We get a health kick at MADD mango cafe and learn some recipes along the way... read more
Owner of new MADD mango cafe Ralph (aged only 23) has created a welcome refuge in London’s west end with his mango retreat, offering everything from desserts, smoothies and snacks for the conscientious healthy eater. Based on his Thai roots, Ralph has created a morning to late evening drop-in based on his memories of hanging out in Thailand dessert houses as a child. With a background in health management, the menu boasts more than your five a day fruit fix. We now have a pre shopping breakfast spot that is a little lighter than our usual high bread content!
Having stuffed our faces on office chocolates and mince pies over the festive period we were keen to sample something a little more nutritious. Topping the bill is authentic Thai favourite Siam (mangoes and coconut sticky rice) for it’s simple but delicious execution. As for the smoothies, well they are thick and creamy enough to kick start your day as the all encompassing liquid breakfast. For those a little sweeter there is also a delectable choice of cup cakes- we were pushed to our temptation limits by the Oreo cookie flavour!
Did you know that mangoes containÂ antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, as well as B6, K and other B vitamins? For your very own healthy fix why not try one of their recipes kindly divulged for our readers only…
Â STICKY RICE WITH FRESH MANGOES RECIPE…Â
1 cup Thai glutinous rice
1 ripe seasonal mango (For winter try Australia’s finest Kensington Pride)
4 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
60g low fat coconut milk
-Submerge and soak the rice in water for 2 hours prior to cooking as this will soften the rice and decrease cooking time.
-Drain the rice and refill the pot with water until it just covers the rice and bring to a gentle boil. Partially cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to mediumâ€‘low.
-Simmer the rice for 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked. Drain out any excess water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
-To make the sauce, warm the coconut milk over mediumâ€‘low heat, add the sugar and salt until dissolved. —Do not let the sauce boil.
-Set 3 tablespoons of the mixture aside and mix the rest of the mixture in with the cooked sticky rice. Slowly mix in the sauce and rice thoroughly with a spatula, be careful not to break the rice grains.
-Let the mixed sticky rice soak and absorb for 5 minutes and place on a serving plate.
-Pour the 3 tablespoon of sauce over the rice for extra flavour and moisture and serve with fresh succulent slices of mangoes. Tuck into the MADDness!
MANGO & PASSIONFRUIT SMOOTHIE RECIPE…
3 oz fresh mango pulp
4 oz fresh passion fruit juice
2 oz low fat milk
1 oz organic honey
1 cup ice
Blend the ingredients together in a blender and serve in a tall smoothie glass and enjoy!
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