5 Unhealthiest Seafood Dishes in Singapore

FOOD  |  December 14, 2017
  • Is your favourite seafood dish on this list?
    1 / 6 Is your favourite seafood dish on this list?

    Everyone loves a good seafood dish, but you should be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth – and know just when to stop.

    If not for the addition of oil and other unhealthy condiments, seafood is a good source of high quality protein, iron, potassium, iodine, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also naturally low in saturated fat. However, those suffering from high cholesterol and gout should be extra careful in exercising portion control as seafood contains cholesterol and purines, says Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants.

    With her help, we’ve ranked five fattening local seafood dishes from *ahem* bad to worst.

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  • #5: Sambal Stingray
    2 / 6 #5: Sambal Stingray

    Stop at One palm (100g)
    Contains 100kcal, 16g protein, 3.7g fat, 503mg sodium, 82mg cholesterol

    You often eat this on the side, so by having a palm-sized portion, you will only be consuming about 100kcal, leaving space for other dishes. It’s also high in protein and relatively low in saturated fat compared to the others here. However, it’s the highest in sodium, so scrape off the chilli paste to take in less.

    (Also read: 9 Salty Hawker Dishes That Are Shockingly High in Sugar)

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  • #4: Chilli Crab
    3 / 6 #4: Chilli Crab

    Stop at A pincer and two legs (90 to 100g)
    Contains 67kcal, 5.4g protein, 4.1g fat, 255mg sodium, 70mg cholesterol

    Target the legs first! The more time you spend on tweezing the meat from them, the less time you will have for eating. Watch out for the fried man tou – two small buns add 179kcal – and that’s not counting the extra starch, fat, sugar, and salt from the delicious gravy you’re drenching them in.

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  • #3: Cereal Prawns
    4 / 6 #3: Cereal Prawns

    Stop at Two pieces (200g)
    Contains 330kcal, 34.8g protein, 14g fat, 1972mg sodium, 286mg cholesterol

    Don’t be fooled – “cereal” doesn’t make the dish less evil. In fact, the oats are often mixed with sugar and then fried with butter to give this dish its wonderful aroma. The redeeming factor? Prawns are rich in quality protein. Just don’t gobble up all the cereal.

    (Also read: How to Make Singapore Hawker Food Healthier)

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  • #2: Oyster Omelette (Or Luak)
    5 / 6 #2: Oyster Omelette (Or Luak)

    Stop at A quarter of a plate (63g)
    Contains 161kcal, 4.5g protein, 12g fat, 187mg sodium, 89mg cholesterol

    We know it’s difficult to stop once you start, but here’s the cold, hard truth: Apart from the 1.5mg of iron you get from the oysters and a bit of protein from the eggs, the rest of the dish is mainly made up of starch, which soaks up the fat and salty fish sauce.

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  • #1: Deep-fried You Tiao Stuffed with Squid Paste
    6 / 6 #1: Deep-fried You Tiao Stuffed with Squid Paste

    Stop at Two pieces (32g)
    Contains 98kcal, 3.2g protein, 6g fat, 226mg sodium, 13.6mg cholesterol

    It appears to have only about 50 calories a piece, but half of these are from fat, so cap your intake at two. This little devil is mostly dough, so much of what you consume are empty calories. Gram for gram, it also constitutes the greatest amount of total and saturated fat – and the least nutrients. Skip the mayonnaise; two tablespoons contain one and a half times more fat than two fritters!

    (Also read: Hawker Foods That Are Good For You)

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