Li, who hosted and cooked with hawkers on the 2021 series LNX x Hawkers, has some culinary tips, too. “Make meat the side dish instead of the main focus of your meal. You can use small amounts of meat to flavour soups, stews and stir-fries,” said the actor, who is used to crossing flavours to create new dishes on his show.
If you must have meat, opt for lean meat such as chicken breast, turkey or fish. These meats are lower in saturated fat and calories, he said.
EAT HEALTHIER WHEN DINING OUT
Li has this tip: Google the menu before you get to the restaurant or cafe. When you make decisions when you’re not hungry, you’re less likely to choose dishes that are fried, battered or smothered in sauces. Make a note of the options that are grilled, baked or broiled and order those instead, he said.
“Many restaurants offer small plate or tapas-style options that allow you to sample a variety of dishes without overeating,” said Li. Or ask for a half-portion or order an appetiser instead of a main course. Sharing dessert with someone else is another great way to save calories.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for sauces or dressings on the side, or request for grilled or steamed vegetables instead of fried,” he added.