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Postby AjitS » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 6:24 am

Hi everyone

I'm moving to Singapore soon from the UK, I'm little worried about the variety of food as I am a vegetarian. I have been Malaysia a few times and have always struggles with gettin good vegetarian food but as I only ever been there for a few weeks at a time on holiday living on a not much else other than chips has not been an issue.

But the fact that I will be in Singapore at least a year worries me, can't imagine how big my stomach would become after a few months of eating just chips.

In England or at least the places I have been in England always seem to have really good vegetarian options but I have a Feeling vegetarians are goin to be very far a few between in Singapore.

As always all advise welcome and apreciated.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 6:30 am

Plenty of vegetarian options in Singapore as a significant percentage of the population is vegetarian.

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Postby x9200 » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 7:00 am

Practically every single restaurant got a vegetarian section in their menu and these are not chips. This include BBQ food suppliers (soy based satays, other mock meet etc). The only stuff which is less around comparing to Europe are uncooked green products so like salads etc. They are available but not in such variety.

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Postby AjitS » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 7:12 am

Sounds much more promising than kuala lumper.

Thanks for the reassurance guys. :)

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Postby the lynx » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 8:41 am

To add to what SE and X92 said:

Almost every hawker centre and food court in malls and around HDB has at least one vegetarian stall (serving like those X92 mentioned). Although these stalls usually serve Chinese vegetarian dishes, the availability is there.

Assuming you're looking for Indian vegetarian food, Little India is a heaven!

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:05 pm

the lynx wrote:To add to what SE and X92 said:

Almost every hawker centre and food court in malls and around HDB has at least one vegetarian stall (serving like those X92 mentioned). Although these stalls usually serve Chinese vegetarian dishes, the availability is there.

Assuming you're looking for Indian vegetarian food, Little India is a heaven!


The chinese veg is minus garlic and onion .. and pepper ??

Oh, if somebody is asking about Indian veg food, then he is gonna disappointed.

The good news is, virtually everywhere, nowadays it is not hard to find an "Indian" vegetarian shop ..

Oh, where about did you stay in KL ? You should have stuck to Brickfields or Masjid Indah .. India at your doorsteps .. though it is not hard to find Indian veg food almost everywhere .. bad tour guide ?? haha .. From Jalan Pudu (just step across the old bus terminal past the Indian Temple) .. and in Bukit Bintang, along the KFC, walk down the Changkat Bukit Bintang and lo and behold - there is a nice food center and further down, a true local version of Anandhabavan or Saravanas or Komalas .. even though the 'joint' operates out of the garage of a house .. if you are only into 'high class' food places, I do agree with you that you have limited choices ..

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Postby AjitS » Fri, 10 Feb 2012 7:52 pm

thanks for all you help.

stayed right off the Jalan Alore in KL, my experience wasn’t great which is what made me initially worry what it would be like in Singapore, but yes ecureilx I think it may have been a case of “bad tour guide”

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not that easy....

Postby cxxx » Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:10 am

I have to say I haven't found it particularly easy eating out as a vegetarian here.

A good number of the restaurants we plan on going to dont have anything I can/would want to eat, admittedly I am probably a bit fussy but if Im going out for a nice meal I want to have a nice meal and not some rice\noodles and vegetables thrown together in a bowl with soy sauce because the restaurant doesn't have a vegetarian option/any imagination (and only about 50% of the restaurants are prepared to do this for you, the rest say no if its not on the menu we cant do it)

I used to get excited when I saw that a restaurant (mainly chinese and japanese) had a "vegetables" section on the menu, but alot of the time the vegetables are prepared with oyster sauce, prawn sambal or "special sauce", finding out the ingredients of the "special sauce" is like putting teeth and it usually has fish in it.

There are one or two vegetarian restaurants which are very good, most of the Indian restaurants have a decent choice, the Indian hawker stalls are usually pretty good (Im not a fan of the mock meat stuff so tend to stay away from the chinese vego hawkers) and the overpriced tourist/expat places are always accommodating if they don't have anything suitable on the menu.

But chips, I do miss a good chippy....chips and cheese at the end of a night out are sadly a thing of the past!

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Postby AjitS » Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:00 am

yes going to miss the simple things the most i think.. Chips and Cheese :)

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Re: not that easy....

Postby JR8 » Tue, 14 Feb 2012 1:20 am

cxxx wrote: admittedly I am probably a bit fussy


Er yes just a bit :), you sound basically vegan. So that's 95% of all options in SG ruled out for a start.

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Postby BigSis » Wed, 15 Feb 2012 9:50 pm

I've got some friends who are veggie - they seem to manage OK. There are a few all vegetarian international restaurants around and most other international restaurants serve some veggie dishes. There are also a lot of Indian vegetarian restaurants. Some hawker stalls, especially Indian ones, have a veg option even though they also serve meat (so long as you don't mind the stall selling both meat and veg).

In the supermarkets there are more vegetarian convenience foods around these days too - Linda McCartney products, Morning Star (I think it's called) and Amy's veggie burgers etc. Loads more choice than when I first moved here. Always expensive but most imported goods are.

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Postby AjitS » Fri, 18 May 2012 5:23 pm

not sure if anyone is interested but i downloaded this app called "veggie table" on my iphone and currenlty living by it.

by no means contains EVERY vege restaurant (as i have been to a few not listed) but defo helps me day to day when im out and about.

still missing a good portion of chips and cheese though.

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Postby Zeenit » Fri, 18 May 2012 7:42 pm

There is a place called Original Sin that is pure Veggie, another place is Bishan Park that has a great Veggie menu. There are loads of places that does good food and not chinese as I discovered most Chinese place use pork bones for stock. Even if its a Veggie meal they don't understand no bones :-)
Also loads of Veggie Indian restaurants in Little India.
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Postby AjitS » Fri, 18 May 2012 10:43 pm

Thanks zeenit... Someone else mentioned original sin to me.. Thats one i will defo need to visit i think...

Im bit of a fussy eater and was worried about how i would get on with the food (hence the original post a few months back) but thankfully have to say been plesently surprised.

But still have to say outside of india uk has to be the best place for vege food (my experience anyway).

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Postby paksit » Sun, 20 May 2012 4:44 pm

I heard the food in singapore is great. Wanna try it soon. weee
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