[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 刘大人]
Chinese New Year (CNY) ushers in good wealth and prosperity, but don’t let the festive feasting stand in the way of good health. Keeping a balanced diet can be a massive challenge before and during CNY, with all the tempting goodies and endless gatherings only serve to increase our need to indulge.
Upon returning to our daily routines in office or school, do we realise the weight gain from all the munching! Watching our waistlines inches pile on can be quite depressing but as great a time of the year this festive season is, surely there must be a way to stay healthy without feeling like we’re depriving ourselves.
With or without CNY, “find dining” and sharing good food have its hazards, not least among them is overloading on grease, salt, sugar and don’t know what chemicals (in the words of our friend, Tony from Johor Kaki). Fortunately for us, it’s not a matter of should we or should we not reach for the customary CNY snacks, but rather how to enjoy this festive season without worrying about busting our healthy diet, thanks to our friends from Friends & Fig!
天无绝人之路！原来新山城中就有这么一家诚意好店 Friends & Fig 能同时安抚咱们的味蕾与胃口！看官们可能以为打着健康旗号的主人家所端出的料理都是些刻板的素食餐吧？「大人拍胸脯保证，只怕你们吃了后欲罢不能，原来享用美食与健康瘦身能同时兼顾啊！」无精制糖、无防腐剂、无化制淀粉、无乳化剂、无稳定剂、无微波食品… 就连酱料也坚持以最原始的食材自制，看来大人在这能实现品尝天然无添加的时令料理了！
Eating a plant-based diet in Johor Bahru can be a challenge at times as Malaysians (and Singaporeans) love their meat, so we are glad to find another cafe to add to our list of vegan-friendly places. Before you dismiss it as boring, do check out the new menu at Friends & Fig which features all sorts of items, from 100% pure cold-pressed juice & smoothies to homemade soups and deconstructed Super Bowls – all made from vegetables and fruits. The folks here like to get creative, so the items change every few months and keep customers coming back for more.
Mint (左) 与 Christine 即是这家诚意好店的幕后主要推手 (尚有一位营养师伙伴 Joyce)，瞧瞧她们的好肤质与气色，就知道为何 Friends & Fig 总是强调「You are what you eat」的重要性。没有什么事比起自身经历更能一秒体会健康的重要性了，Mint 提起数年前先生由于心脏疾病需要动手术，从那时候开始夫妻俩即自省要拥有一副好体魄，必须从饮食与运动两方面着手改善，你如何对待自己的身体，体检报告自是不会让你失望。
Meet Mint and Christine, the latter whom we have known from her early days in Bukit Chagar (walking distance to new R&F mall & CIQ) which we used to visit regularly to eat, drink and be healthy! Together with Joyce – qualified independent natural juice therapists (MCMA) UK, the trio are firm advocates of the principle “You are what you eat” which we also subscribe to. Always holding the idea of running a business close to their hearts due to health-related issues affecting their loved ones, the ladies are even more determined to make it a reality and put their beliefs in action at Friends & Fig.
Friends & Fig 前些日子从旧址迁至位于 Southkey 的二楼空间后，除了将她们家的食谱做了大幅度的更动外，室内氛围则依旧延续他们家处处贯彻执行「天然无添加」的理念，放眼望去既淡雅又舒适，一排排自栽的植物说不定待会儿就能在盘中觅得真滋味呢！此外，主人家亦精选了一些咱们常用的食材在店内供大伙儿选购，有了她们的把关，看官们大可放心来趟清体购物体验哦！
Their new location at Southkey can be a little tricky to find, being located in Block F and on the second floor, but well worth it. Unlike their previous location, Friends & Fig opts for a somewhat minimalist look with plain furnishings and minimal decorations on the walls. The brightly-lit interior was accompanied by natural light from the full glass balcony illuminating the space, which made the cafe pretty comfortable. Not only do we get to enjoy healthy food, but book lovers can even indulge themselves in a cosy reading session by picking one of the many books off their shelves. Remember to check out some of the homemade products or imported seasonal fruits & premium goods on display, such as organic teas or essential oils for that well-deserved relaxation we all need once in a while!
Besides offering regular dishes and juices, Friends & Fig have packages designed to help cleanse our body. Check out their various therapy and programmes such as Juice Fast & Detox, Juice & Soup Cleanse, FNF Liver & Gallbladder Detox, FNF 5:2 Clean Eats Cleanse, FNF Gut Cleanse and more. We can even sign up for their delivery packages to get fresh juices delivered to our doorstep (T&C apply)!
