McDonald’s Singapore Launched Crispy “Hainanese Chicken” Burger

Wani wrote . . . . . . . . .

A new week, a new month, and what makes this month special is Singapore’s National Day. I’m sure you’ve already caught wind of all the delicious promotions coming up to celebrate all things local but here’s one that’s made us extra excited.

McDonald’s has announced a collaboration with Mediacorp Artiste and Guest Chef Ben Yeo to design a burger inspired by Singapore—the Crispy “Hainanese Chicken” Burger (from S$6.60 for a la carte, from S$8.30 for Extra Value Meal™).

This tantalising-looking burger will launch across all McDonald’s® restaurants in Singapore and via Delivery on 5 August 2021, with just enough time for you to show your patriotism.

What makes this burger special is its sauces; the Crispy “Hainanese Chicken” Burger features a juicy, crispy chicken patty complemented by a trio of sauces that is commonly found to pair with Hainanese chicken rice—namely ginger sauce, garlic chilli sauce, and dark sweet sauce. What’s more, you’ll be able to drizzle as much (or as little) dark sauce as you please with the sachet of dark sweet sauce that accompanies every order of burger.

Source: Yahoo!

New Study Suggests Exercise Can Boost Kids’ Vocabulary Growth

Andrea Boyle Tippett wrote . . . . . . . . .

Swimming a few laps likely won’t turn your child into the next Katie Ledecky or Michael Phelps, but it just might help them become the next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.

A recent study by University of Delaware researchers suggests exercise can boost kids’ vocabulary growth. The article, published in the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, details one of the first studies on the effect of exercise on vocabulary learning in children.

Children ages 6 to 12 were taught new words before doing one of three things — swimming, taking part in CrossFit exercises or completing a coloring sheet. The children who swam were 13% more accurate in follow up tests of the vocabulary words.

It makes sense to the lead researcher, Maddy Pruitt, herself a former college swimmer who now regularly takes CrossFit classes. “Motor movement helps in encoding new words,” she said, explaining that exercise is known to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein Pruitt describes as the “Miracle-Gro of the brain.”

Why then, did swimming make a difference while CrossFit did not? Pruitt attributes it to the amount of energy each exercise demands of the brain. Swimming is an activity the kids could complete without much thought or instruction. It was more automatic, while the CrossFit exercises were new to them. The children needed to learn the moves, which required mental energy.

Pruitt conducted the research as part of her Master’s Capstone Project and graduated in 2020. She now works as a speech language pathologist at an elementary school in South Carolina, where she puts her findings into practice.

“My sessions are very rarely at a table,” she said. “I’ll take my kids out to the playground or we’ll take a walk around the school.”

Pruitt’s adviser and coauthor Giovanna Morini is building on the findings in her lab. Morini, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, said most research into exercise examines it from the angle of a healthy lifestyle, not much enters the domain of language acquisition. She said she sees this as a rich line of inquiry and has another student running a similar experiment now with toddlers.

“We were so excited about this study because it applies to clinicians, caregivers and educators who can put it into practice,” Morini said. “It’s simple stuff, nothing out of the ordinary. But it could really help boost the outcomes.”

Source: University of Delaware

What’s for Lunch?

Spicy Indian Curry Spaghetti Set Meal at Komeda Coffee in Tokyo, Japan

The price is 810 yen plus tax.

Why Strokes Can Affect Women, Men Differently

It is often said that stroke affects men and women differently. Now, scientists say the location of the stroke’s damage in the brain may help explain why.

Women have more strokes, and are more likely to have symptoms such as fatigue and mental confusion rather than classic indications such as paralysis. Women also tend to have more severe strokes, according to the authors of a new study.

“We frequently take care of stroke patients whose outcomes we cannot explain — and when I say outcomes, I mean disability as a result of stroke,” said study co-author Dr. Natalia Rost, chief of the stroke division at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Many times we can’t predict which patients will do well and why, and this is further complicated by the differences in outcomes between men and women,” Rost said in a hospital news release.

To learn more about sex-specific differences in stroke, the researchers examined more than 1,000 brain imaging scans of ischemic stroke patients. An ischemic stroke is caused by blocked blood flow in the brain.

They found that stroke severity in women is associated with lesions (areas of tissue damage) in the left hemisphere of the brain, in the vicinity of blood vessels at or near the back of the brain.

“In our study we had the opportunity to link specific lesions to stroke severity in men and women, and we could actually show that lesions in the left posterior [back] part of the brain lead to higher stroke severity in women than in men,” said study co-author Dr. Anna Katharina Bonkhoff, a stroke research fellow at MGH.

Identifying gender-specific areas of brain damage that are linked with certain disabilities after ischemic stroke could lead to more “sex aware” treatments, according to the researchers.

For example, women with stroke damage that affects vulnerable areas might benefit more than men from surgery to remove a blood clot, they suggested.

“Sex-informed acute stroke care has the potential to alleviate the burden of disease on an individual patient level, as well as broader and socioeconomically relevant levels,” the researchers wrote.

The findings were published recently in the journal Nature Communications.

Source: HealthDay

Fried Shrimp in Rice Liquor Sauce


8-10 shrimp
30 g cloud ear fungus (雲耳)
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp diced spring onion


1/4 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1/2 tsp cornstarch

Rice Liquor Sauce

2 tbsp rice liquor (酒醸)
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup Chinese Shaoxing wine
1/2 tsp salt


1 tsp cornstarch (dissolve in 2 tbsp water)


  1. Discard heads of shrimp, then remove shell except the tail part. Wash and wipe dry.
  2. Slit shrimp at the back and thread tail through.
  3. Mix shrimp with the seasoning. Blanch in hot oil. Remove and set aside.
  4. Soak and wash fungus. Drain.
  5. Saute garlic in 2 tbsp oil. Add shrimp and fungus. Stir-fry briefly. Add rice liquor sauce ingredients and cook until almost done.
  6. Add thickening solution. Remove to serving platter when sauce thickens.
  7. Sprinkle diced spring onion and serve.

Source: Home Cooking Made Easy

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