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Eat Well to Heal Well: Special Menu by Guest Chef Sam Leong

Last updated: Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 3 min reading time

IHH Healthcare Singapore hospitals have collaborated with chef Sam Leong to curate a selection of tasty and nutritious dishes to help our patients eat well, recover better.

"Food, to me, always has a meaning.

As a former patient myself, I know very well what it is like to not have an appetite when you are sick. But eating well is an important part of recovery as well," shares Chef Sam Leong.

With a culinary career spanning over three decades, celebrity chef Sam Leong is an Asian culinary stalwart in Singapore's vibrant food scene. He also happens to be a cancer survivor who had overcome stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer 7 years ago.

Chef Sam Leong

Eat Well, Recover Better

Food as medicine is an idea that can be traced back to ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. Even with advancements in modern medicine today, it remains a time-honoured concept, with resources such as the ESPEN Practical Guideline: Clinical Nutrition in Surgery underscoring the importance of nutritional therapy. Food plays a holistic role in supporting a patient's recovery, from illness through to post-surgical rehabilitation.

Chef Sam Leong's nutritious chicken roulade

Contrary to popular belief, food served in hospitals do not have to be compromised in terms of visual appeal or taste. Food can be both nutritious and tasty. To this end, IHH Healthcare Singapore recently embarked on an initiative to delight our patients with unique food and beverage experiences with the help of guest chef Sam Leong.

A celebrated specialist in Asian cuisine, Chef Sam Leong knows exactly how to whip up tantalising dishes to entice the senses.

Chef Sam Leong preparing food

His specially-curated Guest Chef Menu leverages his wealth of knowledge in Chinese cuisine, as well as his personal experience of having fought cancer through chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It also taps on the expertise of our hospitals' dietitians in assessing nutritional needs and delivering personalised meal plans with care and empathy.

Chef Sam Leong and dietitians

The aim? Serving food that tastes as delicious as they are inviting, to boost patient morale and support their recovery.

Prepared fresh each day by the culinary teams in each of the IHH Healthcare Singapore hospitals, this menu promises wholesome goodness with nutritious ingredients blended with a rich combination of flavours to engage the senses at meal times.

Through this, we hope our patients, and even their caregivers, can find delight, a measure of enjoyment, and most importantly, receive the nourishment they need for a full and timely recovery.

Chef Sam Leong and culinary team preparing food

Care from the Heart

As Chef Leong explains: "As chefs, we look forward to delighting our guests, and hope that they enjoy the food we cook. With this menu, patients get to choose a meal that they may recognise outside. It is something they can look forward to, and enjoy during their recovery. It is my way of bringing comfort, and sharing happiness.".

For us at IHH Healthcare Singapore, it is our way to show we care. For the good of our patients.

Watch the collaboration and let the Guest Chef Menu whet your appetites!

Discover Chef Sam Leong's Guest Specials, and recreate them at home with these recipes:

Golden Happiness

An appetiser of crispy sea prawns, wasabi aioli and mango salsa

Wellness In Abundance

Double-boiled chicken soup with cordyceps flower, abalone, dried scallop and snow lotus seeds

Rolls Of Strength

Roast chicken roulade with sautéed mushrooms and potato puree in coriander jus

A Spice Of Life

Spicy tofu dish with steamed rice and assorted mushrooms

Ah Sam La Mian

Somen noodle dish with fresh seafood in a chicken-based pumpkin broth

Chef Sam Leong preparing La Mian

Herbal Harmony

Delectable oven-baked herbal chicken with coriander stem and deseeded bitter gourd.

Pearls of the Sea

Barley-infused seafood porridge flavoured with succulent scallops, shrimps and conpoy.

Bowl of Beefy Goodness

Hearty so mein noodle soup, served with tender braised beef shin and poached bitter gourd slices.

Meatless Medley

Steamed silken tofu topped with plant-based meat atop a velvety vegetarian broth.

Ah Sam’s Zesty Barramundi

Thai-inspired steamed seabass with lime and garlic, served with warm fragrant rice.

Steamed seabass plating

Weimann A. et al. ESPEN Practical Guideline: Clinical Nutrition in Surgery. Clinical Nutrition 40 (2021). 4745-4761

Hospital Food You Can Get Excited About. Retrieved on 25 October 2022 from
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