Vegan Korean Food at The Boneless Kitchen, Jalan Bukit Merah

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This is really a season to rejoice as so many new vegetarian haunts are popping around Singapore! One that we really like is run by two good friends who started The Boneless Kitchen as one of them was a born vegetarian. They decided to enter the highly competitive vegetarian food industry with a cuisine that is rare for vegetarians/vegans to find in Singapore! Although this cafe is more vegetarian friendly than vegan friendly, it does offer customers a good selection of asian (korean) and western dishes to choose from. Their new menu which can still be improved showcases each dish with a cheese or eggs icon. I really wonder if real kimchi soup from Korea contains cheese? Does anyone have an answer to that? The staff was prompt in accommodating our request to eliminate any dairy products. The highlight dish of this cafe has got to be their Kimchi army stew $7. Who can resist instant noodles with hot spicy kimchi broth? The portion is good for one and whets one’s appetite. I wished they will swap the sticky rice mochi with something else instead as it did not gel well with the soup. Or maybe that is a personal preference as I spotted a lady opposite us ordering the rich mochi as a side dish to add on.

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We also tried the dolsot bibimpap $7.50 and we chose tom yam paste and the taste turned out quite strange. It might be better to go with red pepper paste and we found the mixture of both tom yam with the rice too odd as a korean dish. We might have to try it again to do another review. They also offer curry and kimchi paste as well.

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We ordered kimchi stew $7 with rice and we loved the soup very much. It was hearty and filled with lots of vegetables. We cannot stop drinking the soup and went on to order another portion to share.

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Our parents ordered kimchi fried rice $6 and as they were not vegans they added an egg on top of their order. They told me it was not too bad but after trying our kimchi stew soup, they preferred ours (the one with eggs and cheese)!

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One dish that we tried recently after their new picture menu was out was the braised beancurd (spicy/non-spicy) $3 each. When it came, it looked pretty ordinary but after the first bite we all loved it. It was fried lightly and we could taste the crisp texture on the outside but once we started eating it, the tofu melts in the mouth. It may sound like an exaggeration but it was done well. The sauce and chilli complemented this simple dish and we suggest you try the non-spicy one first to enjoy the flavour.

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As this cafe is does not use garlic and onions, we tried aglio olio $5.50 and was warned that it does not taste like the usual deal. It does not look appetizing at first and indeed it does not have the fragrance from the garlic or onions but it made up with the good portions of mushrooms and tasted more like a western style stir-fry noodle dish. It tasted more chinese than western for sure and I think they can skip the mock meat ham slices and use fresh vegetables instead. Overall, a cozy place to get an inexpensive meal and thumbs up for the young bosses for daring to go vegetarian for their first business venture!

The Boneless Kitchen
Blk 11 Jalan Bukit Merah #03-4458 S(150011)
Contact number 90232725
Tues – Sun 11:30am – 9pm (last order 8:30pm)

Eight course vegeterian set menu at SUFOOD, Raffles City

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Last Thursday, we were invited to the media-tasting session at the newly opened SUFOOD pronounced as 舒服. SUFOOD is a new meat-free dining concept hailing from Taiwan’s largest restaurant chain operator WOWPRIME in collaboration with local PUTIEN. The menu is Italian-inspired with a playful cross-fusion approach to culinary creations. The first dish served was the SUFOOD trio appetizer which the staff explained must be eaten from left to right. I bite into poached japanese Yuca root drizzled with a sweet blueberry coulis, and tried a stack of oriental white water snowflakes greens coated with creamy sesame sauce. They were my favourite! The attention to details and the presentation was really special. Last I tried a savoury cherry tomato jelly which tasted too sour for my liking. The next item was the vinegar drink which was also sour and I understood from the chef that folks in Taiwan like to kick start their meal with something sour to kill off any oily feeling in their stomach and to tantalize their taste buds before their main dishes. I found the sour taste slightly hard to bear and would most likely skip the jelly the next time I visit.

