8 Restaurants In Singapore With Great Meatless MealsNovember 11, 2016
The World Health Organisation has found that dietary factors account for at least 30 percent of all cancers in Western countries and 20 in developing ones. Most noticeably, people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease. A study by Harvard also shows that daily meat eaters have nearly three times the colon cancer risk compared to those who rarely consume it.
Whether you’re reducing the amount of meat in your diet for health, religious or environmental reasons, be heartened to know that meatless meals are gaining in popularity and acceptance in Singapore, a well-known food paradise. Below, eight recommendations for where you can enjoy an awesome meatless meal:
For veggie burgers that come with all the satisfaction minus the grease and guilt, head to Veganburg. The patties are made 100 percent from soya beans and mushrooms, and contain no gluten, eggs, genetically-modified organisms, preservatives and trans fat. Desire something spicy? You won’t go wrong with the Char-Grilled Satay where a nutty spicy sauce is drizzled over a soy patty. If you’re a Veganburg virgin, try the Creamy Shrooms – the breadcrumb-battered soy patty gives a great texture in a flavour-packed burger.
Taiwan’s No. 1 vegetarian chain is now here in Singapore with its line-up of innovative dishes featuring fresh ingredients and wholesome cooking methods. Unlike conventional Chinese vegetarian cuisine with “mock meats”, Sufood does not offer such ingredients and aims to win fans over with a skillful mix of textures and flavours. Highly recommended: Strawberry Salad – a zesty, appetising mix of fresh fruit, baby spinach, and crunchy yam strips.
Fans of Sunny Choice’s wholesome take on popular Asian meals can get their fix easily at its three cafes islandwide. The Bak Kut Teh is, in many ways, like the real deal with its herbal, peppery notes. Another popular dish here is the Thunder Tea Rice with its mix of crunchy, nutty, and chewy textures to give you a satiating meal.
You can find chicken and fish on its menu but give its wholly vegetarian options a go and you’ll realise they are just as yummy. To-die-for is the Sesame Tofu Burger, which uses two slices of sesame-crusted tofu as the burger bun. Sandwiching a hearty slice of grilled eggplant dressed with mushrooms, tomatoes and raw Dijon mustard, this is a healthy way to feed that burger craving.
Think vegan food is boring? Loving Hut will prove you wrong. The extensive menu features specials like Sesame Chickin Claypot Rice, Sambal Prongs, and Lor Ark, intentionally spelt incorrectly to convey that these are alternatives to meat. Hotpot lovers, you will love the TomYam Ocean Hotpot Set served with mixed unpolished rice and vegan ingredients.
If you are looking for dishes with a kick, then Gokul is your go-to. Offering North and South Indian, as well as Asian vegetarian food, tantalise your taste buds with dishes such as the Satay Set and Dum Briyani, where soya chunks are used to recreate the familiar mouth-feel of meat. Every dish served here does not contain onion, garlic, egg and MSG.
Get a taste of the clean Scandinavian diet at Haakon. From smoothie bowls to salads, from invigorating cold-pressed juices to hearty breakfasts, this little café in Holland Village is a health-foodie’s paradise. Want something that combines savoury and sweet? You won’t go wrong with the smørrebrød (open sandwich) topped with Norwegian brunost (caramel cheese) and lingoberry jam.
This Instagram-worthy café at Keong Saik Road has an innovative vegan-friendly menu featuring dishes such as raw nut cheese platter, deconstructed sushi bowl, as well as dairy- and sugar-free desserts. Although the menu isn’t extensive, its food is delicious, well-crafted, and features ingredients sourced from local farms and food artisans.