There’s nothing quite like the comfort of hawker food. But those dishes can be pretty high in calories, and we don’t always have the time to work out every other day.

Wanna have your cake and eat it? Just make smarter choices among the baddies so you get more nutrients, says Jaclyn Reutens, dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. And, cap your portions at 400 calories for the main course and 200 calories for a snack, she says.

In other words: Don’t finish all of it. For example, if a typical serving of duck rice has 672 calories, eat about two-thirds of it.

“An average Asian woman with a sedentary nine-to-five lifestyle needs about 1,600 calories, 50 grams of fat and less than 18 grams of saturated fat (or sat fat) in her daily diet, so remember to keep these treats to not more than once a week,” says Jaclyn.

Here she casts her verdict among 10 pairs of popular local dishes, and tells us which ones are healthier.

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