They made small talk while waiting as if trying to occupy their minds with something else. Their fingers fidgeted with the chopstick packets as a clear manifestation of their subconscious. From three tables away, you could feel the anticipation in the air. When the waitress finally came bearing a family-sized platter of Yee Sang, it took less than ten seconds for family members to dive into the salad, tossing it with their chopsticks and shouting well wishes and blessings of good fortune and prosperity.
Our second instalment of Good Eats focuses on the beautiful city of Singapore. Chinatown and Hawker Centres are some of the best places to find good and delicious vegan food at affordable prices.
Where to eat vegan in Singapore
Bugis • 190 Middle Road Fortune Centre #01-28B • £
Inside Fortune Centre, on the lower ground next to a health shop, Vegan Deli serves 100% vegan Japanese bento sets and a-la-carte dishes. It’s a no-frills eatery with delicious food — get one of the bento — and a fast service.
Yi Xin Vegetarian
Chinatown • 39 Temple Street • £
A Chinese vegetarian restaurant, with a separate vegan menu, serving tasty and inexpensive food. The buffet changes daily — if available, get the caramelised sesame peanuts— and there’s also an a-la-carte menu.
Chinatown • 32, 30 Tg Pagar Rd • ££
On a quieter part of Chinatown, O’Bean is a restaurant that incorporates soybean in its organic-based cuisine. The menu serving ramen, soups, porridge and other delicious options, clearly states the vegan options. Their rice sets are so filling that you might be tempted to skip dessert. Yet the Signature Black Marble Balls, made out of glutinous rice with peanut butter filling, is and excelent way to finish a meal. When ordering any drink you can opt for the amount of sugar in it, which is a very sensible choice for a restaurant promoting healthy meals.
Five Insights Hall
Chinatown • 288 South Bridge Rd • £
On the basement of the famed Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, there’s a canteen serving cheap delicious Chinese and Indian cuisine made according to the Buddhist principles of non-aggression. The canteen only serves food until 3 pm and only takes cash.
GOOD TO KNOW
- Meat-loving Singapore might feel like an oasis for veggies but in Chinatown, there are countless restaurants that cater to this lifestyle and are also extremely affordable.
- Download Happy Cow, the veggie food app/website, listing all the veggie restaurants available near you.