3. Hawker Foods Good for You: Fish Soup
With little fat added in the cooking process, it’s no wonder fish soup ranks high on every smart eater’s list. The ingredients – sliced fish, tofu, tomatoes, seaweed, lettuce, bitter gourd or chye sim – offer a good balance of lean protein, carbs and fibre. Avoid the fried fish version as that almost triples the amount of fat in the dish, says Jaclyn.
WE ASK JACLYN…
Rice or noodles? “Nutritionally and calorie-wise, they’re about the same. What’s more important is the portion size. As a rule of thumb, I’d have about three-quarters of the rice or noodles if I don’t work out at least thrice a week.”
Milk or without? “Adding evaporated milk to your fish soup wouldn’t alter the nutritional profile significantly. The serving amount is usually one tablespoon at most.”
How to make it healthier? “If you can, ask to add more vegetables and choose bitter gourd or chye sim over lettuce as they are more nutritious. Also ask for less rice if you are watching your weight or aren’t very physically active, and steer clear of ee mee (deep fried egg noodles) as the calorie count is high.”
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