Singapore’s diverse and cosmopolitan food scene certainly does not leave out the veggie lovers. From traditional local dishes to inventive vegetarian delicacies, we have dutifully made a list of places to visit for a meat-free diet. Presenting out top 10 affordable and vegetarian restaurants in Singapore:
Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant at Bukit Gombak
One of the more popular joints for vegetarian food, this stall lives up to its fame. Look out for is their mock Chicken Rice – only available on the weekends after 11am, it’s worth the queue. The accompanying sour and spicy chilli sauce is simply heavenly. Other things to watch out for are their Laksa and vegetarian Bee Hoon. The thick curry gravy in the Laksa tastes better with every mouthful, and the crispy crackers on the vegetarian Bee Hoon are to die for. Though it gets very busy during peak hours, quality is still guaranteed.
Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant is located at 359 Bukit Batok Street 31, Singapore, 650359. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 6.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 9.30pm.
Jing Yi Vegetarian at Bukit Gombak
Just a walk down to the food court from Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant, the chef here is known for ensuring that each dish served is of the best quality, so be prepared to wait, especially on busy days. The Fried Rice served here is fragrant and perfectly cooked. They also serve a version of Tom Yam soup that is as sour as it should be, featuring mock squid providing a chewy texture, which gives the dish more character. The most popular dish here is the Fried Hor Fun, cooked just-so meaning enough never feels like enough! This is a place to visit again and again, despite the wait for your food.
Jing Yi Vegetarian is located at Blk 359 Bukit Batok Street 31, Meng Soon Huat Food Centre, Singapore, 650359. Opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday: 1.30pm – 9.30pm.
Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food at Redhill
One of the many stalls worth visiting in the area is Ru Yi Vegetarian Food, which primarily serves vegetarian Bee Hoon. The star ingredient of this dish is the mock Char Siew, which is soaked in succulent and sweet gravy – the perfect complement to the deliciously smooth Bee Hoon, along with the fried bean curd and its marriage of crispy exterior and smooth interior. The stall is crazy busy in the mornings, so be sure to get there early. Don’t worry, we promise it will wake you up from your semi-conscious state in the early morn’.
Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food is located at 80 Redhill Lane, Stall 4, Singapore, 150080. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 5.30am – midday. Closed on alternate Mondays.
Tanaka Vegetarian Food at Woodlands
This eatery is busy in the mornings, so if you want to try their specials, be sure to get there early. Check out their fantastically fragrant Roasted Chicken Rice along with some mean plates of Hor Fun, Mee Siam and Fried Rice, all of which makes it a firm neighbourhood favourite.
Tanaka Vegetarian Food is located at 306 Woodlands Street 31, Singapore, 730306. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 6am – 9pm.
Kwan Inn Vegetarian Food at Geylang
One of the more popular among vegetarian foodies, although they serve an array of dishes, the one to look out for is the Economy Rice. The fried beancurd is fresh and crispy, with a flaky and crunchy crust and a soft, chewy centre. If you don’t feel like having rice, they also serve very qualified Bee Hoon that is neither too dry nor too oily.
Kwan Inn Vegetarian Food is located at Geylang East Avenue 1, Block 134, Singapore, 380134. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10am.
Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant at Coronation Plaza
Contrary to popular belief, it is very possible to have a good vegetarian meal dining out in a restaurant in Singapore – a prime example being Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant. Their mock roast pork is extremely reminiscent of the real thing – the skin is roasted to crispy perfection and is accompanied by a sticky and sweet dip. Be sure to also try the hot and sour soup which is packed full of flavour and crunchy ingredients. Another must try for the folks who love their heat is the Assam Fish, which is served in a little clay pot. The Assam gravy is a delicious concoction of sour and spicy flavours.
Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 587 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore, 269707. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm.
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
This is the kind of place that makes their customers feel safe about ordering anything off their menu, since everything is good. Don’t be fooled by the name – they don’t only serve Indian cuisine. They also serve up an array of Chinese and Malay dishes that can blow your socks off. Their Paper Dosa, Mango Lassi and Biryani are highly recommended.
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant has outlets at 19 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore, 207478 and 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre, #01-07, Singapore, 188979. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 10.30am to 10.30pm.
Since we are talking about Indian food, Ananda Bhavan is a name worth mentioning. Watch out for their Daal Tadka and super fresh Dosai – the perfect accompaniments to their fragrant curries. With an expansive menu, boredom or choice is never an issue here.
Ananda Bhavan has outlets at 10 Buffalo Road, Singapore, 219784; 60 Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Terminal 2, Level 3, Singapore, 819643 and 95 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore, 207671. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 24 Hours.
VeganBurg is probably the most go-to vegetarian fast-food joint in the island, and with good reason. Their burgers feature a pan-fried soy patty and fresh vegetables sandwiched in-between soft wholemeal buns which taste seriously good together. Look out for their Creamy Mushroom Burger which is very more-ish and be sure to rrder your burger as a meal to get hold of their perfectly crunchy Seaweed Fries.
VeganBurg has outlets island-wide. For locations and opening hours see their website here.
Teng Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining at Sunshine Plaza
Have you ever had vegetarian sashimi? If not, this restaurant is worth a visit. They do an excellent job with textures, and serve up some great-tasting desserts as well. If you’re into mushrooms, their king mushrooms are delightfully crunchy. Their buckwheat noodles are also popular, along with desserts like the Green Tea Chendol. Overall, this is a quaint place that serves up delicious and interesting Japanese vegetarian cuisine.
Teng Bespoke Japanese s located at 91 Bencoolen Street, Sunshine Plaza, #01-50, Singapore, 189652. Opening hours are Monday – Sunday: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm.
So where are your favourite vegetarian restaurants in Singapore? Let us know in the comments.