Gone are the days when people give you weird stares for mentioning that you are vegetarian or vegan. For many people the choice to be vegetarian or vegan is based on a myriad of different reasons such as religion, health or the environment. Singapore lives up to its name of being a food haven and there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian friendly options in various different cuisines. However, not everyone is willing to jump on the vegan/vegetarian bandwagon. These restaurants can help you when you want to introduce a curious friend or a hesitant family member into the goodness of this diet.
Yes, I know. When you think of Japanese food, you think of sashimi and sushi which are clearly not vegan options. This was exactly what Mr Ho had in mind when he came up with the idea of Zen, a first of its kind Japanese themed vegetarian and vegan Restaurant together with Chef Masatshi Yasui. Herbivore is an offshoot of Zen and it includes Western dishes as well. Not only can you satisfy your Japanese food cravings, you can demolish some juicy looking burgers too! Mr Ho firmly believes in innovation to the menu while sourcing for unique ingredients that do not require the slaughter of animals. Good food with ethical business practices? Sign me up.
Address: 190 Middle Road, #1-13/14, Fortune Centre, 188973
Vegan and vegetarian fare does not have to break the bank. With prices below $10 for dumpling soup, this place at Clarke Quay proves that. Even though they’ve expanded to three other locations, the place still retains its small organic cafe feel. You might have to wait for your order because they make dishes to order. This place also labels their dishes – vegan/gluten-free/wheat-free – so you know exactly what you are ordering.
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-52/53 The Central
Don’t want to give up burgers when going vegan? No problem! With plant protein patties and fresh produce, these vegan alternatives will even have professed meat lovers going back for another visit. The burger patties are pan grilled and combined with artisan whole meal buns, fresh vegetables and mayonnaise that is egg and dairy free. You have to try it to believe it. The best part is that VeganBurg aspires to change the way we eat into something more environmentally sustainable. It is difficult to find tasty and healthy food that does not harm the environment but they manage it perfectly.
Address: 44 Jalan Eunos
Sometimes, you don’t want plant based patties. Sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into some good old Asian cuisine that combines the perfect amount of sweet, sour and spice. Behold Whole Earth, a restaurant that specialises in Thai and Peranakan cuisine that surprisingly does not include any type of mock meat. The Penang Rendang that is pictured above is actually made of mushrooms. This restaurant has been established since 2013 and as proof that they really know what works, they have even been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016.
Address: 76 Peck Seah Street
Can we forget Indian food when talking about a vegetarian diet? With over a third of India being vegetarian and with such a long heritage, Indian vegetarian food is a must have. Singapore has a great many Indian places to eat at. Annalakshmi works at a pay what you want basis in order embody the idea that no one should be deprived of food. According to Hinduism, a great deed you can do is feeding others so if you want to, you can contribute to another’s meal. Fulfil a great deed while feasting on delicious Indian cuisine.
Address: Central Square, #01-04, 20 Havelock Road
Have other vegetarian or vegan places that you love and want to recommend? Tell us all about them!
Written by: Annmaria Patteri
Tea infused desserts are beautiful to look at and wonderful to taste. Whether it’s a hint of orange and chamomile tea or chai tea in your food, the flavours never fail to disappoint your taste buds. There are many tea-infused desserts out on the Internet but many recipes make use of the classic tea flavours such as white tea and the likes – sure, the benefits of green tea are undeniable, but there are many more flavours out there that are equally beneficial and delicious!
Nilufer offers you unique organic tea with flavours that are different from your usual brands like yogi tea – even the packaging is an artwork by itself. Say goodbye to searching for green tea benefits or looking up recipes for chai tea or white tea or other yogi tea options because things about to become a whole lot flavourful!
So, why not start small and check out some simple tea infused desserts that are out of the tea cup and beyond the search for green tea benefits? For the following dessert recipes, it isn’t necessary for you to have a tea infuser, tea set or even green tea extract – just grab a tea cup and Nilufer’s tea bags.
Shortbreads come in a variety of shapes, sizes and now flavours as well! It could go well with a cup of tea or coffee in the morning or snacks at a party. Put aside your white tea or chai tea because ginger rooibos tea is the new shortbread flavour to taste and challenges the benefits of green tea. Less bitter than white tea and other herbal teas, ginger rooibos tea will come out to be a whole new world of delicious-ness!
Madeleines are delicious and we’re infusing rose tea into them so they become delicious as well! Forget about having to use green tea extract or white tea or chai tea because rose tea infused madeleines will be on another level. Almost everyone would know the benefits of green tea by now but did you know that rose as an ingredient can help restore peace to your mind? Leave your yogi tea flavours and green tea benefits list aside because Nilufer’s rose tea will make fragrant and delicate-looking madeleines that will go hand in hand with a glass of cold or warm milk.
