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Top 10 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Singapore

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, it can get a bit tough to find places outside with delicious and healthy options. We’re also talking about a balanced meal without copious amounts of starch but also protein and fibre. Thanks to our friends at EatPrayFlying.com, they tried and tasted several vegetarian restaurants in Singapore which we further refined to give you a top 10 list.

All of these places offer vegan options, most offer organic foods and all of them do not compromise on taste. Thus, even non-vegetarians will still enjoy a meal there without missing their usual meaty fare.

1. Herbivore

With the names of dishes such as Katsudon, sashimi and other meat-based foods, we wouldn’t blame you for thinking that Herbivore doesn’t live up to their name. However, even though the taste and texture are just like those meaty dishes, Herbivore’s Japanese food is 100% vegetarian and excellent to boot. They do add MSG and colouring into their food, so that may be something that you may want to keep in mind.

Herbivore
190 Middle Road
#01-13/14 Fortune Centre
Tel. no.: +65 6333 1612
Opening Hours:

Mon-Fr11:30 – 15:00
17:00 – 22:00
Sat & Sun11:30 – 22:00

2. Foy Yin Vegetarian Food

The first item on our list is an old school vegetarian food stall found within a hawker centre. It has great vegetarian dishes that taste just like their meat variants such as their “fish” soup and “duck” rice. Make sure to get there early though as the queues can get pretty long.

Foy Yin Vegetarian Food
Blk 628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4
#01-70 Block 628 Market & Food Centre

3. Original Sin

This restaurant is one of Singapore’s most established vegetarian places, with a great variety of western styled foods and salads that offer something for everyone, and the food is sure to rock your taste buds. You shouldn’t miss the chance to try out their Turkish Flat Bread, Falafel Salad and their highly recommended risotto. They are one of the pricier choices but it’s a great treat with family and friends.

Original Sin
Blk 43 Jalan Merah Saga
#01-62 Holland Village Chip Bee Gardens
Singapore 278115
Tel. no.: +65 6475 5605
Email: [email protected]

4. Café Salivation

Café Salivation was one of the first Western vegetarian cafes to open in Little India back in 2008. Salivation offers a variety of dishes such as salads, sandwiches and their unique pasta that are to die for. They don’t use any MSG, so that’s a double win right there.

Café Salivation
176 Race Course Road
Singapore 218607
Tel. no.: +65 6298 1412
Website: www.cafesalivation.com

5. Living Café and Deli

Vegans and vegetarians have a sweet tooth too! And Living Café and Deli is just the right place to have your cake and eat it. The recipes here aren’t entirely vegan (some of their mains have white meat) but it does have a large selection of vegan options and a variety of raw desserts that any sweets lover will approve.

Living Café and Deli
779 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 269758
Tel no.: +65 6468 4482
Website: www.balancedlivingasia.com/living-cafe-and-deli
Opening Hours:

Mon11:00 – 19:00
Tue – Fri11:00 – 22:00
Sat09:00 – 22:00
Sun09:00 – 19:00

6. Kampung Senang

Kampung Senang isn’t just a restaurant; it’s also an eco-conscious charity that aims to help cancer patients recover. They’ve used this as a basis for installing an organic kitchen to their Holistic Lifestyle Centre and in turn, aim to promote a healthy lifestyle to members of the charity as well as schools and corporations. Aside from offering great sushi rolls and a selection of organic food, they also hold seminars, workshops and educational talks.

Kampung Senang
Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent
#01-205
Singapore 380106
Tel. no.: +65 6749 8509

7. Create Healthy Lifestyle Café

You wouldn’t believe how crowded this little café gets and if you’re lucky enough to brave through the crowd or queue, then you’ll definitely appreciate it’s organic meals that are at affordable prices. There are several other vegetarian eateries within Fortune Centre but we like how Create just lets the ingredients speak for themselves and the dishes are quite well balanced.

Create Healthy Lifestyle Café
190 Middle Road
#02-17 Fortune Centre
Singapore 188979
Tel. no.: +65 6336 4355

8. Afterglow

Afterglow is one of the few organic restaurants that serves entirely raw food. The restaurant offers a ton of vegan and raw dishes ranging from soups, vegetable-based chips and even lasagna (don’t ask us how they do it). All of their recipes have been worked on so as to bring out the best of each dish. However, the prices for the food can be a little steep if you’re just looking for a place to eat and the portion sizes are a bit on the small side, mostly because of how much work it takes to make entirely raw dishes. Nonetheless, it is an experience eating here.

