Posted on | December 11, 2009 | 3 Comments
There is no doubt that Singapore has a diverse and delicious range of food and for Singaporeans, eating is a way of life. A typical greeting is “Have you taken your lunch yet?” or “Lets go makan”. For newbies to the country it can be quite overwhelming and it’s expected that you sample your way across the island searching for recommendations on “the best, the most famous, the biggest, the juiciest, the cheapest and the tastiest local delights.
The national dish of Singaporean is the famous Hainanese Chicken Rice. When I first arrived in Singapore I didn’t quite understand the hype – I mean it’s just a mound of white rice on a plate with a very small amount of chicken beside it – served with 1-2 bits of green vegetables and clear broth soup. I mean – it’s just chicken ….. and rice.?
As you can expect there is a BUT coming…
But, Chicken Rice is actually very, very tasty. It also happens to be very, very high in fat and for the small portion size quite high in calories.
- Portion: 320 g
- Energy: 666 calories
- Protein: 30 g
- Carbs: 55 g
- Fat: 44 g
Why so much fat? Because the portion of rice is lovingly soaked in chicken fat for extra flavour as well as fat being used on the actual chicken itself. The average person only needs 30 g of fat per day – so eating this portion of chicken rice is not only bad for your waistline – it’s terrible for your arteries.
My Health Guru advice for those that want to continue eating this but care for their health is the following:
- Remove the skin from the chicken
- Only eat half the portion of the rice
- If it’s possible ask form normal white rice without the fat (this is quite rare)
- Only eat half the portion of rice (remove the other half and put it on a separate plate so you’re not tempted)
- To fill your stomach order steamed green vegetables / more steamed chicken if possible
- Go easy on the soy / chilli sauce
Trust me – it really will be so much better for your health and body if you make just a few simple changes. It allows you to have your cake and eat it too…. well chicken rice and eat it too.