Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are important to one’s diet. But every parent knows that it can be a nightmare getting children to eat their vegetables.
Happily, this is not a problem at NTUC First Campus’ The Little Skool-House International @ OCBC centre. There, 65-year old Mdm Lim Char Yee knows the tricks to get the children eat their fruits and vegetables, and come back for more.
Mdm Lim is a 9-year veteran helming the kitchen at the centre, and starts her day at 6.15am in the morning. Five days a week, she prepares four meals for the nearly 120 children at the centre, ranging from infants to 6-year old toddlers.
To ensure that the children get a balanced diet, Mdm Lim uses mixed grain rice and includes vegetables in the soups she prepare. “Some children would pick the vegetables out, so I mash it up in the food. When they don’t see it, they will eat it,” she shared. The children’s favourite dishes include fish porridge, pasta and chicken rice.
The children at the centre loves the food cooked by Mdm Lim so much, they come back for seconds. “Some of them would ask for a second slice of apple,” Mdm Lim said. “I love children, and I love to cook. So I’m happy to see the children eat well.”
Principal at the centre Ms Christina Tan also shared, “Mdm Lim really takes the time to prepare the food. The children love it so much some parents actually come and ask her for tips so they can prepare food in the same way at home. We are really fortunate to have Mdm Lim cook for the children!”