Vegan seafood in Singapore
You’ve probably heard about the Impossible burgers that have been making waves since its recent arrival in Singapore. But it isn’t the only vegan-friendly alternative out there! We’ve sifted through the menus from restaurants and cafes and uncovered a slew of plant-based seafood that are healthy and tasty.
For all the vegans out there, below are 8 places to bring your friends to prove that your meals aren’t all “grass and carbs”!
1. Soul ALife – Fish Finger Burger and seafood aglio olio
Tucked away in the eastern pocket of Changi City Point, Soul ALife sells healthy vegan food that satisfies both the palate and tummy.
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If someone were to tell me years ago, that there’s a fish burger made entirely without fish, I’d have said something’s fishy. Yet here we are today with a vegan food scene that has a Fishless Fingers Burger ($13.90). It’s made with mycoprotein fish fingers, topped with a generous amount of homemade tartar sauce and layered within a sesame bun.
Mac and Cheese ($7.90) and Teriyaki Udon ($8.90)
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This restaurant also serves Seafood-less Aglio Olio ($9.90) comprising of konnyaku prawns and squid, garlic chilli and parsley. You could say that this one is a pretty good im-pasta of the real deal!
Address: Changi City Point, #02-40, Singapore 486038
Opening hours: 11.30AM-9.30PM, Daily
2. Teng Bespoke – sashimi prawn, salmon and scallops
Japanese food might seem to be 90% seafood and meat but that doesn’t mean vegans have to miss out on this cuisine, especially with restaurants like Teng Bespoke around.
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Decked in a Japanese decor, this cosy fully-vegan restaurant serves up sashimi that’s so close to the real deal, you won’t be able to tell it apart until further scrutiny. The sashimi available here includes mock prawn, salmon, squid, scallops and tuna.
3 Kind Sashimi – tuna, salmon and scallops
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To explore their range of varieties, try their 3 Kind Sashimi ($19) made from konnyaku jelly.
Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189652
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30AM-3PM, 5.30PM-10PM | Sat,Sun & PH 11.30AM-10PM
3. Loving Hut – local seafood dishes
Whether you’re on a see-food diet or seafood one, you’re bound to like Loving Hut.
Situated in a dainty shophouse along the quaint stretch of Joo Chiat, this cafe has meatless versions of hawker dishes and fusion food, with ingredients sourced from local producers.
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Their extensive menu covers everything from burgers to local snacks, but some notable versions of local seafood dishes include Nyonya Assam Fillet Rice Set ($12.90), Hokkien Braised Noodle ($12.90) and Char Kway Teow Set ($9.90).
Vegan sweet and sour prawns
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If what you’re here for is the mock seafood, feast on the Tomyam Ocean Hot Pot Set ($12.90), a bubbling hot head-turner packed with various plant-based seafood punctuated with a spicy kick.
Address: 229 Joo Chiat Rd #01-01 Singapore 427489
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30AM-2.30PM, 6PM-9.30PM | Sat,Sun&PH 11.30AM-9.30PM | Closed on Tue
Telephone: 6348 6318
4. Lotus Kitchen – dim sums and codfish
With dishes often containing meat and seafood, it’s hard to imagine that Cantonese food can be made vegetarian. Lotus Kitchen pulls it off with 11 varieties of meatless dim sum, and a decadent variety of mains. While some of the dishes here contain dairy, a large majority of their food is vegan-friendly.
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Their Veg Abalone Dumplings – 3pc ($4.80) has mock abalone stuffed into a bright pink dumpling wrap, while their Veg Shredded Crabmeat Shark Fin Soup ($6.80) comprises a satisfying mouthful of mock seafood.
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Those on the hunt for seafood-inspired dishes can look forward to the restaurant’s best-selling Spicy Grilled Codfish on Hot Plate ($18.80), a succulent and flavoursome dish for sharing.
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, #01-01/02 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Opening hours: 11.30AM-2.30PM, 5.30PM-9.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6538 1068
5. Green Signature – traditional Chinese food
A good starting point for those trying to cut down on meat is Green Signature by A-One, which serves healthy vegetarian food that doesn’t cut back on flavour.
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Abalone dishes tend to empty out the wallet, but not at this restaurant. You can order a vegan version that tastes close to the real thing, but at a fraction of the price. The Abalone and Peanut Porridge will set you back only $7.90.
