I have never been to Singapore.
When I think of traveling to the Far East, the first thing I wonder about is ‘what will I eat?’ Being a lacto vegetarian like most Indians, I don’t eat eggs. And most pictures of food that I have seen show sea food, pork and other kinds of meat.
Even Kaya Toast, Singapore’s most popular breakfast dish is made with eggs!
Fish sauce and shrimp paste are the dreaded hidden ingredients that literally make me sick. So what’s a girl to do?
It certainly did not help when Far East Hospitality provided a picture of a plate loaded with all kinds of meat, seafood and eggs, highlighting it as the epitome of Singapore food. There was no way I could eat it. Actually, I didn’t even want to look at it.
I am sure the purpose of this photo was to evoke emotion and make it Meme material. And it was a hit judging by the thousands of memes created with this photo.
The topic of this post was a no brainer. As a vegetarian, I wanted to be sure that Singapore offered cuisine that I could enjoy. I wanted to experience the culture and history of Singapore through its food. I wanted to be able to visit all the famous food courts and food stalls and be able to order vegetarian versions and enjoy them.
I know Indian food is part of Singapore food culture and there are many good Indian restaurants. But going to Singapore just to eat Indian food did not appeal to me.
So I did what any net savvy person would do. Loaded up Google in my browser and searched high and low. And I hit pay dirt. I found a treasure trove of information posted by people who have either lived in Singapore as locals or have traveled there.
Eating Vegetarian in Singapore
This is sort of a round up post about great vegetarian food in Singapore. Not just any food, but global food.
Singapore is after all the most cosmopolitan place in the world!
1. Top vegan/ vegetarian food in Singapore – Beatrice of EatPrayFlying
Beatrice Liu knows Singapore. From 4$ raw sushi to a $28 8 course meal at Honzen café, this local girl provides plenty of choices for every kind of vegetarian food to be enjoyed in Singapore.
Some of the dishes that stand out in her post – Spaghetti Soya Bolognese at Café Salivation, Sambal Fried Rice at Gokul Restaurant, Tom Yun Bee Hoon at Piore Organic Vegetarian Café, Fried Beancurd Balls with Kailan at Zen Fut Sai Kai – well, actually everything she tells us about is lip smacking.
2. Top 10 vegetarian Picks from The Shooting Star
Shivya Nath, our very own solo traveler has lived in Singapore as a local. So she knows all the inside stuff. Her post tells us about Indian and Middle Eastern favorites and also a hidden Thai restaurant only the locals know about. She vouches for the green curry fried rice.
3. City Of Nomads pick Top 10 Vegetarian Eats
Singapore is famous for its food courts and food stalls. But most of it seems to be meat on skewers or sea food. And the broth could be anything. That is a genuine concern every vegetarian has, believe me. City of Nomads include food stalls in their top 10 vegetarian picks. Vegetarian Bee Hoon at Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food at Redhill sounds totally appetizing and something I want to try.
4. Fancy Vegetarian Food in Singapore, Chubby Hubby style
If you like fancy food, or want to splurge for that special occasion, Brandon Chew tells us about two vegetarian tasting menus in Singapore. Street food is far away from these, I assure you.
5. Expat Living’s Top 30 Vegetarian Eats
This is a huge list with almost 30 different restaurants offering veggie food. From dumplings at Real Food to the Penang Rendang at Whole Earth, this list spans almost every kind of cuisine and every type of food from burgers to curry to lasagna.
I am sure you will get lots of helpful concrete information from these sources.
My favorite Singapore Food
I have tried to narrow down the dishes I would like to taste in Singapore.
Peranakan Food is top on my list. Peranakan is Singapore fusion. Going to Singapore and not tasting this will be the ultimate sin. Almost every dish in this cuisine seems to have some kind of chicken or fish, so Whole Earth is the safest place to go and try a vegetarian version. The steamed jade wrap is perfect for healthy eaters.
Food stalls rule in Singapore and I would love to try vegetarian versions of these dishes in Singapore – Hokkien Mee, Curry Laksa, satay, kopi, ice cream bread, Bee Hoon, Char Kway Teow , Kueh Tutu, pandan ice cream, Prata, rikshaw noodles and of course, the abundant fresh tropical fruits local to the region.
For folks who simply have to eat Indian food, or those traveling in a group, Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant and Komala Vilas seem to be the unanimous choice.
When I think Singapore, I want to think Food! Tall buildings and Disney don’t fascinate me much. But yes, I will definitely enjoy walking on clean streets and seeing people use trash cans for a change.
There is far more Singapore for everyone, and I am eager to discover my own vegetarian slice of it.
I wrote this post for a contest organized by Far East Hospitality. Finding local vegetarian food is a genuine concern for me and so I have tried to provide real information anyone going to Singapore can use. Hope it helps.