Need to refuel after exploring the beaches of East Coast Park or heritage-rich shophouses of Joo Chiat? Make your next pit stop a healthy one when you dine at these restaurants, which specialise in meatless Korean cuisine, vegan interpretations of local nosh or—believe it or not—nutritious fast food.
For hearty spring rolls, soups and stews
Opened by sisters Hong Wei Ting and Hong Wei Ling, this family-run establishment recreates the humble local snack, popiah (spring rolls, S$2.50-S$4.10). Souperstar replaces the traditional ingredients of shrimp sambal (chilli paste), turnips and boiled eggs with fixings like roast chicken, seaweed and fresh mango.
Besides the expertly rolled popiah, you’ll find big bowls of soups and stews on the menu. The former comes in three sizes and in flavours such as mushroom and clam chowder, while the stews are served alongside three-grain rice and a side salad.
Eastpoint Mall. 3 Simei Street 6 #B1-K6, Singapore 528833.
Fast food burgers with a healthy twist
Burgers and fries as soul satisfying as they are nutritious—VeganBurg turns that fantasy into reality. The plant-based fast food joint from San Francisco serves up meat-free burgers whose patties incorporate fresh greens and other cholesterol-free, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) ingredients.
For more local flavours, sink your teeth into its char-grilled satay (grilled skewered meat) burger (S$9.90). It’s a grilled soya patty, drizzled in rich peanut sauce, served with pineapple slices and cucumber in-between high-fibre buns. Order it as a meal and you’ll get a side of seaweed fries or chopped broccoli, accompanied by a drink.
VeganBurg Singapore. 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502. +65 6844 6868.
Vegan interpretations of local delights and Western dishes
Loving Hut has the right idea when it comes to whipping up innovative vegan food. Strictly plant-based, the restaurant offers Singaporean delights, such as Peranakan (Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage) fare like nonya mee siam (rice vermicelli in a sweet-spicy broth, S$9.90) and Teochew dishes like kway chap (broad rice sheets in soya sauce broth, S$9.90). If you’re craving Western dishes, there are vegan renditions of fish and chips, and chicken chop on the menu.
Since it’s never too early to introduce vegan food to the little ones, Loving Hut’s kid-friendly menu features plates of tomato pasta and scrambled tofu sandwich.
Loving Hut. 229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01, Singapore 427489. +65 6348 6318.
Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 11.30am-9.30pm.
Asian fusion meat-free dishes
No meat, no problem––from rice bowls to customised bento (home-packed meal) to noodles (S$8.90), vegetarian cuisine is anything but boring at Green Dot. Tuck into the tom yum noodles, which dunks soya-based ‘mutton’, chunks of carrots and konnyaku (Japanese konjac) prawn in a fiery tom yum broth. For those who can’t handle the heat, opt for the signature rendang (braised meat cooked in coconut milk and spices) mushroom rice bowl (S$11.90). The savoury dish comprises lion mane mushroom, gong bao (stir-fried chicken and vegetable dish) mushroom, broccoli, vegetables, and is topped off with a sprinkling of seaweed flakes.
Bedok Mall. 207B New Upper Changi Road #B2-31/32, Singapore 467345. +65 6844 9422.
Paya Lebar Square. 60 Paya Lebar Road #02-15/16/17, Singapore 409051. +65 6702 2221.
Meatless Korean dining
The Boneless Kitchen
At The Boneless Kitchen, your Korean dining experience goes beyond kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage) and bibimbap (Korean mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables). Serving authentic flavours using ingredients directly imported from the motherland, the restaurant doles out mostly vegetarian dishes.
Choose from mains like mapa dubu (spicy tofu with rice, S$9.90) or japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles with vegetables, S$10.90) and complete it with Korean sides such as pan-fried tofu and seasoned spinach. Even the kimchi here is painstakingly prepared—without fish sauce or garlic.
The Boneless Kitchen is also great for dining in large groups, thanks to its Korean-style hot pots (S$35.90) that are meant for sharing. Go for the beoseot jeongol (mushroom hotpot) or doenjang jeongol (soyabean paste hotpot)—they’ll fill you up for hours to come.
The Boneless Kitchen. 1 Irving Place #01-31, Singapore 369546. +65 8457 6464.
Customisable lunch sets
The Bento People
A quarter of whole grains and proteins, and half a plate of vegetables and fruits—that’s what a healthy and balanced meal should look like. With the help of bento boxes, The Bento People lets you create your own equally proportioned dish.
To assemble your box, pick three items from the menu. These range from meat to vegan-friendly options, like bulgogi (marinated slices of meat), tofu masala (Indian spice), and broccoli in Thai green curry. Other robust offerings include its grain bowls, such as the Quinoa Lemak Bowl (S$15.80): the seeds are tossed with virgin coconut oil, nuts, Japanese cucumbers and nasi lemak sambal (chilli paste from the savoury coconut rice dish).
The Bento People. 2 Kallang Avenue #02-17, Singapore 339407. +65 6443 2006.
Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-8.30pm; Sat 11.30am-3pm.