Malaysian food is known to be spicy, aromatic, and strong. Malaysian cuisine combines the rich tastes of spices and herbs commonly found in Southeast Asia, which makes Malaysian food unique. While traditional Malaysian food is not necessarily recommended for the health-conscious, there are healthier alternatives to local favorites.
As a restaurant serving Malaysian food in California, we will share a few healthy Malaysian dishes that you can add to your diet:
Thosai is a kind of flatbread that can be eaten as an alternative to Roti Canai. Roti Canai is made from flour and has about 300 calories before it is dipped in sambal or curry. Meanwhile, Thosai has under 200 calories and is a more nutritious option as it’s made from fenugreek seeds, rice, and split black lentils.
- Nasi Kerabu
Nasi Lemak is a highly popular dish that’s made with rice infused with coconut milk and is usually served with roasted peanuts and sambal. When paired with the side dishes, an average plate has over 800 calories.
Nasi Kerabu is a healthier option that is typically served with green vegetables, toasted coconut, and herbs. Nasi Kerabu is also a good source of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein.
- Mee Sup
Mee Sup, or noodle soup, is a traditional Malaysian dish with a spicy broth base. It comes in different varieties and can be combined with tofu and a blend of vegetables, garlic, shallots, and onions for a healthier meal. Mee Sup is also a good alternative to Curry Mee, which is high in calories and fat.
Curry Leaves Bistro is a beloved Malaysian restaurant in Pleasanton, California, serving delicious, authentic Malaysian food.