WEIGHT LOSS & NUTRITION

Singaporean Chinese New Year Meal Options: Here’s 8 Healthy Choices

  • You Don't Need To Starve Yourself To Stay In Shape
    1 / 9 You Don't Need To Starve Yourself To Stay In Shape

    It’s time of the year again. Chinese New Year is arriving. Imagine all the good food you are going to eat. But, you remember you had a fitness resolution to keep, and you’re not going destroy all the progress you have made so far. Instead of starving yourself at the dinner’s table, here are some alternatives you can enjoy and will still keep you in shape throughout the festive season.

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  • 30 Bencoolen's “Sure HUAT” Yu Sheng
    2 / 9 30 Bencoolen's “Sure HUAT” Yu Sheng

    You can’t miss out the Yu Sheng during Chinese New Year. What makes the difference between this Yu Sheng and others, is its sauce. Instead of using the traditional plum sauce, which can be too sweet, the chef has replaced it with a spring onion and ginger sauce, which is much more refreshing.

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    Smoked Norwegian Salmon set in Tomato liquid jelly in the shape of koi fish, merrily surrounding a tower of rainbow-coloured ingredients. A slight touch of white chocolate that is made into gold coins which represent fortune. This is the Yu Sheng to try if you want something healthier and new.

    Included in a set menu. Prices are $39.80++( 6 people) / $69.80++(10 people) at 30bencoolen.

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  • 30 Bencoolen's Drunken “Master” Tiger Prawn Linguine
    3 / 9 30 Bencoolen's Drunken “Master” Tiger Prawn Linguine

    Craving for carbs? But not wanting to have your normal fried rice or fried noodles. This is the dish for you. Using Italian flat pasta and deep sea prawns, the dish is nicely simmered with a light touch of Shao Hsing “Hua Diao” wine and Chinese herbs. The dish will taste clear and refreshing, at the same time nutritious but not having the strong wine or herb smell to it. At the same time, the prawn is has a nice chewy texture that compliments the pasta well. It is a fusion dish that would even grab the taste buds of your elders.

    Included in a set menu. Prices are $32.80++( 6 people) / $56.80++(10 people) at 30bencoolen.

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  • The Summerhouse's Live Prawn ‘San Choy Bau"
    4 / 9 The Summerhouse's Live Prawn ‘San Choy Bau"

    This dish could replace your traditional meat dishes if you are looking for a healthier alternative. Using grilled prawns mixed with avocado, pomegranate, coriander and crispy noodles, with lime dressing, the dish is then enveloped in fresh lettuce leaves. It also bears the resemblance of gold ingots, denoting wealth and abundance. It provides the texture and taste of a meat dish without the guilt of it.

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    Available from 16 February to 3 March 2018 as part of the Harvest Festive Set Menu priced at $70++ per diner, or an a la carte item at $32++ at The Summerhouse.

     

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  • The Summerhouse's Paper Bag Baked Sea Bass
    5 / 9 The Summerhouse's Paper Bag Baked Sea Bass

    During Chinese New Year, you definitely can’t do without a fish dish. Instead of having fried fish, why don’t you give this dish a try? Using a  locally farmed sea bass from Seafood Culture, wrapped together with Charlotte potatoes and ginger juice in parchment paper. It is then being baked and topped with mustard greens and shallots. The garnishes of nasturtium, ginger flower and snakeweed are handpicked from The Summerhouse Edible Garden. The greens in this dish make it worth a try!

    Available from 16 February to 3 March 2018 as part of the Harvest Festive Set Menu priced at $70++ per diner, or an a la carte item at $32++ at The Summerhouse.

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  • Yan's Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Sea Whelk
    6 / 9 Yan's Double-Boiled Chicken Soup with Sea Whelk

    Soup dishes are always a favourite during Chinese New Year, well, instead of going the rich seafood soup that you normally always have, try something simpler. This is a nourishing soup that only uses Canadian sea whelk, chicken and pork, that is double boiled in superior stock for eight hours. Sea whelk has known to be an excellent source of essential fatty acids, low in fat but high in protein. They also provide many valuable minerals and vitamins to our body. If consumed in moderate amounts it is actually very good for the body.

    Included as part of set menu six priced at $178++(min 8-10 people) at Yan.

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  • Ryan's Grocery Shabu Shabu Sets
    7 / 9 Ryan's Grocery Shabu Shabu Sets

    Then again, if you feel like not having outside dishes, and prefer to have steamboat instead, you will definitely have shabu shabu as one of your ingredients. In Ryan’s Grocery, the provide you with different shabu shabu sets. The Cuts available include free-range Borrowdale pork collar, pork belly, Black Angus ribeye shabu shabu. They also have premium free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken leg coins, to signify the new year. They are definitely a cut above what you can get at supermarkets and provide a healthier option if you want to have meat.

    Prices are Ryan’s Pork Set ($68.80), Ryan’s Beef Set ($80.80), Ryan’s Assorted Set ($98.80) and Ryan’s Special Chinese New Year Set ($188) at Ryan’s Grocery.

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  • Yan's Chilled Peach Resin with Diced Honey Dew
    8 / 9 Yan's Chilled Peach Resin with Diced Honey Dew

    A good dinner always ends with a good dessert, unfortunately, most of the deserts are always on the sweet side. With this dessert, it contains peach resin, white fungus and diced honeydews. Peach resin is known to contain rich collagen, good for nourishing the complexion, while white fungus has anti-inflammatory and soothing purposes, good for healing dry coughs and clearing heat in the lungs. This is the perfect dessert to have after having many heavy Chinese New Year food and snacks.

    Included as part of set menu one priced at $198++(min 2 people), as well as the ala carte menu at Yan.

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  •  Ryan’s Grocery Premium Bak Kwa
    9 / 9 Ryan’s Grocery Premium Bak Kwa

    Last but not least, we all have this during Chinese New Year, and it’s most well-liked and commonly eaten food during this period. Compared to the bak gwa outside, Ryan’s bak gwa uses 50 percent less salt and sugar compared to industry standards and does not contain any additives, preservatives or food colouring. The pork used is free-range and is hormone and antibiotic free. If you are a lover of ba kwa, this would help you stay in shape if consumed moderately.

    Price is $48.80 for 500g at Ryan’s Grocery.

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