Flour & Co. has got gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options, tackling health and environmental concerns both at the same time.
by Emily Mary Chin, Carrybeans
As science and society progresses, so do our views on what is healthy. Despite popular belief, research now shows that dairy consumption is actually bad for us and causes many health problems from indigestion to even cancer. The health and environmental risks associated with the meat farming industry is also slowly becoming common knowledge.
And because of that, places like Flour & Co. become ever more important to have in our city.
Flour & Co. has a tiny shop front in Damai Plaza, down the same row as the original Fook Yuen. It is crammed in so tightly with the other shops on that row that you could very easily miss it if you didn’t know it was there. Lucky for you, though, if you’re having trouble locating it, you can always depend on Google Maps!
As you enter, the initial feeling is confusion. You won’t be sure if you really did walk into an eatery or if you accidentally walked into a grocery store instead. Right at the entrance, you are met by organic fruits and eggs stacked on wooden pallets. Flour & Co. doubles as a wholefoods store, supplying all kinds of organic goods from multigrains to bamboo salt to quinoa rice cakes.
For the purpose of this review, I chose to try The Ultimate Brekkie (RM26.00). Their breakfast platter is a combination of avocado, spinach, scrambled eggs, slow poached tomatoes, and sautéed field mushrooms, together with a slice of gluten-free sourdough toast.
The combination is a truly well-balanced one, with each element supplying multiple points of nutritional value. But health does not come without sacrifice. If you want to eat at Flour & Co., be prepared to sacrifice salt. I found myself suffering from salt withdrawals and scavenging for potato chips within half an hour of leaving the store.
We also indulged in a slice of toasted sourdough bread topped with Smashed Avocados with Chilli Flakes (RM16.00). It was, again, an incredibly healthy meal but one that is not really worth its price tag, in my own humble opinion. Call me old fashioned but a singular slice of bread should never be worth that much, no matter what lies on top.
But despite all that, I still appreciated it for its simplicity and well-roundedness. Even though there aren’t many elements to the dish, numbers aren’t necessary here, as each element packs a serious punch (of nourishment).
Halfway through, we caved and ordered their Mama’s Pumpkin Soup (RM13.00), which came with another slice of sourdough bread. By this point, I was stuffed to the brim with sourdough but I wasn’t complaining! The soup was a creamy—and slightly spicy—delight, one that I found myself taking spoonful after spoonful of without ever pausing for break.
For drinks, we indulged in one of their superfood smoothies, Super High C (RM15.00), a cool combination of orange, chia seeds and dried cranberries. We also tried one of the raw cold pressed juices, Anti-Oxidants (RM12.00), which came packed with carrot, apple, cucumber and tomato.
The beauty of eating healthy is that you can gorge and indulge without feeling much guilt. And in the case of our drinks, we slurped them all down without a second thought. After all, they’re good for you.
It should come as no surprise that the healthier, more sustainable choice is also the pricier, less accessible one. Much of what is convenient in today’s society is usually what’s also the most damaging to the earth and ourselves. Fast food, the most convenient of all, are also famously some of the worst things for your health, yet some people still scarf it down religiously.
So maybe it’s not so much so that Flour & Co. is expensive. Maybe we’re just not used to paying for the more ethical choice. Is there food just as healthy at a cheaper price point? Probably. But is there also food just as expensive with far more negative health and environmental impact? Definitely.
So if you’re looking to try more mindful eating, then Flour & Co. may be the perfect place for you to start.
Price – OO
Portion Size –OOO
Service – OOOO
Flour & Co., Damai Plaza
Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (closed Mondays)
Address: Block A, Lot 5, Ground Floor, Damai Plaza Phase 4, Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Contact no.: +6088-230 328
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