Close your eyes and imagine a cool, rich and smooth drink that’s made with sweet, plump strawberries. But don’t dream up just any kind; the sweetest dreams are made from delightful, juicy Korean Strawberries. Enough of Lunar New Year/Valentine’s snacks that are fried, salty or “heaty”, turn your taste buds to a healthier choice!
On Friday, 22 January 2010, the 23rd Korean Cooking Demonstration was conducted at the Kallang Community Club. Organised by the Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation and the People’s Association, the “Korean Strawberry Sweet Delights” attracted 70 participants, hungry for the knowledge and the health benefits of these strawberries, and of course, the healthy recipes too.
In 2008, 350 tons or $2.9 million dollars worth of strawberries from Korea were imported into Singapore, taking up 23% of local market share; an increase of $1.4 million from the previous year. Surprisingly, Korean Strawberries are only exported from September to May, the traditional harvest period.
That’s how much Singaporeans love their Korean strawberries. With a strong flavour, large size and lower price compared to other strawberries imported into Singapore, they have made an impact on local tastes since their introduction in 2002.
Strawberries are high in vitamin C content (even higher than oranges!) and rich in anti-oxidants and other nutrients. Hence, strawberries make perfect healthy snacks, desserts and beverages during the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day.
The cooking demonstration saw Mr Oh Chong Fah, a healthy diet advocate and certified culinary instructor, demonstrating how to create 4 different dishes: a strawberry nut and fruit tart, strawberry candies, strawberry chocolates and refreshing strawberry almond oat milk.
Mr Woo Sang Dae, Managing Director of Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation, the government-linked body charged with promoting agricultural produce in Singapore and the region, said, “Korean strawberries are world-renowned for their quality and prized in many countries. In Korea, we even have a festival, the Nonsan Strawberry Festival held in mid-April each year, which celebrates the fruit. It is good to know that this healthy fruit is having quite a following in Singapore.”
Korean strawberries can be purchased at major super market chains such as Cold Storage, Giant and NTUC Fairprice and Carrefour, till May 2010 this year.
Right, where are those recipes?
(A) 240 gm organic raw sugar
360 gm maltose
120 ml water
2 tsp sea salt
(B) 14 pcs Korea strawberries
(C) 14 bamboo skewers
- Wash and dry the strawberries. Skewer all strawberries with bamboo skewers.
- Boil all Ingredients (A) in a pan until the sugar is dissolved. Wash down sugar and clip on thermometer. Boil until 145 °C. Turn down heat to low to keep the caramel warm.
- Dip fruit into caramel. Let it set. Enjoy right away or keep in refrigerator.
Strawberries and chocolates have always been an essential part of Valentine’s Day. Combine the two to create a sweet snack to impress your partner, or as a snack for the young ones during Chinese New Year.
15 pcs Korean strawberries
250 gm milk chocolate
1 sheet wax paper
- Spread out a large sheet of wax paper.
- Melt the chocolate over double boiler.
- Dip strawberries into melt chocolate and place on wax paper to set for 5 minutes.
Strawberry Nut and Fruit Tart
(A) Ingredients for the pastry:
2 cups almond powder
2 cups dates (deseeded)
½ cup maple syrup
(B) Ingredients for millet filling:
½ cup millet (washed)
2 cups apple juice
6 tbsp grape seed oil
¼ tsp sea salt
(C) Ingredients for topping:
2 cups fresh Korean strawberries (halves)
Strawberry jam for glazing
- Blend all the ingredients with food processor to form a hard dough.
- Roll the pastry to about 0.5cm thick.
- Lay pastry on a pie tin of 15cm diameter.
- Cook all the ingredients in a pot at low heat until the millet is cooked and forms a thick paste.
- Pour the hot paste on the pastry. Let the paste cool down and set.
- Lay the strawberries on the top of the set millet paste.
- Pour the jam in a pot and cook at medium heat till it watery.
- Use a spoon to pour the hot jam on top of the strawberries for sweetening and glazing
Strawberry Almond Oat Milk
The strawberry almond oat milk drink is a refreshing drink made with natural sugars. This drink is naturally sweet, and together with fibres in the fruits and oat, creates a healthy drink for any time of the day.
3 tbsp organic rolled oat
10 pcs raw USA almond (soaked overnight)
3-5pcs Korean strawberries
¾ cup cold water
- Blend all the ingredients till smooth. Serve cold.