6. Gokul Restaurant – spicy vegan seafood among 100 menu items
For possibly the largest variety of vegan items in one restaurant, Gokul Restaurant has more than 100 dishes that largely comprise Indian and Asian food.
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Gokul Restaurant refutes any misconception that vegan food isn’t tasty with flavourful dishes that pack a punch – especially the sambal and curry varieties such as Sardine Sambal ($10), Sambal Prawn (from $8) and Claypot Fish Head Curry ($10).
Gokul Vegetarian Upper Dickson
Address: 19 Upper Dickson Road Singapore 207478
Opening hours: 10.30AM-9.30PM, Daily
Gokul Vegetarian Fortune Centre
Address: 190 Fortune Centre #01-07 Singapore 188979
Opening hours: 10.30AM-9.30PM, Daily
7. Herbivore – sushi and bento sets
Self-declared carnivores might just be turned into herbivores with Herbivore’s mouth-watering menu of sushi, bento sets and curry rice.
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Among the wide variety of dishes here, a must-try is the Eel Unagi Maki Roll ($14), which tastes as good as it looks, with a thick and tender ‘unagi’ slice laying atop the avocado and cucumber-stuffed roll.
Eel Unagi Maki Roll
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Heads up to those on a plant-based diet: the default mayonnaise dolloped on the sushi contains dairy, but you can request for it to be swapped out for a vegan one.
Address: Fortune Centre #1-13/14, 190 Middle Road, Singapore 188979
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30AM-3PM, 5PM-9.30PM | Sat,Sun&PH: 11.30AM-10PM
Telephone: 6333 1612
8. Joie Restaurant by DOZO – fine dining with sashimi on ice
Joie by Dozo might just tick all the boxes for a fancy restaurant, with its premium location on the rooftop of Orchard Central, classy contemporary chic interiors and fine-dining menu.
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Vegan or not, this place seems like a perfect dining spot to celebrate any occasion from birthdays to anniversaries with beautifully plated, high quality food.
Diners can look forward to Japanese food with a touch of European flavours in a six-course lunch ($38.80) or seven-course dinner ($68.80) setting, and everything here is vegetarian with vegan options available.
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Under the cold dish segment, make sure to try the Vegetable Sashimi on Ice with Oyster-Leaf Shooter Glass that comprises 3 different types of sashimi and a mock oyster leaf tobacco shooter glass, beautifully plated on a bed of ice.
Address: 181 Orchard Road #12-01 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 12NN-3.30PM, 6-10.30PM, Daily
Vegan food in Singapore
Meatless dishes might have been in limited varieties when it first came into Singapore as a trend years ago, but now it has evolved to replace all kinds of meat and seafood from beef patties to sashimi.
We can thank technology for improving and enhancing flavours, textures and quality of these dishes. And it’s exciting to anticipate what food would be zhng-ed up to become vegan next – hopefully, chicken wings would be the next in line!
Learn more about sustainability and technology at one-north Festival
Eating green is one of the starting points for a route to a greener planet, but there is a lot more you can do on top of embarking on a plant-based diet. If sustainable living is right up your alley, head on over to one-north Festival 2019 to discover new technologies that contribute to the greener pastures of food and packaging.
Organised by A*STAR, JTC and Science Centre Singapore, the event is happening from 13th – 14th September 2019 at Fusionopolis One.
Take part in exciting experiments at the festival
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Foodies will find themselves right at home here, as the festival will shed light on how local start-ups like Shiok Meats cultivate cruelty-free seafood and meat from animal cells. You’ll also be able to find out how Singapore researchers develop food fragrances and flavours with low impact on the environment.
Beyond that, the festival also covers other components needed for long-term sustainability such as urban farming and agri-technology for meeting Singapore’s food needs, and green technologies used in materials and industrial applications.
If you’re keen to find out more, sign up for the festival’s talks and lab tours for in-depth discussions on sustainable tech. Be sure to save the date to find out what the future of green living is!
one-north Festival 2019
Date: 13th – 14th September 2019
Address: Fusionopolis One, 1 Fusionopolis Pl, Singapore 138632 (Exit at one-north MRT station)
This post was brought to you by one-north Festival 2019, organised by A*STAR, JTC and Science Centre Singapore.