Healthy Singapore Hawker Food

Next time opt for a hawker that makes this staple comfort dish with healthier oil. These healthier options are more prevalent today as more hawkers join the Health Promotion Board (HPB)’s Healthier Dining Programme which encourages food and beverage (F&B) businesses to provide healthier food and drink options.

Whilst hawkers may offer these healthier options, it’s really up to us to choose them when we’re eating out at the hawker centre especially when we’re trying to lose weight to fit into our gorgeous gowns or keep diabetes at bay as we age.

Here are 7 occasions and tips on how to make the healthier choice when you’re facing off with temptation.

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1. Help! I Need to Lose Weight

We have all been there — clothes tightening around our bellies or the doctor telling us it is time to shed a few kilos. If you’re trying to lose weight, hawker food isn’t going to set you back if you make the healthier choice consistently at lunch or dinner. Just follow the tips in Eat Hawker Food Every Day and Still Lose Weight.

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2. Lunch! I Don’t Know What to Choose at the Food Court

It’s a busy day. We’re stressed out. Before we know it, we’re stuffing ourselves with warm, familiar, greasy hawker dishes at lunchtime. We’re not even aware we’re making unhealthy choices as we mindless join the queue at food courts and nod our head when asked if we want lard. Here are 7 Tricks for Surviving the Food Court at Lunchtime.

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3. Gulp! The Hawker Centre Is My Paradise

Hot, crowded, thick with smoke from hot woks and long snaking queues. The hawker centre, uncomfortable to some, is a paradise for many foodies like us. Instead of looking for healthier options, we immediately suss out the longer queues, assess their worthiness and make a beeline towards our target. Here are 6 tips to help you survive the hawker paradise.

Related: Eating Light at a Hawker Centre Is Possible

4. Cravings! I Can’t Resist Char Kway Teow

There is no shame in loving char kway teow which has recently made its inaugural mark in the gourmand’s Michelin guide. The heat of the wok, combined with the salty sweetness of the noodles fried to just the right level of firmness has made this dish the heartthrob of hawker cuisine. Just how bad is this dish for you? Get the low down in The Devil Eats Char Kway Teow.

Related: Eat Hawker Food Every Day and Still Lose Weight

5. Er… I Can’t Find a Hawker Centre that Offers Healthy Hawker Food 

Bedok Food Centre, Geylang Serai Market, Old Airport Road market and many more hawker centres and coffee shops have joined HPB’s Healthier Dining Programme. Here’s a handy list of hawkers and coffee shops which you can bookmark on your mobile.

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6. Sigh! I Can’t Give Up My Favourites

Here’s the good news: You don’t have to! We can “hack” our favourite dishes to make them healthier for us. Love Wanton Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Ice Kachang, Nasi Lemak, Chicken Cutlet or Chicken Rice? Learn how to reduce the calories, fat and salt so you can enjoy your favourites in a healthier way in Healthy Hawker Hacks.

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7. I’m lost! Just Give Me a List of Low Calorie Hawker Food to Follow

Not in the mood to ask the hawker to help you hack your meal? There are some dishes that are just lower in calories, fat and salt — no hacks needed. In Eating Light at a Hawker Centre Is Possible, we feature 8 dishes you can order at hawker centres that are healthier options without any need for hacks. Alternatively, download this PDF list of lower-calorie dishes found commonly in hawker centres.

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