When we want to feel better, we can't help but "eat our feelings" with the usual comfort foods such as pasta, pizza and, of course, ice cream. But the chefs understand our need to eat better, so they've upgraded some of our usual choices with healthier versions that won't leave us feeling guilty.
1. Steamed Venus Clams in Dried Fig Chicken Broth
A soothing soup warms the soul as much as the stomach—and this is the feeling you get when you tuck into Morsels chef-owner Petrina Loh’s timeless classic, steamed venus clams in dried fig chicken broth. “I wanted to create a dish that is both comforting and nourishing,” Loh explains, letting on that as a sickly child, she grew up drinking the broth, which is made of dried figs and Solomon’s seal rhizome (a Chinese herb), as it’s believed to nourish the lungs. The stock is further elevated by boiling it over low flame for 10 to 12 hours to achieve a rich and creamy consistency before homemade kimchi and pickled wakame are added to balance out the sweetness of the clams and give the dish an umami boost.