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Going Raw in Singapore

Recently I've moved to a "mostly raw" diet. To facilitate putting together tasty gourmet raw meals, certain tools are recommended. Finding these in Singapore was no easy job. So here, for those interested, are the fruits of my research. Note that all prices are in Singapore dollars:

Dehydrators

  • Ezidri - You can buy this from Tangs or direct from the distributor in Singapore, K-Industrial. They have two models at $200 (500W) and $300 (1000W). These are relatively inexpensive but of course the larger model will cost more in electricity bills. It is expandable and extra trays, sheets and spacer trays are fairly cheap ($5-$15).
  • Excalibur - This is the premier choice of raw foodies. The Fit For Life Center (details below) sells the Excalibur 2900 model (600W) for $650.

Juicers
If you don't already know why you need a masticating juicer, then read this. There is also a great comparison of juicers here.

  • Champion - top choice if you do NOT intend to juice wheat grass. Available at the Fit For Life Center ($690).
  • Twin Health - Fit For Life Center, Organic Paradise ($999), Brown Rice Paradise ($999)
  • Green Star - Organic Paradise ($939)
  • Samson 6 in 1 - Organic Paradise ($480), Brown Rice Paradise ($480)

Mandoline
This is the queen of food slicers. Amazon info here. This is a serious piece of kitchen equipment engineered to a high standard. You can probably get another food slicer for less but I was unable to find one that would meet my needs (this would have done fine but where to find?). So, I ended up buying a professional model. If this is out of your price range, look for a food slicer that would let you cut cucumbers and zucchinis length-wise into small, thin strands. If your machine can do this, it can probably do most other things you would want of it. Update: see comments below

  • Lau Choy Seng, the shop 2 doors down from Sia Huat on Temple Street ($170)

Blenders
Missing from this list are details of where to get a K-Tec or Vita Mix blender (with enough blending power to dispose of a corpse). This is because I have decided to stick with my Braun MX2050 (525W) blender until it dies as it seems rather sturdy and is coping with the present load. When I ultimately research the acquisition of these items, I will update this entry.

Food Processors
There are a number of different food processors available at Tangs, Best Denki, etc., including some all stainless steel professional models that can run you up to $1000.I'm going with a cheap Phillips model for the time being as there seems to be no definitive guidance from the raw community on the ultimate food processor and I take that to mean - any will do in a pinch.

I would recommend, however, that whatever model you purchase, look for (1) more stainless steel parts versus plastic and (2) a large volume capacity. This model, for instance, can hold up to 7 cups. If you are going raw, being able to process food in bulk is very handy. My present food processor barely holds 4 cups and it's a bit of a drag.


Companies

Fit For Life Centre
Blk 462 Crawford Lane #02-55
Singapore 190462
T: 6291-8080, 6392-6088
Hours: 9am - 5:30pm M-F; 9am - 1pm Sat

Brown Rice Paradise
Level 3 Tanglin Mall
163 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247933
Tel: 6738-1121

Organic Paradise
5 Koek Road
Cuppage Plaza #01-25/27
S228796
Tel: 67371824, 67362089

Organic Paradise
62, Temple Road
S058607

Lau Choy Seng info
No.23/ 25 Temple Street, Tel: 6223-5486

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Comments...

Blogger nat

some great info here. i was surfing the web for a dehydrator and wondering can i ever get 1 in SG.

btw do u mind posting a pic of the slicer u got.

thks.

Friday, May 12, 2006  

Blogger Missbossy

This is the one

It's the Mandoline du Chef by Bron Coucke.

But just this week I found a cheapskate version at Giant Marina that I think will do the same job. It's called a Multi Grater Set... I think it's around $10-$15.

In my experience, the mandoline isn't worth $170 - no way! It's good for soft stuff like zuchini but otherwise forget it. My mandoline is not easy to use and the handle that comes with it is lousy. I don't recommend it. Saying that, not many people at Amazon had anything good to say about any of the mandolines so perhaps that's just how they are. Good luck.

Friday, May 12, 2006  

Blogger Missbossy

FYI to Singapore Raw Foodies: Info on getting fresh food to last longer here.

