Happy Sunday everyone! I’m back this week with another post on all the amazing food I’ve been eating while studying abroad in Singapore. If you haven’t already, I did a post a few weeks back with part one, so be sure to check that out after you read this post!
After a month of living here, I am surprised that I haven’t got fed up of all the Asian food I’ve been eating. I have never eaten so much of it in my life, but I’d be lying if I said that I don’t miss North American food a tad bit. I am lucky to live in a city that is so diverse so I have managed to venture off of campus more often to see what else is out there besides prata and mapo tofu.
Prior to moving to Singapore, I was living off a diet that consisted of eating pasta or pizza at least 3 times a week (I think I might have been Italian in another life). So I made my way into the city and went to the oh so popular Brownice, a vegan ice cream shop that also specializes in pizza and pasta. I ordered myself the BBQ “chicken” pizza, which was covered in soy “chicken” that could fool any meat-eater, and it was smothered in plenty of BBQ sauce and vegan cheese. I devoured my pizza in 5 minutes and it reminded me a lot of my jackfruit BBQ pizza I like to make. I knew I couldn’t leave until I tried one of their ice creams, so I also got myself a heaping scoop of matcha ice cream and it was the perfect way to end the meal. It was extremely creamy and full of flavour. I know I need to go back.
Finding vegan pho even back home has always been a struggle. Pho has been one of my favourite comfort foods for a long time now and even though its 30 plus degrees here in Singapore, all I have wanted to eat since I’ve been here is pho. Through extensive research I found out that Namnam Noodle Bar serves vegetarian pho (but it was all vegan) and so I made my way to Wheelock Place to get my hands on some. This was hands down once of the best meals I have had so far on this trip. The pho had all the spices you expect like star anise, there were plenty of veggies, and there was my oh so favourite tofu skins. Writing this, my mouth salivating, and so I think I might go there tonight for dinner…
My typical “nigh out” meal consists of me at McDonalds, ordering a crispy veggie burger and calling it a night. But no McDonalds burger comes close to the one I had at nomVnom, a vegan burger joint here in Singapore. I got myself the QQ Cheesy burger with a side of “onion rings” and a classic American root beer. Now I put onion rings with the quotations around it because these onion rings weren’t made of onion, but instead filled with fake chicken…? I’ve noticed that Singaporeans are really into tricking people into ordering something and then giving them the complete opposite of what they wanted. No hate, just an observation. The onion rings were okay (of course not what I wanted) but the burger was out of this world. The patty was made of crispy fried oyster mushrooms that had the same meatiness and crispy coating that you would want from any chicken burger. The “cheese” sauce was creamy and didn’t take away from the flavour of the patty. This was hands down one of my favourite meals I have had so far on the trip.
Big news guys, Singapore doesn’t have a Chipotle! I know, shocking, but I was able to find a great alternative that will cure all your American-Mexican needs. Muchachos is a hipster-esque burrito joint located here in Chinatown (don’t ask me why) that is not known for vegan dishes but its very easy to make your burrito, taco, or taco bowl veg friendly. I got the veggie burrito without the cheese and sour cream with a side of chips and guac. It was the perfect getaway from all the Asian food I’ve been eating. My burrito was packed with grilled veggies, rice, and salsa, and with the addition of hot sauce, I was heaven. Me and my vegan friend I went with were extremely satisfied, and I think everyone in the restaurant was well aware since you could here us scoffing down our food.
In all my first month of living here has been a success and I can’t wait to see what the next 3 hold for me! The more I live here, the more I fall in love with this city. I had no idea that I could call anywhere else home besides Canada, but Singapore you got me hooked! I’m planning of doing some travelling soon so keep your eyes out on some interesting blog posts! Be sure to follow me on my social media, links are in the side bar and there is also a new video out today on my YouTube channel! I’ll talk to you guys soon!