe spicy food is king, don’t pass up on any chance to try this peppery delight.

Chow Mein

There is nothing wrong with tried, true, and dependable. Chow mein is not only one of the most popular dishes in China, but it has also become a signature dish at Chinese restaurants all around the world. With stir-fried noodles, and your choice of sauteed tofu, vegetables, or meat, Chow mein has become an easy and reliable meal to be savored and enjoyed.

Chinese Hot Pot

A Chinese hot pot, also known as a steamboat, is a dish defined by its preparation method: simmering a pot of soup stock along with other raw ingredients, allowing it to cook at the dining table itself. This method of Chinese cuisine, a tradition brought down from noble banquets, has now become a common dish to tie together any family and communal meal.

Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are the perfect side dish, so it is completely understandable why they have become synonymous when we think about other Chinese dishes and Chinese cuisine. Once consumed as a seasonal snack at spring festivals, these fried and savory rolls filled with cabbage, vegetable, or other meat fillings have become a crispy and tasty addition to any main.

Wonton Soup

Originating in Northern China, wontons are a type of dumpling draped in egg yolk wrappings, covering cooked and savory meats or seafood filling. Wontons can be either fried or steamed; however, wonton soup often calls for steamed wontons submerged in boiled chicken broth that is garnished with green onions. This bowl of warmth is the perfect comfort food, allowing it to be sought after year-round and around the world.

Chicken Fried Rice

Cooked in a wok or frying pan, this dish tosses fried rice with egg, vegetables, and chicken over steamy temperatures. Often made with local ingredients, chicken fried rice can be made in countless variations, sometimes not including chicken at all, allowing for substitutes like seafood or other proteins creating room for artistry and experimentation.

Char Siu

Bringing the 10 most popular dishes in China list to an end is this mouth-watering Cantonese-styled barbeque pork. Cooked in five-spiced powder, honey, and red yeast, Char Siu can be fire-roasted to perfection, allowing for a sweet and savory experience with each bite.

Included were 10 of the most popular dishes in China, dishes that are enjoyed and eaten across the country and have now been shared and experienced around the world. These dishes are popular for a reason; you should be sure to try them when they are made authentically with quality ingredients. There is a lot to be learned from Chinese cuisine, with bountiful amounts of flavors, techniques, and culinary history to draw from, any foodie would benefit themselves by giving it, and the meals it has cultivated, proper attention.

Indonesian Food

Traditional Balinese Dishes You Need to Try

Traditional Balinese Dishes You Need to Try

The traditional dishes of Bali are a huge part of the tradition here in Indonesia; some are almost as old as the culture itself. Here’s what to try in Bali if you want to experience the essence of the island on your plate.

Satay

Satay, or sate in Indonesian, are grilled slices of chicken, goat, beef or pork, skewered on sticks. You can find them in virtually every city in Indonesia; every culture has a unique take and variation. Sate lilit is Bali’s creation, which is marinated in coconut milk and other spices. The sliced meat is wrapped rather than skewered, hence the name lilit (wrap). Additional sauce is optional, as the sate itself already has a combination of spicy, savoury and sweet tastes.

Babi Guling

Babi guling (Balinese-roasted pork) is a treat often served during cultural performances or ceremonies. While the fresh pork contributes to the juiciness, the mix of traditional spices plays an important role in making babi guling an unforgettable dish.

Betutu

Legend has it that betutu was once the king’s favourite meal. It’s not surprising, then, that the food is prepared in such a sophisticated way. A whole chicken or duck is often chosen as the main ingredient, which is then stuffed with an intricate mixture of spices, including shallots, garlic, ginger, chilli, peanuts and more. The meal takes at least eight hours to prepare. The taste is worth it, though, because that long process yields a rich flavour in every bite.

Lawar

Lawar is made by mixing chopped meat with various green vegetables and grated coconut. As for the meat, the choices are beef, chicken, duck, pork, turtle or a combination of those. Balinese know two types of lawar: red and white. The red gets its colour from animal blood added to the mixture, which adds a certain savoury flavour. White lawar, on the other hand, doesn’t contain blood and often substitutes meat with jackfruit.

Bubur mengguh

Bubur mengguh is a kind of porridge that originated in Buleleng. This savoury dish is an important meal for Balinese people as it’s one of the compulsory treats served at traditional festivals or ceremonies. The porridge is topped with a liquid mixture made from spices, shredded chicken, roasted peanuts and celery. Often, bubur mengguh is served with urab, a vegetable salad with coconut dressing. Warm, freshly cooked bubur mengguh is perfect for breakfast.

