how many calories are there in nasi lemak

Photo: Jacky Lim

According to the Health Promotion Board (HPB), the average Singaporean adult takes between 3,000 and 5,000 steps a day, which means we burn about 135 to 225 calories only. 

But here’s the reality check on the caloric intake for some of Singapore’s most popular hawker dishes:

  • 2 egg pratas and 1 kopi: 756 calories
  • Char kway teow: 745 calories
  • Curry chicken noodles: 695 calories
  • Oyster omelette: 645 calories
  • Char siew rice: 605 calories
  • Nasi lemak: 494 calories

Yep, the calories contained in some of those yummy dishes are as much as 5.5 times the calories we burn from our paltry steps! You’re defiinitely going to need more than a quick stroll around the neighbourhood to burn off some of your favourite hawker food – like 3 laps (a whopping 15km) around the whole Marina Bay, a total of 15km, just to walk off a plate of char kway teow.

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Check out the videos below for visual idea of how many trips up and down East Coast Park, or around Orchard Road you need to walk to negate the calories you’ve consumed.


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PS. But hey, at least the folks over at HPB have a sense of humour!