Amount of calories in typical Singapore breakfasts
1) Nasi Lemak – Calories 494
The rice is cooked with coconut milk and has a nice tantalizing smell. Nasi Lemak consists of rice, fried fish or chicken, anchovies with peanuts, and sambal, which is a chili paste. The traditional Nasi Lemak comes in a nicely packed banana leaf which apparently helps to preserve the taste.
2) Chicken porridge – Calories 181
There is this unexplained association with chicken porridge as food
we consume when we nurse ourselves during recovery from an illness. Well, generally it is because chicken porridge is basic comfort food and it is good for breakfast too. Chicken porridge consists of shreds of chicken and garnished with shallots and spring onions. Add a little pepper powder if you want to spice it up.
3) Roti Prata – Calories 209
This is not a fried pancake but a dough that is flipped and tossed to perfection. Roti prata is a crispy crepe-like dish that is eaten with curry or sugar. One piece of roti prata may not be enough for breakfast especially when you are suffering from hunger pangs. There are variants of roti prata nowadays with fancy combinations like the prata bomb (melted butter with sugar inside), mushroom and cheese prata and chicken mozzarella murtabak.
4) Soya Beancurd – Calories 151
A silky smooth beancurd in a round container can be found at hawker centers. Beancurd is made from soy milk and made into soft white blocks. The soft beancurd comes with sweet syrup that is best served warm for breakfast.
5) Laksa – Calories 360
Laksa is a coconut-based curry soup. The main ingredients for most versions of curry laksa include bean curd puffs, fish sticks, shrimp and cockles. Some vendors may sell chicken laksa. Laksa is commonly served with a spoonful of sambal chili paste and garnished with Vietnamese coriander, or laksa leaf, which is known in Malay as daun kesum.
6) Kaya Toast – Calories 213
Fresh and crispy toasted bread that has kaya and a piece of butter sandwiched in between. Kaya is a sweet coconut jam that has a pandan leaf flavor. A typical kaya toast set comes along with coffee or tea and two soft boiled eggs.
7) Economic Bee Hoon – Calories 250
Bee Hoon is a type of noodles that is commonly used in Asian cooking. Economic Bee Hoon consists of the bee hoon noodles, cabbage, bean sprouts, and chili paste. A serving at a hawker center costs less than S$1.
8) Plain Thosai – Calories 196
Thosai is a thin and crepe-like savoury dish that is suitable for those who do not want a heavy breakfast. Plain thosai comes along with curry and two other dips to give the slightly sour pancake some flavor. There are other variations of those that are filled with onions and potatoes too.
9) Mee Rebus – Calories 555
Mee Rebus is one of the many noodles dishes popular in Singapore. It is yellow noodles served with a thick spicy potato-based gravy and garnished with a hard-boiled egg, spring onions, bean sprouts, fried shallots, tau kwa (dried/fried beancurd) and lime juice.
10) Wanton Noodle (Dried)- Calories 411
Wanton Noodle includes noodles, leafy vegetables (preferably cai-xin), Barbecued Pork (char siu) and bite-sized dumplings or wantons which contain prawns, chicken or pork, spring onions with some chefs adding mushroom and black fungus. It is either served dry or in soup form with the former being more popular. If served dry, the wantons will be served in a separate bowl of soup.
Source: Health Promotion Board