Unless you have been living under a rock, you cannot be a stranger to the millennial food choices which sweep the world (and Instagram) now and then. Mostly characterised by the choicest ingredients and aesthetic quotient, millennial eating trends can be either a hit or a miss. Nevertheless, they have made their way into the eateries of the capital, and here are a few things and a few places you can check out if you too are conscious of not just what you are eating, but what you are seen eating.
Behold the ultimate representative of the millennial grocery list – the avocado. Pair it with a humble slice of toasted bread and you have one of the most popular meals of the 21st century (also apparently responsible for preventing millennials from owning property, according to a certain Australian millionaire).
Where: Grab a plate for breakfast at Getafix, NicoCaara, Perch, Café Inside Stories, or Quick Brown Fox Coffee Roasters.
Poke is a hot new way of getting your vitamin sea fix. It is a native Hawaiian dish which combines raw fish (usually in diced chunks) with rice, vegetables, sauces and seasonings. What’s better – some places in the city allow you to customise and build your own poke bowl!
Where: Dine at The Poke Bar, or get a bowl or two delivered from Qwinny’s, Enoki, or Namaste Asia.
It’s been decided that anything in bowls is cool and convenient. Smoothie bowls (or the original Brazilian acai berry bowls) take it a step further by including very colourful portions of fruits, nuts, seeds and granola. They are guaranteed to be healthy and super-photogenic. Win-win.
Where: Getafix, Quick Brown Fox Coffee Roasters, Garden House Café and Health Kitchen, and Greenr Café serve some gorgeously healthy smoothie/berry bowls.
Millennials love to get the best of multiple worlds and sushi burritos are a good example of this trait. Think of the elegance of sushi rolled into the convenience of a burrito and you have a wholesome meal which is millennial food AF.
Where: Get it delivered from any of the Sumo Sushi outlets.
Since existence is pain and reality is tough to deal with, magic and mermaids and unicorns are a regular theme when it comes to millennial trends. Unicorn milkshakes are usually just your everyday milkshake taken a step ahead with some colour and flavour. But we like our food with a hint of fantasy, okay?
Where: Crème Borne, The Hogwarts Café, and Bennett Lane
Cold Brew Coffee
Iced coffees are too mainstream and cold brew is the way to go. Cold brew coffees are steeped in water for long hours and served chilled. They are supposed to be richer in taste and better for Mother Nature (since the process does not eat up a lot of heat or electricity). Better yet, infuse cold brew with nitrogen and you can have some smooth and foamy nitro coffee.
Where: Grab a glass at Blue Tokai (which also does nitro coffee), The Coffee Bond, Perch, Greenr, The Brew Room, or Café Dori. Alternatively, go visit a Woke Cold Brew Coffee outlet or order coffee for the month from Sleepy Owl Coffee.
Kombucha is a fermented drink with live bacteria and yeast cultures, worshipped as a godsend for your gut. Rich in antioxidants, kombucha can also detoxify your system (but not relationships), and help reduce certain health risks.
Where: Drink up at Tres, FabCafe, Greenr or Fig & Maple.
Matcha is your friendly neighbourhood green tea taken to newer heights. Hailing from the Far East, matcha usually refers to the finely ground green tea which is grown and processed using specific methods. A bright green cup of matcha can get you plenty of health benefits, as well as, social media attention.
Where: Try a cup at Burma Burma, the matcha latte at Greenr Café or Café Dori, the matcha ice cream at Fuji, or the matcha shake at You Mee.
Charcoal Ice Cream
These black-hued ice creams go very well with the cold and dark souls of the world-weary millennial. The colour actually comes from activated charcoal, whose health benefits are still being disputed. We cannot vouch for the taste, but they sure do look great on Instagram.
Where: Get yourself a cone at Crème Borne, The Funnel Hill Creamery, or IceKraft.
As the name might suggest, these waffles have small “bubbles” on the surface, made in special irons or pans. Bubble waffles come from the streets of Hong Kong, where their local name is gai daan zai or “little eggs” in Cantonese. Bubble waffles are conventionally egg-ier than regular waffles, and served in cones, with ice cream and toppings.
Where: Order some at the obviously named Bubble Waffle outlet, or try the ones in The Funnel Hill Creamery, Waffle King, or WAFL.
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