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Next the rosemary breadsticks arrived with choices of mustard or non-dairy blueberry dip. We chose the latter and was surprised to find the breadstick soft instead of it being crunchy and hard. Soon after, our salad arrived and I had the mushroom salad with garlic and onions. Each dish is labelled with a garlic, onion, milk or cream label when you are making your order. The salad was cold but refreshing and I finished it in an instant.

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On my table, I had a few other guests and we tried each other’s soup of the day which ranged from pumpkin soup, mushroom and pea pottage to herbal root soup. My favourites were the mushroom pea soup and the root soup, they were not only flavourful but had a really comforting effect. My pumpkin soup tasted quite bland and was nothing to shout about.

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Our mains arrived shortly and out of all the mains I tried, my favourites were the charcoal tagliatelle pasta with king oyster mushroom and the pesto spaghetti pasta. I did not managed to try the rest as they came with cheese.

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They even provided disposable gloves for guests eating the vegetable pita pockets. Although it might not be too environmental friendly in the long run.

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I had the baked potato al funghi and the presentation was super lovely! The portion size was really big and I could hardly finish the dish after what I ate earlier. The baked potato came with more mushrooms and peppers and I had a mushroom overload which was quite rare. I love mushroom but felt that this dish was quite an overkill. I wished it had a sauce to dip with but I loved the side radishes that came with it. They were surprisingly yummy and delightful!

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For dessert, I went with osmanthus flower jelly with hot yuzu camomille tea and I loved both of them. The texture of the cold jelly with the hot tea was perfect. They also serve other dairy products like sesame panna cotta and lime juices and a varied choices of fruit juices to end off your meal.

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This concept is definitely a first of its kind in Singapore and for this varied range of food items at $25++, we think it is a great deal. They have a lunch menu 6 course set that starts from $18++. A la carte is also available at your preference. To include an extra main course,  all you need is to add $12.80 per course; a starter or soup is priced at $5.80; a salad is priced at $7.80; a dessert or drink is priced at $4.80 per item. Most dishes can be made vegan and there are quite a handful of vegan selections to keep any diners happy.

The first SUFOOD outlet in Singapore officially opens on 28 May 2014.

Address: #02-19 at Raffles City shopping centre 252 bridge road singapore 179103.

Their opening Hours are 11.30am – 3.30pm5.30pm – 10.00pm daily.

Contact number:6333 5338

Website:http://www.sufood.com.sg

 

Authentic Assam Laksa- Beyond Veggie at 18 Greenwood Avenue

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This week has been such a fruitful one as we tried a few upcoming vegetarian/vegan food haunts in Singapore! One that was on our list was Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe. Originating from Malaysia, this chain of vegetarian restaurant have been around for a while and their latest venture to Singapore is super near our home! Located in an intimate dining village at greenwood avenue, it was crowded at 8pm on Sunday and we were glad to have made reservations. If you want to check out their menu, they have an online version here (do note it is in malaysia riggit as they have yet to start a Singapore facebook page). We ordered the following dishes for a party of five.

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Assam curd cutlet with eggplants and long beans

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Assam Laksa

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Revitalizing herbal mushrooms (ONE OF THE BEST we have ever tasted!) The flavours of the broth was really soothing and all the vegetables gel so well as a dish together. Thumbs up!

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Beyond Veggie Fried Rice (One of their signature dish and each rice dish comes with a mushroom satay stick)

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Sambal tempeh and petai

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Mushroom Satay, 4 sticks per order

Most dishes ranged from $7.90-$12.90 and the portions we got were hearty and generous. We spent $95 odd for five of us which included a unique fruit tea which was their speciality. Each dish was so flavourful and it was hard to pick one we do not fancy. Do note that most items on the menu are vegetarian and the mushrooms satay and assam curd contained eggs in their mix. The staffs on hand were helpful and asked if we had any dietary concerns after repeating our order. There is also a good selection of 4-5 eggless cakes specially made for the restaurant. Hopefully, they will bring in more vegan desserts and also have an option to make the mushroom satay vegan as well! Unlike the typical mock meat, they used monkey head mushrooms which is one of our favourite. We cannot wait to return for a family gathering soon to try more dishes.

