Don’t be deceived by these innocent-looking noodle dishes. They are loaded with fat and calories. By Joyce Teo
Opt for sliced fish soup instead of deep fried fish soup (above). Photo: andrewblue / www.123rf.com
Ms Jaclyn Reutens, dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants, picks out four high-calorie Singapore noodle dishes that may be mistakenly seen as being healthier options:
1. VEGETARIAN OR FRIED BEE HOON
Although vegetables are low in calories and an important part of a healthy diet, the fried vegetarian bee hoon dish that you usually find in the kopitiam isn’t necessarily a healthy choice. This dish is normally greasy in appearance and is usually accompanied by deep-fried and starchy mock meat items such as mock luncheon meat and greasy vegetables.
To enjoy it without guilt: Pick the least greasy accompaniments and ask for less bee hoon. Go easy on the chilli as it usually has a layer of oil on top.
2. SATAY BEE HOON WITH KANG KONG
Plain bee hoon and kangkong are both healthy until you douse it with a fat-laden peanut gravy. This dish contains 727kcal and almost 40g fat.
To enjoy it without guilt: Ask for the sauce to be served separately and drizzle just a small amount over the bee hoon.
3. DEEP-FRIED FISH SOUP WITH NOODLES
Yes, fish is healthy but the calorie count doubles when it is deep-fried. One bowl provides 641kcal and almost 20g fat.
To enjoy it without guilt: Ask for sliced fish instead of fried fish.
4. EE-MEE WITH GRAVY
The noodles are deep-fried and the serving size is usually large. It is definitely a carb- and fat-heavy dish.
To enjoy it without guilt: Ask for half the noodles.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2016, with the headline ‘Watch out for grease in ‘healthy’ vegetarian bee hoon’.