When it’s cold, there’s nothing we love more than rugging up in warm clothes and indulging in steamy dishes that burst with flavour. It’s one of the best things about winter.
Spring may be around the corner, but the days are still fairly nippy and the nights are even colder (you definitely wouldn’t leave the house without wearing a jacket).
Despite the gradual increase in temperature, Australia is currently in the midst of its worst flu season on record. More than 70 000 people have been struck down and it’s expected to get worse.
Our bodies crave foods that warm the body, nourish the soul AND boost immunity, especially during times like this.
Why it’s good to eat spicy foods when you have the flu
Spices like chilli, ginger, turmeric and garlic have been widely used by cultures around the globe for centuries, and for good reason. Bursting with nourishment, spicy foods provide the perfect antidote when we’re feeling run down.
They’re full of minerals, vitamins, essential oils and phytonutrients that maintain overall health.
Some of the spices we use in our cooking:
Chili features immune-boosting properties that can keep the flu at bay. It also contains beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamin A to protect your body against foreign invaders. There’s the added bonus of helping to clear congestion when you’re unwell, which is due to the substance capsaicin.
Ginger has been used for centuries because of its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. This “super spice” can fight infection, reduce inflammation, boost immunity and warm your senses during the colder months.
This is one of the most popular spices on the planet, thanks to a powerful compound called curcumin, which can soothe a sore throat and ease an upset stomach (thanks to antimicrobial and antiviral properties). A 2009 study shows that curcumin reduced viral replication by over 90 per cent in laboratory tests.
Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which serves as your body’s secret weapon against germs. Eating garlic can reduce your risk of getting a cold in the first place, or soften the severity of symptoms.
If the usual comfort foods don’t cut it for you anymore and you crave something with more nourishment, you should try some of our spicy dishes (Singapore Noodles, Chilli Basil Noodles, Bangkok Noodles, Mee Goreng, Sriracha Salad, Nasi Goreng and more).
Check out our menu or ask our friendly staff for gluten free, vegan or vegetarian options.