Singapore: 18 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park
Opening Hours: Open daily from 11am-9pm
Tel: 67631323

The Latest Cosmopolitan Carb-free Paleo Burger from VeganBurg!

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We were invited to the media tasting session of Veganburg (one of our most loved vegan joints in Singapore!) to try their latest cosmopolitan burger! I usually order the corn mayo kids burger as I find the main burgers quite filling. But this burger works great as a hearty salad with their signature patty and I feel so healthy to indulge in more fries after eating. It is carb-free, filled with fresh vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, pineapple and also sauteed mushrooms topped with a tangy mustard dressing. The overall taste was crunchy, fresh and went great with the fresh coconut drink we had. It cost $9.90 (burger) and $13.80 (as a set with drinks/fries or broccoli). We say go with the set and get the fries because they serve one of the best seaweed fries in town and a little carb will not kill! Thank you Katrina and team Veganburg for the invitation. It was great to finally meet the team behind the brand we love.

The COSMO VEGAN BURGER will hit all veganburg outlets on 1st JUNE 2014!

FOUNDING RESTAURANT

44 Jalan Eunos
Singapore 419502
Monday – Saturday and PH: 11:30am – 10:00pm (last order 9:45pm)
Sunday: 10:30am – 10:00pm (last order 9:45pm)
Phone: 6844 6868
Fax: 6844 1021

MARINA BOULEVARD

12 Marina Boulevard #02-05
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3
Singapore 018982
Mon – Fri: 11:00am – 9:30pm (last order at 9:15pm)
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Open for private bookings.
Phone: 6604 6018
Fax: 6604 6017

THE GRANDSTAND

200 Turf Club Road #01-32
Singapore 287994
Mon – Fri: 11:45am – 9:45pm  (last order 9:30pm)
Saturday, Sunday, and PH: 10:30am – 10:00pm  (last order 9:45pm)
Phone: 6462 1281
Fax: 6465 5218

GOLDEN SHOE

(Located along Market Street, behind ASC Copy Services)
50 Market Street #01-28D
Golden Shoe Carpark
Singapore 048940
Mon – Fri: 10:30am – 9pm (last order at 8:45pm)
Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Phone: 6534 0386
Fax: 6534 3630

Cooking hacks every vegan should know..

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This link blew my mind away! Being vegan for the past 1 year and a half and yet I have only tried half of this list is embarrassing!

I especially love points:

5. Craving whipped cream? Refrigerate coconut milk overnight and whip!!! (WOW! That is easy:)

6. A weird, but genius and amazingly simple cake hack: Buy “accidentally vegan” cake mix, and replace eggs with soda water. It’s a miracle we heard and Katrina from Veganburg swears by it!

17. When making homemade almond milk, don’t discard the pulp (I tried making almond cookies with them once). You can dry them and use them as almond flour! (Again WOW!)

 

Vegan western food at Jiv Jago Cafe, Bali Lane CLOSED DOWN

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Fish & Chips  + Special Request Vegan Salad

