Project Acai: Our Take
By POON YUN XUAN – We’d heard so much about Project Acai (“ah-sigh-ee”) that we decided to head down to Holland Village before mid-week boredom could hit us. To find out a bit more about the project, we chatted with the girls behind this new health food café.
Acai berries are small, but boy, do they pack a punch! Loaded with 10 times more antioxidants than blueberries, omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9, these little guys that originated in the Amazon are not just good for the heart, they have anti-inflammatory benefits as well. They make you feel full because of their high glycemic index (which means faster digestion and absorption into the bloodstream) and they are low in sugar.
Sisters Deborah and Melissa were quick to catch this health fad rippling through the nation. What used to be a rare, inaccessible fruit (acai berries are only harvested once a year!) is now readily available in cute little fruit bowls, patiently arranged by hand upon order.
Their menu and style are heavily influenced by Korea’s Sambazon by Boto café where the sisters trained.
The acai bowl comes in three sizes (Handy, Medium and Large), and there are three smoothie flavours to choose from. We found the happy Medium bowl and a drink just about right!
Here’s what you get – a base of a sort of acai slushie layered with granola and garnished with bananas, blueberries, peaches, pollen seeds, Goji berries, coconut shavings and chia seeds.
We say yes to the refreshing taste, health benefits and the dedication of these sisters. (When we walked in, one of them was so engrossed in preparation work, we didn’t even have the chance to say hi!)