One of the things that Malaysia is popular for, is our yummy all-day meal. I say all-day because you can eat nasi lemak, roti canai and mee goreng for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper, which makes it even more appealing! Plus, it also seems so much easier to just grab a bite in the morning since everything is available. It is true that to have a healthier meal plan takes a lot of effort and time to prepare, but instead of focusing on the trouble, think about how it will benefit you long term. I will admit that eating roti banjir or a packet of nasi lemak for breakfast is just delicious! However, I can’t deny that I will be gaining a ton of carbs and calories. When it comes to food Malaysians love, it is always important to maintain a balanced plan of eating and exercising. You can eat whatever you want as long as you stay healthy!
1- The Kingpin Nasi Lemak
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At 644 calories, did you know that a plate of nasi lemak is equivalent to 3 bowls of rice? Can you imagine the amount of calories you will be adding on when you tambah telur, ayam goreng and sambal belacan with kacang? However, if you plan to have a cheat day, don’t forget to add on another KM on your next run.
2 – Another Round of Mamak Mee Goreng!
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Who doesn’t love mamak mee goreng! It’s like a must-have when you are at the mamak with your friends! A plate of mee goreng has 660 calories. The more oil it is used during its preparation, especially when it is fried, the higher the calorie count.
3 – Double Trouble Curry Puff
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Whenever we help ourselves to a curry puff, we will have not one but two curry puffs! Two biji of curry puffs may seem harmless but you will be surprised that two curry puffs already consist of 256 calories. So, think twice before you pop another curry puff into your mouth!
4- Fly High Fried Meehoon
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Besides nasi lemak, fried meehoon is a popular breakfast among Malaysians. Like any fried noodle, the more oil used, the higher the calorie count. A plate of fried meehoon may seem light but it has 369 calories in it. You might want to think twice about starting your day with fried meehoon, and perhaps replace it with milk and cereal instead.
5 – Murtabak The Bomb!
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Believe it or not, a plate of murtabak has 722 calories count with 25 ml of Fat. That’s a lot of flour and meat!
6 – Row, Row, Roti Canai
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That small piece of roti canai may just be flour and oil. A piece of roti canai is 301 calories. Top it up with some dhaal or curry ikan, and you get a 360 calories of fried bread. Switch your order to roti telur it will increase 414 calories! Plus, it is very likely that we won’t settle for one roti.
7 – Wanna’ Wanton Mee
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Wantan Mee is probably isn’t as bad as a plate of fried noodles, because it comes with a bowl of soup, couple of wantons and vegetables. Perhaps it is okay to enjoy it once in awhile, but do take note that a plate of wanton mee has 411 calories, which is surprisingly much more than a plate of fried meehoon.
8 – Mari, Curry Laksa
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A bowl of curry laksa probably belongs to the high calorie group, just like a plate of nasi lemak. It has 695 calories, made out of 221 calories of yellow mee with oily santan soup.
9 – Everybody Loves Maggi Goreng
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The all-time Malaysian favourite! I won’t deny that it is mine too, especially when it is served with ayam goreng and telur. Yummy! But when I found out that it was 598 calories (ayam and telur included), I knew I have to stay away from it for a bit.
10 – Mee Siam and I
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Another fried noodle category, this one has a plate full of 694 calories which is just as much as a bowl of curry laksa!
11 – Skew the Satay
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It is true that satay is very high in protein, with 22g of protein per skewer. You can go nuts with it if you are bulking up because you will need the protein intake, but if you plan to have an ‘eat clean’ meal plan, you might want to avoid it because 10 sticks of satay equals to 885 calories. If you want to indulge in 3 skewers, you can play safe with 250 calories then. Just remember to stay clear off the peanut sauce and ketupat.
12 – Be Nice, Nasi Goreng!
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A plate of fried rice just says one thing- carbs! A cup of white rice already contain 200 calories; make it a portion of nasi goreng and you get 740 calories. Did you know that when rice doesn’t digest well in your digestive system, it makes you sleepy and lethargic. Store it in your body and you will surely put on weight quickly and easily! You might want to cut down to half a bowl for starters or perhaps share a plate of nasi goreng with someone instead.
13 – Instant Noodle, the Instant Food “Solution”
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Whether you are cooking a pot of instant noodles or making a cup of instant noodles, it is still wax noodle and soup with an approximate 380 calories.
14 – I Scream for Ais Kacang
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Malaysian’s favourite desert is just basically shaved ice, syrup, sweet corn, atapchi, beans to name a few. You will still be able to make do with 257 calories of it because it is mostly sugar and water. You can quickly burn it off easily with a quick jog or a run on the treadmill.
15 – Cari, Cari, Char Kuey Teow
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Topping the charts of fried noodles, our popular Malaysian favourite lead with 745 calories! Work those legs!