Low-calorie Singapore noodles

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Kickstart the new year with an delicious Asian stir-fry that's low on calories, but doesn't skimp on flavours, making for a delicious light main or a healthy lunch.

First published in 2015
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It’s a brand new year and in the wake of all the rich festive food and drink excesses, it’s time, well it is for me, to cut back on calories and re-start my 5:2 diet. I lost over 14 kilos on the diet throughout 2013 and part of 2014, but I have fallen off the wagon several times since then, but that’s okay, it’s easy to start again, especially when today’s tasty recipe for Low Calorie Singapore Noodles are on the menu.

I have been to Singapore many times, and more recently I was there in June of this year; part of the charm of this small Far East nation is its amazing street food. You will find “chow halls” and streets dedicated to all manner of fast food wherever you go in Singapore, with families and business men rubbing shoulders with each other as they enjoy their bowl of Laksa or Beef Kway Teow or Noodles......you are never more than a few feet away from exceptional food.

Asian food is one of my favourite “to go to” types of cuisine, and it’s brilliant for diet food, as it’s usually low in meat, high in vegetables ad packed with fabulous spices to rejuvenate any jaded palate. As long as you go easy on the fat content, some recipes ask for lots of oil in Asian recipes and if you weight and measure your carbs carefully, as in rice and noodles, you will be rewarded with a plate of low-calorie deliciousness.

I have suggested that today’s recipe is vegetarian, but you can of course add any protein that suits your individual diet, and, I have added a list of some ingredients that would be wonderful if added below, with their appropriate calories for adjusting the calorie count of the recipe.

100g chicken breast, skinned = 170 calories

100g “Quorn” chicken style pieces = 90 calories

100g lean minced beef = 250 calories

100g lean pork = 190 calories

100g prawns = 105 calories

100g white fish = 90 calories

100g salmon = 200 calories

5 prawn crackers = 110 calories

1 x 30ml serving sweet chilli sauce = 60 calories

On days where you have a few extra calories left to play with, add some spicy sweet chilli sauce to your noodles, or, why not treat yourself to a few prawn crackers? The recipe below serves 4 people, but you can halve the recipe for two generous portions for fewer people or for 2 separate meals for a solo dieter. This recipe is only 180 calories per serving as shown below.





Cook the noodles in a large wok, drain the noodles and add the vegetable mixture. Mix well
Empty the noodles and vegetable mixture into another container and fry the egg in the wok, scrambling it. Add the noodles and vegetables to the wok again
Heat the noodles and vegetables with the egg over a medium heat for 5 minutes, then add the five spice, curry powder and soy sauce, mix well and cook over a high heat for a further 5 minutes
Serve immediately with extra soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce
First published in 2015

Karen Burns-Booth is a freelance food & travel writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients.

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