Wondering what to eat for breakfast?
By Samantha Francis
Would you consider nasi lemak a healthy breakfast?
Last week, Singaporeans everywhere sighed with happiness as they ordered a second helping of nasi lemak — with extra sambal chili on the side, thank you very much.
After all, Time Magazine recently listed the ‘supremely delicious’ dish among the world’s top 10 most healthy international breakfasts in an article that drew both disbelief and some degree of shock.
Cooked with rich coconut milk, nasi lemak contains a relatively high amount of saturated fat as well as a considerably high salt content from its sides like anchovies and fried chicken wings. While the article acknowledged the fat content, it noted that the dish is nicely balanced with lots of manganese, protein, and carbs.
If you’re raising your brows at this statement, take a look at these 12 breakfasts that will (probably) be healthier than nasi lemak. P.S. We promise they’re no less delicious!
1. Smashed avocado toast from PUNCH
A classic avocado toast with two perfectly poached eggs is a simple and delicious way to start your day.
PUNCH, 32 North Canal Road, Singapore 059288
2. Soya bean curd from Rochor Beancurd
With its silky smooth texture, soya bean curd always hits the spot. Just ask the aunty for less syrup.
Rochor Beancurd, 232 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574363
3. Acai berry bowl from Project Acai
The acai berry, packed full of antioxidants, is best enjoyed in this refreshing fruit bowl.
Project Acai, 27 Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277738
4. Porridge from Ah Chiang
Have yourself some Cantonese-style porridge that’s light on the palette but fills your belly nicely.
Ah Chiang’s Porridge, 65 Tiong Poh Rd, Singapore 160065
5. Wholemeal crust pizza from The Living Cafe
Opt for a wholesome and hearty breakfast at The Living Cafe, which specialises in using organic ingredients. PS: No shame in doggy-bagging this to the office if you had it for dinner the night before.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269758
6. Chee cheong fun from 好清香 (hao qing xiang)
Whether you’re looking for a yummy breakfast or quick snack, you can’t go wrong with some chee cheong fun (rice noodle roll). Ask for lesser sauce if you’re counting calories.
好清香 (hao qing xiang), Block 628 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-74
7. Sesame-studded bagel from Grain Traders
Start your morning with some scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms and spring onion cream cheese assembled atop a sesame-studded bagel.
Grain Traders, CapitaGreen, 138 Market St, #01-01/02/03, Singapore 048946
8. Char siew pau (Chinese Steamed BBQ Pork Buns) from Ho Kee Pau
A fluffy pau (bun) filled with piping hot char siew fillings will surely wake your taste buds up.
Ho Kee Pau, 43 Geylang Lorong 27, Singapore 388176
9. Peanut butter and apple toast from Gaest
Gaest offers healthy nordic cuisine like this peanut butter and apple toast. Yum!
Gaest, 21 McCallum St, Singapore 069047
10. Soba noodles from Wheat Baumkuchen
We love our dons (a.k.a rice bowls), so why not do like the Japanese and introduce grilled fish to our morning diet as well? Buckwheat noodles are a tastier (and perhaps healthier?) option to steamed rice.
Wheat Baumkuchen, 1 Raffles Place, #B1-32, Singapore 048616
11. Kaya toast set from Yakun Kaya Toast
Soft-boiled eggs and kaya toast are a local classic and make for a satisfying breakfast – just go easy on the butter.
Ya Kun Kaya Toast, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-80, Singapore 179103
12. Wild rice pilaf from Afterglow by Anglow
Wild rice is said to contain twice as much protein as brown rice. Have your fill of this healthy grain with a bowl dressed with generous helpings of nuts and veggies.