Wallet-friendly vegan food in Singapore
Singapore may be the world’s 2nd most vegan-friendly city, but still, vegan options often come at hefty prices. So for all the vegans who are on a budget and wish to switch things up from all-veg cai fan, this list eateries with meals under $10 is for you.
P.S. All the eateries in this list are 100% vegan. So go ahead and order anything you want!
1. Rojak Line
I used to think vegan adaptations of dishes wouldn’t match up to non-vegan originals, but I was proven wrong here. If no one told me, I wouldn’t have known that Rojak Line’s Vegan Rojak (from $4) was missing the standard shrimp paste.
While the pair behind Rojak Line remain tight-lipped on their homemade concoction, we hear plum sauce, fermented bean paste, and Indonesian sweet soy sauce might be part of it. The only telltale difference from normal rojak sauce? This one’s less salty.
Address: Holland Drive Market And Food Centre, 44 Holland Drive, #02-13, Singapore 270044
Opening Hours: 12pm - 8pm daily (Closed on Mon)
2. Create Healthy Lifestyle
Meat lovers have loads of choices from Genki Sushi to Shiok Maki for a sushi fix, but our vegan friends aren’t short of options either. Create Healthy Lifestyle serves up a unique Organic Vegetable Sushi Roll ($4.50), made up of 100% raw organic vegetables.
The sushi’s ultra crunchy veg quickly got me munching away. With a distinct basil fragrance and sweet sauce that added extra flavour, this made for one refreshing and addictive meal. If going vegan means I could eat this everyday, I really wouldn’t mind.
Besides the Chinese-style offerings on their menu, look out for their Japanese-inspired dishes like Organic Soba Cold Noodle ($6). This is one eatery that isn’t stingy with their ingredients - the soba is hidden under that mini mountain of crunchy raw vegetables and seaweed.
While the secret white sesame seed dressing tasted more peanutty than anything, it gave the otherwise bland soba a new dimension of taste.
Address: Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, #02-17, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 7.30pm (Mon to Sat)
Telephone: 6336 4355
3. Genesis Vegan Restaurant
Going vegan doesn’t mean giving up your hawker favourites, ‘cause you’ll still be able to get them at Genesis Vegan Restaurant.
Besides switching up thick beehoon, eggs, and fishcake for wholegrain organic noodles and mushroom mock meat, their Nonya Laksa ($6.90) gravy comes with turmeric. +10 points for fragrance and health benefits - turmeric is rich in antioxidants and contains as much anti-inflammatory properties as some medications!
The turmeric taste was faint, but I loved the fragrant laksa gravy. Special mention goes to the mushroom mock meat - while it won’t trick your tastebuds into thinking it’s meat, it’s sweet and packs a chewy texture.
7 Layer Haystack with 7 layers of liao - including Mexican rice, beans, salsa, and corn chips Source
Local favourites aren’t all that are served here. Check out their highly-raved Japanese Rice ($6.90), a sweet and savoury combo of fruit, cucumber, and organic brown rice and 7 Layer Haystack ($8.90).
Address: 115 Owen Road, Singapore 218922
Opening Hours: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm (Mon to Thurs, Sun), 11am - 3pm (Fri)
Vegan, but missing the taste of meat? Then Vegandeli’s the place for you, serving up fuss-free bento sets and ala-carte dishes that include lots of mock meat options.
You’ve got choices like kung pao chicken and spicy mapo tofu, which are served with miso soup and Japanese rice, ramen, or udon. Bentos start from $7.90, so these won’t set you back too much!
Address: Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, #01-28B, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm
Veganburg’s pretty popular amongst the vegan community, and not without reason - we hear their Char-Grilled Satay Burger ($9.90) tastes pretty legit for a soy patty! Coupled with the ultra rich and nutty satay sauce, your taste buds will be fooled into thinking this is actually meat. Plus, the patty’s pan-grilled and is GMO-free too.
Note: students get 15% off all day on weekdays (excluding public holidays and eve of public holidays)!
Address: 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 10pm
6. New Green Pasture Cafe
After reading rave reviews about New Green Pasture Cafe’s Sri Lanka Roll ($8.50), my hopes were high - and this combo of curried potatoes and vegetables in a toasted tortilla wrap didn’t disappoint.
It’s drizzled with homemade vegan mayo for extra flavour!
I liked that the curried potatoes were fragrant without being too oily, though they could have been heavier on the spice. A good mix of creamy, crunchy, and crispy textures, this roll more than satisfied my tastebuds. Plus points for the still-warm tortilla wrap too!
