Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fast food versus slow food, or convenience versus flavour

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down!
In this day and age of rushing from one place to another, and never having enough time to finish everything you set out to do, there is little room left for slow-cooked food. You do know that slow food is healthier than fast food? You may want to read about the Slow Food Movement started as a resistance to a McDonald's opening, and which aim to educate consumers on the risks of fast food.

Fast food can never taste as good as slow food. Is convenience preferred over flavour? Sometimes. But not always. I looked back at some of the slowest food I've done in this blog and would like to share it with you here.

My personal record is a slow, slow cooked beef cheeks that took 72 hours. Yes, 3 full days. This blogpost was also featured on Asian Food Channel Official Facebook Page.

Coming in second place is my take on Heston Blumenthal's 36-hour Sous Vide Pork Belly. This has now become my most popular post since it keeps popping up on Google search page. By the way, you know that animal fat is good for you, right?!

In third place is a non-sous vide recipe of Duck Leg Confit, which requires a 24-36 hour overnight marinade, followed by a 2-2.5 hour slow bake in the oven, and finished off with a 5-minute pan sear for crispy skin.

Too much of a hassle, and just no time and patience to make these slow food? Look out for the next post on healthy fast food whipped up in minutes!


  1. The only fast food I eat from time to time (like 2-3 times a year) is pizza and I feel it's enough...

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  2. I am totally aligned with the points you made in this post. Slow cooking is definitely more rewarding...

    BTW, how's wine fiesta?

    PS: You requested me to remove but you are still having the "

    1. PS: You requested me to remove but you are still having the coding thingy to prove I'm not a robot! :)

    2. Hi Alvin, I'm getting some spam so need to put that in for a while. Sorry, I'm sure you're no robot looking at the meals you're whipping up!

      I did not make it to wine fiesta after all. Did you?

    3. Nope... I thought the discount was not that fantastic. I can get better discount directly from straits wine... :)

      btw, you can turn on the anti-spam feature for the comments.. I did and it has been very effective so far.

  3. Luan, I totally agree that slow food is tops! I consider some of the dishes I do with all the rempah thingy as slow food as well (hard labour included) and they are all worth the time spent. Ah...so our Chef guy's name is Alvin. Hee..hee..


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