Shopping centre food courts are the contemporary equivalent
of the marketplace, showcasing an array of cuisines to suit every member of the
family, whether you eat in or take away.
So, what’s on the menu for hungry people on the go?
Roll UpEasy to hold and nutritious, rolls from the four corners of
the globe are a staple of most food courts. Although wildly different, the
common thread is protein, vegetables and carbohydrates combined in a neat
package. Vietnamese rice-paper rolls, for example, are filled with traditional
ingredients such as soft vermicelli rice noodles, vegetables, herbs and pork or
prawns, while hearty Lebanese kebabs consist of soft flat bread brimming with
spit-roasted meats or felafel (fried chickpea balls), verdant tabbouleh and
creamy hummus, rolled into a neat cigar.Sushi and Bento BoxesSushi rolls are the pinnacle of fast and easy-to-eat food.
So, too, boxes of thinly sliced salmon and tuna sashimi, or bento boxes with a
combination of sushi rolls, sushi on a pillow of rice (nigiri) and crunchy
tempura, accompanied with a bowl of nutritious miso soup. Sushi rolls make the
perfect lunch for kids and, because they’re so expertly wrapped, it’s hard to
make a mess.
Salads and SandwichesFrom French baguettes with classic combinations –chicken and
mayonnaise, roast beef and horseradish, ham and mustard – to outlets where you
build your own sandwich from an array of meats, cheeses, leaves, condiments and
a raft of bread, the food court is an oasis for the sandwich aficionado.
Salad-lovers don’t miss out either, with fresh bowls of Caesar, Greek, roasted
vegetable, pasta and rice salads all ready for the tasting.Take-home TreatsLunch is over: what about something to take back to work for
afternoon tea, or for an after-school treat for the kids? From pastel-coloured
macarons to pretty frosted cupcakes, cloud-like meringues to finger buns
dressed in hundred and thousands, cookies by the kilo to strawberries dipped in
chocolate, food courts have an abundance of offerings for the sweet of
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