Nasi jinggo

Although it comes in small portions, nasi jinggo is a big part of local daily life. Consisting of rice, vegetables and a side dish and condiment wrapped together inside a banana leaf, nasi jinggo is an affordable food. Usually, the side dish options are shredded chicken, egg or noodles. You can buy nasi jinggo from motorcycles parked on the side of main streets.

Nasi tepeng

Nasi tepeng is the local cuisine of Gianyar. Its texture is somewhere between rice and porridge. The soft, mushy grain is enjoyed with a special mixture of spices and herbs, which gives a strong flavour, along with fried chicken, egg, jackfruit, beans and eggplant. In Gianyar, nasi tepeng is a common breakfast; smelling that enticing aroma in the morning is a treat in itself.

Urab

Urab (also known as urap) is a traditional vegetable salad with coconut dressing. It has a wide array of steamed or raw vegetables, including green beans, cabbage, bean sprouts, spinach and cassava leaves. You can enjoy urab on its own or as a side dish, rich in both flavour and nutrients.

Tum

Tum consists of minced chicken or beef, put together with mashed spices and herbs such as garlic, shallots, chillis, bay leaves, gingers, lemongrass and more. Everything is arranged compactly in a banana leaf, making it convenient to eat as a main course or snack on the go.

Sambal matah

This tasty Balinese hot sauce has made its way to restaurants and households all over Indonesia. Each culture has a unique take on the chilli-based condiment, but sambal matah is loved for its fresh sensation. Shallots, garlic and chillis are chopped or blended, giving it a delightful texture. The secret is the touch of lime leaves and lemongrass. Sambal matah can enhance the flavour of a simple fried chicken, pork or egg dish.

Restoran

The Rijsttafel Roundup: 12 Indonesian Restaurants in Amsterdam

The Rijsttafel Roundup: 12 Indonesian Restaurants in Amsterdam

As all Amsterdammers know but many visitors don’t, Indonesian food is widely eaten in the Netherlands due to the two countries’ colonial history (too complicated to go into here, but Google it). So when in the Dutch capital, checking out one of the Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam is a must.

Don’t leave the city without trying a rijsttafel (literally: “rice table”): dozens of small, shareable dishes ranging from mild to spicy, in all colours of the rainbow, served with rice. Although something of a Dutch invention (locals in Indonesia aren’t eating rijsttafels), it’s a great way to try lots of dishes in one meal.

Satay skewers – generally chicken and goat – are a staple, as are various curries (meat and fish), boiled eggs in spicy sauces, vegetables in peanut sauce (wonderfully named gado-gado) and fried bananas. But there’s much more besides, depending on the particular restaurant’s selection of rijsttafel. Of course, if you’d rather stick with just one dish all to yourself, these places offer plenty of Indonesian specialties as starters and main courses, too.

In this article, I’ve focused on the Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam, where you can turn up for a proper sit-down meal with wine (or whatever your poison may happen to be). And, believe me, you’ll need a decent-sized table just to fit all the dishes that will inevitably appear if you order a rijsttafel. But there are of course plenty of tokos offering takeaway Indonesian food in Amsterdam, or holes-in-the-wall where you can sit down to eat a quick meal without alcohol.

Where to eat rijsttafel in Amsterdam

Blauw

Blauw has been going strong for decades – and I’ve been a fan ever since I first visited in 2009. I like its split-level interior and bold décor that eschews the kitschiness that often goes along with Asian restaurants. I like the fact that it’s a bit of a trek – down at the bottom of the Vondelpark on the Amstelveenseweg – which means it isn’t full of tourists. I also like its rijsttafel, which comprises a huge selection of boat-shaped dishes ranging from mild to super-spicy. Blauw went through a rough patch for a couple of years when a few of its original chefs defected to Ron Gastrobar Indonesia (more on that below). But when I last visited, it was back to its former glories with a new team in place who seem to know what they’re doing. The rijsttafel comprised classics like beef rendang and various forms of satay (chicken, goat and shrimp) but also more interesting dishes like fish mousse with a spicy yet fresh green sauce. If you have room, don’t miss the starter of Aneka Laut Lilit – fragrant crab and shrimp cakes bound with cornmeal and served on a lemongrass skewer. For those with a sweet tooth, Blauw’s “grand dessert” doesn’t disappoint with favourites like spekkoek and mango ice cream, as well as more adventurous flavours like durian parfait and chocolate fudge laced with cayenne pepper.

