Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013
New year, new you, but can’t figure out where to lunch healthy in the CBD? Or just sick of lunch salads everyday and need a shake-up in your diet?
We rooted around for healthy meal ideas and unearthed the cheapest, the unusual, and the downright amazing lunches in the city.
The Salad Corner
We know, it’s boring salad, but this is the cheapest salad you’ll find in the CBD. There are 4 stalls at two locations (2 at each): Amoy Street Food Centre and Market Street Food Centre. One stall only does pre-packaged salads while the other stall does customizable salads. A basic salad of 5 fresh ingredients and a dressing goes for $4.90. And if you’re really in a hurry, you can even pre-order your lunch! Just text them between 8-10am to order.
The Salad Corner, Amoy Street Food Centre, #01-41 & & #01-60 (Grab and Go Salad), 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069111, p. 9451 1745, SMS Order: 98534093. Also at Market Street Food Centre, #03-33 & & #03-20 (Grab and Go Salad), 50 Market Street, Singapore 048940, p. 9270 2790, SMS Order: 86282600. Open Mon-Fri 1030am-3pm.
So you love your carbs and you need to load up on a big lunch before this afternoon’s (far too) long meeting. Treat yourself to the vegetarian BibimBob at Korean restaurant Bobby Good, where you can switch up the usual white rice to brown rice or even barley grains.
Bobby Good, China Square Food Centre, 51 Telok Ayer St, #01-02, p. 6222 9002.
Not quite in the CBD, but worth the quick run if you’re a sushi regular. Maki-San is the subway of sushi – you pick what you want and you get your own sushi roll or a DIY salad after. Plenty of choices here; the wraps include the usual nori (seaweed) or a soy & sesame wrap, there’s a brown rice option, fillings include everything from grilled eggplant to tempura soft-shell crab, and you can even choose to add nuts to your sushi. We’ve been and it’s a neat little concept. The salads are pretty good too. Bonus: their sushi rolls come in the most gorgeous packaging.
Maki-San, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #B1-17/18, Singapore 229 233, p. 6737 8772. Open daily 1130am-930pm.
Thunder Tea Rice (Lei Cha)
Tasty, nutritious, and filling. Best of all – you’re not paying the usual salad premium! You have a choice of white or brown rice, topped with chopped greens, tofu, and peanuts. You can also opt to add dried shrimp and ikan bilis, but we much prefer the vegetarian version. Pour the green soup (a mix of green tea and blended herbs), mix, and tuck in. There are branches all around Singapore, but look to Lau Pa Sat and Amoy Street Food Centre if you’re in the CBD.
Thunder Tea Rice (Lei Cha), 7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #01-39, Singapore 069111. Open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm. Also at 18 Raffles Quay, Lau Pa Sat Festival Market Stall 12, Singapore 048582. Open daily 8am-10pm.
Smoothie addicts, here’s a cause for celebration: the original smoothie guys, Smoothie King, has opened in town! Choose from 27 different smoothies and have a liquid lunch (ask for a skinny smoothie if you want to watch the sugar) or go for gold with a wide range of freshly made, healthy wraps, soft tacos, and salads. Again, it isn’t the CBD, but pop over and you can even squeeze in some lunchtime speed shopping.
Smoothie King, The Centrepoint, #01-09/11, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843.
Looking for more healthy meals in the CBD? Read out 2012 edition of healthy lunches in the city here.