Afterglow
24 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089131
Tel. no.:+65 6224 8921

9. Sunny Choice

Sunny Choice mainly sells organic products, not just foods but also everyday home-care. Which is why it comes as no surprise their their cafe serves up organic vegetarian versions of local delights (bak kut teh, anyone?). They serve fresh organic juices and after your meal, you can stock up on your groceries too.

Bukit Merah
Blk 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1
#01-158
Singapore 150125
Tel. no.: +65 6272 3138
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 10:00 – 15:00 (closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)

Bukit Timah
434 Upper Bukit Timah Road
The Rail Mall
Singapore 678060
Tel. no.: +65 6892 2383
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:30 – 21:00 (last order at 20:30)

Bukit Batok
Blk 630 Bukit Batok Central
#01-154
Singapore 650630
Tel. no.: +65 6899 0918
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:30 – 21:00 (last order at 20:30)

10. Real Food

Real Food has become the leading restaurant when it comes to organic vegetarian food in Singapore. It originally started out as a small restaurant in Central, Clark Quay but has since grown and expanded over the years. They’ve become famous due to their support of ethical farming and food preparation, but their food is no joke. With fresh, organic and completely raw ingredients, they can make such amazing dishes as their Fried Vermicelli and Dumpling Soup along with a selection of pasta and sandwiches. It’s an experience you just won’t want to miss although we do advise you to skip their water (S$0.50 for a tiny glass).

The Central
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#B1-52/53 The Central
Singapore 059817
Tel. no.: +65 6224 4492

Square 2
10 Sinaran Drive
#B1-105/106/129 Square 2
Singapore 307506
Tel. no.: +65 6397 2289

Killiney
110 Killiney Road
Tai Wah Building
Singapore 239549
Tel. no: +65 6737 9516

Website: www.realfoodgrocer.com

We hope that this list was as helpful to you in choosing some non-meat alternative places to eat. There are still many more vegetarian and vegan restaurants around Singapore so make sure to do some exploring of your own as well. With that said, it’s time to go out and eat!

If you’re a café or restaurant and would like us to contact us to do a review, do email us at [email protected].


Photo Credits: TripAdvisor, Eat Pray Flying, Chope, Kampung Senang, Sunny Choice

Original post by EatPrayFlying

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Whip Up a Vegan Brunch!

Let’s meet together to prepare some VEGAN brunch!

Vegan diet can be really versatile and so delicious.  You can eat healthy and you don’t have to compromise on flavor. Classes will be conducted in accordance to plan based diet, all the dishes are also gluten-free. And the most important…. they are really yummy.

vegan brunch

We are going to prepare :

  • ”scrambled egg” – tofu . Breakfast of champions. A tofu scramble is a classic hearty vegan breakfast/brunch.
  • ”cheese” out of cashew nuts . Cashew cheese is perfect for those of you wanting an alternative to dairy or for the adventurous foodies who want to give a new recipe a try.
  • Vegan lentils a’ la baked beans

After the class we will sit together and enjoy the food.
This class will be hands-on so please wear comfortable clothing.
*Please bring your own  apron.

Experience includes:
  • Recipes
  • All ingredients and kitchen equipment will be provided
  • Instruction and tips (after the classes email support with the teacher)

Date: Sun, 9 or 16 April 2017
Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm
Price: S$65/pax

To register, please click here.

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Melissa’s Table Top Talk Episode 21: Vegan 101

With so many hits on the article that Luke wrote about the increasing popularity on Veganism, we decided to talk to Luke and his wife, Emilie, both of whom are vegan athletes and the founders of Live Green Live Lean to get a Vegan 101 from them. We learned a little bit more about why they decided to turn vegan despite having eaten meat for most of their lives and interestingly enough, the conversation turned to Body Confidence! Despite the digression, it was really good to have strength athletes and athletes speaking up about this subject and giving their point of view. Especially when Luke used to compete as a bodybuilder and trained girls for competition too.

After the interview, Luke was nice enough to share with us photos of him dressed as “Vegan Adam” which placed him at second place! Mind you, Luke did give us permission to share these photos and yes, we did have to do a few takes and the more we looked at the photos, the more hilarious they were! You’ve been warned…enjoy!

 

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Thank you once again to Luke and Emilie for joining us in this week’s episode and we wish them all the best as they welcome their little one.

Catch the ‘live’ version of Melissa’s Table Top Talk every Tue, 8.30pm (Singapore Time) at Wellness Insider’s Facebook page. To be updated on the latest episodes, you can also subscribe via our YouTube channel.