Try their Vietnam Roll ($8.50) too, which is basically chopped raw vegetables and basil wrapped in rice paper. Hints of ginger and sweet sauce are obvious here, and though I’m not a fan of ginger, its slightly pungent flavour went surprisingly well with the sweetness of the sauce.
P.S.: Complete your meal with a bowl of traditional Chinese soup, available for a small donation of $1 (with meal, $2 without meal)! All donations go to the Vegetarian Society of Singapore.
This lotus root soup is one of the various soup options at New Green Pasture Cafe Source
Address: Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, #04-22, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm (Tues to Sun)
7. Jiu Pin Lian
Come to Jiu Pin Lian with an empty stomach, because its variety of mock meats might tempt you into ordering one of everything on the menu. Beef rendang, sambal prawn, and sotong ($6.90 each) are just 3 meats that have been vegan-ified here. And they’re all served with a generous helping of brown rice and assorted vegetables!
Jiu Pin Lian - Anson Road
Address: International Plaza, 10 Anson Road, #02-49, Singapore 079903
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 7.30pm (Mon to Fri), 10.30am - 3pm (Sat)
Jiu Pin Lian - Ang Mo Kio
Address: Ming Pin Coffee Shop, Blk 340 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, #01-1697, Singapore 560340
Opening Hours: 7am - 7.30pm
Going vegan means you can’t get your Burger King and KFC burger fix any more, but nomVnom just proves vegans can still enjoy a top quality meatless burger. And with burgers that are supposedly 15% bigger than those of rival fast food outlets, missing out on BK and KFC suddenly doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Nailing the aesthetics game with its bright purple blue pea flowers is the Vola Flora burger ($8.90). Thumbs up for the potato patties, deep-fried to perfection. Crispy on the outside and creamy inside, they were so tasty that I forgot no meat was in the equation.
The flowers are edible too! They’ve got a faint sweetness, so you’re better off eating them alone to savour them fully.
nomVnom - Clarke Quay
Address: Central Clarke Quay, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-44, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
nomVnom - Tai Seng
Address: 18 Tai Seng Street, #B1-02, Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: 9am - 9pm
9. Xuan Miao Vegan
Xuan Miao Vegan claims bragging rights as Singapore’s first vegan mee hoon kuay stall. Choose from dry, soupy, or tom yum mee hoon kuay/ban mian/U mian (from $5.50), for a bowl of noodles loaded with chinese spinach, mock ikan bilis, and seaweed.
Adapted from @ivyteo
Tip: go for the soupy version! The soup is flavoured with sweet corn, giving it a light sweetness you can’t find elsewhere.
Address: Paya Lebar Square, 60 Paya Lebar Road, Cantine Food Court, #B1-51 (R3), Singapore 409051
Opening Hours: 10am - 9.30pm
10. Hotcakes Vegetarian Bakery & Cafe
Hotcakes’ mains are pretty Western-inspired, serving up pastas, pizzas, and burgers in flavours like Masala ($3.50) and BBQ Plum Sauce ($3.50). But what you die die must try are their variety of vegan cakes.
A drool-worthy vegan chocolate cake ($8/slice) Source:@singaporeanveganbowl
They’ve got many flavours, all so light and fluffy that you’ll forget no eggs or milk have gone into them. Try their Vanilla Blueberry Cake ($8/slice) and best selling Tiramisu ($8/slice), and prepare to be mindblown.
P.S.: If you’re getting pizza, you can request for vegan cheese upon order!
Address: Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, #01-33, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm (Tues to Sun)
While not exactly a legit meal - unless you’re like this girl who ate ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - Cocowhip’s vegan soft serve ice cream flavours are too irresistible to exclude from this list.
Who said dessert had to be unhealthy? The Original Coconut Flavour (from $6.50) is packed with freeze-dried coconut water powder, which has 20 times the amount of goodness of a cup of yogurt. Their other flavours are equally nutritious, like Macqui Ripe (from $6.50), that has naturally-occurring vitamin A and C.
Address: Sarnies, 136 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068601
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Opening Hours: 7.30am - 10.30pm (Mon and Tues), 7.30am - 12mn (Wed to Fri), 8.30am - 4pm (Sat and Sun)
Going vegan on a budget
Vegans can now have a field day with these cheap options that aren’t suspiciously flour-tasting mock meats, or oil-soaked vegetables from the economical rice stall. And even if you’re not vegan, do try some of them out if you need a short “detox” from meat and dairy - you’ll be saving the earth, and a fair amount of moolah at the same time!