Rijsttafel Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: €35.50-43.50

Tujuh Maret

More central (it’s on the Utrechtsestraat) is Tujuh Maret – a family-run restaurant that’s not much to look at but absolutely delivers. When we first looked at the menu, we weren’t sure they served alcohol (shock horror!) but when we asked they were happy to keep carafes of house wine flowing. The “Minahasa” rijsttafel costs €34.50, which is cheaper than many on this list, but is just as extensive. And (wait for the best bit) several of the dishes are actually properly spicy. Not uncomfortably so, but I’d have a few friends whose eyes might water a little. And that’s a good thing because it’s been regrettably hard to come by in the gathering of this list. It’s hard to pick out favourite dishes because I enjoyed them all – even the tempeh, which usually I can’t stand.

Rijsttafel Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: €29.50-34.50

Ron Gastrobar Indonesia

Chef Ron Blaauw already has a series of restaurants in Amsterdam showcasing everything from classic fine dining to Oriental specialities. But it’s worth taking a trip to Oudekerk aan de Amstel (around a 40-minute cycle ride from the south of the city centre) to try the rijsttafel at Ron Gastrobar Indonesia. And here, Chef Tim is in charge. His satay is to die for – the chicken and goat meat perfectly moist yet charred on the outside, and the sauces spicy yet sweet. Both the eggs and the fried shrimps have the perfect level of chilli heat. And all the curries are succulent and distinctly different in flavour. The wine list and service are what you’d expect from a fine dining restaurant, but the prices are surprisingly modest. My only criticism is that I’d have liked it if a few more of the dishes were on the spicy end of the spectrum.

Rijsttafel Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: €34.50-39.50

Sampurna

In contrast, old-timer Sampurna is right in the centre of Amsterdam, just off the bustling flower market on the Singel canal. Yes, it may be full of tourists, but the food is still good and reasonable value given the location. It’s been in business for over 35 years – so they must be doing something right!

Rijsttafel Rating: 3/5
Cost: €27.50-34.50

Kartika

The first time I went to Kartika, we were forced to order our food before we’d even sat down, and were hustled out the door less than an hour later. But because the food was actually pretty good, I ended up going back. The manager there called me out on what I’d written the first time (he actually remembered me, amazingly), which was awkward but at least we both got to say our piece. Suffice to say that the second time the service was much more leisurely, and the food was just as good. Beef rendang had excellent warm spices and a rich sauce; gado-gado was fresh and fragrant, not cloying with peanut butter as is often the case. Two chicken dishes were good and distinctly different from each other: a hotter version in a thin, chilli-based broth; and a milder version in a sweet, soy-based sauce with plenty of aromatic anise. And Kartika also serves one of the cheapest rijsttafels in Amsterdam, which is good to know for those on a budget. No reservations nor free water, however.

Rijsttafel Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: €21.90-22.90

Dèsa

Similarly speedy was the rijsttafel at Dèsa in De Pijp, which is good value at only €20.90 for the regular rijsttafel. It includes some good chicken dishes: I particularly liked the spicy ayam rica-rica and the chicken in coconut milk and saffron. I was less impressed by the beef rendang, which could’ve been stewed for longer to make the meat more tender. But overall, Dèsa is a solid contender, especially at that price point. The service was also top notch: we had one small complaint that was immediately rectified and we were offered a free round of drinks. A rare occurrence in Amsterdam!

Rijsttafel Rating: 3.5/5
Cost: €19.90-20.90

Mama Makan

What distinguishes Mama Makan from almost everywhere else on this list is its atmosphere. Its fresh botanical interior, its extensive wine-list, its rijsttafel served in traditional “courses”: this is an Indonesian restaurant you want to take your parents to. The food arrives in five rounds, which gives the meal a nice leisurely pace that’s often lacking when eating a rijsttafel. When it comes to the dishes themselves, a couple were excellent: the chicken satay was one of the best I’ve tried, and the spicy shrimps and seabass with shallots were big hits. The dessert was also a tropical revelation of fruit flavours and creamy coconut. However, much of the rest of the food left a lot to be desired – in general, I got the impression the kitchen was playing it very safe for its cruise-ship clientele. This is Indonesian cuisine for people who don’t like spicy food. There’s nothing wrong with that (and it’s a question I’m often asked) but it’s not for the chilli addicts.