Photo credits: Luke Tan

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Killing More Animals By Being Vegan or Vegetarian?

Animals are an important part of the earth, just as much as humans and plants are.  They all have their own way of helping and influencing our ecosystem, thus keeping a balance on life. Because of this, it makes sense that people should treat animals with care and fairness.  Thus, a lot of vegetarians and vegans become so with the idea of saving animals as well as the environment, citing how livestock is producing a lot of greenhouse gases and how it is cruel to eat animal products.

But…is being vegan or vegetarian really saving the planet and animals?

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The Increasing Popularity of Being a Vegan

Whether it is for health, environment or animal welfare, there is no question about the rise of veganism. Google trends suggests that interest in the search term ‘vegan’, has quadrupled in the last 6 years. So why the sudden surge in people choosing a plant-based lifesyle?

vegan-sign

Let’s look at events in recent times.

Eating less meat

Late 2015, the World Health Organisation announced that processed meat is closely linked with colorectal cancer. In China, the government is looking to reduce its meat consumption by 50% for the benefit of human health and the environment. In Europe, daycare centres in Finland are looking to go vegan while in the Netherlands, new dietary guidelines limit meat consumption. Turning to the UK, dairy has also been slashed in food guidelines and the nuber of vegans have increased exponentially. On the sporting front, Forest Green Rovers is now an all vegan football club.

Meanwhile in the US, legendary bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger and renowned director James Cameron urge people to consume less meat for health and the environment. The founder of Nutritionfacts.org Dr Michael Greger’s book ‘How Not To Die’ has reached the New York Times best seller list. Vegan medical centres are opening all throughout the U.S. Along with that, hundreds of physicians are advocating a whole foods plant-based diet as a viable alternative to treating chronic degenerative diseases.

Market growth

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According to statistics, the meat substitute market is projected to reach US$5.17 Billion by 2020. With big food companies such as Ben and Jerry’s announcing four vegan ice cream flavours and Wendy’s releasing a vegan burger on their menu. Tesla motors also announced its first vegan SUV. In the fashion industry, Armani has chosen to go ‘fur free’, brands such as Rombaut and Nicora design eco and leather free shoes, while Matt and Natt create ethical and sustainable bags.

Plant-Based Athletes

More and more athletes are turning to a plant-based/vegan diet to improve performance. Famous names such as tennis champion Venus Williams, UFC Fighter Nate Diaz, Rio 2016 Olympians – US Weightlifter Kendrick Farris and Australian 400m Sprinter Morgan Mitchell, Strongman Patrik Baboumian and professional boxer David Haye, just to name a few, are advocates of a plant-based/vegan diet.

With all that in mind, being ‘vegan’ is not just another passing dietary fad, but a lifestyle here to stay.

Some make an overnight switch while others make a step by step transition to living a more conscious and compassionate life. To create the least harm possible through daily existence.

So what can you do if you’re thinking of going vegan?

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  1. Dine veg – There are scores of vegetarian/vegan restaurants waiting for you to explore. I’ve compiled a list of places to eat in the island and also, visit Hungry Ang Mo for reviews of local vegetarian eateries. Another thing that you could do is download the Happy Cow app. This is a nifty app that locates the nearest vegetarian/vegan cafes based on where you are globally.
  2. Connect – Consider joining local community support groups/meet ups. Connect with the members from Animal Allies and Vegetarian Society. Check out the free starter kit created by Animal Allies available for free download.
  3. Wear and shop conscious – No one is expecting you to discard any existing leather items you have. Wear them out instead. The next time you shop for clothes, bags or shoes, choose leather and fur free. For beauty products, check that they are cruelty free and not tested on animals. Many products these days have advertised themselves as ‘vegan’ friendly.
  4. Get healthy – Be a positive example to those around you. Try a green and healthy lifestyle instead, look to those who have success and are thriving on a vegan diet. Ask, research and do your due diligence to find out more about the perspective. Join plant-positive fitness forums such as – Team Evolved, Plantstrong Fitness, Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, Vegan Bodybuilding and Nutriton, Wholefood Plant-Based Aussies – for support and inspiration. Get active, get out there and find a sport or fitness activity that you love and spread change through your actions.

The bottom line here is not about being a perfectionist or purist about being vegan, but making small sustainable changes relative to where you are each day because every little bit counts.

Happy world vegan month!

Contributed by Luke Tan of Live Green Live Lean.


Photo credits: Pixabay & Wendy’s Burger

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