Going for Greens

Check out vegetarian choices in regular restaurants that will make everyone green with envy

Issue: Nov 2012

Cedele Bakery’s rustic artisan fresh-baked bread and selection of hearty vegetarian soups mean that those who avoid meats are never left out
Cedele Bakery’s rustic artisan fresh-baked bread and selection of hearty vegetarian soups mean that those who avoid meats are never left out

Whether it is a lifestyle choice or a health option, more and more people are choosing to eat green. Vegetarianism, however, is more than just abstaining from meat. There are apparently shades of green among the lovers of green. Ovo vegetarians eat eggs but not other dairy products. Lacto vegetarians eat dairy products but not eggs, while ovo-lacto vegetarians allow both. Vegans do not eat any animals or animal products and exclude even milk, honey and eggs from their diet.

If you have friends that fall within any of these broad categories of vegetarianism, or are yourself a vegetable lover in a world of carnivores, dining out together need no longer be an act of sacrifice. There are now plenty of restaurants within CapitaLand’s properties that have menus sensitive to the needs of vegetarians without neglecting those who love their meat. So, dive in and dine out.

Western Greens

Cedele is a vegetarian’s haven with its carefully-thought-through greens choices. At Raffles City, you have not one but two Cedele restaurants to choose from. If you have time for a relaxed meal in a posh setting, go for the Cedele All-day Dining Restaurant.

At a time when all-day breakfasts are all the rage, vegetarians will not miss out with the Rosti which features potato pancakes, eggs that are either scrambled or fried, tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. The pancakes are light browned and slightly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

(Left)Tofu Miso Pasta is a delicious and substantial East meets West vegetarian option (Right) Tofu Edamame Grills & Greens Salad plays on the crunchy texture of the edamame and the silk smoothness of tofu
(Left)Tofu Miso Pasta is a delicious and substantial East meets West vegetarian option (Right) Tofu Edamame Grills & Greens Salad plays on the crunchy texture of the edamame and the silk smoothness of tofu

Tofu Miso Pasta will have fusion fans in a tizzy. The noodles which are imbibed with the taste of miso come in a hearty portion. For something different, try the Vegetarian Stacks which is a tower of eggplant, wild mushrooms, red pepper, and potato kumara cake accompanied by a thick tomato sauce scented with marjoram.

If you want a less substantial meal, the Tofu Edamame Grills & Greens Salad is a good choice. The crunchy soybeans in their pod (edamame) is a perfect foil for the silky tofu (bean curd).

Chocolate Banana Expresso (left) and ice-cream that are egg-less so vegans and lacto-vegetarians can have their cake (and ice-cream) and eat it
Chocolate Banana Expresso (left) and ice-cream that are egg-less so vegans and lacto-vegetarians can have their cake (and ice-cream) and eat it

If you are in a rush and want a deli-style meal, then go to Cedele Bakery at the basement of Raffles City. You can have your pick of quiches (mushroom, spinach and cheese, grilled red pepper and eggplant, tomato and asparagus) or sandwhiches (grilled red pepper and tomato, pumpkin, curry pumpkin, apple pumpkin, Moroccan spiced carrot, roasted vegetables, wild mushroom).

What is even better is their desserts come in egg-less versions that vegans and lacto-vegetarians can enjoy. So, you can dig into ice-cream, Carrot Walnut and Chocolate Banana Expresso and Chocolate Truffle cakes.

Chinese Greens

Din Tai Fung’s famous dumplings come in vegetarian versions as well
Din Tai Fung’s famous dumplings come in vegetarian versions as well
Photo credit: www.foodspotting.com

The Chinese may be notorious for eating anything that moves but Michelin-star Chinese restaurant, Din Tai Fung, is a place any vegetarian would be comfortable to dine. Famed for its steamed dumpling, they have a vegetarian version so everyone gets to try they signature dish. The Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling are puffy affairs stuffed with chopped bok choy, beancurd, turnip, shitake mushroom, black wood ear fungus and vermicelli.

For starters, have the Oriental Salad in Special Vinegar Dressing. It is a medley of julienne seaweed, bean sprouts, spicy beancurd and rice vermicelli tossed in a tangy dressing with fragrant sesame oil. The chilled appetiser is a joyous combination of tart, spicy and crunchy. Vegetables have never tasted this good.

The Stir Fried Nai Bai (Snow Cabbage) with Garlic and Stir Fried Hong Kong Kailan with Special Sauce are not only green but guilt-free. Both are flash-fried with minimal oil so the vegetables retain their healthy crunch.

Local Greens

The local <i>laksa</i> gets the vegetarian treatment at Laksania
The local laksa gets the vegetarian treatment at Laksania

Vegetarian lovers of local favourite, laksa (noodles in a spicy, coconut-based broth), will be glad to know that specialty laksa café, Laksania, at Bugis+ gives more than a cursory nod to vegetarian choices in their menu. The eatery is known for their innovative take on the local dish offering anything from the traditional laksa to laksa in a hotpot, fried laksa, laksa with an Italian twist, laksa burgers and even laksa rice. Given their penchant for culinary creativity, it is no wonder that they have quite a respectable greens-only selection.

Every one of their laksa creations has a vegetarian version. You can have a Vegetarian Laksa, a Vegetarian Laksa Goreng, a Vegetarian Laksa Hotpot or a Vegetarian Laksa Fried Rice. The Vegetarian Laksa comes with a generous serving of long beans; taupok (dried beancurd) that has soaked up the rich, spicy coconut gravy; and hard-boiled eggs. Lacto-vegetarians and vegans be warned, ask for yours to come sans eggs. The hotpot version uses the same laksa gravy that packs a punch and comes with assorted vegetables, taupok balls and mushroom balls. A must-try is the Vegetarian Laksa Goreng which fries the noodles in the laksa spices to give you a dry version of the soupy dish. You can also add mock chicken to your meals to up the ante. If you enjoy a good salad, Laksania has one that comes with a laksa dressing which makes for an interesting use of the laksa spices.

Vegetarian Laksa Goreng (right) and Vegetarian Laksa Fried Rice (left) let vegetarians enjoy the creativity of Laksania without compromising on their dietary choice
Vegetarian Laksa Goreng (right) and Vegetarian Laksa Fried Rice (left) let vegetarians enjoy the creativity of Laksania without compromising on their dietary choice

Clearly, vegetarians dining out at regular restaurants no longer need to be limited to munching on garden-variety salads. With these many greens-inspired dishes, carnivores, green with envy, may even be tempted to convert.

Cedele Bakery
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-01
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6334 4828
Fax: (65) 6334 4335

Cedele All-Day Dining Restaurant
252 North Bridge Road
#03-28A
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6337 8017
Fax: (65) 6337 8019
www.cedeledepot.com

Din Tai Fung
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#01-41 Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6356 5228
www.dintaifung.com.sg

Din Tai Fung
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-08
Raffles City
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6336 6369
www.dintaifung.com.sg

Laksania
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+
#04-04
Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6636 9776
Fax: (65) 6636 9775
www.laksania.com

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