Convenient cooking with Zenez wok | V-Care

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been cooking as often as I used to after I started work in April. I used to cook both lunch and dinner on weekdays but nowadays I seldom cook lunch – unless I have leftover ingredients or it’s a really quick stirfry because time is quite tight by the time I get back with the kids after school.

I was really glad when V-Care approached me for a collaboration because with less time on my hands these days, I really appreciate whatever I can get my hands on to make cooking and house chores easier. Established in 2003, V-Care believes that “no one likes doing chores daily, but with [their] products, you can do it easier”.

I was gifted with a few products to try out with no obligation to blog about and I must say that I really enjoyed the items, and my personal favourite is definitely the Zenez wok. I was getting really irritated with my previous wok, also a Korean brand wok which claims to be ceramic and non-stick. Apart from the constant sticking despite regular oiling which is required once that happens, the handle kept coming loose and that is a real hazard. I even had to go to their office to get the handle fixed and it still eventually came loose. The worst part of it all was that it was a $129 30-cm wok and still gave me so much trouble.

With my 32-cm made-in-Korea Zenez wok, I have no more such grouses!

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No more sticking and what stands out about this wok is its depth compared to other brands with similar sized cookware. This means less spills to clean up at the stove after cooking and every home cook would certainly appreciate that!

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Not sticking to the wok doesn’t mean that it is coated with any toxic substances; it is free of PFOA, PFTE and other carcinogenic components and highly recommended by internal organisations such as KOTRA, ISO14001 and ISO9001 for safe and healthy cooking.

Unlike my previous wok which cannot be washed with abrasive cleaning tools, the Zenez wok can be cleaned with wired metal sponges! But because it is non-stick, I haven’t had a need to wash it with anything more than the usual sponge. I can also cook with a metal spatula if I want to, unlike other non-stick woks which require wooden spatulas. It can also be washed under cold water immediately after cooking unlike conventional cookware. Here’s a video demonstration of the wok I found on Youtube:

The Zenez wok also features a unique thermal spray magnetic technology that speeds up cooking process, saving up to 30% of time and energy! This means that if it’s a dish that takes 10 minutes to cook with other cookware, the Zenez wok takes only 7 minutes! And every minute counts for me when cooking lunch on weekdays because it’s already about 2pm by the time I get home. I’m using a gas stove but you could also use the Zenez wok on an induction cooker.

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Quick stirfry

Zenez wok

One of the kids’ favourite one-dish meals

There’s a wide range of selection – 36cm, 32cm or 30cm cooking wok, 4 litre or 6.6 litre cooking pot as well as 28cm frying pan. Most households in Singapore use a 32-cm wok, and for my family of four, the 32-cm one is a good size. I have been using it now for more than a month and really loving it, for the ease of use, convenience and effectiveness.

You can get V-Care’s household cleaning and kitchen products in major departmental stores (OG Albert, OG Orchard Point, OG People’s Park) and hypermarkets island-wide (Fairprice XTRA AMK Hub, NEX, JEM, Jurong Point). V-care products are available online as well on the following platforms: RedMart and Lazada. You can check out their social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Disclosure: I received some household items by V-care to try out. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine.

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Lao Xie Zhen Premium Chicken Essence | Nutrition in a packet

It’s been a few weeks into Term 3 of school. What that means is that the initial post-June holiday energy  is virtually depleted. I find it’s increasingly difficult to get the kids (and myself) out of bed each weekday morning. You’d have thought that years of practice of waking up at unearthly hours to get to school and work would have made things a piece of cake. But truthfully, it isn’t.  

For a habitual night owl, waking up early in the morning can never be a natural course of things. 

Then I remembered that Hao Yi Kang had kindly sent over two boxes of Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence of Chicken in the first week of school.  

In the mad rush to settle down into a new school routine for myself, adjusting to the new classes I’ve taken over this term and preparing lessons, I have not had time to really explore the chicken essence. 

I was really very surprised to find that this was not the usual chicken essence in a bottle. 

In fact, it was in a packet. 

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All I needed to do was to warm it up by steeping it in hot water for a few minutes. In the mornings now, after making the soft boiled eggs for my hubby, I’ll just steep a few packets of the chicken essence in the same metal container for two minutes. And I get really concentrated, delicious chicken essence.

Lao Xie Zhen Premium Chicken Essence review

best consumed hot in the morning before breakfast

The chicken essence is derived from their unique method of boiling, enabling a more complete extraction of nutrients. Through boiling (8 hours), both micromolecules (collagen, peptide, amino acids etc.) and macromolecules (proteins) can be fully extracted from the chicken. In fact, you can feel the slight sticky texture after consuming, evidence of the collagen present in the essence. The delicious taste and natural yellow colour of the chicken essence make it very acceptable to children (compared to the dark colour of traditional chicken essence). 

My children definitely really love the chicken essence and would always ask for a second serving. Obviously, I’d tell them that we can’t have too much of a good thing on a single day. They understand, but it doesn’t ever stop them from asking. 

Lao Xie Zhen Premium Chicken Essence review

Lao Xie Zhen Premium Chicken Essence review

The chicken essence is suitable even for children, but not for those under two. Not only is it good for children, students, working adults and the elderly can also take it to help boost the immune system and combat fatigue. The high protein content makes it very suitable for daily nourishment.

Apart from its excellent taste, it is also an excellent choice for pre- or post-natal care, recovery from sickness and strengthening of health. For pregnant mummies, the chicken essence helps in the growth of the baby, and is helpful in the fetal support during pregnancy; for mummies who have just delivered, it repairs cells and tissues, and helps with post-natal wound healing. For mummies who intend to breastfeed, the chicken essence also promotes post-natal milk secretion and enhances the quality of the milk. With so many positive attributes, it is no wonder that Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence of Chicken (having over 80 years of history in Taiwan) is voted the best chicken essence in Taiwan and is very popular among Taiwanese mummies.

Now that we’ve been trying to eat clean and try as much as possible to eat food sans additives, chemicals or preservatives, I was really glad to see that there are only two ingredients listed – chicken (2nd generation free range hens that are at least 12 months old) and premium pork ribs. In fact, it is clearly stated that there are no preservatives added and is 100% natural. There’s also no cholesterol. At a mere 14.4kcal per pack, every drop of goodness is worth every calorie.

Conveniently packaged in a special 4-layered opaque satchet directly imported from Japan, it is safe to warm it up in hot water and consume. Due to the light weight of the satchet, it is easy and convenient to bring around, especially if you travel overseas for work often.

We’ve been reaping the benefits of boosted energy levels apart from the enjoyment of the taste of the chicken essence. If you are interested in buying the chicken essence for yourself, your kids or your elderly parents, you can get it from Hao Yi Kang, the exclusive distributor of Lao Xie Zhen Premium Boiled Essence of Chicken. 

 

 

Disclosure: I received a box of chicken essence for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are mine. Factual information in the review was correct at the time of publication.

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