Curry laksa, nasi lemak with chicken rendang, fried kuey teow – who can resist these gastronomical delights especially when they are conveniently available at relatively low prices? However, it’s important to know that many of your local favourites are high in fat and sodium. So can you remain healthy and still enjoy delicious Malaysian fare?
The good news is that you can! All you have to do is choose healthier options, which are equally yummy. Here are great alternatives for some of your favourite but not-so-healthy, local foods:
EAT THIS – VIRGIN COCONUT OIL, NOT THAT – COCONUT MILK
Cook a pot of rice with some ginger, pandan leaves and onion. When the rice is cooked, toss the rice in virgin coconut oil. This nasi lemak alternative not only gives you the aromatic fragrance of coconut rice but it provides you with various health benefits as well.
EAT THIS – CHAPATTI, NOT THAT – ROTI CANAI
Wholewheat flour and minimal use of oil definitely makes chapatti a healthier option. Enjoy it topped with dal for a fibre rich meal.
EAT THIS – GLASS NOODLES, NOT THAT – KUEY TEOW
Also known as tang hoon, glass noodles are savoured worldwide. Often made out of mung bean starch, glass noodles are less oily and far healthier than flat rice noodles or kuey teow.
EAT THIS – MEE SOTO, NOT THAT – CURRY LAKSA
Think about your cholesterol and fat intake the next time you consider ordering curry laksa. For a healthier alternative, swap the coconut based curry gravy for clear soup noodles such as mee soto and top it up with an additional serving of vegetables.
DRINK THIS – TEH O, NOT THAT – TEH TARIK
You may not realise it but a big portion of the calories you consume comes from sugar. Cut down your sugar intake where possible and you’ll see a difference in your health and weight. You can do this quite easily by opting for lower levels of sugar in your drinks or better still, no sugar or ‘kosong’.