We’re all proud to be Malaysians. We’re proud of our culture, history, multi-racial society and most of all, we’re very proud of our food. Our mixed of culture across the country has resulted remarkable delicious foods. Our authentic Malaysian food like Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Roti Canai, Laksa have actually made its way to the international market (and yes, our Chicken Rendang was on Masterchef UK!)
Unfortunately, not all of our local dishes are healthy. Some are too oily, while some are just high in calories. But this does not mean that we have to stop eating our favourite local cuisine (not in a million years!). All we have to do is eat in moderation, and pick the healthy selection. Yes, you heard that right! There are Malaysian dishes that are actually healthy!
You know those blue colored rice? No, those are not food coloring. The color blue is actually infused from Butterfly Pea flower which is known for its health benefits such as; improving heart health and promoting blood flow. Nasi Kerabu is often eaten with raw vegetables making it an easy to digest food.
This mixture of pineapple, cucumber, green mango, deep fried tofu, cuttlefish and some Chinese-style fritters, will melt in your mouth without risking your weight. It is not only healthy, but it is also rich in fiber, resulting a smooth digestion.
Capati is well known as a healthy choice of Malaysian food. With only 100 calories per piece, capati is usually dipped in Dhal sauce which is also known to be healthy and nutritious.
Similar to Nasi Kerabu, this dish is usually mixed with turmeric, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, basil, mint, lemongrass, wild betel leaves and shredded coconut. Not only that it contains healthy ingredients, but it also contains no oil. Yes, very easy on the tummy!
Every Malaysian girl’s favourite! This noodle soup dish is high in protein and low in fat. Try to reduce the noodle intake, it becomes low carb dish!
This small dish is made of crepe-like skin, grated turnips, carrots and a few more other vegetables. Fresh popiah is low in calorie and usually cut into bite sized, meaning, there is no chance of you overeating!
Tosai is one of the most famous dishes at the Mamak stalls. And it is so because of its delicious unique taste. Unlike Roti Canai which has approximately 360 calories per piece, Tosai only has 110 calories.
Now do you know why Idli is super healthy? Because it is made of healthy ingredients such as rice, urad dhal and fenugreek. And the result? So delicious. Mixed with dhal, this dish becomes rich in fiber and high in protein.
Steamed Dim Sum
Dim sum is meant to be shared. Just like the Spanish dish, Tapas. They’re usually filled with chicken, pork, shrimps and vegetables. Very low in calorie and super tasty
This breakfast dish is at the top of the healthy scale. Putu is made of simple ingredients such as flour, grated coconut and water. Yes just that (no kidding!). Eaten with ripe banana, this dish will definitely make your bathroom trips shorter.
Chee Cheong Fun
A very famous Chinese style breakfast. If eaten only with the chilli and brown sauce, this dish is low in calorie due to its steamed rice noodle roll. For protein and fiber, just mix it up with some tofu & kangkung, and voila!