The Worst Vegetable Dishes to Order While Dining Out in Singapore

FOOD  |  September 21, 2016
  • Vegetable tempura
    1 / 3 Vegetable tempura

    This should not come as much of a surprise, because the veggies are deep-fried after all. But in case you needed to someone to reinforce this message, here goes: Vegetables are only as healthy as you make them.

    Deep-frying food amps up the fat – especially the saturated kind – significantly. Coating veggies in batter is like wrapping a thick oil-soaked sponge around them. So much fat! That’s why they taste so good.

    For the record, two small 22-gram pieces of eggplant tempura contain 118 calories and 10 grams fat (of which 4.5 grams are saturated).

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  • Sambal kangkong
    2 / 3 Sambal kangkong

    Make that sambal anything. Chilli in itself is not fattening. In fact, some researchers have found that its spicy compound capsaicin can rev up metabolism. But blended with dried shrimp, shallots and oil (lots and lots of it to give the paste a smooth consistency and to allow flavours to fully infuse), your favourite spicy sambal is one big diet saboteur.

    Case in point: A standard 300-gram serving of sambal kangkong at the zichar stall packs in 396 calories and 31 grams fat (of which 13.2 grams are saturated). 

    Fried okra (lady’s finger) with shrimp paste on the side of your nasi padang? No, thanks. A small 117-gram serving contains 149 calories and 11 grams fat (6.1 saturated). At an equivalent serving size to the kang kong, it would contain 382 calories.

    (Also read: The Healthy Way to Stir-Fry Vegetables)

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  • Curry vegetables
    3 / 3 Curry vegetables

    The exact dietary damage of this really depends on how lemak (fatty) the chef made the gravy, and whether he used only coconut milk or had substituted part of it with lighter alternatives like skimmed or soya milk.

    What about lontong with sayur lodeh, curry eggplant and curry potato? The latter’s the worst.

    A 499-gram serving of lontong with sayur lodeh has 466 calories; a 231-gram serving of curry eggplant has 241 calories, while a standard 153-gram serving of curry potatoes will set you back by 791 calories and a whopping 60 grams of fat. That’s about half your day’s caloric needs (1,600 calories) and way more fat than you should be eating (daily limit of fat intake is 50 grams) – if you’re a woman who’s about 1.6m tall, weighing 55kg, with no known health conditions. Yikes.

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