What are they cooking for dinner?

Below is the home-cooked dinner of a family in Singapore.


  • Chicken and Black Fungus Soup
  • Fish Head Curry
  • Briased Pork Leg with Black Vinegar
  • Roasted Pork Belly
  • Deep-fried Chicken

Increased Metabolic Rate May Lead to Accelerated Aging

A recent study found that higher metabolic rates predict early natural mortality, indicating that higher energy turnover may accelerate aging in humans.

Higher energy turnover is associated with shorter lifespan in animals, but evidence for this association in humans is limited. To investigate whether higher metabolic rate is associated with aging in humans, this study examined whether energy expenditure, measured in a metabolic chamber over 24 hours and during rest predicts natural mortality.

This increased metabolic rate may lead to earlier organ damage (in effect accelerated aging) possibly by accumulation of toxic substances produced with the increase in energy turnover.

These data nevertheless do not apply to exercise-related energy expenditure. This activity clearly has beneficial effects on human health.

The results of this study may help understanding of some of the underlying mechanisms of human aging and indicate why reductions in metabolic rate, for instance via low calorie diets, appear to be beneficial for human health.

The study will be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.


Hot and Spicy Singaporean Shrimp Dish


20 oz prawns
3 cloves shallot (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 tbsp ginger (grated)
1 red chili (seeded and chopped)
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg (beaten)
6 tbsp oil
1 tsp cornstarch


1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water


  1. Cut open the back of each prawn. Dust with cornstarch.
  2. Heat 4 tbsp oil in a pan. Pan-fry the prawns until golden brown. Remove.
  3. Add another 2 tbsp oil, sauté shallot, garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  4. Add tomato ketchup, sweet chili sauce and light soy sauce. Pour in water.
  5. Return prawns and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the thickening and cook until sauce thickens.
  6. Stir in the egg. Serve hot when the egg is cooked.

Source: Hong Kong magazine