Friday, May 12, 2006  

Blogger Apple

Has anyone tried the Excalibur? Does it mean that electricity bills will be HIGH!!!?? How about an oven? Will it work just as well? I mean it's mainly getting rid of the moisture in the food right?

Thanks

Apple

Tuesday, May 30, 2006  

Blogger Missbossy

Yes you're drying it out. It's equivalent to very low temp slow cooking. An oven will also work except (1) that will cost you even more and (2) you have less control over the temperature - and the point here is to ensure the temperature doesn't exceed 45C or you'll be killing the nutrients. My bill has gone up by about $5 per month (I run the machine about 48 hours per week) but as I'm eating out much less, net net I've had a huge saving.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006  

Blogger Apple

Thanks for replying so quickly. It's really pricey and I'm still not sure if I should really invest in it. Don't want it to be a white elephant...You know of anyone else who lives in S'pore and has tried it? Got to do some reality checks....I mean does the food really tastes GOOD, I know it's healthier? I'm sorry, you live in S'pore?

Apple

Wednesday, May 31, 2006  

Blogger Missbossy

If you're worried about cost I've listed cheaper alternatives above starting at $200. At Tangs they even let you taste samples.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006  

Blogger Missbossy

If you would like to have a dialogue about this my e-mail address is below.

Friday, June 02, 2006  

Blogger achoo

Wow, this is brilliant. Thanks for sharing this information. It's been so useful.

Are you now raw, may I ask? Do you know of other raw food folks in Singapore? I'd like to embark on this journey and would love to speak to anyone with experience!

With thanks in advance!

Saturday, July 22, 2006  

Blogger Edna

Found some sources...

You can get the vitamix from Grace Tan, 325 New Bridge Road #03-00, 6295 1798. They charge an arm and a leg ($1680SGD) when you can get it back home for under $500. That said, if you're dropping by in Hong Kong, you can get the vitamix at any of the City Super department stores for a much better deal.

Another source for the excalibur 2900 is Sharon Gan (sharon@leehung.com) from LEE HUNG SCIENTIFIC PTE LTD
50 Bt Batok St 23 #05-10/11/12/13/14
Midview Building, Singapore 659578
t: +65 6560 6900 ext. 20
f: +65 6567 6909
w: http://www.leehung.com. They were asking $700SGD for the 9-tray with timer.

Monday, July 21, 2008  

Blogger Jin

U can get blend tec and vitamixes here... delivered too.. even an excalibur dehydrator...

http://www.rawfoodcuisine.com.sg/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=55

Personally i use a 100sgd braun model which has a large chamber and seems to do a relatively good job, i strain everything using a nutmilk bag thats like 1.5sgd. I like the quality of the juice i get.

Not sure i want to get a masticating juicer yet as i have no idea as to my future location plans atm but i'm definitely thinking about it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008  

Blogger Athena

Hi Jin,

Could you tell me where you bought your nutmilk bag? Would like to get such bags such washing the juicer is a real chore. Thanks.

Athena

Thursday, October 16, 2008  

Blogger Jin

you can get nutmilk bags from any household store esp in the HDB heartlands. Ask for bags used to "squeeze" coconut milk. They should not cost more than 1.50-2 sgd.

To be honest, there isnt that much of a difference between cleaning a nut milk bag and a juicer. With nutmilk bags u have to wash the inside and outside of it. However with a nutmilk bag, the quality of the juice is way better, taste too.

where are u located?

Thursday, October 16, 2008  

Blogger earnest_mama

I am considering buying either the vitamix or blentec from amazon. is that a bad idea? if it breaks down, where will i get it fixed or get the parts??

I tried to get into the rawfoodcuisine site but we need a password :-(

anyone can tell me how much the blentec is in singapore? the vitamix is $1100 which is more than the $600 i would pay if i bought online (shipping free cos someone bringing it back for me)

Friday, April 17, 2009  

Blogger Edna

Unless you buy your vitamix here in Singapore, it won't be under warranty...so if it has a problem, then you will have to pay an arm and leg to get it fixed. I got mine in HK with a promotion but it won't work on low speed anymore. I only use it on high speed anyway so it's still ok with me. Love the machine!

