You won’t believe these dishes are vegetarian

2021-01-07

Feeling overwhelmed from all the festive feasting and gatherings done since the start of Phase 3? Or just looking for deliciousness for the next #Meatless Monday lunch? From “chicken rice” that looks and tastes pretty much like the real deal, vegan Indian fare served piping hot in claypots, to colourful, flavour-packed creations from Michelin-starred chefs, we’ve sussed out some choice options for clean eating—right in the heartlands.

Simple Food

It might be an absolutely no-frills eatery in Bedok, but Simple Food’s menu will wow with its expansive repertoire. The menu spans Western-style dishes such as “steaks” and crispy chicken fillets sandwiched in trendy charcoal buns, to Asian classics such as mee goreng, tauhu goreng and fish curry bubbling in a claypot. A wide range of zichar style dishes, such as stir-fried vegetables, hotplate tofu and Hokkien mee are also available—you can practically find something for everybody here.

Tel: 6909 8705
Address: 50 Kaki Bukit Place #01-02 Jean Yip building, Singapore 415926

Opening hours: 11am-3pm; 5-8:30pm Tue-Sun 

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NatureCafé

If you ever thought of vegetarian food as limiting: a visit to NatureCafe will change your perception. From this cosy vegetarian café in Clementi hidden under the MRT tracks comes a whoppingly huge menu spanning curries and stone pot rice to “steak sets” and hotplate dishes—all prepared without the use of MSG, garlic, onion or wine. The herbal burdock noodle soup sounds like just the thing for cold rainy days, as does a chestnut and bailing mushroom stew served steaming hot in a metal pot. Part of a group with two other outlets in Kallang and Bukit Merah, this Clementi outlet is outfitted with lots of blonde wood details and warm pendant lights hanging off tree branches to create a slightly cutesy “treehouse”-like space. The chill-out ambiance of the space also make it suitable venue for a quiet tete a tete over tea break—though do note that the open throughout the day only during the weekend.

Tel: 6515 5939
Address: 8 Boon Lay Way, #01-29 TradeHub 21, Singapore 609964
Opening hours: 10:30am-9:30pm Sat & Sun, 10:30am-3pm; 5-9:30pm Tue-Fri

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KOTUWA

When Wanderlust Hotel in Jalan Besar got a new lease of life under new owners, they also got an exciting new dining concept. The Sri Lankan restaurant of chef-owner Rishi Naleendra—who also steers Michelin-starred Cheek Bistro and Cloudstreet —might not be an obvious place for vegetarian food, but read their menu and you will find plenty of gems. From Kotuwa comes colourful, flavourful vegetarian-friendly creations. Think a warming bowl of Jumbo Sri Lankan cashew nut enrobed in a rich curry, a polos kottu—a chopped flatbread served with baby jackfruit and vegetables, or a dish of Beetroot stir-fried in cumin, green chilli and mustard. You can easily order up a colourful vegetarian spread of dishes packing a big spicy punch—tempting even to non-vegetarians!

Tel: 6970 7838
Address: 2 Dickson Road, First floor within Wanderlust Hotel, Singapore 209494

Opening hours: 11am-4pm; 6pm-10pm Sat & Sun, 6pm-10pm Wed-Fri

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Grace’s Pot Indian Restaurant

After a steaming hot foot bath at the Sembawang Hot Spring, how about some steaming hot Indian food? Just a short 15-minute walk away is Grace’s Pot Indian Restaurant. Opened by a couple from Cameron Highlands—where they still receive fresh produce—this Indian F&B concept that specialising in claypot dishes has a good spread of dishes suitable for those seeking meat-free meals. In fact, if given advanced notice, they can also prepare vegetarian versions of various dishes on their menu, such as swapping mutton for succulent jackfruit to make a tasty masala dish. They can even go the extra mile and skip the ghee to make vegan options while retaining maximum flavour achieved without the use of artificial flavouring and colouring.

Tel: 9387 8501

Address: 441 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758401

Opening hours: 11:30am-10pm daily

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33 Vegetarian Food

Craving for a fragrant plate of chicken rice but it’s Meatless Monday? Well, you can chow down on a version cooked by a chicken-rice-hawker-turned-vegetarian. While western-style items such as “chicken” burger and nuggets are available, the star of the menu at the Ang Mo Kio gem is the Healthy Chicken Rice Set: a commendable replica of the real deal in terms of how it looks. With the different components of the meal – housemade sauces and dips, blanched greens, mound of fluffy rice, platter of mock chicken and comforting bowl of soup – artfully plated in geometric porcelain dishes, it’s almost enough to trick you into thinking that you’re enjoying the meal at a fancy hotel! While the “roast chicken” is made with fried beancurd skin, much effort must have been put to create a mock version of steamed chicken – complete with silky “skin”. Regulars also give a thumbs-up for their fragrant rice and housemade chilli sauce.

Tel: 9683 9448

Address: 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-33 Teck Ghee Square Food Centre, Singapore 560409

Opening hours: Thu – Tue 11am – 8pm

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What’s your favourite vegetarian place in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Chong Pang, Clementi and Jalan Besar? Tell us all about it!

 


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