Dedicated to sourcing the highest quality ingredients
At Dalca, we don’t believe in taking shortcuts. We take every effort to find the very best ingredients to ensure the authenticity of our dishes is not compromised.
All our dishes are cooked using the finest quality refined palm oil that provides many health benefits when consumed. Refined palm oil has high levels of HDL or good cholesterol and does not contain any milk fat or animal fat that contributes to the production of LDL or bad cholesterol. Additionally, Beta Carotene, which gives the golden yellow glow to the oil, supports our body’s immune system.
We are also conscious of the health and medicinal benefits associated with herbs and spices and have generously used them in our dishes. In preparing our dishes, we use different combinations of herbs and spices to give each dish a distinctive flavour and aroma.
Great ingredients deserve the best preparation techniques to unleash a flavourful aroma that will tantalise the most discerning palate. Our experienced chefs have carried on the tradition of meticulously preparing each dish with care. Thus, in preparing our menu, we have carefully planned and thought of the best dishes to accompany our signature dish, Nasi Dalca.
Herbs & Spices
At the heart of all our dishes are the herbs and spices we use. Herbs and spices help build the multi-faceted flavours of many dishes, and for centuries, have been regarded to have innumerable health and medicinal benefits.
In preparing our dishes at Dalca, we have generously used good quality herbs and spices. Our skilled chefs combine different herbs and spices for different dishes, not only to enhance the flavour and taste of each dish, but to also maintain the health properties associated with them.
At Dalca, the core herbs and spices that we use are:
|Herbs and Spices
|Date Palm (Buah Kurma)
||Wonderfully delicious either fresh or dry, dates are one of the most popular fruits packed with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins or minerals that are required for growth, development and overall well-being. Easily digestable, the fruit is rich in dietary fibre, which helps prevent LDL cholesterol absorption; contain antioxidants known as tannins which have anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties; and are an excellent source of iron and potassium, that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
|Cardamon (Buah Pelaga)
||One of the most expensive spices, the cardamom pod and its seeds give a distinctive aroma and flavour, and are a quintessential ingredient in many South Asian cuisines. Its use is not just limited to hot and spicy dishes; the seeds are also added to desserts and beverages to complement the sweet flavour. In Ayurvedic medicine, cardamon is sometimes used as a treatment for mouth ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. Other health benefits of cardamom include gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, relief from cardiovascular issues, and the improvement of blood circulation.
|Dried Chillies (Cili Kering)
||Dried chillies are an important ingredient in the spice mix for curry powders in many Asian cuisines. Despite their fiery hotness, chillies contain a high level of Vitamin C and have a range of health benefits, including fighting sinus congestion, aiding digestion and helping to relieve migraines and muscle, joint and nerve pain. Often overlooked as circulation boosters, chillies can help to boost circulation and also act as a thinner to help protect against strokes.
|Coriander Leaf (Daun Ketumbar)
||Coriander is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its leaves have a recognisable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary applications. Unbeknownst to many people, coriander is packed with many potential health benefits. These include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care.
|Anise (Jintan Manis)
||Anise seeds, also known as aniseed, are known for its sweet odour and pleasant aromatic taste, making it a great flavouring agent in several delicacies. Even though it is prominently used in food, its licorice flavour has been used medicinally as a treatment for abdominal upsets and intestinal gas, as well as a breath freshener. This aromatic seed also provides many other health benefits –helps in relieving rheumatic and arthritic pains by stimulating blood circulation; contains several essential minerals including potassium, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure; and is an excellent source of many essential B-complex vitamins.
|Cumin (Jintan Putih)
||Cumin, popular for its distinctive spice flavour, is widely used in Mediterranean, Asian and Chinese cuisines. A small greyish-brown seed of a plant from the coriander family, cumin is spicy in taste and commonly roasted gently and then pounded to get its full flavour. Cumin seeds are a good cure for digestive disorders and as a means to help detoxify the human body. It also helps reduce, amongst others, flatulence, indigestion, diarrhoea, nausea, morning sickness, and the common cold.
