Hello everyone! Hope your 2017 is treating you well and you’re keeping your New Years Resolutions…Even though I don’t even have any, nor do I ever keep them. As you may know, I am currently on exchange in Singapore where I am studying at NUS (National University of Singapore). Despite my body being shocked by the heat, I must say I think I am in love with this city. Not only are the views out of this world, but the food is on a whole other level. I have always loved Asian cuisine and so I am very happy with what I have eaten so far. Today I thought I would share with you some of the food I have been eating and how I am finding being vegan in Singapore.
I find myself eating a lot of Indian food here since it tends to be vegan most of the time. The one Indian dish I have been eating non stop is prata, which is a fried flatbread that is perfect for dipping or eating by itself. I always ask if it’s fried in butter or and dairy based fat, but so far I have been lucky. One of my favourite pratas I have had so far comes from Makansutra Gluttons Bay, an area by Marina Bay that consists of various Asian food stalls. This one was stuffed with tons of veggies like cabbage and carrot, and served with a spicy soup consisting of potato and chillies. I am definitely planning of going back and trying some of the other stalls there. The prata here is so fluffly and light, I can’t stop eating it!
While in Singapore you need to go to a Hawker centre, your trip would not be complete without eating at one. Hawker centres are open aired food courts that are filled with tons of stalls serving various Asian cuisines. The only one I’ve been to so far is the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, which from what I heard was one of the bigger ones in Singapore. To be honest, I did have a bit of a hard time finding vegan options, even vegetarian was hard to find. There was one vegetarian stall there, but it was closed unfortunately so I will go back! Luckily, I did find a Thai stall where I ordered the Thai fried noodles and they were happy to skip on the meat and eggs for my dish. I thoroughly enjoyed my noodles and they were topped with crispy onions, which to be quite honest I could eat a whole bowl of those things.
I want to say that cafeteria food here makes the food at my local university in Canada look like a joke. The curry here doesn’t come from a tub, there is some real heat and flavour to it. The cafeteria food at NUS is not only cheap but it’s also super tasty. Sometimes when the cashier tells me the total of my food I have to reconfirm because the price is too good to be true. $1.70 for a plate of rice and stir fried veggies? Hell yes! One dish I really like eating her is Mapo Tofu, which is pretty easy to make vegan. Just ask if there is meat or eggs. A plate of Mapo Tofu here costs around $4-6 and the portions are very generous. This is a great dish to have if you’re in the mood for something hearty and comforting.
During my first week here I had the pleasure of meeting another fellow vegan and so it was destined that we hit up one of the local vegan restaurants together. As much as I love Asian cuisine, I was in the mood for something fresh and light. We decided to go for lunch at The Living Cafe, a little restaurant that is serving up a variety of dishes for both omnivores and vegans. I decided to get the sesame tofu burger, where the buns where actually made of 2 pieces of tofu! There was eggplant and mushrooms stuffed inside, and it came with a side of spiced sweet potato fries and coleslaw. It was delicious, but the best part was dessert! I got the raw peppermint mocha cake and it was seriously one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. It was light and creamy from the cashews and the peppermint and chocolate worked well together. I am definitely coming back here after I discover some more vegan restaurants.
My tips so far, don’t be afraid to ask if the dishes are vegan. People might not understand you but usually they know what “vegetarian” is. Even though English is the first language here, I would suggest learning how to say “I am vegetarian” or “Is this vegan?” in Mandarin. But overall I am loving it here in Singapore, the people are lovely and the food is wonderful…What more could a girl ask for! If you don’t already be sure to follow me on social media, links in the sidebar, because I post tons of pictures on my Instagram story! Keep your eyes out for a part 2 of my Singapore food posts!
Lots of love from Singapore and I will talk to you next week!