Rijsttafel Rating: 2.5/5
Cost: €42

Blue Pepper

Blue Pepper is essentially serving a fine-dining-meets-rijsttafel version of Indonesian food. Which could be ideal if you have a client you need to impress, or it’s your dad’s birthday – but know that you’re looking at a €90+ price tag for the full monty including wine. That’s not to say that the atmosphere is stuffy or pretentious, but the service is a cut above your regular Amsterdam restaurant, the presentation of the food is a notch fancier, and you can order paired wines with everything. Plus, Blue Pepper has opted to serve their rijsttafel in five courses (so you can savour each item individually), rather than plonking everything on the table at once.

The evening we visited, our first course was a delicate scallop dish with orange, macadamia nuts and samphire. The second course comprised three mini-dishes in one: a pulled-goose fried spring roll with a sauce fragrant from cloves and cinnamon; a palate-cleansing fruit combo of pineapple, mango and cucumber with a sweet sauce; and a spicy guinea-fowl curry that was pleasantly hot on the tongue. With the satay course, we were back in more familiar territory: chicken satay came with the requisite peanut sauce, while lamb satay came with a soy-based sauce. Next came a traditional selection of four rijsttafel dishes: spicy prawns, beef rendang, gado-gado and pickled vegetables. This may be regular rijsttafel fare, but the quality was still impressive. For dessert, we were instructed to eat what looked like a tiny yellow flower. Five seconds later, I felt like my mouth had been woken up by a lightning bolt. It made the combination of orange-blossom sorbet, mango panna cotta and forest berries all the fruitier. I’ve seen restaurants try to posh-up rijsttafel before, and the flavour suffered as a consequence. But at Blue Pepper, you’ll still find the punchy flavours and chilli kicks you’d expect from the best Indonesian food but in an upscale atmosphere.

Rijsttafel Rating: 4.5/5
Cost: €48-75

De Vrouw met de Baard

The website of De Vrouw met de Baard (The Bearded Lady) claims that the restaurant serves “soul food from Brooklyn to Bali”. But I’ve decided to include it in my roundup of Indonesian restaurants because many of the menu items certainly qualify. Plus, if you order enough of them to share, you’ve basically created a custom-selected rijsttafel. Tadah!

We tried five dishes between two of us, which was just about right for a couple of moderately hungry people, but on other days (when I hadn’t drunk quite so much Zatte before arriving) I might’ve ordered six. Veggie highlights were the cauliflower tempura with a creamy coconut and turmeric sauce, and the Jerusalem artichoke (known as topinamboer) that had been roasted and served with an Asian-fusion-style sauce. On the fish front, we tried smoked mackerel, steamed in a banana leaf with plenty of spicy tomato-based paste – an umami explosion. And for the meat eaters, a beef rendang that was mild and coconut-y.

Rijsttafel Rating: 4/5
Cost: €39.50-49.50

Jun

The first time I went to Jun I didn’t order the rijsttafel, which in hindsight was perhaps a good thing. I went back a couple of years later to try it, and was disappointed to discover how few dishes are actually included compared with other Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam. Those that came were lacking in spice (I was told the Dutch clientele generally ask for the dishes to be milder) and a bit of variety – there was a predominance of chicken. However, I did enjoy Jun’s soto ayam – a chicken-laden broth that’s aromatic with lemongrass, ginger and turmeric. And the service was very friendly.

Rijsttafel Rating: 3/5
Cost: €30.50-40.50

Sama Sebo

Sama Sebo is one of the oldest Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands, having been serving customers from its kitsch brown-café location for over 35 years. So you’d think, after all that time, that they’d know when they’re doing. You’d be wrong. We’d no sooner got our wine than the dishes started arriving – suspiciously quickly. It felt like we were part of a production line of tourists being fed our requisite dozen or so plates before the next busload arrived. The dishes were variations on bland, cold, dry, and whatever the opposite of spicy is. I get that restaurants dumb down the spice levels for the western palate, but seriously – this was so dumbed down it was fake news. The pork satay was (reliably) about the best thing on the menu, but the other meat dishes lacked much of the flavour of warm spices that you’d expect from that part of the world. The gado-gado and green beans were limp, sorry shadows of their former selves, and the side dishes lacked anything to pep up the main event. The sambal with shrimp crackers was the only thing that didn’t disappoint.

