Ever wondered what animal grub taste like?

In collaboration with 20 like-minded F&B brands, Mandai Wildlife Group has organised the Choose Good Food Trail, to design exclusive food items and grocery bundles inspired by the diets of wildlife. For instance, a quinoa salad that features baby corn and cherry tomatoes, inspired by the Malayan Sun Bear’s diet. The food trail is part of their Choose Good with Mandai, which focuses on the intrinsic value of wildlife to raise awareness of the symbiotic relationship between people, nature and the world.

Scattered across the island, here are the seven best dishes we recommend from the Choose Good Food Trail. The campaign is ongoing from 21 October to 25 November.

1. Mandai Hero Bowl from Grain Traders

Did you know that Asiatic Black Bears have a really balanced diet?

To emulate their diet, Grain Traders came up with the Mandai Hero Bowl. It consists of brown rice, sous vide chicken, roasted root vegetable, mixed tomato salad, cucumber pickles, roasted mixed nuts, coconut curry. While brown rice, sous vide chicken and salad may sound bland to many (including me), you’d be surprise by how flavourful it was.

This dish is only available from 11am. 

Grain Traders

Location: 01/02/03, 138 Market St, #01 CapitaGreen, 048946
Tel: +65 9776 8379
Opening hours:
8am-5pm (closed on weekends)

2. Raw Mixed Berries Cheesecake from Afterglow

Have you ever had a cheesecake without cheese?

Afterglow’s Raw Mixed Berries Cheesecake is entirely plant-based, substituting cream cheese with cashew nuts. The results — crumbly and nutty from the blended cashew nuts, and tart and refreshing from the raw berries. Just imagine a slightly more frozen acai, but with a lighter flavour.

Located at Chinatown, Afterglow has been championing Farm-to-Table dining since 2013. They’re committed to using regionally-sourced whole foods. All their dishes are completely plaint-based, free from gluten, preservatives, refined sugar and artificial flavourings.

Afterglow

Location: 24 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089131
Tel: +65 6224 8921
Opening hours: 12-10pm (closed on Sundays)

3. Cucumber & Double Mint Sorbet by Birds of Paradise

Inspired by the Sumatran Orangutan, Birds of Paradise has created the Cucumber & Mint Sorbet. It’s refreshing, grassy and minty; the perfect dessert after a heavy meal.

The gelato boutique has always been using natural and botanical ingredients, creating unique and exclusive flavours such as Pandan, Strawberry Basil and Lemongrass Ginger.

“The species [Sumatran Orangutan] is an inspiring creature to behold with its unique combination of strength, dexterity and grace, and we’re using our platform to bring awareness to this critically endangered beauty. As we humans learn how to make good choices, we can reverse the declining trend and help our Sumatran Orangutans flourish again.”

Denise Teo, Community Manager

Birds of Paradise is located along East Coast Road, Craig Road, and Jewel Changi Airport.

Birds of Paradise

Location: 63 E Coast Rd, #01-05, Singapore 428776
Tel: +65 9678 6092
Opening hours: 12-10pm 

4. Bear Necessities by Three Buns

Three Buns commitment to using the freshest possible ingredients allowed them to be touted as one of the best burger joints in Singapore. On top of importing sustainably-sourced beef and lamb from Australia and New Zealand, their new dish for the wildlife food trail features plant-based chicken.

While the texture is a little off, the flavours were well replicated. The lightly-seasoned patty was also complemented with sweet and malty flavours from the dressing and the bun.

Three Buns

Location: 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
Tel: + 65 6909 7838
Opening hours: 
Mon-Thur: 5pm-12am
Friday: 12pm-12am
Saturday: 10am-12am
Sunday: 10am- 10pm

5. Strawberries & Blueberries Granola by Dearborn

The first granola speciality cafe in Singapore, Dearborn has offered the Strawberries and Blueberries Granola, inspired by the diet of the Pancake Tortoise.

