When Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob tells people about her recipe for sayur lodeh, they are sometimes not keen to try it.
The Malay vegetable curry is typically cooked with coconut milk. But her version of the popular dish uses skimmed milk, soya bean milk or coconut water instead, options that are lower in fat. "People say it's not the same, but they should try lah," she quipped yesterday. "It may not be perfect, like (with) coconut milk, but it's 90 per cent."
Madam Halimah's recipe for the dish is part of a recipe collection launched yesterday by the PAP Seniors Group which she chairs.
The idea that healthy food can taste goodis what the advocacy group within the People's Action Party aims to push. The recipes in the collection were contributed by eight party activists and MPs, including one from Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong for mixed-rice porridge with sliced fish.
Madam Halimah hopes older Singaporeans can start "a bit of a quiet revolution" to change the way people think about their health, starting from how food is prepared at home.
"(It) has an impact on how healthy and nutritious our meals will be for ourselves and our family members," she said, noting that 68 per cent of Singaporeans have at least one meal at home every day.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was among 200 people at the launch of the recipe collection at the Singapore Flyer, agreed.
"You want to eat healthy, but you don't have to eat boring," he said, as he sampled a mouthful of lentil, raisin and cashew rice pilaf made using a recipe by fellow Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Darryl David. "This recipe shows that it can be tasty, simple to prepare, but it's also good for you, healthy, and will help you stay well."
The recipe cards are available in four languages at PAP branches islandwide, and can also be downloaded at bit.ly/RecipesFromHeart