|Cinnamon (Kayu Manis)
||Cinnamon is one of the most popular and recognised spices in the world. Extremely versatile, cinnamon is widely used to flavour both sweet and savoury dishes. Besides being a highly delicious spice, this fine brownish-gold spice has great medicinal properties that bring many health benefits when consumed. Some of its health benefits include its ability to help manage diabetes, protect against fungal and bacterial infections, improve digestion, and boost the strength of the immune system.
||Closely related to the ginger family, turmeric is considered a ‘Super Herb’ for its wide usage in food preparation and for being one of the most comprehensive and powerful herbal medicines in Ayurvedic treatments and other traditional cultural remedies. Its hot, pepper-like bitterness complements a variety of dishes, making it popular in curries, sauces, meat, and rice preparations. Some of its health benefits include its ability to heal wounds, ease menstrual difficulties, reduce inflammation, and protect the digestive tract.
|Black Pepper (Lada Hitam)
||Black pepper is commonly used as spice for seasoning various dishes. It is also used in many traditional medicines as it is known to contain various healing agents and beneficial health properties. Black pepper is used for improving digestion and it also has antibacterial and antioxidant effects. Furthermore, it stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, and also helps relieve colds and coughs.
||For centuries, garlic has been recognised in almost all cultures for its culinary uses as well as medicinal properties. This wonderful herbal plant, grown for its underground root or bulb, contains numerous health substances that have proven benefits. These include fighing heart ailments, colds and coughs, as well as lowering blood pressure.
||This wonderful bulb-vegetable, one of the oldest edible food ingredient known to humankind is used in an endless array of recipes and preparations. It has also been used in traditional medicines since ancient times for its health-promoting and curative properties. Health experts acknowledge that onions provide a great respite for patients with chronic asthma, allergic bronchitis, common cold-related cough and cold syndromes.
||The pungent and spicy ginger root is one of the most popular root herbs and forms an integral part of many Asian cuisines due to its culinary as well as medicinal importance. It is frequently added to meat recipes as it softens the meat considerably, making it easier to digest. Ginger root has been used since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties. Some of its other health benefits include alleviating chronic indigestion; reducing nausea, flu and the common cold; alleviating osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties; lowering cholesterol levels; and improving brain function and protecting against Alzheimer’s Disease.
||Dhals are very commonly used in Indian cuisine. A nutritious accompaniment to most meals, dhal is an excellent source of nutrients and plant protein, and high in dietary fiber. In essence, they represent a low-fat and low-cholesterol alternative for vegetarians as well as those who wish to merely limit their meat consumption. It is also an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which is needed for energy. As such, eating dhal provides many health benefits, which includes, reducing cholesterol levels, and the risk of heart and chronic diseases; maintaining digestive health; increasing energy; as well as helping with weight loss.
||Known as the Vanilla of the East, the pandan leaf is very fragrant and remarkably versatile. It can be added whole to give a distinctive flavour and aroma to savoury dishes or pounded to extract its juices to lend colour and flavour to desserts and cakes. Each part of the leaf has been found to have medicinal benefits. Pandan leaves are useful for healing various wounds and diseases and are also known to be great pain relievers. Traditionally used in reducing stomach cramps and spasms, pandan leaves are also rich in essential oils that help promote good health.
||The mint leaf is known for its distinctive aroma and medicinal value. It has a characteristically refreshing cool breeze sensation on the taste buds, palate and throat when eaten, and on the nasal glands when inhaled. This unique quality of mint is due to the presence of menthol, an essential oil in its fresh leaves and stem. Some of the most important health benefits of the mint leaf include its ability to improve digestion, boost respiratory health, optimise hormonal levels, relieve stress, increase blood circulation, and maximise heart health.
Information for the above was obtained from various sources, including, nutrition-and-you.com, organicfacts.net, medicalnewstoday.com, authoritynutrition.com, mindbodygreen.com, and asianinspirations.com.au.Advice Disclaimer:
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