Here’s How Many Calories These Popular Singaporean Foods Have
It’s no secret that many of our local foods are loaded with calories. But just how high can their calorie count get? Scroll the gallery to find out so you can better plan your meals next time. After all, moderation is key — so it’s not that you should avoid those dishes completely, but that you should perhaps try to stagger them.
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1 roll – 188 calories
Even though a roll of popiah contains 188 calories, most of us eat two rolls at a time, which totals up to 376 calories. Ingredients like the sweet sauce, fried shallots, chilli sauce and Chinese sausages are the culprits of this calorie-heavy dish.
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2. You tiao
1 pair – 192 calories
Commonly eaten with porridge or soya milk, this dough fritter that is deep fried in oil contains a high amount of sodium and exceeds the daily intake of carbs for an average adult.
3. Chee cheong fun
1 roll – 132 calories
Although this breakfast food is steamed, the sweet sauce and chilli sauce drizzled on top are the main sources of all the calories.
4. Fishball noodles (dry)
1 bowl – 370 calories
As compared to the soup version, dry fishball noodles contain much more calories due to the sauce-laden noodles.
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5. Curry puff
1 piece – 246 calories
Just a piece of this deep-fried goodie contains 246 calories. Not only is it high in calories, it is also high in sodium at 1,341 mg. Just 159 mg short of an average adult’s daily sodium intake.
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6. Wanton noodles (dry)
1 bowl – 411 calories
Similarly to fishball noodles, a bowl of dry wanton noodles is doused in gravy with a side of soup. For a healthier option, ask for more vegetables and lesser gravy.
7. Putu mayam
One serving – 196 calories
You’re consuming empty calories. The grated coconut and red sugar also give you a mid-morning crash after the initial spike in sugar. Healthier gratification: Limit yourself to one teaspoon each of grated coconut and sugar for one serving of putu mayam. Saves you 96 calories.
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8. Lor mai gai
One serving – 322 calories
It’s high in fat, and the amount of protein you get from the bits of chicken doesn’t add much to your recommended dietary intake. You can have just half a portion to satisfy your craving without piling on fat.
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9. Kaya and butter toast
One serving – 196 calories
This well-loved traditional breakfast food contains trans fat from the butter. Take it out of the equation and you’ll shave off 44 calories.