Rijsttafel Rating: 1/5
Cost: €34

Café AMOI

I have a confession to make about Café AMOI: I’ve only actually tried three of the dishes there (I ate them as part of a food tour with Eating Amsterdam), but I liked them so much that I wanted to include the restaurant here. Namely, AMOI served possibly the best gado-gado I’ve ever eaten in Amsterdam: the vegetables freshly cooked to al dente perfection and the peanut sauce sweetly savoury. I also tried the corn fritters, peppered with kaffir lime leaves and dipped in a spicy sauce, as well as the traditional Indonesian spekkoek (spiced layer cake). It was enough to make me want to go back and order a lot more next time.

Rijsttafel Rating: not yet rated
Cost: dishes sold separately for €7-15

Amsterdam travel tips

Before you’re ready to check out the Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam, you’re going to need to get here! I put together this short travel guide with practical information to help you:

  • Travel by air to Amsterdam: Schiphol airport is a huge hub, which means that most national carriers and budget airlines fly direct to Amsterdam. For obvious reasons, Dutch national airline KLM offers the most flights in and out of the capital, but you can compare prices among all airlines on sites like Skyscanner, Expedia and GoEuro.
  • Travel by train/bus to Amsterdam: If you’re already in northern Europe, Amsterdam is easy to reach by train and bus. There are regular trains from Paris and Brussels on the Thalys, while FlixBus has bus routes to the Netherlands from neighbouring Belgium and Germany. GoEuro can help you find the best route and means of transport.
  • Getting around in Amsterdam: Both bike rental and car rental are possible, but not advisable. Better to walk (it’s a compact city) or to make use of Amsterdam’s excellent network of trams, buses and trains. Plan your journey via the GVB website.
  • Where to stay in Amsterdam: For canal-side luxury, you can’t beat the iconic Pulitzer Hotel. For a budget hotel that has great amenities, book into The Social Hub (two locations). For something quirky and unique, Hotel Not Hotel is the place to rest your head. And for excellent hotel bars and restaurants, try the layback Hoxton or the trendy Kimpton de Witt.
  • Amsterdam tours: It might feel like a tourist cliché, but taking a tour really is a great way to get your bearings. I love the food tours by Eating Amsterdam and Devour Tours (full disclosure: they’re both clients of mine) as well as the boat tours by Lovers. But you can obviously find plenty of other options on TripAdvisor, Viator and Tours & Tickets.

Further resources: I use the Iamsterdam website to find out about things to do in Amsterdam (especially upcoming exhibitions). If you prefer to go old-school and buy a guidebook, I’ve contributed food & drink chapters to the Michelin Must See Guide, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide and Rough Guide, so I know they’re compiled by local writers.

Indoenesian Food

15 Food and Beverage Trends Predicted to be Hits in 2023

15 Food and Beverage Trends Predicted to be Hits in 2023

prescottmediacenter.org – Come on, find out what foods and drinks will be trending in 2023 here!

Entering the end of 2022, maybe you are curious about the food and drink trends that will appear in 2023. As you already know, there are lots of food and drink trends that have emerged in 2022.

The phenomenon of healthy food and drink also continues to proliferate this year. Starting from oat milk, wheat bread, and other organic foods, many people are starting to pay attention.

However, that does not mean that food and drinks with delicious tastes derived from animal sources, flour and sugar are not being looked at. Call it boba ice cream, various pastries, sandwiches, and others.

Seeing the dominance of food trends that are hits this year, will these trends continue in 2023? Come on, see more about this article!

Prediction of Food and Beverage Trends in 2023

Here are some predictions of food and drink trends that will hit in 2023. Check below, who knows it could be your culinary business idea!

1. Food trend 2023: Salted egg chicken

Current food trends with salted egg sauce or salted eggs have continued to mushroom over the past few years, one of which is salted egg chicken. Even though it has been present for quite a long time on the market, this food is still being invaded by people, especially the people of Indonesia.

Salted egg chicken is also very easy to serve. It is enough to serve chicken which is fried using flour and then served over hot rice and smeared with salted egg sauce, so this one menu immediately looks tempting.

With all its practicality, it is predicted that this food will continue its popularity in 2023. Of course, with the creation of new innovations, this food will continue to enliven the culinary world, especially in Indonesia.

2. Salted egg chips

Unlike the salted egg chicken which is usually served as a main meal, these salted egg chips are a snack that you can eat in your spare time. These salted egg chips are usually made from salmon skin which is fried and then seasoned with salted egg. Offering a delicious and savory taste, it looks like this snack will continue its popularity as one of the food trends in 2023.

3. Ciring

Cireng is a snack that is in great demand by the people of Indonesia. Cireng, which has a crunchy texture on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside, has always attracted the interest of the Indonesian people.

