While rojak (a sweet and savoury salad of vegetables, fruits and dough fritters) is certainly delicious, they aren’t your only vegetarian option here in sunny Singapore.
Whether you’re hoping to eat healthy, or eager to learn about how Singapore’s myriad cultures approach vegetarian fare, the island’s north side is bound to serve up what you crave.
To discover meatless meals that taps on traditional Chinese ingredients and a variety of global culinary traditions, pay a visit to Greendot.
This popular chain of restaurants whips up a variety of dishes that hail from all across the globe, ranging from burgers with patties made from mushroom and soy to Japanese-style bentos that let you mix and match a variety of ingredients.
To sample how traditional Chinese medicine fuses with regional cooking techniques, we suggest sampling their lion mane mushroom rendang (braised and cooked in coconut milk and spices). The dish’s primary ingredient has long been used by Chinese apothecaries, in the belief that it cured stomach ailments and promoted general vigour.
Northpoint City. 930 Yishun Avenue 2 #01-47 North Wing, Singapore 769098. +65 6754 1778.
To eat like a local and experience tze char—a communal style of dining that involves the sharing of many different dishes—pay a visit to Green Signature. This chain of restaurants taps on Chinese culinary tradition to promote a vegetarian diet and healthy eating.
Diners can expect a plethora of flavourful vegetarian dishes, including claypot beancurd with assorted mushrooms, olive fried rice and assorted teas made from fruits and flowers. For a spicy treat, we recommend trying the restaurant’s hotplate mushroom with black pepper sauce, famous for its tender texture.
Northpoint City. 930 Yishun Avenue 2 #02-126/127 South Wing, Singapore 769098. +65 6935 0206.
A vegetable farm that houses a restaurant, Bollywood Veggies is the perfect environment for nature lovers looking to chomp down on homegrown greens. It’s located on the north-western outskirts of Singapore, so you’ll probably want to grab a cab or hitch a ride from a friend to get to this rustic locale.
Visitors can expect the freshest home-grown produce in the dishes served here, with the vegetarian options on the menu helpfully highlighted for visitors. To experience savoury vegetarian flavours, we suggest digging into their signature warrior’s platter, which comes with farm tempura, vegetable curry and samosas. Wash it down with some fresh fig tea, made from handpicked figs grown on the farm grounds.
If you’re hoping to expand your knowledge of agriculture and sustainable food practices, the establishment also conducts a variety of green activities, including guided farm tours and educational potting sessions.
Bollywood Veggies. 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026. +65 6898 5001.
Wed-Fri 7am-5.30pm (last order at 4.30pm); Sat & Sun 7am-6.30pm (last order at 5.30pm).
If you’re looking to expand your palette with innovative fusion fare, head down to Elemen. This vegetarian restaurant offers up Asian-Western fusion dishes, inspired by flavours from across the globe.
Western-inspired dishes include wild mushroom and white truffle pizza—a thin-crust delight topped off with red radish and vene cress—and the tortilla soup. If you’re in the mood for Asian flavours, try the tempura tofu avocado roll or the curry with naan (oven-baked flatbread).
Thomson Plaza. 301 Upper Thomson Road #01-113, Singapore 574408. +65 6452 0351.
Daily 11.30am-4pm, 5.30-10pm.
Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream Café
If you’ve always believed that dessert comes with a dollop of guilt, Brownice Italian Vegan Ice Cream Café is likely to change your mind. Singapore’s first vegan ice cream store boasts a range of au naturel flavours, made from 100% plant-based and preservative-free ingredients.
Organic brown rice, evaporated cane juice and fresh fruits and nuts are used as a substitute for dairy in every scoop of ice cream, which makes the sweet treats here a guilt-free pleasure that’s low in calories.
Dessert addicts can choose from a variety of classic flavours—including chocolate, vanilla and strawberry—or opt for the more adventurous premium selection, such as earl grey tea. To whet your appetite for new flavours, try their gula melaka (palm sugar) flavoured ice cream—its primary ingredient is commonly used in many regional desserts.
Sin Ming Centre. 8 Sin Ming Road #01-03, Singapore 575628. +65 6456 6431.
Mon-Thu & Sun noon-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-10.30pm