Soup beats the heat in humid Singapore
This tiny island nation is soupy hot, all year long. Even so, a healthy, popular lunch here is fish bee hoon soup. The delicious broth, lusciously garnished with Chinese parsley and fried onions, is low in saturated fat. It’s often served with a small platter of fresh, red chili peppers, which may even give this nutritious lunch an anti-cancer boost. “Fish bee hoon is most commonly sold in hawker centres at an extremely affordable price. Boasting a base of thick rice noodles, the pale, white soup gets its rich, distinct flavour from fish stock, and a little bit of milk, with either boiled or fried fish slices as the star ingredient. Cubed tofu is often added, along with cooked tomatoes and high-fibre, nutritious vegetables,” says Felicia Lim, a food writer, and native Singaporean. “Be prepared to perspire while you eat this dish in hot, humid weather. I can assure you it’s worth every slurp!” she adds.
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