Moreover, served with a sprinkling of chili powder or chili sauce adds to the resulting taste. In addition, cireng is also often created into several new preparations, such as filled cireng to salad seasoning cireng.

4. Churros

This snack from the country of Matador, Spain turns out to be increasingly liked and in demand by the people of Indonesia. Having a crunchy texture on the outside but so soft on the inside makes this food very enjoyable to eat with a cup of tea.

In addition, churros are also usually served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and chocolate sauce which further adds to the sweetness. No wonder this food will re-enter the food trend in 2023.

5. Potato milk

Maybe all this time you only know the choice of vegan milk is between oats, almonds, soy, or just coconut. Well, now you also need to know about potato milk which is being talked about more and more by people.

This milk is made from potato tubers and is one of the plant-based milks which is predicted to become a trend in 2023. The taste of this creamy potato milk is also very suitable to be combined with coffee.

Of course you can make delicious lattes and cappuccinos from this potato milk. Have you ever tried it?

6. Salmon

Another food that is predicted to become popular again in 2023 is salmon. Today more and more people are paying more attention to their food intake, and therefore they are more interested in foods with less protein, sauces and vegetables.

Preserved or smoked salmon is one of the favorite options. Processed smoked salmon added with shallots, cream cheese, and artisanal bread or biscuits can certainly spoil the tongue for those who eat it.

7. Food trend 2023: Yuzu

Yuzu is a typical Japanese orange that looks very much like a lemon. The aroma of this orange is also more fragrant and the taste is more sour. In fact, the content of vitamin C in this yuzu fruit can be up to three times higher than that of lemons, you know.

In addition, Yuzu also has many other health benefits for the body. Starting from preventing cancer, increasing immunity, improving blood flow, to maintaining brain health.

8. Katsu sando

One of the foods that is expected to re-enter the 2023 food trend is katsu sando. This is because there are more and more innovations in making sandwiches that are popular with many people because of their practicality.

Katsu sando is a sandwich made from milk bread typical of Sakura Country, Japan. Besides having a soft texture, this bread has a sweeter taste than ordinary white bread.

The toppings served at this katsu sando include wagyu katsu, eggs, and vegetables. Having this blend, of course, makes the taste of this food delicious and able to shake the tongue. Come on, try it!

9. Cabbage

Brasika or brassica is a plant belonging to the cabbage tribe or Brassicaceae. Indeed, this type of vegetable is known by people as a source of vegetables and seasonings such as cabbage and mustard greens. Apart from that, brasika is also considered a versatile vegetable that is delicious and can last a long time in the fridge, you know.

10. Food trends 2023: Various Indian dishes

It is predicted that various Indian dishes will also become one of the food trends in 2023. Moreover, at this time there are also many who have started to enjoy food or cuisine from India.

Actually Indian food is quite good and varied, and most Indian restaurants have also eschewed things like pav bhaji, momos and other classics. Indian cuisine is rich in spices and strong flavours, from butter chicken to mouth-watering rogan josh.

11. Honey

Public awareness to consume honey is also predicted to continue to increase. Moreover, in 2023 people will be increasingly concerned about the importance of health. Besides having a function as a medicine, honey also has a delicious taste and can add pleasure when taken with warm drinks, such as tea, milk, ginger water, and others.

12. Food trend 2023: Organic food

Millennials and Generation Z are predicted to be increasingly interested in organic foods. One of them is a type of grain food, such as chia seeds, sesame seeds, and quinoa. Team Chef Armstrong from Hybrid Chef in Jupiter, California also said that people will be more focused on cleaner, healthier and hygienic food in 2023.

13. Kombucha

The next food and drink trend that is predicted to be popular in 2023 is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that has a sharp, sour, vinegar-like taste, yet refreshing.

Even though kombucha tea has actually been consumed in China for more than 2000 years, now you can find this tea menu at your favorite cafes, you know. In addition, kombucha is also believed to have various health benefits. You must try!

14. Mushrooms

Because food trends in 2023 tend to be healthier food and drinks, the use of mushrooms as a food ingredient is also predicted to increase. Moreover, mushrooms can be the best alternative as a substitute for red meat.

In addition, the texture and taste of mushrooms are very similar to meat. Of course, food creations using mushrooms will continue to increase. For example, replacing the burger patty with grilled portobello mushrooms, which are no less juicy and delicious.

