Modus – Healthy Quinoa Bowls in a Food Court
Think of food from a foodcourt and you might think of oily and greasy hawker food. Modus, the first stall specialising in quinoa bowls in a food court, is the complete opposite of that .
Modus is set up by 2 ex fine-dining chefs who aim to bring tasty and affordable nutritious food to the masses. Their quinoa bowls are priced at $7.50 each (add 50 cents for a poached egg), and are based on different cuisines.
For example, the Chinese Bowl sees Kung Pao Chicken as the main protein, the Thai Bowl comes with Basil Pork Shoulder and the star of the Western Bowl is the Australian Striploin.
We tried the two crowd favourites – the Japanese Bowl and the Korean Bowl.
The Japanese Bowl ($7.50) has Aburi Salmon, Tsukemono (Japanese Preserved Vegetables), Sauteed Crabmeat, Furikake and Homeamde Fermented Sprouts with Corn Kernels. We added a poached egg to our bowl. The fermented sprouts were seasoned well, and the aburi salmon was torched on the spot in front of us. I thought that there could be a larger portion of salmon, as the ratio of quinoa to the other ingredients seemed a little disproportionate.
I also only noticed that they forgot to add the sauteed crabmeat after I had finished my meal…
The other bowl that we tried was the Korean bowl ($7.50), which had Sauteed Beef & Onions, Homemade Korean Kimchi and Marinated Sprouts. The bowl was topped with strips of fried Wanton Skin. If not for the extremely runny poached egg, the bowl would have been way too dry. The beef was too tough for my liking, and the onions were slightly overcooked. The saving grace was the thin strips of fried wanton skin which was an interesting touch.
Overall, Modus is suitable for a light meal or even a snack. You may avoid the food coma after lunch, but you’d probably reach out for a snack a few hours after. Also, remember to portion every bite well, because we had leftover quinoa even after polishing off the rest of the ingredients on the plate.
Address: 90 Bras Basah Road #B1-33 Esplanade Xchange Food Inn Singapore 189562
Opening Hours: 11am to 7.30pm, Closed on Sundays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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