10 Kopitiam favourites that are actually bad for you
We have gathered 10 of the best hawker foods around Singapore that are actually bad for your health. Read on...
The only reason why this is the least unhealthy one of this list, is because we're only counting per stick. Grilled meat on skewers over the barbecue for at least 20 minutes, this one's really not an everyday food! An average order for Satay for 4 people would be 30 sticks. Given that, you do the math.
Calories: 45. Total Fat: 3g (Per Stick)
Ban Mian is actually one of my favourite things to order at the hawker centres. I mean, it looks healthy right, with it's bland colour representation and all. Well apparently, that myth, I personally believe is suitable only for porridges.
Calories: 475. Total Fat: 22g.
Ah, who would have thought this one would rank 3rd from the bottom of this list? At first glance, anyone can say that this dish is unhealthy. Basically, almost every dish in Singapore that contains coconut is always on the unhealthy list. Don't get me wrong, laksa is not as unhealthy as the rest, but it's still on this list!
Calories: 520. Total Fat: 20g.
The go-to food for when you're either really hungry, or when you're missing home cooked food a little too much but still for some reason, you don't have them at home. Mixed rice stalls/Nasi Padang stalls are one of the guaranteed "long-queue" stalls in hawker centres, given its variety of choices.
Calories (Rice + 1 Vegetables + 2 Meat): 580.
This flavourful noodle dish made with rich stock, prawns, squid, pork belly, and lard cubes can easily be the comfort food of many Singaporeans. There are many variations of this dish in terms of its ingredients however, some don't include the pork and lard. Either way, still unhealthy.
Calories: 617. Total Fats: 31g.
Another one of my favourite hawker dishes! Why is it always the bad things that are not good for you? This Taiwan street food favourite has been a hit in Singapore ever since it first stepped foot here. The Singaporean version doesn't differ far from Taiwan's, which include key ingredients such as potato starch and pork lard.
Calories: 649. Total Fat: 49g.
This nationwide favourite has been ranked one of the top hawker foods for the longest time. Artistes and tourists from around the globe always made it a point to give the chicken rice a try. Whether it's the Malay or the Chinese version, the roasted or the steamed chicken version, it's still good.
Calories: 666. Total Fat: 44g
This is one of the few dishes that might actually seem less sinful if you share it with a group of people, kind of like the Satay. I like to call this the Indian version of lasagna, without the overwhelming amount of cheese. Murtabak comes in different choice of mince meat. The more known ones are beef, chicken, lamb and sardine.
Calories: 674 calories. Total Fat: 56.1g
Chicken Chop With Rice
The Chicken Chop also comes with chips instead of rice. A hearty meal that's guaranteed to fill your stomach for lunch up until dinner. There are also choices of gravy which are typically mushroom sauce or black pepper sauce. Also, it's chicken chop! Who doesn't love chicken chop?
Calories: 709. Total Fat: 22g.
Char Kway Teow
The winner of it all! This noodle dish, which contains ingredients such as shrimp paste, bean sprouts, soya sauce, cockles and pork lard has been a national favourite since the days my parents were really young. The most important part is, The Char Kway Teow has a total fat amount which is more than the daily fat allowance!
Calories: 744. Total Fat: 38g.
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Source credits: myfitnesspal