15. Food trend 2023: Korean fried chicken

The increasing popularity of Korean culture in the world makes anything Korean sell well, including the food. One of the typical Korean food menus that is predicted to become more popular in 2023 is Korean fried chicken.

If Indonesia has fried chicken with special spices, then Korea also has huraide cikin or fried chicken. The difference is, this Korean fried chicken uses flour and special seasonings to give the chicken a crunch and delicacy.

Apart from that, Korean fried chicken is also known for its chicken meat which is very juicy and tender when eaten. Of the various Korean fried chicken menus, one that is quite popular is the Ban Ban menu.

This menu presents Korean fried chicken covered with a sauce made from sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, gochujang, gochugaru, and spring onions. If you’ve never tried this Korean fried chicken, then you have to try it right away!

Unhealthy Foods

Junk Food: Definition, Types, and Dangers to Health

Junk Food: Definition, Types, and Dangers to Health

https://prescottmediacenter.org/ – Junk Food is – With the times and rapid technological advances, it is now very easy to do something. In addition, this also plays a role in changing patterns and lifestyles of humans at this time. One example is the increasing number of ready-to-eat foods, also known as junk food or fast food.

Junk food has recently become one of the most popular foods among young people, are you one of them? This food is also very diverse, ranging from snacks to main meals. Junk food as an informal term applied to several foods which are then considered to have little or no nutritional value at all.

Then, actually what is meant by junk food and what are the types. In this article, we will explain more about junk food, from the definition to its types. So, read this article to the end, Grameds.

Definition of Junk Food

Junk food is a term used to describe food with a high content of calories, fat, sugar and salt. However, the content of vitamins and fiber in junk food can be considered very low. Usually, junk food also contains various food additives (BTP), such as sweeteners, flavors and preservatives.

Not only that, junk food also contains high levels of fat and salt, for example hamburgers, pizza, fried chicken, fried potatoes that are served without fruit and include vegetables and various types of crisps.

Generally, these foods contain saturated fat which can cause various risks of obesity and if consumed too much can cause health problems. In fact, high salt levels exceed the salt levels needed by the body can also trigger high blood pressure.

Examples of junk food that contains high sugar include soft drinks, donuts, candy, and cakes. Sugar that is too high can also cause damage to teeth and diabetes. Junk food is not good if consumed continuously, so it needs to be replaced by eating healthy food. Examples of healthy foods include various fruits, vegetables, and nuts such as soybeans, red beans, and almonds. So, have you started to eat healthy food today?

Types of Junk Food and their Dangers

1. Burger

The first famous junk food in Indonesia is burgers. This food can be said to have very little nutritional value, and is loaded with everything that is bad for health. Burgers available in fast food restaurants have also been linked to obesity, heart disease, and various other health problems. Therefore, it is not recommended to consume these foods too often.

2. Fries

The next famous junk food in Indonesia is French fries. These snacks have been around for hundreds of years. Even so, this one food is still considered bad if people consume it too often. Basically, any food that is fried using vegetable oil will have a negative impact on health.

Therefore, french fries fried in vegetable oil will contain quite a lot of unsaturated fats. These unsaturated fats will produce cancer free radicals in the body. What’s more, french fries tend to contain a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide. So, don’t eat French fries too often, Grameds.

3. It Crimea

Who doesn’t know ice cream, food made from milk and various other ingredients that are loved by people of all ages, from children to adults. Ice cream is also very delicious especially when consumed when the weather is hot. However, behind the pleasure, ice cream also contains a lot of calories and sugar that is no less than a bottle of soda.

Ice cream becomes even more dangerous when mixed with milk and made into milkshakes. Especially if it is made into a milkshake, then you are said to have consumed around 1,000 calories.

4. Given

Plain donuts don’t contain many calories, and they don’t harm your body. However, now donuts have many flavors and contain lots of sugar. If you only consume one, maybe it won’t be a problem, but it’s a different matter if you consume it in large quantities.

But in reality, the average individual then consumes two to three donuts. You need to remember that in a donut that contains no nutrients at all, which will make the consumer feel hungry. In fact, consuming donuts in excess can cause obesity.

5. Pizza

The most popular fast food in Indonesia is pizza. This food is also often served mixed with lots of cheese, meat, sauces, and many other ingredients, with a content of 600 calories per slice.

Because, these foods then contain saturated fat, sodium, and high carbohydrates. If this typical Italian food is consumed too often, it can have a negative impact on health, the most famous of which often triggers obesity.

