It’s been just a little cold outside lately. Our method of combating this chilly weather? Staying inside and eating food that will warm us right up. We’ve gathered a list of old favourites, new discoveries, and seasonal dishes for you to eat through this winter…
Nothing feels cosier or more nourishing on a groggy winter morning than a bowl of porridge. Rolled oats, due to their slow-release nature, are especially good for fuelling you through the day. Plus, they’re kind on your stomach and have been shown to improve your mood, which is something we all need, given the winter gloom. They’re easy to adapt to whatever you feel like eating that day too, but we suggest you add some sliced bananas on top for a that tropical feel. The high fibre content plus all those vitamins will help strengthen your immune system too!
If you’re craving something brighter in flavour to start off your day, shakshouka is your answer. Originating in Tunisia, this dish is a hearty, simmered-to-perfection combination of eggs, tomatoes, peppers and onions. It’s also filled with Vitamin C – perfect for getting your energy up during those dreary mornings.
Besides, just look at that yolky, tomato-ey goodness – there’s a reason why all the best brunch spots in town have shakshouka on their menu.
Budae Jjigae (Army Base Stew)
You can’t go past hot pot when it comes to beating winter chills, and this Korean version is absolutely delicious. As you might have gathered from the name, this dish originated near US army bases in Korea. Korean cooks got a hold of processed American foods like spam, baked beans and sausages, cooked it together with traditional Korean staples like gochujang (hot pepper paste) and kimchi, and budae jjigae was born.
Sounds a bit out of your comfort zone? We think you should give it a shot anyway – this Korean-American fusion stew is so much more than just the sum of its ingredients. It’s full-flavoured, hearty, and absolutely perfect for warm night-ins with your friends and family – hot pot is meant to be shared, after all.
What’s more satisfying than piping hot soup when it’s freezing outside? With soup, the world is your oyster – there are so many kinds to choose from. To get the most out of this comforting dish, we recommend some creamy pumpkin soup. There’s just something about winter that makes us want to eat alllll the pumpkins. Plus, they’re loaded with vitamins and iron, so they’re just the thing to help prevent colds.
Spicy curries thaw away the chill of winter. From Indian to Japanese to Thai, there’s definitely something to please every palate here. If you’re sitting a little lower on the spice tolerance ladder, we reckon you should go for some rich butter chicken. The combination of tender tandoori chicken and smooth tomato-based sauce will melt away your winter blues.
But if you’re looking that extra kick of spice, then put your taste buds to the test with some aromatic, spicy Thai red curry.
Xiao Long Bao
These delicate parcels of deliciousness are the perfect pick-me-up for winter. In case you haven’t heard of them, these steamed dumplings filled with hot broth and minced pork are a Shanghainese delicacy. Make sure to wait for the broth to cool down a little before eating, and enjoy the explosion of flavour when you bite down.
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