Contrary to popular belief, healthier food isn’t always unpalatable and overpriced. The Lite Side — a health communication campaign by four undergraduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information — went around Pulau NTU for cheap and good healthier eats. Here are their picks that will keep your tummy — and wallet — happy.
Kimchi, fresh vegetables, tender meat and a perfect sunny-side up atop a bowl of pearly white rice — how can anyone resist? Korean food is highly popular in Singapore since the influx of K-dramas and K-pop. But even if you aren’t a fan, Bibimbap (loosely translated to “mixed rice”) will definitely appeal to your taste buds. After a thorough mixing, the ingredients come together in perfect harmony with its layers of flavours, making it one of the best healthier meals you can have on campus.
If you’re a rice lover, give the green pepper sliced pork with steamed rice at Canteen 1 a try. As if the succulent slices of pork weren’t enough, the peppers spiced it all up, making this wholesome dish so appetising that we will definitely be back for more.
You can never go wrong with one of our national dishes — chicken rice. The classic ‘white’ steamed chicken is tender, and is served on a bed of fluffy and flavourful rice. For those who want to grab your food to go, chicken rice is one of the easiest food for a take-out.
Besides their popular xiao long bao and dumplings in chilli oil, Canteen 1’s Chinese Cuisine stall also has the healthier option of Shanghai dumpling noodles. With its bouncy noodles, generously filled dumplings and steaming hot soup, the dish is the perfect meal for a cold and rainy day.
Of the many stalls in Canteen 2, the Ayam Penyet stall is one of the most popular stalls. The star of this dish is undoubtedly, the chicken. The tender and juicy meat, along with the fragrant rice, is finished off with a generous drizzle of velvety, black sweet sauce — balanced off with slices of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.
Craving for a quick bite in between classes? Opt for a more exotic snack the next time you’re at Koufu — skip the usual Roti Prata and go for its thin, crispy counterpart Dosai. A South Indian favourite, this savoury lightweight goodness comes served with two sauces on the side! (Psst… It’s only available after 4pm.)
Seasoned with aromatic spices and grilled to a smoky finish, Canteen 2’s Western store serves up the ideal pre-workout meal before a workout at the nearby SRC. Served with broccoli, baby carrots and mashed potatoes, this hearty meal ensures you get the right amount of protein, carbs and vegetables.