There's no doubt that most of us want to eat healthily. So it came as no surprise to find that some of the most popular recipe posts that Star2.com ran last year were for dishes that are considered healthy.
Recipes for diabetic-friendly dishes, for example, were popular with readers, as were Malaysian favourites revamped as lower-calorie versions.
But as we are all aware, a desire to be healthy and actually doing something about it are two different things! Recipes for deep-fried dishes were popular too – and no one can blame us for that.
Here are our top 10 most-read recipe posts of 2016.
These Portuguese-Eurasian dishes are from Joan Zarsadias, who would like to make more people aware of her community's traditional dishes.
In these recipes, Chef Trakool Yodsuk demystifies the Thai Paradox – how there is an abundance of deep-fried treats on every street corner in Thailand, yet very few obese Thai people, he explains. For him, it all boils down to using the right oil and correct techniques.
Crisp Fish Sauce Chicken Wings
Crispy Paku Salad
Dietitian Goo Chui Hoong says it's a mistake to assume that all the food that diabetics eat is bland. Changing one's eating habits is not difficult, she says, and there's no reason to be apprehensive about doing so. These recipes certainly look good, and even those without health problems may want to test them out.
Grilled prawns with garlic, chilli and coriander
Pineapple sorbet with kaffir lime
One of the grande dames of Malaysian cooking, Amy Beh, has some soup recipes that many people will find appealing. Their starchiness and texture will keep you full – plus they're healthy too. Note: These dishes are non-halal.
Mee Sua Kor (Starchy Vermicelli Soup)
Hot & Sour Soup
Beancurd & Dried Scallop Starchy Soup
Here's another post that shows the appeal of deep-fried foods. French Chef David Martin discovered palm oil on his travels and started to use it in some of his dishes. When he ran a temporary food truck in Paris, these were the dishes he served his customers. (They were replicated by Chef Jean Michel Fraisse for us.)
Breaded Wings with Devil Sauce
Fish & Chips with Palm Oil Vinaigrette
Potato Churros with Choron Sauce
These two dishes are from model Danielle Graham's cookbook, On The Table At Home: Food I Love To Make.
Prawns with Miso Butter
Asian Style Marinated Beef
Brahim's is one of Malaysia’s most recognisable food brands. These recipes are taken from the company's cookbook, Brahim’s Malaysia’s Favourite Traditional Recipes. The book gives "the long way" of cooking a dish, but also provides solutions for those with time constraints.
Thai Green Curry Chicken
Beef Curry with Potatoes
Fried Rice with Salted Fish
Here's another collection of recipes from dietitian Goo Chui Hoong. With diabetics, she says, dishes should be appealing so that they will prepare them regularly.
Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Pan-fried Red Snapper with Mango Salsa
Pineapple Cauliflower Fried Rice
Oh yes, we do! These recipes from Amy Beh certainly look enticing.
Fried Loh Shi Fun (Fried mouse-tail noodles)
Fried Hor Fun with Prawns and Fish Fillet
Fried Mee Sua
Malaysia's most well-known chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan, cuts the fat, sugar and salt in these recipes which he created in collaboration with an organic health food brand. Does he manage to make a good curry without coconut milk and does his laksa pass muster? The writer who tasted the dishes thought so.
Nasi Lemak with Soy Chicken Rendang
Organic Soy Milk Curry Laksa