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Modern flash-freezing technology prolongs the shelf life of food without preservatives and it is now more common to see the frozen section of supermarkets filled with local dishes.

Before the circuit breaker started earlier this month, I went to NTUC FairPrice to see what frozen meals I could stock up.

Zane Elixir's Cordyceps Bak Kut Teh caught my eye with its striking black box showing an enticing photo of the pork rib soup in a claypot. But what convinced me to put it in my basket was the promise that it had no artificial colouring, added MSG, added preservatives or trans fat.

It was going for $14 for two packs. On the supermarket's online store, it is currently at $7.90 a pack.

The ribs were not as big as those in the photo and the meat was a tad dry compared to fresh pork, but it was tender and tasty.

What impressed was the broth. It was peppery, though not overwhelmingly so, and a little garlicky. I couldn't taste the infused cordyceps militaris – a fungus believed to have health benefits – but the tasty soup was as good as many hawkers'.

It would have been hard to tell it was from a frozen pack if I had not heated it up in a water bath myself. You can also pop it into a microwave oven.

The serving is good for one person.

WHERE: NTUC FairPrice supermarkets or online

PRICE: $7.90

Some of the best cookies I ate during Chinese New Year were from Mdm Ling Bakery, so I was pretty eager to try the steamed buns that it launched for online orders this month.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF MDM LING

There are three flavours: tau sar pau or red bean bun ($8.90 for six), liu sar pau or salted egg yolk lava bun ($10.90 for six) and lian rong pau or lotus paste bun ($4.80 for six).

All are delivered to your doorstep frozen. Just steam what you want to eat.

The dough is fine but not outstanding. The fillings, however, are a standout. The salted egg yolk custard is smooth and not overly sweet.

The other two flavours are sweeter, but the paste is just as silky smooth. The red bean buns are also much bigger than the others.

What is good too is that they are all made without preservatives, colouring or artificial flavouring.

WHERE: Order online or call 8468-0201

INFO: Free delivery with minimum order of $45, otherwise pay $10.90

Just because you now have to depend on takeaways and home deliveries for your meals does not mean you do not have choices.

Ketomei, for example, offers a subscription plan for ketogenic meals.


ST PHOTO: WONG AH YOKE

I'm not a big fan of diets and am definitely not advising anyone to go on a keto diet that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates on a long-term basis. But some people who try it for short periods find it effective for weight loss.

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