Should You Use Oil For Cooking? (Part 2)

28th February 2018, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital


When fighting cancer, your body needs more energy and protein to recover rapidly from the side effects of treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Energy is provided by carbohydrate, protein and fat in the food and drinks we consume. Fat has more energy than protein or carbohydrate. Fruits, vegetables, and fibre-rich foods have a relatively low energy density.

Fats are actually a good source of energy. Fats are essential to provide fat-soluble vitamins to your body, to support cell growth, help to protect organs and keep your body warm.

Stir-frying is a way to cook small pieces of food in a hot pan or wok by using small amount of oil. You can prepare a simple and quick meal using this method.

Try this recipe to make a great stir fry:

Malaysian Fried Rice

(serves 2)


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 bowls cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 chilli padi, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of pepper


  1. Heat oil in wok, saute chopped garlic and chilli padi.
  2. Add in cooked rice and seasoning, stir well on high heat for 1 – 2 minutes.
  3. Dish up and top with a sunny-side up egg.