5 Food Documentaries You Need To Watch

Majority of my time goes in thinking about food, talking about food and obviously eating food. But there is also a time when I am watching movies, videos and documentaries about food. We all have seen movies that have inspired us to walk in the kitchen the minute its over and start cooking. But there are these amazing and eye opening documentaries also, that make you feel the same.

I have watched some over time and probably you have too, if you haven’t seen these 5 documentaries, my suggestion please do!

I am still in the process of watching more and more documentaries or movies about food. But till date I think these are the ones which have stuck with me and encouraged me to try cooking.

Without further ado here are the 5 Food Documentaries which will make you start cooking –

1 – Chef’s Table

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Chef’s Table is a Netflix Documentary which takes us to the world of some of the best chefs in the world. How they work, what their inspiration is, why they do what they do. It is an amazing insight on getting to know how these wonderful minds work. Food is just not food but so much more for them. An outlet for their creativity, the inspiration is just magical.

2 – Cooked

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Cooked is again a Netflix Documentary based on  Michael Pollan’s book Cooked. It showcases the part that is lost nowadays and which is our primal nature “to cook” To this new world of processed food, how we have lost the art of cooking and how we need to go back to our roots and understand this process. How to live and eat healthy.

3 – Fed Up

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Fed up is an eye opening documentary on how the processed food and fast food chains are dominating our world and the adverse effects it has on our body. The focus being on the ever growing obesity problem in USA. An insight on how the big food companies are just not playing with our heads but our future also.

4 – That Sugar Film

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That Sugar Film similar like Fed Up is based on similar lines. But has a slight different approach. It shows how a healthy man goes on an apparently so called “healthy food” diet and the effects on his body. It is really interesting on what these food companies will feed you for their own gain.

5 – Spinning Plates

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Spinning Plates shows us three interesting and inspiring stories about 3 different chefs and restaurants in different parts of America. From the struggle and hardships a 3 Michelin Star restaurant Chef faces. To the disasters that hit the three generation old Breitbach restaurant, and their will and strength to get up and work again. A story about a hardworking family man who wants to earn money for his family and wants his wife’s passion cooking to succeed.

If you have seen all 5, hifi! If you haven’t, please do. It is insightful, inspirational and fascinating, and over all its about FOOD!

If you have seen some interesting ones please do let me know by leaving a comment below.

 

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Singapore in 48 hours – Day 2

Day 2 began with coffee. I had a whole list of things to do and eat. I was determined to tick everything off on my to do list. So I picked up an Almond Croissant from the Starbucks right outside the hotel, hailed a taxi and off I was to the ToTT Store at Suntec Mall.

I will tell you why I mentioned ToTT aka Tools of The Trade store. ToTT is a huge kitchenware store, so obviously I had to mention it. I was actually in the store for 2 hours figuring how much budget and space in my bag I have so I can narrow down the things I need to buy. After much deliberation and confusion and conclusion I bought what I needed and headed for lunch. Conclusion – if you would like to buy good kitchen equipment head over to ToTT.

Lunch –

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According to my research Hainanese Chicken Rice is the national dish of Singapore. Traditionally you should go to Maxell Road Hawker Centre. But as I was short on time, I had to eat at the Food Court in the mall, which was delicious none the less. Hainanese Chicken Rice is Chicken poached in broth preferably wrapped in Pandan leaves flavored with ginger. The rice is also made with adding the same broth. And the broth is also served as the soup on the side. Which is pretty darn good!

Chicken was perfectly cooked and juicy. The soup was something I could just put it in a bottle and keep sipping it the whole day. The salad and rice was good. It was a perfect comfort meal and the portion was huge.

After lunch I continued to roam the mall as I had to buy and eat other things.

Evening-

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Kaya Toast is a famous snack sold in Singapore. It is a jam made of coconut and eggs. Again it is a must have. And probably most widely available here. I preferred it at the Toast Box. Toast Box has its outlets everywhere so I would really advise not to miss it. Kaya toast is a delight with the perfect amount of kaya jam and salted butter making it perfectly sweet enough. I even bought kaya jam bottles to take back home from Toast Box, again I advise you do the same. Also do try their Peanut Butter Toast, I took that as a takeaway and enjoyed it as my midnight snack at the hotel.

30 minutes after Kaya Toast –

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Now this isn’t a Singaporean delicacy. But I happened to spot Robert Timms outlet, which is a famous coffee outlet from Australia. At the entrance I saw a doodle of the huge crazy milkshake and I decided to check it out. I wanted to know what is the fuss about those crazy huge milkshakes. So I ordered a coffee milkshake.

Well let me just say it was glorious! Topped with overflowing whipped cream, Coffee Eclair and chocolates, this thick and delicious milkshake gave me the perfect coffee kick I needed to continue the rest of my day.

