Everyone enjoys food, yet, much of it doesn’t end up in our stomach. Citi and Greyhound Cafe recognises this immensely prevalent food waste issue, particularly the waste of imperfect ingredients. In response, they have joined with the Royal Project Foundation to “not only help reduce food waste and global warming but also help farmers’ businesses”. Their efforts led to the establishment of the Perfectly Imperfect campaign.
The Campaign: What’s Perfectly Imperfect?
Perfectly Imperfect strives to reduce food waste by expressing appreciation toward all culinary ingredients. Many associate an ingredient’s savoury taste with its physical appearance. In doing so, much of the carefully cultivated, but odd-looking, produce is wasted. Yet, regardless of how an ingredient may look, it still poses countless health benefits. In response to this, the Perfectly Imperfect campaign steps in to explore a new concept of transforming imperfect produce into beautiful dishes that you can relish.
The Ingredients: What Does The Royal Project Foundation Have To Offer?
First of all, what is the Royal Project Foundation? In general, it is a non-profit organisation founded by King Bhumibol Adulyadej to support farmers in northern Thailand. The organisation provides farmers, working within the late King’s initiatives and research, with an outlet for their agricultural produce. Presently, the Royal Project Foundation is known to offer fresh and reliable products.
On that note, all of the imperfect, but tasty and fresh, ingredients used in Greyhound Cafe’s new Perfectly Imperfect menu come from the Royal Project Foundation. These include Japanese sweet potatoes, bell peppers passion fruit, carrots, portobello mushrooms, and zucchini.
The Dishes: What’s To Enjoy?
The most accurate way to describe Greyhound Cafe’s new dishes? Artwork on a plate. Vibrant, energetic, and fun, not only do the dishes embellish the imperfect ingredients, but their variety ensures that there’s something to indulge in for every taste bud. Here’s a preview of some Perfectly Imperfect dishes.
Royal green garden salad with grilled marinated Portobello mushroom topped with colourful edible flowers served with spicy shoyu dressing.
Stir-fried spicy Portobello mushroom, minced pork, and Thai herbs on steamed Jasmine rice served with fried duck egg.
The Twisted Udon
Japanese-Thai Udon noodle soup crossover served with an array of lightly fried vegetables complimented by a special pickled orange chili sauce.
Gaeng-Som Curry with Seabass and giant Catfish roe served with steamed Jasmine rice, mixed Royal project vegetables, egg omelet, and crispy fish.
Sautéed mixed spaghetti and zucchini julienne, from over-sized zucchini, with spicy Northern Thai style Nam Prik Ong served with Royal project vegetable condiments and Thai pork crackling.
Caramelized duo Japanese sweet potatoes topped with salted coconut cream and sprinkled with toasted white sesame seeds, served with House special duo Japanese sweet potatoes Ice cream.
Smooth & Soft Bua Loy
Twisted carrot and Japanese sweet potato Bua-Loy doused with coconut milk topped with vibrant ornamental flowers.
A fusion of Passion fruit granita and soda topped with mint leaves.