How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Singapore
We all know Singapore is foodie paradise. It's a cultural melting pot where the culinary influences of South-East Asia, mainland China, the Pacific and the Middle East blend together to form a smorgasbord of the Far East's greatest hits. And if there's one thing the Singapore food scene does well, it's variety: you can find inventive and top-notch cuisine from virtually every corner of the globe on this tiny island. But if you don't know the right places, tips and tricks, the vegetarian lifestyle is not quite so effortless as it might seem. Here's some top tips on how to survive as a vegetarian in Singapore.
Know Your Dishes
The main food influences on this island are Malay, Chinese and Indian, each of which feature vegetarian elements to varying extents. While some hawker markets and street food stalls may have no vegetarian options at all, if you know what dishes to look out for it shouldn't be too difficult to cop a delicious veggie meal wherever you end up on your culinary journey.
For example, if it's for Chinese food that you have a hankering, make sure you have the low-down on some of the most popular vegetarian Chinese dishes (luckily , the strong tradition of Buddhism in China means Chinese people have been cranking out delicious veggie treats for hundreds of years). Try some mouth-watering mahjiang mian (sweet and spicy noodles in peanut sauce), some zesty lotus root or, of course, the timeless and ever-popular mapo tofu. The popularity of these classic dishes means you shouldn't be hard-pressed to find them wherever you end up.
Go for Veggie-friendly Cuisines
It's fair to say that some cuisines are more naturally vegetarian than others and fresh Mediterranean food is known for being a veggie-heavy way to go. Vegetarians looking for this kind of Western fare will find no shortage of cheesy Italian bites, hearty Greek food and saucy Spanish treats in Singapore and with the recent boom of food delivery services you won't have to look too hard either. Should you be out and about, instead, your best bets for veggie-friendly international cuisines are the gleaming mega-malls lining the central districts. In shopping Mecca, Orchard Road, for example, you're sure to find whatever meat-free meal you're craving.
Know Your Neighbourhoods
Just like cuisines, some neighbourhoods are bound to be more geared towards the vegetarian lifestyle than others. As well as the more European hotspots mentioned above, an evening jaunt to the always-bustling Little India neighbourhood is guaranteed to be rewarded with a dizzying variety of some of the best vegetarian food on the planet.
After 5pm the whole area comes alive with hawkers and cosy little dives serving up veggie classics from every corner of the subcontinent, such as rich paneer cheese curry, sizzling lentil dhals and addictive stuffed naan. Pro tip: wherever you are on the island, make sure to look out for a bright yellow sign emblazoned with the words "Vegetarian Food" which restaurants serving up veggie dishes usually hang up in the window.
Here is some place to eat vegetarian food
|44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502|
|Daily : 11:30am - 10:00pm|
|+65 6844 6868|
|S$10 - S$20 per pax|
|Creamy Shrooms (S$8.90)|
The Living Cafe
|779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758|
|Sixth Avenue MRT|
|Monday - Thursday : 11:00am - 07:00pm
Friday : 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday : 09:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday : 09:00am - 08:00pm
|+65 6468 4482|
|S$15 - S$35 per pax|
|Zucchini Pesto Pasta (S$14.00), Wild Barramundi Brown Rice Bowl (S$16.00)|
|6A Shenton Way #05-01 Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815|
|Tanjong Pagar MRT|
|Monday - Friday : 11:30am - 02:30pm, 05:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday : 11:00am - 03:00pm
Sunday : Closed
|+65 6920 7500|
|S$10 - S$30 per pax|
|Fried Chickpeas (S$5.00), Hay Salt Baked Celeriac (S$18.00), Seaweed Tofu Croquette (S$8.00), Pumpkin Gnocchi (S$16.00)|
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