Singapore is growing in numbers with new vegetarian cafes and we are so excited to blog about this new cafe which opened a few months back at Bali Lane! Run by a pair of enthusiastic young couple who never fails to bring smiles to the table, we have been back to Jiv Jago Cafe a couple of times and always leave feeling satisfied. The only thing we wished they would carry would be more vegetable salad options. Almost every dish is loaded with carbohydrates and the only salad which they so kindly made vegan was also quite creamy. Hopefully they could consider adding some grilled vegetable options which we think will go brilliantly with the menu they are serving currently. As you can tell from the pictures, Jiv Jago Cafe portions comes in a good size and prices starts from $8.50 for a pasta. We love the pasta selections there, especially the pasta arriabata which they always get it right. We have never tried the pizza offerings as they are non-vegan and would recommend the beef burger which had a really good bbq flavour to it.Overall, this place is perfect for a friend’s night out or a date too. They also serve a lime ice cream sorbet which was surprising refreshing and creamy! Imagine our joy when we heard  it was vegan! It cost $3.50 per cup. Did we share that one half of the couple, the pretty chef is the daughter of one of Singapore most loved indian vegetarian restaurant Gokul?

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Addres: 17 Bali Lane

Open: Mon-Sat, 12pm-10pm

Phone: 9679 6722

For reservations, email them at jivjago.sg@gmail.com

They hold private parties, venue hire and also dancing and candle making classes as well!

Black pepper fried oyster mushroom – Pure Minded Vegetarian Cafe in JB, Malaysia

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We just got news that hungryangmo is based in Malaysia now and we want to wish him all the success and joy in hunting down vegan food places there! On that note, a few months back a few of us headed to JB and decided to try this cafe out. We found this cafe via this useful link that lists so many vegetarian haunts in Johor Bahru. The cafe was easy to find and was packed with people when we arrived. We tried a few dishes as seen above and loved every single item. The prices were fair and super affordable. It was even better than Miao Yi vegetarian restaurant and prices were more than halved from what we would pay back in Singapore. On average we spent $10 bucks per person for all the items including drinks plus tax. We ordered a second round in the same dishes as we were so hungry and a party of five. We are already planning a trip down again and the most yummy dishes we found so good were the mock curry mutton and the black pepper fried oyster mushroom!

Here is a link to some pictures of the cafe front and the dishes they served posted by facebook customers!

18 Jalan Indah 8/15, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru

Phone: +60 12-224 1223

Their name card did not state their opening hours. Do call in advance to check before arriving!

 

A Pampering Vegan Nail Polish Session at Auum Nail Spa- Turf City

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Zi, the owner of Auum nail spa invited me over to her cozy shop a couple of weeks back and boy was I impressed with the range of products and service I got. Not forgetting the cozy vintage big armchairs which reminded me of the shops along portobello market in London.

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I took awhile to soak in the shop ambience and thought the washing sinks were super retro and clever!

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This vegan-friendly beauty spot abides by strict sanitary practices and offers only paraben-free and acetone-free services, so they are safe for pregnant women, children, cancer and diabetic patients alike. I was impressed by how I got my own disposable towel and every customer gets to take home a travel friendly nail care set when one leaves the shop.

I was curious why they called themselves the “HONEST NAIL SPA” and according to Zi, she shared that..

Unlike many nail salons they will educate their customers on all the products that they use but more importantly, they will let you, the customer make your own informed decisions about what you want to do with your nails - so there’s no hard-selling of nail packages to you or anything along that line. Best of all, everything at the nail spa is vegan friendly, plus they have treatments and products catered for vegans, pregnant mums, and even kids too!

AUUM also upholds a strict hygiene standards where they only use disposable towels, nail files, foot files, and toe separators. All the other tools are disinfected and cured under UV light. One of the main goals of AUUM,  fueled out of passion - is to change the nail industry’s standards by offering the best services and products that the shop can find and educate customers on the harmful effects of normal nail lacquers and other options they can choose! I LOVE this part of the service:)

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I was really excited to try the Auum’s sigature service where they provide soak x shape x trim cuticle x callus removal x treatment x scrub x massage x polish! It cost $38 for signature manicure and $58 for signature pedicure. The process was fuss free and was meticulously carried out with strict sanitary measures and great smile from Jasmine the staff who served me. It such a pampering experience I fell asleep half way through.

