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Making Healthier Options at a Hawker Center

Singapore Hawker Center

Whether you live in Singapore or are visiting, dining at a Hawker Center is a big part of the culture and day-to-day living!

Navigating the options with wellness in mind may seem like a challenge but here are my top tips to help you make the better choice! 

You’ll still enjoy every bite, and make the most of your meal!

  1. Soup, soup, and more soup!  From Sliced Fish Soup to Pho to Yong Tau Foo, these soups are light, and have great protein and veg options.
  2. Request less or no noodles when enjoying your soup.  Instead, ask for extra veg!
  3. Who doesn’t love chicken & rice???  My trick, ask for breast meat only to keep it lean.  I always request double meat and as soon as I sit down half the rice portion.  And don’t forget to get a side of Kai Lan or other local greens!
  4. Look for the Vietnamese or Thai stalls.  You’re guaranteed to find delicious protein-packed salads like Larb Gai or Goi Ga.  You will also find great steamed fish options.
  5. Avoid deep-fried foods. This is a no-brainer.
  6. Instead of sugary juices at the drink stall, go for natural fresh coconut water.
  7. Avoid heavy oily curry dishes.  While I am all about getting good fats into your diet, most of the oils used at a hawker center will be vegetable oils we all want to avoid as much as possible!
  8. sequence your food.  I recommend this when dining out in general.  Start with some veg, move to protein, and finish with your carbs.
  9. watch your toppings – things like fried anchovies, fried shallots, fried garlic (key word being fried!) Can quickly make a healthy option, not so healthy.  While you don’t have to skip these toppings completely (I love them too!) just go light on them!
  10. If doing dessert, do something light like beancurd and ginkgo nuts.  If you want to indulge in something like ice kachang or cendol, SHARE IT! 

I hope you found these tips helpful Singapore friends!!!  

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Thanks for sharing such valuable information.Hope to get more information in future


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