想要吃得健康却又懒得下厨动手做？大人怎会不明白各位的脂肪是怎么来的呢？为了大伙儿的健康着想，那如此好康不通报就太说不过去啦！Friends & Fig 近日推出了「五天年后瘦身排毒计划」哦！原价配套 RM400，现只需 RM320 即能享用以下五日的健康饮食配套 (会员还可享有5%折扣)，看官们只需开车到店取餐或根据所住地区计算运费，不必动手洗洗切切及懊恼如何搭配就能轻松享用健康蔬食，何乐而不为？此优惠促销至 31/3/2019，即日就拨打热线 +6019-718 0072 询问更多详情哟！ (亦可携带体检报告调配食谱)
午餐：1 份天然 SUPER BOWL
晚餐：1 份自制蔬菜浓汤 + 1 份天然 SUPER BOWL
Feeling guilty and fancy yourself a detox after all that sinful seasonal indulgence? Here’s your chance to “pay-back” with a limited-time 5-day package for RM320 (U.P RM400). Enjoy 3 days pre-post plant base meals inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner and 2 days juice fast & detox program. Friends & Fig members enjoy an additional 5% discount, and promotion ends 31 March 2019! Interested? Call +6019-718 0072 for further enquiry.
纯天然冷压蔬果汁与冰沙 100% Pure Cold-Pressed Juice & Smoothies
大人还记得因为她们家的冷压果汁实在太好喝了，饮用速度太快而被劝阻这样的喝法其实会让身体无法有效吸收营养，「慢啜每一口果汁才是正确的方式哦！」这三瓶标榜着无人工添加物、无色素及滴水不加的纯冷压果汁 Gut Soother (绿，属于 Signature 果汁系列，RM13.90)、Malibu Passion (黄，属于 Signature 果汁系列，RM13.90) 与 Pink Lady (红，属于 Premium 果汁系列，RM15.90) 在旧址时既已深受大人青睐，今日到访当然也得请它们登场隆重介绍给看官们，「让身体排毒、促进消化、预防重疾就靠你们三位了，请多多指教哦！」
而另一杯撒满奇亚籽的浓郁饮料则异常适合想以健康饮料作为代餐的看官们，「Berries Kiss (RM15.90) 虽说以蓝莓、草莓、香蕉、橙、素食酸奶为主，超低的甜度却让人饮用后毫无负担，一杯下肚足以饱腹。」
Raw, vegan, cold pressed and formulated by Joyce, these 100% Pure Cold-Pressed Juice & Smoothies are more than just juices and cleanses. Starting with the perfect detoxifier, Gut Soother – comprising Packham pears, organic chia seed, guava, English parsley and local organic lime; Malibu Passion made up of pineapple, passion fruit, apple, kiwi, orange and local organic calamansi) and Pink Lady with apple, strawberry, pomegranate and local organic calamansi, these tasteful blends already made us felt our system clean and going again.
If you fancy something richer and creamy, the Berries Kiss with blueberry, strawberry, banana, orange, chia seed with full vegan yoghurt goodness will definitely help us reduce our appetite and food cravings to keep our excess in check.
无精制糖、无防腐剂、无化制淀粉、无乳化剂、无稳定剂、无微波食品，大人不厌其烦就得一直通报各位，「在 Friends & Fig 进食，尽管放一百个心就对了。」瞧瞧大人所点选的其中三道以纯天然食材为旗号的 Super Bowl，份量还真不小，颜值营养兼具，每周轮替更换怎会轻易言腻呢？
Not to be confused with the American’s annual championship game of the NFL (National Football League), these Super Bowls have the eat-clean crowd and the gym-goers in Johor Bahru craving for its superfood goodness since 2015. We get to choose from a selection of classic or signature bowls when we eat here or create our “personal salad” by selecting our own ingredients, so get creative!
首次尝鲜的看官们不妨先从每日自选食材开始拼出一盘最合心意的 Self-pick “Design your own” Super Bowl (RM26.60)，「既饱足而又不油腻，轻松减脂从用餐开始，再也不必枉受节食之苦啦！」
How’s this for our very first self-pick “Design your own” Super Bowl which comes with a generous portion of lotus chips, falafel, egg, zucchini, sweet potato, orange, mixed green base, buckwheat tempeh and their signature nuts but not nuts dressing? Appetising, flavourful, yummy but most importantly, healthy! 🤣
以荞麦面、泡菜、烤南瓜、樱桃番茄、日本黄瓜、豆腐、紫菜芝麻、日本毛豆与香醋芝麻酱所搭理而出的 Japanese Bowl (RM17.90)，煞有日式禅食风味，「泡菜的参与，倒是让这一道蔬食有了撩人的辣意。」
If you are not sure what to pick, we recommend the Japanese Bowl the most, which combines some of our usual Asian favourites such as soba noodle, Korean kimchi, roast pumpkin, cherry tomato, kyuri, tofu, furikake and edamame. Be sure to dip or toss the ingredients with the balsamic roasted sesame dressing provided for added flavours.
