Aah-sai-ehhhh. Not ah-cai, or err-sai (okay, that one is admittedly closer). It's this new obsession of mine, with Project Acai (a local acai cafe) launched in Singapore and that bowl at Juice Generation back in New York. Cold, creamy, with a good amount of fruits - who wouldn't love it?
Except that here, I've got something better.
I'll let you in on a secret - I don't really like bananas. Yes. Me - not a big fan of those poor yellow fruits which have been the unfortunate subject of many an aphrodisiac joke. No, really. Despite all my breakfasts which I post on instagram which feature those coins of banana, I just like them in a cooked form, where it doesn't make the whole meal sit heavily in your stomach.
And so, for this entire time, I've always thought of acai bowls as slushy purple smoothies with fancy toppings which are really REALLY filling.
BUT NOT ANY LONGER.
Acai, in it's purest, pureed form, is actually very much like sorbet, sans the artifical sourness and overly sweet aftertaste. Rather, it's got this mildly sweet berry taste that's rather refreshing and not sour in the least. This is when the best part comes in - acai berries are actually harvested wild from Brazil, blended into puree without chemical/artificial additives and for these, shipped back to Singapore, where they're packed up by the lovely duo behind Selva Foods.
And the best part: it's good for breakfast, a snack, or supper. I really enjoy the version below for breakfast, where you blend in some extra ingredients, but if you want to keep it simple, just blend it up with a few tablespoons of milk or coconut water. I've been using coconut milk recently, and it really does combine with the acai nicely.
Your Not-Too-Stereotypical Acai Bowl
makes 1 bowl
total time: 15 mins (TOPS)
This post would not have been possible without Selva Foods for the lovely pints of acai and taking the time to share with me the process of their acai harvesting from all the way in the Amazon. Their pots retail for $25/ half liter and orders can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do head over to their pages - official: Selva.sg -FB: facebook.com/selvafoods to learn more.
To be continued.