| Rokiah Mahmud |
AS THE saying goes, “You are what you eat”.
The Energy Kitchen’s mission is to promote healthy eating among Bruneians, serving food that is affordable, innovative, nutritious and delicious to boot.
The Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan, yesterday officiated the new restaurant’s grand opening on the ground floor of Fitness Zone in Kiulap.
“We aim to educate Bruneians on healthy eating and show how easy it is to make small changes for a big difference. We want Brunei to join the Eat Smart Revolution,” said Wu Chun, founder of The Energy Kitchen.
He added that The Energy Kitchen is privileged to be a part of the Health Promotion Centre’s (HPC) Healthy Restaurant Programme, a fantastic initiative by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to encourage healthy eating in the country.
“Given that our goals align very closely with those of the HPC and MoH, we are truly excited to work closely with them to build a healthier Brunei,” he said.
Response from the public, according to Wu Chun, has been very good since the restaurant first opened its doors in a recent soft launching.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health also lauded The Energy Kitchen for being a pioneer in healthy eating while at the same time setting an admirable example for others to follow.
“The healthy restaurant is also in line with the ministry’s strategic plans in handling Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and to establish a healthy environment or restaurants that provide healthier choices of food,” he said.
On this note, Pehin Dato Hj Adanan also advised the public to change their mind-sets by shifting from non-healthy (fatty, sugary and salty) food to healthier choices, so that our quality of life can be increased.
He added that although healthy eating may be costly, especially for those on a tight budget, it is ultimately worthwhile in the long run and can cut down health costs.
At yesterday’s opening, Wu Chun also shared that the biggest reward for The Energy Kitchen is when customers who admit that they normally don’t eat vegetables say they love the restaurant’s veggie-packed dishes, such as the popular Tofu Summer Roll.
Even picky youngsters will love the Popeye Pancakes and the cold-pressed juice blends.
A special dish called Nasi Tak Lemak, inspired by the famous coconut rice dish, substitutes its main ingredients with cauliflower rice, miso sambal and cashew-crusted baked chicken.
Other hit menu items include The Energy Burger, for which the restaurant grinds its own beef patty, and customers also have the option to customise their own burger with grilled chicken breast instead.
Additionally, customers can go fully vegetarian with the Ultimate Veggie Burger.
Dessert-wise, the Mango Sticky Chia is a healthy alternative take on the Thai Sticky Rice Pudding and is not to be missed.
With its healthy menu, The Energy Kitchen is slowly but surely changing the way people think about food. The restaurant only uses fresh ingredients wherever possible, supporting local products and in-troducing superfood with extremely high nutritional content, while at the same time adopting lighter cooking methods, such as grilling, steaming, baking and poaching.
The Energy Kitchen has also opted to avoid deep-fry cooking entirely, as well as the use of white sugar or MSG. In doing so, its food tastes more natural and whole-some. The concept of real food is one that the restaurant hopes to spread throughout the Sultanate.
Also invited to the opening were members of the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA), who were treated to some healthy snacks, free T-shirts, balloons and a face-painting activity.
The Energy Kitchen, open daily from 7am to 10pm, is currently offering special promotions, such as a free dessert for every main meal order and a chance for patrons to win some gift certificates and T-shirts that have been designed exclusively by Wu Chun himself.