The berry granola is available in-store and online, and we recommend going down on the weekends to enjoy their other dishes, such as (refine this part)

Dearborn has always been involved in sustainability efforts. “It’s all about keeping it sustainable and getting ingredients organically,” Chef Christopher Kong, the founder of Dearborn, said. Aside from their collaboration with Mandai Wildlife Group, the granolas are packed in 100% recyclable paper bags.

Dearborn

Location: 1 Everton Park, 01-29, Singapore 081001
Opening hours:
Mon- Fri: 9am- 5pm
Saturday: 9am- 3pm
Sunday: Closed

6. Garlic Seafood with Pesto Pasta by GoodFoodPeople

We’ve heard of plant-based beef, pork and chicken a lot. But there hasn’t been much buzz about plant-based seafood.

GoodFoodPeople, the first and largest healthy food chain in Asia, has launched their Garlic Seafood with Pesto Pasta, featuring plant-based seafood. 

In addition to this dish, which was created for Mandai Wildlife Group’s Choose Good Food Trail, GoodFoodPeople also carries plant-based alternatives from the various organisations: Impossible™, OmniFoods, Beyond Meat, and more.

GoodFoodPeople

Location: 228 Tanjong Katong Rd, #02-01, Singapore 437016
Tel: +65 6910 5583
Opening hours: 8am-6pm (closed on weekends)

7. Bear Grub by Mr Bucket Chocolaterie

If bears could eat chocolate, it would look a little like this.

72% dark chocolate, packed with orange, coconut and fig — presenting Bear Grub.

My Bucket Chocolaterie

Location: 23 Sin Ming Rd, #01-15, Singapore 570023
Tel: +65 6969 9504
Opening hours:
Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wed-Fri: 11am-7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm


The partners have also committed a portion of their proceeds from the items created, for Mandai Wildlife Group’s conservation efforts in Singapore and the region

Share your experience on social media with #choosegoodwithMandai as you embark on this journey. You can stand a chance to win prizes worth up to $5,600 if you post at least five dishes from the Choose Good Food Trail on Instagram.

Full list of participating F&B brands

Aside from these featured dishes, here is the full list of participating F&B brands.

  • Afterglow: Raw Mixed Berries Cheesecake
  • bamboo bowls: Seoul (japchae)
  • Birds of Paradise: Cucumber & Double Mint Sorbet
  • Chye Seng Huat Hardware: Quinoa Salad
  • Dearborn: Strawberries & Blueberries Granola
  • FoodXervices: Orangutan’s Basket, Asiatic Black Bear’s Basket
  • Foreword Coffee Roasters: Banana Walnut Lava Cookie
  • GoodFoodPeople: Garlic Seafood with Pesto Pasta, Plant-based Korean Chicken, Jackfruit Meatballs Grain Bowl
  • Grain Traders: Mandai Breakfast Bowl, Mandai Hero Bowl
  • Huggs Coffee: Pesto Chicken Wrap, Honey Lemon & Banana Walnut Muffin
  • Kind Kones: Banana & Coconut Ice Cream with Fig Jam
  • Little Farms: “Avocado, Quinoa, Feta Bowl”, Ceasar Salad, Bostock Organic Chicken Breast, Sustainably Farmed Fish & Chips, Vitamin C juice
  • Love Handle: Egg Mayo Focaccia, Smashed Cheeseburger, Grilled Corn
  • Mr Bucket Chocolaterie: Bear Grub
  • Open Farm Community: Tall Order (sticky date and sweet potato pudding)
  • Raw Kitchen Bar: Pulled “Beef Toast, ile flottante
  • Starter Lab: Bella’s Breakie, Chicken Banh Mi, Smokey Roast Tomatoes
  • The Coconut Club: Sayur Lodeh Rebung (Traditional Indonesian dish made form bamboo shoots, coconut milk and spices)
  • The Social Space: Monkey Business (smoothie bow)
  • Three Buns: Bear Necessities (plant-based chicken burger) , The Woodman (plant-based chicken burger), Happy Horton (banana colada), Brass Macaque (peanut butter milkshake cocktail)

Mandai Wildlife Group

*This article is written in collaboration with Mandai Wildlife Group, but all opinions are my own

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