Low Carb

Low-Carb Asian Dishes

Low-carb diets have been well-known for decades. They incorporate minimal carbohydrates and high levels of protein and vegetables – this means keeping carbohydrates like white rice, white noodles, white pasta and sugar to a minimum. Low-carb diets have been known to promote weight loss and increase levels of good HDL cholesterol.

But who said that you had to limit yourself only to salad to stick to a low-carb diet?

The key to sticking to a low-carb lifestyle is finding alternatives to simple carbs.

For instance, you could replace simple carbs like white rice and bread with complex carbs like brown rice and wholemeal bread. These complex carbs contain more nutrients and fiber. They digest more slowly and keep you full.

With our low-carb Asian food recipes, you can whip up a storm of your own that is not only healthy, but also tastes great and keeps you full. Our recipes include simple dishes like pickled radish omelette as well as challenging ones like ginseng chicken soup which are high in protein but low in carbs. 

Should You Try a Low-Carb Diet?

Diet trends come and go but low-carb diets have been popular for ages. That being said, would a low-carb diet be good for you?

While low-carb diets have proven to help individuals lose weight, they could also lead to depleting energy levels especially if one does not replace white carbs with complex ones. After all, carbohydrates keep you energized.

If you are hesitant about trying to reduce your carb intake, you might want to get in touch with a dietician or nutritionist.

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The best part about cooking your own meals is that you can customize the dishes to your liking! You could replace simple carbohydrates in dishes like nasi goreng with complex carbohydrates.

 

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Triple Steamed Eggs

Get adventurous with 3 different types of eggs that elevates this dish. This light and fluffy steamed egg is your next go-to recipe!
Under 60 mins

ABC Soup

As simple as ABC, with the vitamins to back it up, the base of ABC Soup consists of pork/chicken ribs, carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. To cook it, all you need is a big soup pot, lots of water, and an hour or so for the ingredients to simmer! Here’s an interesting fact -it is affectionately known as the leftover soup because you are free to add in any leftover vegetables at hand without ruining its taste.
Under 30 mins

Tofu with Minced Meat and Prawns

A simple, hearty and healthy dish of fresh tofu generously topped with minced meat and mushrooms.
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Cantonese Steamed Chicken with Chinese Sausage

A distant relative of the Claypot Chicken Rice, the Cantonese Steamed Chicken with Chinese Sausage is made from similar ingredients –chicken, chinese sausage and shitake mushroom. The trick to the dish is getting the chicken marinate right, and to marinate it long enough for the chicken to absorb all its goodness. Once you have that down, all you need to do is steam and serve!
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One-Pan Roast Duck with Plums

Roast duck is a beautiful show stopper of a dish, perfect for Christmas. This recipe incorporates Asian flavours by matching the rich duck meat with Chinese five spice and plums.
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Braised Beancurd with Mushroom

The Braised beancurd with mushrooms is a traditional vegetarian Chinese dish that will warm up even the coldest of souls. Everything about this dish is gentle, down to its earthy colours –the juicy mushrooms, soft tofu, the subtle flavour of the sauce. It takes no time to cook too! Enjoy it warm, and over a hot bowl of steaming rice.
Under 30 mins

Silky Steamed Eggs

Served in a shallow bowl to share or in a small ramekin for each person, the Silky Steamed Egg is a popular dish that is eaten at home, or many Chinese restaurants across Asia. It is the most straightforward of recipes –simply mix water with beaten eggs ,season and steam –but to get the smooth and soft texture right requires some attention to detail, such as getting the right egg water ratio!
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Pickled Radish Omelette

A big fan of omelettes? Then the Preserved Radish Omelette is a must-try dish for you. Originating from China but also favoured in Singapore and Malaysia, the Preserved Radish Omelette (or as it is affectionately known - Chai Poh Neng) is the trifecta of side dishes – requires few ingredients, easy to make and a perfect balance of sweet and salty. Eat it simply with a bowl of rice or porridge, or with a variety of side dishes.
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Tomato Egg Drop Soup

