Healthier Hawker Dishes? Here’s How!

You can still enjoy your local delights minus the guilt.

By Sasha Gonzales      29 March 2021

Nasi Lemak

The dish: Coconut rice served with ikan bilis and peanuts, sambal, fried egg, battered and fried chicken wing, and cucumber slices

Tips to make it healthier: Consume 25% less rice to lessen your fat and carbohydrate intake. Substitute the fried egg with a hard-boiled egg, and substitute the fried chicken wing with a grilled chicken wing.

Nutritional profile, before and after:

Calories: 659 to 383
Carbohydrates: 81.5g to 64.5g
Fat: 24.9g to 7.4g
Sugar: 1.4g to 1.2g
Sodium: 877mg to 525mg
Fibre: 6.6g to 6.4g

Indian Mee Goreng

The dish: Yellow noodles fried with mutton, egg, veggies and spices

Tips to make it healthier: Instead of the yellow noodles, ask for bee hoon, which will improve the fat and carbohydrate content of the dish. To lower the sodium content, ask for less salt, and to lower the fat content further, request less oil when cooking. Add more vegetables to make the noodles a little more nutritious.

Nutritional profile, before and after:

Calories: 614 to 546
Cholesterol: 67.1g to 59.2g
Sodium: 2607mg to 1318mg
Fibre: 3.5g to 9.1g


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