A vegan in Singapores

Being a vegan in Singapore is just pure heaven, you can find lots of great options anywhere.

In December 2016 Peta named Singapore the second most friendly vegan city in Asia, so that should mean something  😀

Singapore’s food combines Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western influences, Japanese and Thai,  and is rich in vegetarian options. For me the best places were the hawker centres (food-courts), they are easy to find and have a bit of everything from fruit juices, smoothies made with local and exotic fruit, desserts, pure vegan meals and even raw vegan. You will be able to taste all cuisines, from 4$-12$ per meal. You can also look for Indian and vegetarian Chinese restaurants often serving up amazing vegan options.

If you eat in a non-vegetarian restaurant be aware that dishes that appear vegetarian on the menu may contain oyster sauce, salted fish, etc. just check with the staff first.

Here are some places that I recommend for having great delicious and affordable food. Remember that healthy dishes that require a lot of efforts and innovation often come with large bills 🙂

hawker centres:

  • Circuit Road Food Centre has many vegetarian food stalls; here you can try the vegan versions of local dishes such as tahu goreng, satay, briyani rice, nasi lemak (coconut rice), hor fun, chicken rice, laksa, etc.
  • Fortune Centre at Bugis has many great vegan eateries and more options outside the centre.
  • Redhill Market and Food Centre – vegetarian cuisine is popular at this food centre, try the Bee Hoon with mock Char Siew from the Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food.
  • Kim San Leng Food Centre
  • Bendemeer Market and Food Centre

(many veg food stalls tend to be closed on Monday)

restaurants / eateries:

  • Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant (Little India) has a very extensive menu (about 400 items of which three-quarters are listed as vegan) and you can sample Indian, Chinese, international and local dishes and desserts all under one roof.
  • Divine Realm Vegetarian Restaurant –  Chinese vegetarian
  • Nature Vegetarian Delights – Chinese vegetarian restaurant
  • Xing Hua Vegetarian Restaurant. It’s a Chinese restaurant serving mainly mock-meats
  • Yi xin vegetarian – the best in china town
  • Zen Fut Sai Kai Vegetarian Restaurant 
  • Genesis vegan Restaurant 
  •  Vegandeli SG 
  • Green Leaf Cafe – Little India.
  • Veggie King International Buffet
  • Steamboat Restaurant for international, regional (Japanese, Korean, Thai) and local buffet dishes which include desserts.
  • Fill-a-Pita -Middle Eastern vegetarian food.
  •  vegetarians from West-side: Hua Jin Vegetarian Family Restaurant and Tanaka Vegetarian Food
  • Japanese vegetarian food (a bit priceyBespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining and Herbivore 
  • For vegan burgers you have: Vegan Burg and the nomVnom
  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, the Singapore Buddhist Lodge and the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery serve vegetarian food.

Tips:  Keep an eye out for the Singapore Food Festival, held every year in July.

photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

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73 thoughts on “A vegan in Singapores

  1. BlissfullyGrateful

    Loved this post! Singapore is definitely in my travel list and I will make sure to re-read your amazing tips and recommendations just before I visit it! ? Xx

  2. SueT唐 梦 琇

    Great post. I note you mention oyster sauce which is not for vegans but isn’t oyster sauce made from oyster mushrooms?

  3. Chef V.

    Nice culinary list! Everything it seems to be delicious ??

    • Ana Rocha ??

      thanks so much ? yours looks delicious too, shame that I don’t understand Italian well, sometimes I just put your recipe on google translate to have the idea 😉

  4. Mel & Suan

    There are constantly innovating chefs who come up with new Vegan concepts here in our little red dot… happy to say we agree with you!

  5. ianscyberspace

    I lived in Singapore for ten years from 1985 however our first visit there was in 1965. We watched it develop from just another shabby city to the cleanest and best city in the world. Loved the food and recognize the pictures you shared with excitement. We still favour Asian food since returning to Oz in 1996.

    • cook the beans

      I imagine it was incredible to see how much a place can develop in such a short period of time. Thanks for passing by and leaving a bit of your personal experience 😉

  6. priyaabali

    HEY if youre reading this! I would like to invite you on my blog in which i took a challenge of making dishes in a particular time period. I would love for you to read my first update and stay with me through my messy journey. Thankyou

    • cook the beans

      Hi thanks for passing by and leaving a comment, I will have a look at your blog 😉

  7. Gaby Dimova

    I have always wanted to visit Singapore and hearing about all these great vegan food options definitely makes me want to visit more!

  8. abbylepper

    Wow! I’m so jealous. The options are very sparse where I’m from. Singapore definitely just made my travel list 🙂

  9. lifeintrips

    Oh I wish I would have found you prior to my Singapore visit… nonetheless will keep in my these wonderful place you mentioned… Thanks…

  10. thegreynomadblog

    Thanks for a very insightful and helpful article!! 🙂 Hope we could exchange more tips and tricks on food so do follow us! 🙂

  11. Melialpr

    these photos make me want to eat all of them right now

  12. Sunshine

    It’s got me hungry already…
    ….. Wonderful piece!!?

  13. Minh Nguyen

    Great list! I’ll be going to Singapore in July, so will check some on the list out for sure.

  14. Emilie Rost

    I usually struggle a bit with the hawker centres in my area, will definitely try these ones. Thanks for the tips!

  15. Dipa

    If you’re ever in Japan, let me know!

  16. Dipa

    Ahhh.. I’m from Singapore and these are some of my favourite restaurants… Sob sob. I miss the food so much. Glad you enjoyed my home city 🙂

    • cook the beans

      you’re from a lovely city I loved it. I will come back one day again for sure! thanks for passing by 😉

  17. trudi_bruges

    Great to know there are so many vegan options there!
    The use of oyster sauce (fish sauce) is also a common problem in Asian restaurants over here. It is often listed among the vegetarian dishes :-/

  18. SueT唐 梦 琇

    Food looks fabulous. I just found out that oyster sauce is not made from oysters but oyster mushrooms. Did you know that?

    • cook the beans

      Hi Sue, only vegetarian brands use mushrooms as a substitute. but if you are eating at a normal eatery the sauce is made by cooking oysters, and the cheapest ones only have a little oyster essence, lots of sugar and almost for sure they contain MSG.

  19. Jens Travels site

    Must check out the Circuit Road Food Centre next time I’m in Singapore. I’ve tried many places but haven’t been there yet. Thanks for the hint.

    • cook the beans

      that’s great if you have the opportunity to visit Singapore again, try to go there it’s like a vegetarian food “night market.” I don’t want to lie but there are like 10 vegetarian hawker stalls 🙂 try to arrive early around 5.30pm to 6.30pm before the dinner crowd arrives!

      • Jens Travels site

        I go to Singapore at least once a year – more often if I can. It’s top of my list for the next visit!

  20. Major Styles

    Agreed…Singapore is one of the great food cities in the world – bursting with amazing culinary options.

  21. gypsyjackson

    Nice list – will bookmark this for when I move to Singapore next year! Thanks.

    • cook the beans

      you’re very welcome hope you enjoy Singapore at it’s vegetarian food 😀 let me know if you need any more tips 😉

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