I went for a bright coral pedicure and decided to try the one and only non-toxic vegan bio sculpture gel manicure! It was just like any gel nail service but had a full range of colours to choose from. I was spoilt for choice and decided to go for a glittery number. If you are not a fan of nail polish in general, they also provide nail wrap services which is so easy to put on and instantly you get gorgeous nails on the go. I tried a half-moon red nail with white tip nail wrap and voila, within a couple of minutes and just a simple top coat, my nails looked just as good as any painted nails. I got many compliments when I was in NYC over the past week and everyone could not believe they were nail wraps! The nail wrap service is an additional top up of $40 on top of the basic nail care services they provide.

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Check out auum facebook page for the latest updates and do remember to book an appointment early to avoid disappointment!

Open Mondays to Sundays
10.00am – 7.00pm
Last appointment at 6.30pm

Address : 
PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah Singapore,
200 Turf Club Road Singapore 287994

Telephone : 6463 9713
Email : zi@auum.com
Facebook : www.facebook.com/auumsg
Instagram : instagram.com/auumsg

 

One of the best vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream- SOYATO

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A couple of weeks back, we received a lovely package from Verleen the owner of SOYATO. She gave us the mint chocolate chip pint and since then we have bought 2 more tubs. The other flavour we got was chocolate chip which Hubby loved but I found that the flavour had too much soy aftertaste. The mint on the other hand was refreshing, crunchy with the generous amount of chocolate chip and had no hint of any soy. I was so impressed as there are hardly any vegan mint chocolate chips offering around the world that taste so good. The usual ones that taste awesome are only chocolate or coconut. Hopefully Soyato will churn out new flavours such as coconut, durian, strawberry or even a more local flavour like chendol for example.

We are so glad to hear that Soyato is a soy-based, locally made ice cream brand that recently launched in NTUC. Previously at Bugis, Alan and Verleen (the founders) took the feedback that it was difficult to bring Soyato home and remodelled their business to make Soyato more accessible to the mass consumers. We found the new revamp of the flavours and business direction for Soyato really inspiring! With every 100ml scoop it only contains 100kcal, which you can burn off by watching a 2-hour movie or shopping for 30 minutes. Other than that, having Soyato also means you’re taking in 59% less calories and 3X less fat than other ice cream brands. As all of Soyato’s ingredients are plant-based, Soyato is also suitable for vegans, vegetarians and lactose-intolerant consumers. Soyato Ice Cream is also cholesterol and trans-fat free. With so much benefits, we hope Soyato can be reach out to wider audiences and maybe sell overseas too!

If you are concerned with what the main ingredients of a Soyato ice cream is made of, check out this ingredient List:

Honey Lemon

Ingredients: Non-GMO Soy Bean Milk, Sucrose, Dextrose, Soy Bean Oil, Inulin (Prebiotics), Natural Lemon Flavour, Maltodextrin, Honey, Mono-and Diglyceride of Fatty Acids, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Salt
Mint Chip

Ingredients: Non-GMO Soy Bean Milk, Sucrose, Dextrose, Non-dairy Chocolate Chips, Soy Bean Oil, Inulin (Prebiotics), Maltodextrin, Natural Mint Flavour, Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Salt

 

Green Tea

Ingredients: Non-GMO Soy Bean Milk, Sucrose, Dextrose, Soy Bean Oil, Inulin (Prebiotics), Maltodextrin, Natural Green Tea Powder, Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Salt

 

Wickedly Chocolate

Ingredients: Non-GMO Soy Bean Milk, Sucrose, Dextrose, Non-dairy Chocolate Chips, Soy Bean Oil, Natural Alkalized Cocoa Powder, Inulin (Prebiotics), Maltodextrin, Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Salt

There is a crazy promotion happening in the month of April. You can get SOYATO ice cream for 2 at $19 + a free cooler bag at selected NTUC Fairprice.

Do note that only selected NTUC carries SOYATO and do check out their facebook page for the locations.

 

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