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Low Calorie Hawker Food in Singapore

When we talk about healthy eating, the typical scene at a hawker centre is probably the last thing that comes to mind. As much as Singaporeans love local food, we know that healthy eating is not exactly synonymous with fried bee hoon, laksa, char kway teow and mee siam. A serving of char kway teow, for example, packs 744 calories, with 38 grams fat (almost all your recommended daily allowance for fat of 55-60 grams).

However, going to a hawker centre does not have to hamper your weight-loss journey. In fact, if you choose the right dishes, even eating hawker food every day can help you stay healthy and lose weight.

Here are some of our favourite healthier, low calorie hawker food picks:

1. Teochew Porridge

 

What makes Teochew porridge so healthy, aside from the fact that it is porridge, is the choice of side dishes that go along with it. For a healthier option, order fish (anything as long as it is not deep fried or steeped in oil) with two vegetable dishes, preferably the dark, leafy variety. By choosing the right sides, you can easily achieve a balanced meal with this local favourite.

Related: Rice Pudding Served with Yoghurt Sauce

2. Thunder Tea Rice

 

Thunder Tea Rice is the Hakka answer to a western salad — filled with healthy vegetables. White or brown rice (the latter is the healthier option) is usually topped with cabbage, spinach, leek, chye sim, green beans, tofu and preserved radish. Served with a green soup made from basil, mint, green tea, mugwort and coriander, it’s low in fat and sodium. And delicious!

Related: Brown Rice Paradise

3. Fish Slice Bee Hoon Soup

 

With little fat added in the cooking process, fish soup ranks high on the smart eating list. The ingredients, such as sliced fish, tofu, tomatoes, seaweed and lettuce (some hawkers use bitter gourd or chye sim instead), offer a good balance of lean protein, carbohydrates and fibre.

Related: Beef and Brown Rice Spicy Soup

4. Yong Tau Foo

 

Here is another Hakka dish to make the list: yong tau foo. As with the Teochew porridge, being able to pick your own ingredients makes yong tau foo a healthier option. Steer clear of fried ingredients and opt instead for the tofu and assorted vegetables.


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