Who says hawker food has to be unhealthy?
On days when you’re short on time or too tired to slave over a hot stove, turning to the hawker centre for a fuss-free meal seems to be the best option. However, instead of making a beeline straight towards the chicken rice or char kway teow stall, try these dietitian-approved hawker eats instead – Teochew porridge, thunder tea rice, fish soup, yong tau foo and dosa. Unsure of the best stalls that serve these food? Scroll through the gallery below for our top picks on the best ones that sell these healthy hawker eats!
Where Leng Kee, Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, #02-192
Opening hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays)
Price From $4
Why weight watchers will love it The soup is clear and light, and generously ﬁlled with batang (mackerel) ﬁsh slices. We much prefer this over the muddy-tasting catﬁsh used by some other stalls. Even better, this stall doesn’t do the fried ﬁsh version.
NEXT: Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy TEOCHEW PORRIDGE →
Where Teo Heng Porridge, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, #01-56
Opening hours 8 a.m.-1.30 p.m. (weekdays only)
Price Fish and seafood vary with market prices. Other dishes start at $1.
Why weight watchers will love it This stall has a wide variety of fresh ﬁsh and meat to satisfy picky eaters. They are deftly cooked a la minute.
NEXT: Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy THUNDER TEA RICE →
Where Hakka Thunder Tea Rice, 3A Commonwealth Drive, Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre, #01-31
Opening hours 11 a.m.-7.30 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
Price $3.50 for white rice; $4 for brown rice
Why weight watchers will love it Ingredients are evenly cooked and crunchy, so every mouthful has plenty of bite. Peanuts and ikan bilis add ﬂavour, and when eaten with a dash of sambal chilli, the dish reminds this writer of nasi lemak – with less fat, of course.
NEXT: Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy YONG TAU FOO →
Where Rong Xing Yong Tau Fu, Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre, #02-04
Opening hours 6.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
Price From $3 (depending on how many pieces you choose)
Why weight watchers will love it Ingredients are freshly made every day by the friendly stall owners, who start work at 2.30 a.m. Bonus points for the plump ﬁsh paste and ground meat stuffing. Warning: Be prepared to wait for up to 30 minutes at lunchtime.
NEXT: Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy DOSA →
Where S. P. Vilas , Tekka Market & Food Centre, #01-286
Opening hours 6 a.m.-10.30 p.m. (daily)
Price $1.50 for egg or masala dosa; $2 for two plain dosa
Why weight watchers will love it Of all the stalls we tried, this one wins because its dosa is soft on the inside and crispy outside. Plus, there are 16 types of dosa to choose from, and meat dishes (mutton and chicken) are available on weekends.
NEXT: Our favourite hawker food stall for delicious and healthy FISH SOUP →
This article was first published on Shape.com.sg, April 2016
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