Selina Kong of The Big Things hopes to foster a community of planet and health conscious individuals

by: Abegaile Legaspi
07 Aug 2020

About five years ago was when, Selina Kong, the creative force behind The Big Things Group, found her passion for nutrition, wellness, and food sustainability. Aiming to promote a balanced diet and make healthy food easily accessible for the people in Hong Kong, The Big Things Kitchen was founded. 

“We wanted to make it easier for people to incorporate a balanced diet into their busy lives [and] I am always trying my best to be as eco-conscious as possible” shares the eco-entrepreneur. As an eco-conscious foodie, Selina only serves healthy but equally as delicious comfort foods at the nature-themed kitchen. “After trying different diets, I have come up with my formula, which is portrayed through our food,” Kong admitted. 

At The Big Things Kitchen, you’ll find a range of health-forward and well-portioned bentos consisting of locally-grown produce (at their very own rooftop farm!), sustainably-sourced proteins and complex carbohydrates. And putting a ‘green’ twist on the traditional bento, only biodegradable packaging is being used.

A champion of nutrition and sustainability, Kong’s ultimate goal is to foster a community of like-minded people with the same interest in becoming healthy and eco-conscious at the same time. And since becoming a mother, she has become even more conscious about the food that gets put on the table and into her family’s bodies. else. With the launch of the “#DontEatNothing” campaign, Kong aims to teach not only the importance of nutrition but help people have a better, and healthier relationship with food. “You can’t control everything in your life, but you can control what to put in your mouth. The more you learn about what you eat, the better you understand the impact food has on your body and mind,” Selina explains.

To further let us know her takes on nutrition, her life as a mom-trepreneur and upcoming plans for The Big Things Kitchen, Selina Kong sat down with us for a chat.

I founded The Big Things... with the hope that I can grow a community that shares the same interests in wellness, being healthy and eco-conscious in order to create a better world. Anyone is welcome!

For me, a balanced diet consists of… multiple nutrient-dense ingredients with a wide range of macronutrients (quality proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). This is essential for keeping you full of energy, feeling good and being healthy! It is [also] important to eat organic ingredients… We use everything from rice bran oil, homegrown and locally-farmed vegetables to sustainably-sourced proteins. We also create house-made sauces to make our food even healthier! 

Eating well is only one ingredient... needed for being healthy, we must also remember to exercise and take care of our mental wellness.

Motherhood has made me think of… not just about the food that I eat, but the food that my whole family is eating! I am convinced that food is our daily medicine and is the key to maintaining our health. For me, it has felt worthwhile to introduce the concept of healthy food to my children at a young age. My youngest daughter is sensitive to gluten, cow’s milk and eggs, they caused her to have rashes all over her body. After changing her diet for 4 months, she has recovered completely. This is the powerful impact food can have.

I teach my children about nutrition by… always trying to encourage [them] to eat the rainbow and adapt to different flavours of food. It’s not always easy to find the time to cook a variety of different types of food and vegetables in one day. That’s why I created The Big Things Bento, which consists of a wide range of ingredients, not only for children but for everyone who wants to maintain a healthy eating routine.

I balance work and family life by… having some ‘Me’ time is important, along with carving out the time to rest and rejuvenate. This is a critical part of sustaining a healthy mind and body, to deal with the hectic days. [Truth be told], I am still learning how to strike the right balance! 

What’s next for The Big Things Kitchen is… we are planning to expand our bento and Grab-N-Go business, to introduce our products to more people. We are very excited about what is in store for The Big Things Kitchen!

Photos by Gervin Cheng (@gervin_cheng)