Whenever you ask a Singaporean living overseas what they miss the most about our country, the response inevitably will have something to do with our food.
Our Rio Olympians may be miles away from home but their hearts and stomachs will nonetheless be nourished by our local “soul” food.
Elson Cheong, the Executive Sous Chef at Pan Pacific Singapore. Photo: Sport Singapore
Chef Elson Cheong, Executive Sous Chef at Pan Pacific Singapore, and the team of dieticians from the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) have come together to create menu of local favourites to ward away the any homesickness that our Olympians may have.
Local favourites will be served at the upcoming Rio Olympics to ward off homesickness. Photo: Sport Singapore
Located five kilometres from the Olympic village is Singapore House where the menu will be served. It aims to provide round-the-clock holistic care for our athletes and will also offer them with a space to rest and recuperate.
(From left) Richard Swinbourne, Cheryl Teo, Elson Cheong and Gino Tan talking about the food at the Olympics. Photo: Sport Singapore
Dr Richard Swimbourne, Head of SSI’s Sport Nutrition Department, believes that the psychological impact of food cannot be ignored.
“We have a very close, deep emotional connection with food. It’s immensely comforting and uplifting for an athlete who is under pressure to go to the Singapore House to have a hot laksa or a cold drink. That gastronomic hug has a huge impact,” he said.
Team Singapore sailor, Jovina Choo agrees that the one thing she misses the most while competing overseas is the food, hence she tries to bring “a piece of home” whenever she goes overseas for competitions.
Team Singapore sailor Jovena Choo trying out the food that will be served at the Olympics. Photo: Sport Singapore
“In between races and when we are on a break, we can spend a day at the Singapore House,” said the SEA Games double gold medal winner.