Malaysian food is a unique mix of cuisines from different cultures such as Arabian, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian and Thai. One will come across a myriad of dishes that are sweet, spicy, sour and rich in flavours here.
We often associate healthy food with a boring bowl of salad or bitter soups but in Malaysia, tasty food is healthy and perfect for a balanced diet.
Malaysians are proud of their food culture since their dishes are super tasty and healthy. Not all ‘delicious dishes’ are healthy but here in Malaysia almost all of their dishes are healthy and contain fresh ingredients and spices.
1. Ikan Bakar
Healthy food has never been so tasty, spicy and scrumptious. This grilled fish is nothing but healthy just like your huge bowl of salads. Marinated with turmeric, galangal, ginger, chilli, fresh lime, garlic, and belacan (shrimp paste), this dish will make you ditch those bland Italian dishes and move to Malaysia forever. The fish has high nutritions and fewer calories compared to other greasy dishes. Healthy Malaysian food will not disappoint you.
2. Nasi Lemak
Yes, yes we know what you’re thinking… How can Nasi lemak be so healthy? If you cook it right, you can make all your dishes suitable for a balanced diet plan.
It tastes just as amazing as its unhealthy version. To make a healthy and nutritious version of Nasi Lemak, you need to switch a few ingredients and cook it correctly. You can simply start with microwaving the anchovies instead of frying them. And use coconut oil instead of santan retains. Don’t worry without the santan retains you will still feel the same coconutty flavour in your nasi lemak with these substitutes too!
3. Grilled Prawns
Surprised? You can google it, it’s totally healthy and yummy as well. Prawns have a high amount of proteins and are low in fat, making them the perfect dish to include in your meals! They are tasty when stir-fried with garlic and curry powder with some siders of sautéed vegetables or rice.
Prawns will help you in your diet plan and strengthen your bones and develop a healthy immunity.
4. Chicken Rice
The Tender poached chicken in runny soy sauce served with rice and a bowl of clear broth is the reason why Malaysian haven’t all become obese yet! You’ll be coming back for more (without piling on the pounds). Poached chicken is high in vitamin B + it boosts your metabolism helping you digest food quickly. The cucumbers on the side will add to your daily fibre intake, too.
5. Soft Boiled Eggs
One of the best and healthy breakfast you will ever come across in Malaysia are these soft boiled eggs. Go to a coffee and order some eggs to eat with soy sauce and white pepper. Eggs are always healthy and a rich source of proteins.
It is often difficult to follow a diet plan when you have to work all day and come home to cook as well. Well, you can always order homemade healthy food from Urban Tummy and maintain a balanced diet easily.