Both sweet and sour, the Tomato Egg Drop Soup is a dish that will whet one’s appetite. Hailing from China, this dish is incredibly easy to prepare, with no special herbs or special techniques other than swirling in of the egg whites to create the egg strands. A truly versatile dish, you can have it as an appetizer, a side dish or even a light meal.
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Teochew Style Steamed Pomfret

The Steamed Pomfret is a true representation of Teochew cuisine –tasty, fresh and nutritious. Don’t be fooled by the clear broth and what seem to be plebeian ingredients, because this dish will shock your palette with its tangy, savory and spicy flavors. A truly simple dish to make, simply pile the ingredients onto the pomfret, pour the sauce and steam!
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Yu Sheng

Chinese New Year is here and what better way to start this festive by putting together a Yu sheng also know as Lo Hei. Lo Hei is a popular chinese dish to be enjoyed during Chinese New Year and the ingredients consists of strips of raw fish, ,shredded vegetables, pickles and a variety of sauces and condiments.What makes Lo Hei so unique are the lo hei sayings and sequence and if you know what to say during lo hei, we promise you that this will impress many.
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Steamed Chicken and Pumpkin

Who says it is difficult to whip up a healthy meal at home! Our Steamed Chicken and Pumpkin recipe is not only healthy but also easy to make! Simply marinate the chicken with the various seasoning to your personal preference! Add in the pumpkin cubes before steaming the entire dish for 20 minutes! You can get it all done within 45 minutes, how quick! It is that simple to create a healthy yet hearty Steamed Chicken and Pumpkin dish at home!
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Lotus Root Soup

A light Chinese soup eaten anytime and especially at Chinese New Year. Sip slowly the fat-infused chicken soup naturally sweetened with lotus root and big soft peanuts for a nutty, silky finish in between swirling herbal garlic and ginger bits.
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Ginseng Chicken Soup

Jam-packed with nutritious goodness, the Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup (Samgyetang) is said to be the perfect summer dish fight the heat. The chicken is lovingly stuffed with soaked glutinous rice and gently simmered with garlic, ginger, and the super-herb of Asian cuisine, ginseng, said to aid in boosting energy and the immune system. Serve piping hot with rice, chopped scallions, salt and pepper on the side!
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Sweet & Spicy Thai Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

A quick and easy salad also known as Som Tum Mamuang, this has just the right balance of sweet and spicy
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Sinigang na Tiyan ng Bangus (Filipino Sour Soup with Milkfish Belly)

Warm yourself up with this authentic Filipino sour soup with milkfish belly, perfect for sharing on a rainy day.
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Southern Filipino Comfort: Law-Uy is Soup for the Soul

Originating from Mindanao, or Southern Philippines, the Law-Uy is a soup you need when your soul needs a hug. It is unique in its flavor and appearance -a soup of lemongrass with brightly coloured vegetables and topped with fish slices. For an extra pow, we recommend a touch of fish sauce to taste.
Under 60 mins

Chicken Tinola

Quick, tasty and refreshing, the Chicken Tinola is the chicken soup for the soul. This one-pot dish combines simple ingredients like chicken, ginger, onion, and green papaya to form a dish that is both healthy and tasty. A Filipino family favorite, it is guaranteed to have you going back for seconds, thirds, and more!
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Steamed Fish with Lime and Chili Dressing

Taste this refreshing steamed fish with a spicy and zesty kick!
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Steamed Chicken with Lemongrass

This tenderly steamed chicken with lemongrass makes it extra aromatic and fragrant!
Above 60 mins

Steamed Herbal Chicken

A dish that is favoured by the young and old, the Steamed Herbal Chicken is both healthy and extremely flavourful. The Chinese medicinal herbs used in this dish –the yu zhu and dang gui –are known to boost energy, aid in stomach discomfort and regulate blood. If you’re not into Chinese homeopathy, this would convince you –this dish is made completely by steaming, one of the healthiest ways to cook because no additional fat is used!
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Green Bean and Prawn Omelette

Crisp green beans with tender prawns, held together with a light egg omelette. The perfect harmony of flavors and textures!

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