Dosirak – New healthy lunch takeaway menu launched
Fancy some Korean-packed lunch boxes? Visit Dosirak, which serves convenient and healthy Korean food in China Square Central. The owner, Edward, a half-Korean who has spent his life growing up in Singapore, shared that students and housewives in Korea pack a balanced meal of rice, meat and vegetables for lunch every day as it is not only healthy, yet budget friendly and fun!
Edward decided to collaborate with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB), incorporating the concept of traditional Korean healthy lunchbox, hence bringing Dosirak’s brand new dining concept for busy office workers in the CBD.
Inspired by Edward’s family recipe, Dosirak only uses lean meat and they are sous-vide in water at 63 degree celsius. Vegetables are either lightly blanched or served raw as Dosirak does not want to compromise its nutrition. All pre-decided combination meals on their menu falls below 500 calories and are certified by a nutritionist.
Of course, the fun part comes when you get to plan your own meal! Firstly, choose your desired base from cold noodles, tofu, brown rice, red cabbage to cauliflower rice. Next, pick five vegetables you like from mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts, spinach, cucumber, red and white cabbage, onions, black beans, corns etc. This is followed by selecting your protein. There are Bulgogi beef, spicy or soy sesame chicken, cured salmon, smoked duck or seared tuna. You have an optional choice of adding their secret sauce or not. Finally, cap your tub and shake it up!
We tried their new food menu’s combination of avocado, sweet potato with cauliflower rice with their secret sauce and it indeed tantalizes your tastebuds! The sauce tastes naturally sweetened, with a tinge of spiciness.
We also tried their newly launched pumpkin tofu with brown rice. Dosirak uses jasmine brown rice as it is easier for shaking because it is not too moist or too dry. The husk is removed yet the rice still retains an earthy and woody taste. Brown rice releases energy at a consistent rate as compared to white rice so you’ll be kept energized for a longer period of time, without feeling lethargic. This shows that a lot of thought goes into the ingredients used and how they are prepared at Dosirak.
Lastly, we tried their smoked duck with cold noodles. The duck is smoked in-house and dressed in citron sauce, similar to Korean yuja. We particularly like their well-flavoured cold noodles. Edward only prepares twenty boxes per day and it sells out very fast. To pair with the food, Dosirak also serves up “nuhoney” drink.
Unlike most of the Korean restaurants, Dosirak does not use any kinds of corn syrup, MSG nor refined sugar in their food. Ingredients used are all natural and the sweetness comes from fruits and unrefined brown sugar. All ingredients are done in-house.
We really like this concept of a fast and healthy lunchbox! Eating healthily is a very good habit and certainly essential for everyone. On top of taking care of everyone’s health and food options, Dosirak has partnered with Food Bank Singapore to reach out to the needy and provide them with something special this festive season. For every tub purchased at Dosirak, a dollar will be given to Food Bank. You can also donate more than a dollar to Food Bank and generous Edward will most willingly give you a free drink from Dosirak.
Address: 18 Cross Street, #01-02 China Square Central, Singapore 048423
Tel: (65) 6536 6034
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11am to 5pm. You can book them for parties/catering.
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