By the way, I have a zyliss 'easy slice' mandoline (6 blades with caddy) for sale ($50). Works wonders but my maid prefers to do without the gadgets. Also a spirulina (shreds carrots etc into long thin spaghetti strands - like the sushi stuff) if anyone wants it...

Saturday, April 18, 2009  

Blogger Jay

Regarding the Blendtec, I really want to get one too. It's just too ex in Singapore! But I asked the US vendor and he said there is no way the voltage would work here, even with a converter. :(

Also, it won't be covered under warranty.

Thursday, May 07, 2009  

Blogger kahling

That's not true, i bot a blendtec from US and it's working fine here with a power converter. so no problems

Tuesday, May 26, 2009  

Blogger Angie

I found this website which offers 220v blendtec, but plug type is I not G as what we use here. Estimated all-in cost after shipping it here is S$720. But I am not sure whether to proceed with the purchase .

http://blendtec-hp3.com/default.aspx

Tuesday, June 16, 2009  

Blogger Tungsten Singapore

http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/Vita-mix-Vita-Prep-3_W0QQitemZ250496982559QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_216?hash=item3a52c89e1f&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Friday, September 11, 2009  

Blogger SL

hi, i'm a raw food chef/instructor, trained at living light culinary arts institute. just wondering if anyone here is interested in attending raw food classes?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009  

Blogger Danissa

SL, I'd love to attend raw prep classes, raw dinners or potluck events here in Singapore. You can also join the Raw Food Vegans on Facebook (if you're not already a member) and post your details there... i'm sure many raw foodies will be keen!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009  

Blogger Henriette

hi, Is there a raw food community here in Singapore?

Does anybody know a raw food restaurant here in Singapore?

Thanks

Monday, November 09, 2009  

Blogger Danissa

Henriette, I know there are get-together events for raw foodies (see my previous post). Being new to this lifestyle I haven't joinned any as yet, but am looking forward to soon! Unfortunately I don't think there are raw restaurants in Singapore but there is a juice bar at Ion with a wonderful selection of fruits and veggies including wheatgrass, avocado and broccoli (so you can concoct green smoothies!). There's also a raw bar at basement of Republic Plaza that serves lunch fare (but not 100% raw - as it also serves cooked tortilla wraps stuffed with raw veggies).

Monday, November 09, 2009  

Blogger Shirley

Does anyone know where I can get a Excalibur dehydrator in Singapore?

Thank you
Shirley

Monday, April 26, 2010  

Blogger CHICologie

Do you know where I can buy a spiralizer in Singapore? Have embarked on a raw food journey with my boyfriend who is a certified raw food chef and instructor : ) Not able to to get dehydrators or spiralizer in KL but Singapore is close enough.

Sunday, August 14, 2011  

Blogger tm

you can get a japanese spiral mandoline from hsiah huat in temple street costs bout 80 sgd and comes with 3 blade sizes. used in sushi restaurants alot

Sunday, August 14, 2011  

Blogger Marc Wiltshire

I have an Ezidri Snackmaker FD500 for sale if anyone is interested. I'm leaving Singapore, otherwise would keep it forever! It's almost new (bought it last April) You can sms me at 97763171.

Sunday, November 13, 2011  

Blogger Penny Chua

Bought this off Deal.com.sg .. Looks like a good bargain ..

http://www.deal.com.sg/deals/singapore/S88-9-Renki-Food-Dehydrator

Check it out.. as I have been going around looking for one but its really overpriced.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012  

Blogger ziztine

Hi Penny,

Have you tested yr Renki? Would you recommend it? Do share with us your feedback.

Thursday, October 25, 2012  

Blogger localmarketing

Hi you can get the 3 horsepower Blendtec home blender here: http://BlenderSingapore.com

Sunday, December 16, 2012  

Blogger localmarketing

A powerful blender is able to break out the phytochemicals hidden in the seeds, rinds, skin and stem of fruits and vegetables down to the micron level. Here are 2 helpful sites http://Qigong.com & http://Conqueringanydisease.com where the Blendtec is featured so you won't go wrong getting the Blendtec.

Sunday, December 16, 2012  

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