Dinner –

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After the milkshake, I went to Marina Bay Sands. And after all the sight seeing, I went over to their Food Court for early dinner. Again a must have dish at Singapore is the Laksa. I had the Curry Laksa which is the tastiest spicy soup made with coconut milk, chicken, bean curd puffs, shrimp and noodles. It was a perfect hearty meal to end the day with.

There it is my 48 hours in Singapore, where I tried to cover as much as the amazing food Singapore has to offer. Let me just say I didn’t cover the half of it, but I tried. The best part of Singapore’s food scene is that it has something to offer from all the Asian countries, which makes the experience all the more exciting and worthwhile. If you love food and especially want to try all the possible dishes that Asian Cuisines have to offer I suggest a trip to Singapore is a must.
Here is the link to Day 1 – Singapore in 48 Hours Day 1

Singapore in 48 Hours – Day 1

So when my brother decided to attend the CanJam meet at Singapore for two days. I decided to tag along with him and explore the city. As I kept hearing about the awesome food scene at Singapore. I couldn’t resist myself. So I booked my ticket and off I was flying to Singapore.

I am the type of person who like to research about the place before I go. Write down the must visit places and must do things. This trip to Singapore was solely for the reason to explore Asian food. I made sure I ate as much as I can. The only problem was I had 2 days! But I was on a mission.

Breakfast –

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I reached my hotel early in the morning. I decided to rest for a bit and then leave. I decided to skip breakfast and go for lunch straight, but I couldn’t skip coffee, especially when you have a Nespresso machine in your room. I would say even if you don’t drink coffee, start drinking. After having my cup of superb coffee, I left to explore.

I was staying at Royal Plaza on Scotts Road. Which is 30 seconds walk away from Orchard Street. Orchard Street is like the Oxford Street of London. If you are a shopper, you have to go there. Go there even if you are a foodie. Any big mall in Singapore has a great food hall. You will get almost everything there which is a must have in Singapore. And the food court is extremely cheap.

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So morning went on the exploring the malls. Then came lunch.

Lunch –

Now I would like to mention, you may get lost in the malls. The malls are so huge and they all are interconnected underground. So well lets say I did loose my way once or twice but in my defense it was in search of food. I could not find the food court and I was too hungry to walk around more. So I spotted a couple of restaurants. I decided on one and went in.

Nara Thai was my choice. Nara has been voted one of Thailand’s best restaurants since 2006. I saw beef on the menu and just went inside. Because I knew what I was going to order.

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The menu was vast. But when you are alone and not tasted beef since I don’t know how long. The choice is easy. I went for Nua Yang Jim Jaew – Spicy Grilled Beef with Tamarind Sauce along with Kao An Chan – Blue Jasmine Rice.

The beef with tamarind sauce was delicious. Jasmine Rice was perfect. The portion was huge for me. I ate as much I could. Craving for beef was finally fulfilled and I was ready to hit the next place. Do try Nara if in Singapore or Thailand as the menu has some great dishes I could not try more stuff because I was eating alone, hence it didn’t make sense for me order so much and let it go to waste.

Tea Time –

My new obsession is Japanese Desserts. Hence I made a point to myself to go to a Japanese Cafe and try as many desserts as I can. I went to Hashida Garo. Along with desserts and teas they serve breakfast and lunch also.

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I reached there and got to business. I ordered three Wagashi which is Japanese term for tea time desserts, and a tea.

1 – Mochi

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Rice cake stuffed with fresh Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache. Mochi was soft. It had very subtle flavors unlike the dessert we eat. It was just perfectly sweet enough.

2 – Merlion Monaka

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Wafer filled with homemade kaya, white bean, white chocolate and miso. This was heavenly. The wafer was crisp and the filling with the kaya jam was mind blowing. I loved this so much that I even took some as takeaways.

3 – Chocolate Yokan

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Thick, jellied dessert made with red bean paste, chocolate and sea salt. This was so sinful. I usually don’t like chocolate desserts except chocolate cake. But this changed my mind. The combination of chocolate and red bean was excellent. And the sea salt was the icing on the cake. Every bite was pleasure.

4 – Ureshino Green Tea

I would totally recommend the green tea with the desserts. The desserts are not that sweet but when you have them along with the tea. It brings out a balanced taste on your palate, which is marvelous.

Evening –

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For an evening snack I had the Curry Puffs from Old Chang Kee which is running its outlet since 1956. Curry Puff is basically Puff with an almost Samosa type shell but bigger filled with Chicken and Potato Curry. It is really good and tasty. And a must have if you happen to spot it. Almost like a Cornish Pasty but with a lot more flavor.

Dinner –

It was time for crab! I am not much of a sea food eater, but if it is a must have then I will make an exception. Hence dinner was at the much acclaimed Jumbo Seafood. Now this may be on the slightly expensive side but it is definitely a must have.

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I had the Pepper Crab which was splendid. It was packed with flavors. The Chilli Crab and the Pepper Crab are its star dishes. I was suggested the Pepper Crab as the Chilli Crab is supposedly sweet. But you have to try it.

That was it! That was Day 1 now stay tuned for Day 2.