ST Run: Learn how to whip up a nutritious meal in exclusive cooking workshop

Hed Chef Hedy Khoo will teach 60 ST Run participants how to whip up a nutritious bowl of brown rice pho ga at the Healthy Cooking Workshop on July 7.
Hed Chef Hedy Khoo will teach 60 ST Run participants how to whip up a nutritious bowl of brown rice pho ga at the Healthy Cooking Workshop on July 7.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Hed Chef Hedy Khoo will teach 60 ST Run participants how to whip up a nutritious bowl of brown rice pho ga at the Healthy Cooking Workshop on July 7.
Hed Chef Hedy Khoo will teach 60 ST Run participants how to whip up a nutritious bowl of brown rice pho ga at the Healthy Cooking Workshop on July 7.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

Fresh greens, rice noodles, a clear broth infused with herbs and spices.

A warm bowl of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) is a healthy dish that packs loads of flavours without the fat and oil, and participants in this year's The Straits Times Run can learn to whip up an even healthier version at a cooking class on July 7.

Led by Hed Chef Hedy Khoo, the session will be conducted at Cookyn Inc in Toa Payoh from 9am to 1pm as part of the run's build-up programme. It is capped at 60 participants aged seven and above.

Khoo will teach participants how to cook a hearty breakfast of brown rice pho ga - a Vietnamese-inspired chicken noodle soup dish made with brown rice noodles instead of white rice noodles.

They will then form teams of 10 to prepare a Norwegian salmon dish and a side of their choice using healthy ingredients from a limited pantry. The cook-off will be led by instructors from Cookyn Inc.

Said Khoo: "I chose to prepare this pho dish because it's a nice change from the usual breakfast spread. It's light and healthy, yet very substantial because it's so nutritious."

Made from unpolished rice, brown rice noodles contain more nutrients than their refined counterpart.

The dish also contains plenty of fresh vegetables such as basil, coriander and beansprouts.

Kampong chicken meat, which is leaner and lower in cholesterol, will also be used.

You do not have to be of Masterchef level to attend the class, as Khoo said her recipe is tailored for the everyday home cook.

"It's a simple recipe with very detailed steps, definitely manageable for those with little experience in the kitchen," she said.

The team cook-off in the second half of the class also makes for a fun family bonding activity, said Cookyn Inc manager Patrick Austin.

  • ST RUN ACTIVITIES TO LOOK OUT FOR

  • JUNE 17: Beginner and advanced CrossFit sessions at Innervate Fitness

    JULY 7: Healthy cooking workshop with Hed Chef Hedy Khoo and instructors from Cookyn Inc

    JULY 22: Cardio three-way programme of Assault Air Bike, Ergo Rower and VersaClimber at TripleFit

    AUG 18: 15km sunset run

    SEPT 8: Yoga along the waterfront

"Kids can team up with their parents to make a healthy salmon dish that is high in protein and full of healthy fats."

Added Khoo: "It's good to expose them to different cultures and teach them how to make healthier food choices from a young age."

The build-up to the sixth instalment of the Sept 23 ST Run will feature a range of fitness and lifestyle activities geared towards getting participants ready.

Information on registration for the workshop will be released at a later date.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2018, with the headline 'Learn healthy cooking and go the distance'. Print Edition | Subscribe