The hawker centre is every weight-watchers’ nightmare. You’re confronted with all sorts of fat-laden food: char kway teow, chicken rice, laksa, Hokkien fried mee, nasi lemak, Indian rojak… Thankfully, less sinful and equally sumptuous options exist, so there’s no need to swear off everything. You can choose from the lesser evil of the hawker dishes, or just go for these five dishes which are considerably lower in fat and sodium – culprits of obesity and related diseases – and higher in protein and fibre, the building blocks of a healthy diet.
We got two experts – Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants, and Jolyn Wong, dietitian at Dayspring Corporate Wellness – to reveal their best ordering and eating strategies. Consider your hawker food dilemma resolved!