Discover the health benefits of turmeric while enjoying these delicious local dishes
Known for its bright earthy flavour and vibrant orange-yellow colouring, turmeric has been celebrated for thousands of years for its multitude of health benefits. Curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric, not only gives the spice its distinctive bright colour, but it is also the source of turmeric’s strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiviral properties. Curcumin has also been shown to aid in relieving joint pain, arthritis, and improve liver function.
Packing the perfect punch of healthy flavour, restaurants and shops around the city are finding creative ways to incorporate turmeric and its immune-enhancing powers to the menu.
Here are five ways to get your turmeric fix in Vancouver...
1. The Chiang Mai Curry Noodles at Noodlebox
A classic dish from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, the Noodlebox Chiang Mai Curry noodle dish infuses turmeric into the house-made Panang curry. Thinly sliced beef is simmered in the bright yellow Thai curry broth with shallots, peppers, Asian greens, sprouts, fresh herbs and cashews on flat egg noodles. The dish is garnished with crispy noodles, fresh herbs and chilli ginger oil.
2. The Turmeric Latte at Bel Café
Served hot or on ice, Bel Café’s bright yellow Turmeric Latte is a blend of house-made turmeric syrup, honey and unsweetened almond milk. Bright and naturally sweetened, the Turmeric Latte is the perfect alternative to coffee.
3. The Leader Juice at Nectar
Nectar’s vibrant orange Leader juice is a blend of carrot, orange, turmeric, ginger and lemon. One hundred per cent organic, cold-pressed and unpasteurized, the Leader delivers an easy, energizing boost of vitamins.
4. The Roti and Curry at Fat Mao
At Fat Mao, warm, flaky handmade rotis arrive at your table accompanied by a light turmeric curry sauce for dipping. The turmeric curry can also be found in Chef Angus An’s comforting Koh Soi curry noodles.
5. The Turmeric Ginger Tea at Timbertrain Coffee Roasters
Uniting the anti-inflammatory powers of ginger and turmeric, Timbertrain’s Ginger Turmeric Tea opts for simplicity, steeping the two spices to create a warm, healing drink.