With its rich multicultural heritage, Singapore serves up a true melting pot of flavors and foods through Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Peranakan dishes. Food is undoubtedly an important aspect of life in Singapore, and here at Singapore American School, that is no different.
SAS built our first cafeteria in 1956 and hired Ho Tee Jam and Hoe Juan Sim to oversee our dining services. The Hoe family and their children and grandchildren have continued to create dishes such as curry, Hoe’s sweet and sour chicken, and Hoe’s Szechuan chicken that alumni have listed for decades as some of their fondest food memories in Singapore. While the favorites have become healthier through the years, the Hoe brothers continue to embody the legacy of Singaporean food culture and the heart and soul experience of authentic local food done right.
Set menu that includes four main meal choices, each served with two vegetables or salad, a fruity dessert, and a drink. There are also three snack options to lift children during the day that includes a variety of wholesome home bake cookies, fruit shakes and smoothies, cheese dippers, and fruit yogurts.
- Children in grades four and five also have the option to choose a meal from the a la carte middle school menu.
Extensive al a carte menu that includes:
- freshly made sandwiches (fresh and toasted grain enriched breads, wraps or rolls);
- at least three to four balanced vegetarian options (look for V on the menu);
- Japanese noodle bar that offers different types of ramen and sushi;
- a daily choice of a pasta, baked potato, or pizza option;
- chef salads and a fresh salad bar;
- quesadillas (either chicken, beef, or vegetarian);
- wholesome home baked snacks and low fat yogurts;
- smoothies and fresh juices;
- fresh fruit pots and a range of healthy fruit based desserts;
- and healthier drink options including lower sugar juices, water, and low fat milks.
- three Asian and three Western dishes served with their grain and vegetable choices. Each day there is a rainbow of vegetable color with over eight different choices available;
Good 2 Go is a fast food kiosk in the high school cafeteria. The food is New York deli style and promises quality and fresh ingredients. The menu includes:
- breakfasts such as artesian bread toasties, muesli cups, protein charged pancakes, and breakfast smoothies;
- lunch items packed with a selection of artesian bread lunch rolls, sandwiches, and salad bento boxes;
- butcher block sub sandwiches made with healthy roasted meats cut from the school carvery;
- and lots of wholesome snacks, smoothies, fresh juices, and our new monster milk fruit shakes.
Students in the middle school and elementary school are welcome to visit the G2G kiosk to refuel for after-school sports and activities.
Hoe Brothers Catering
The task of guiding children toward enjoying balanced nutrition with a positive approach toward healthy eating is not always easy. The statistics show many of our children are likely to face a number of food related health problems and childhood obesity continues to be the number one concern. At the other end of the spectrum, anorexia nervosa and other disordered eating behaviors are becoming more prevalent.
Between these extremes, many children are at risk of common deficiencies such as iron and calcium that can compromise growth and brain development. Other key micro-nutrient deficiencies such as omega three fatty acids have been shown to impact on behavior and classroom focus.
In addition to providing healthier school meals, we also see the SAS dining table as an important opportunity to help reinforce to all students the benefits of balance, better food choices, and the experience of new tastes from across the globe. We recognize that the school years are when most eating habits are formed and there is only a small window to optimize growth and development. As such, students of all ages are encouraged with lots of “healthy eating nudges,” whether this is given as positive feedback to choices made, encouragement by teachers and assistants, or by the dedicated team of lunch moms who are on hand in the elementary and middle school cafeterias.
There are also new, improved nutrition information panels on display in the main cafeterias. These panels are designed to help guide students on their average daily food group requirements for wholegrain cereals, protein, fruit, vegetables, and dairy foods. The panels outline the number of servings the dish contributes to these requirements and the ingredients they are provided from and also provide allergen information in red, as well as a traffic light guide on the kcals, protein, fats, carbohydrates (including sugar), and salt content of the dish.
These nutrition information panels have been designed to align with the new USDA Super Tracker resources. The Super Tracker resources are nutrition and fitness program that provide individualized meal plan and activity recommendations for children and adults of all ages. For more information on the Super Tracker program go to: www.supertracker.usda.gov.
The USDA Choose My Plate website is also recommended as a valuable source of healthy eating and activity resources and recipes. To find out more go to: www.ChooseMyPlate.gov