Keeping in mind that the McSpicy contains 528 calories, hawker dishes such as seafood fried rice (907 kcal) and char kway teow (744 kcal) give a bad rap to all the other hawker dishes out there.
But not all hawker dishes are that calorific or threatening to your diet. In fact, there are plenty of healthy options, if you know where to look.
Here, we’ve picked healthier hawker dishes that are lower in calories, fat, sugar and sodium, as well as ordering and eating tips to keep the food waistline-friendly.
That said, a low-calorie diet isn’t always the healthiest – what’s more important is making sure that you get the right balance of nutrients instead. As recommended by the Health Promotion Board, we should strive for 25 per cent whole grains, 25 per cent good-quality protein and 50 per cent fruits and vegetables in our daily meals.
Also, remember that ignoring your food cravings isn’t healthy either. Go by the 80-20 rule (that is, eat healthy 80 per cent of the time), and know that it’s perfectly fine to indulge occasionally. You can always have a smaller portion or share the food!
For diet-friendly hawker food choices, read on.