这盘看似四季如春的绝美料理，里头藏匿了极大份量的超级食材，如清爽混合叶菓、菜花碎饭、紫包菜、蒜片、腌洋葱、黄姜花椰菜、胡萝卜、日本黄瓜、西兰花、紫菜芝麻、甜薯以及无豆蔬沙爹酱，「酸甜苦辣咸，五味齐聚，原来正是她们家鼎鼎大名的 Anti-Cancer Bowl (RM23.60)！」大人知晓这道超级料理并非人人皆可接受其滋味，但为了健康着想，一周品尝一回让五脏六腑体验真实的营养也是不错的保健法啊！
And if you’re super health-conscious, the Anti-Cancer Bowl is a must try! Be warned, this antioxidant-rich selection is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but on hearing that it’s supposed to help keep cancer away, a few of our friends changed their minds and decided to give it a go. Being one of 刘大人‘s personal favourite, this colourful bowl of mixed green with cauliflower rice, purple cabbage, garlic chips, onion pickle, turmeric & spice cauliflower, carrot, kyuri, broccoli and furikake is best enjoyed with their special sweet potato nuts dressing (peanut free). If you enjoy “curry” laden with cumin and turmeric spices, this super bowl will definitely spice things up for you!
Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup & Cauliflower Soup
随餐加点选项中，若是加额 RM5 可选有机蜂蜜茶或澳洲有机茶配为套餐；若是加额 RM8 则可选特指浓汤配为套餐；加额 RM12 即可获一瓶招牌冷压果汁配为套餐。冷压果汁大人早已知味，端出的南瓜浓汤与有着冬炎滋味的微辣椰菜花浓汤，各有拥簇者，「想不到鲜美的浓汤喝进众人嘴里，反应竟是如此南辕北辙啊！」
We moved on to the soups, and both the Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup and Cauliflower Soup hit the spot as far as comfort food goes. Imagine roasted pumpkin and cauliflower, cooked down to a rich broth, then pureed until silky smooth, doesn’t it just sounds kind of great to you? For some reasons, the guys love the latter to the max with a mild cauliflower flavour and hints of tom yum peeking through the tartness of the broth, but the ladies stand by their preferences for the added sweetness of sweet potato that comes with the former. Nevertheless, both are winners!
大人尚未到店时，早已耳闻这儿的无豆擂茶极具特色，但百闻不如一见，现场一尝方知果真好味啊！「传统的客家擂茶在中式料理中算是相当健康的选择，Friends & Fig 的版本在口味上显得极清爽，或是是无油的缘故吧，咀嚼蔬食时更能尝出食材的原味，身为一等忠实擂茶粉丝，大人喜见擂茶的各种新面貌啊！」
Serving vegetarian versions of some of our local’s favourite food, Friends & Fig seems to execute with ease the transition and adapting of cultural dishes into modern, ones. Combining quinoa brown rice with shimeiji chai poh, tofu, French bean, raw carrot, raw purple cabbage and sunflower seed, served with a peanuts free but still wholesome basil soup, the Nuts-free Leicha was full of aromatic herb flavours, and we dare say it even tasted a bit better!
除了较为原汁原味的 Super Bowl 外，这道今日特选 Nasi Un-lemak 也许更能让初试蔬食者易於调整心态，原来没有椰浆没有肉类的椰浆饭也能如此有滋有味！以兰花饭搭配各式蔬食的料理，调味处理极为出色，难怪每日推出后极快售罄，「里头的参峇猴头菇超抢戏！」
While we probably can’t imagine Nasi Lemak without coconut milk, or as Tony calls it Un-Nasi Lemak having tasted nothing like the dish it was named after. Surprisingly, we actually love this Nasi Un-lemak with its blue-pea brown rice with “extra virgin” coconut oil, topped with bitter-gourd sambal and served with sambal monkey head mushroom with potato, buckwheat tempeh and lotus chips for an added flavourful crunch! Available only as a today’s special, be sure to follow Friends & Fig on FB for their daily updates if you’ve set your heart on this one!
Sunflower Cheese Raw Zucchini
若以轻重口味作为分水岭，另一道今日特选相较起无椰浆的椰浆饭，以西葫芦切丝成面的无淀粉料理 Sunflower Cheese Raw Zucchini 确属相当清爽的主食选择，「近年来颇受欢迎的鳄梨也是盘中要角哦！」
With some space to go, we opt for the third daily special in Sunflower Cheese Raw Zucchini that sees our bowl filled with Zucchini noodle, sunflower seed raw “cheese” sauce, broccoli, basil leaf, corn, flaxseed, cherry tomato and YES… avocado! Need we say more?
With these sensible approaches to the New Year (and given the upcoming Ramadan festivity), we trust you can still have a blasting good (and guilt-free) time soaking up all the goodness, food and family included.
Now go forth and bid your stubborn fat farewell and have a great year ahead!
Friends & Fig
📍 No 02-15, Block F, Commercial Southkey Mosaic, Persiaran Southkey 1, Kota Southkey, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607-207 1210
🕙 Daily from 10.00am – 8.00pm
📱 Friends & Fig
🍽️ GLUTEN-FREE, NO PORK NO LARD