6. Fish nuggets

These fish nuggets are often given by parents to their children. This may not be good if given too often let alone in large quantities. If you want to be healthy, eat fish that is really fresh, and don’t choose fish that has been processed like this. Remember, the average processed fish contains a lot of preservatives, especially if consumed by frying.

7. Hot Dog

This long beef-covered bun is then mixed with a little mayonnaise, chili sauce, and tomato sauce, which also contain unhealthy ingredients for the body.

Hot dogs are also directly related to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. In this case, what becomes a problem is not only the meat in the food, but the high levels of salt and preservatives that are often used. If you really want to eat these foods, you should also choose organic ones, with low fat and sodium content.

8. Stick to Keju

Next, although the cheese itself is not so harmful to health. But it will be a problem if this cheese is then mixed with breadcrumbs and fried. This is because in a cheese stick there is also fat and sodium which is very high and is definitely very harmful to the body. So, it is not recommended to make cheese sticks as a daily snack, especially for children.

9. Fried

Who doesn’t like fried foods, especially those served hot. But did you know that fried food has dangers for its connoisseurs? This fried food also has a very high calorie, fat and oil content. So, if consumed in excess, can trigger cancer.

10. Canned Food

Foods that are processed in the form of cans, be it fruit, vegetables, meat, and so on, are not good for consumption every day. This is due to the large amount of nutrients that have been damaged in the canning process. On the other hand, canned food also contains a lot of preservatives which are not good for liver health. So, from now on we have to reduce canned food, Grameds.

11. Potato Chips and French Fries

Who doesn’t like fried potatoes that have a savory taste. Even though it is very delicious, if you consume too many french fries, it can cause excess weight gain or you can say make someone obese. This can happen because of the content of acrylamides compounds which are carcinogenic and appear when burned and fried.

12. Cakes, Biscuits and Pastries

Foods that are usually sold in this packaged form should also be reduced or avoided. This is because this food is made from wheat flour with added sugar and butter which contains saturated fat. If you consume too much, it can lead to obesity and various other diseases.

13. Instant Noodles

Instant noodles can be considered as food that is relatively cheap, easy to make, and of course very tasty, so it is not good for continuous consumption. What’s more, instant instant noodles contain translucent which can exacerbate blood vessels.

The Danger of Junk Food for Health

If the body consumes too much low-nutrient food, it will cause health problems, as well as if you eat too much junk food. Here below are some of the dangers of junk food for health.

Disturbing Heart Health and Stroke

This fast food will increase bad cholesterol and saturated fat. This will then trigger a blockage of the arteries. This condition will also cause heart attacks and strokes.

Increase High Blood Pressure

Junk food can cause hypertension because these foods contain high sodium or salt. Therefore, usually the taste of fast food has a salty taste. If consumed in excess, it can cause an increase in high blood pressure and trigger heart disease.

Increases Cancer Risk

The next danger of fast food is that it can cause cancer, especially colon cancer. Some foods that can increase the risk of this disease include sausages, smoked meats, and bacon.

Cause Diabetes

Diabetes can also be caused by excessive consumption of junk food. This is because food contains high calorie content, while fiber and vitamins are low. These foods can then quickly cause other sugar levels to rise.

The content of trans fats in junk food can be said to be quite a lot, so it can cause fat accumulation in the abdominal area. This will then make insulin not work optimally. Thus, sugar in the blood is also difficult to control and increases the risk of diabetes.

Disturbing Kidney Function

Another danger of junk food is that it can interfere with kidney function. This can happen because of the high sodium content in it. Therefore, if consumed in excess it will interfere with the performance of the kidneys in filtering toxins in the blood.

Damage to Liver Organs

Consumption of fast food then damages the liver. Excessive consumption of low-nutrient foods can also cause disturbances in the stomach tissue in the liver. This will then make the liver work not optimal.

Makes Teeth Damage Quickly

Fast food generally contains high sugar. This turns out to be causing the teeth to become damaged quickly. Because sugar makes the pH of the mouth more acidic. This acid content will also cause plaque and cause the enamel on the teeth to be damaged.

Closing

It is a common thing that junk food is very delicious, but behind that pleasure there are dangers that can interfere with the health of the body. Therefore, there have been many studies that say that you have to reduce your consumption of junk food.

Thus the discussion about junk food along with its dangers to the health of the body. Hopefully all of the discussion above can open Grameds’ insight into junk food. Even though it’s dangerous, if you don’t consume it excessively, it’s still okay.

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