The city state of Singapore is well known for its diversity, being a melting pot of nations from around Asia, especially China, Malaysia and India. It is an amazing travel destination and in our opinion, a great “entrance level” country to explore Asia for first timers, as it has top notch infrastructure, English as one of their official languages, and it boosts to be one of he cleanest places you can visit on Earth
The variety of cultures calling Singapore home also leads to its fantastic cuisine, and that’s why we call it a food paradise!
For us vegan travelers Singapore did not fail to impress either! Below is a list of some of our favorite plant-based culinary explorations in this beautiful Lion City:
Most hotel bookings for Singapore offer to include breakfast, which we highly recommend in the larger hotels! You will be treated to a delicious variety of Western and Asian foods and the chefs are usually happy to create vegan versions of their Asian noodle, rice and Indian dishes for you! Our stays at the Regent Hotel and the Fort Canning Hotel were most enjoyable and we had breakfasts for kings!
The vegetarian Real Food Café offers four locations in Singapore and we tried the one inside Orchard Central. It has an earth-friendly design Apart and offers some vegan grocery products alongside its restaurant menu. A nice stop for lunch or snacks if you are out shopping.
Our favorite discovery was the amazing Ling Zhi, a Chinese vegetarian restaurant with two locations in town. It is real Chinese dining with fresh, high quality and health-minded plant-based ingredients! The fantastic food, ambiance and service were all top notch at the Liat Tower location, where we dined twice. I fell in love with their truffle mushroom soup, various claypots, noodle dishes and hot Osmanthus tea. Look out for the daily specials!
If you really want to impress your company and try something very unique, opt for the impressive fixed menu dining at Joie by Dozo! This is a vegetarian gourmet restaurant where you can treat yourself to a 7-course meal on the highest floor of the Orchard Central building. The cuisine is a mix of Japanese and continental, served alongside unlimited green tea pours. While it sounds expensive, it truly isn’t by US standards for such an amazing experience! Reservations are a must and we suggest to ask for one of the private dining rooms. Please allow at least 2 hour here and note that they close at 10 pm.
Chinatown has a collection of wonderful vegan-friendly restaurants, and if you find yourself strolling over from Clarke Quay, make sure to check out the friendly Genesis Vegan inside the Havelock II building! We truly enjoyed the vegan dumplings, laksa, which is a Singapore favorite dish in a flavorful turmeric broth.
Our next amazing dinner was at the long-established Miao Yi, a classy Chinese vegetarian restaurant inside the People’s Park Center shopping mall. Here you can try authentic Chinese dishes with deep flavors and textures, like the spicy monkey head mushrooms and he Samba Sweet Potato Leaves! All dishes are offered in three different sizes, so bring friends to share as many dishes as possible on the “lazy susan” round table, which makes this delicious dining experience even better!
Wishing you many happy plant-based food discoveries in Singapore!
Author: Ina Mohan, vegan travel buff and Singapore fan
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