Ice cream with green tea extract is common, but orange and chamomile tea flavoured ones aren’t! People can go on about the benefits of green tea or yogi tea all day - orange and chamomile tea will challenge it. Orange and chamomile tea infused ice cream adds a little zest in the flavour while helping to calm your body down at the end of the work day. Have a scoop (or two, we won’t judge) in a tea cup while you wind down for the day. While you don’t need a full tea set for this, a tea infuser could help bring out more flavour if you like a little more floral zest in your tea cup of delight!
This isn’t much of a dessert but these are so delightful that I had to share them. It’s one recipe that doesn’t involve classic yogi tea flavours, chai tea, green tea extract or searching for the benefits of green tea. Again, no tea set needed, but a tea infuser can bring out a stronger flavour. Green tea extract and green tea benefits will not be on your mind once you pop these ice cubes in a glass a drink of your choice.
A tea infuser or tea set could be useful if you’re looking to use these recipes for parties, but don’t worry if you don’t have a tea infuser or tea set – just steep those tea bags longer! Green tea benefits are undeniable, but there’re more teas out there that bring relief to the mind or body, and make delicious infusions in many recipes!
We would like to thank Cherilyn from All things Vegan sg for allowing us to steal her wonderful sweet treat recipes to share will all our Nilufer Tea Blog readers! Cherilyn is a vegan living in Singapore and is very passionate about veganism and would like to share the love with everyone ?
Check out her blog to learn more about the Vegan lifestyle and learn more about how Vegans in Singapore are doing it!
So lately I've been seeing so many unicorn cupcakes on social media and I decided to try making some hella cute cupcakes as well. Click on to view how to make these little unicorn ? cupcakes!
Prep time: 1hour Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Vanilla Sprinkled Cupcakes
View Cupcake Jemma's video here.
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the non-dairy milk. leave it to curdle.
3. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined and fluffy.
4. Sift over the butter and sugar mixture alternating with the milk mixture. Blend until no lumps are present.
5. Add sprinkles and use a wooden spoon to carefully mix the sprinkles into the batter. OR use a spatula to fold it in.
6. Place the batter into 15 cupcake holders.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the frosting:
1. Cream the butter until creamy and light in colour.
2. Sift in the icing sugar and add in the vanilla extract.
3. Divide the batter into 4 separate bowls and add in food gel. ( each colour for each bowl )
4. Use a cling wrap and lay it out.
5. Place strips of the different coloured icing onto the cling wrap and roll it up.
Refer to cupcake Jemma's youtube video on unicorn cupcakes to learn how to do the icing and the decorations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW6nIhcNDbs
This recipe for pancakes is absolutely amazing. They make the perfect breakfast if you are craving for something warm and sweet. It is simple and very yummy. It can be made really quickly so time isn't a problem at all! I personally love these pancakes as they are super easy to make and satisfies my taste buds. So here they are!
Remember, if you do make them, please tag me on Instagram@cherealkiller! I would love to see those delicious pancakes that you have made. I have a video posted on youtube here.
Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 10 mins
Nilufer Tea has been on the hunt for collaborations with vegan bloggers and instagrammers in Singapore and we are elated to be able to receive such positive and wonderful feedback about our tea from these influencers who share the same ethical visions as we do. In the weeks to come, we will be featuring numerous influencers on our blog and sharing a little bit about them so our readers and Nilu-fans can get a little inspiration to stay fit and get motivation to go on a healthier diet. We are also doing a little tea giveaway on a few of their accounts, so stay tuned for more information and tag your friends and family!
This week's influencer is @THRIVEORIGIN
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I get asked alot why I'm always laughing or smiling and just appear so carefree these days. Well, we all have our own problems but it is how we choose to react to it that makes us who we are. And let's be honest, happiness is not given. I choose to be happy because life's too short to mull over things that won't matter in the end. To be able to wake up each day and see my loved ones makes me happy. So does having enough food and a shelter over my head. It's not how much we have but how much we enjoy that makes us happy.
Also known as Cheryl, is a vegan blogger, vlogger and instagrammer from Singapore. If you are looking for some inspiration for breakfast bowl recipes, how to take very aesthetically pleasing photos of your food as well as food recommendations in Singapore for vegans, her account is the place to gain some inspiration. Find out how she avoids non-vegan foods and how she goes about her daily life as a vegan in Singapore. Her photos have a real rustic and vintage effect to them which I really like personally.
And we got featured several times on her account as well. Thank you for choosing to collaborate with us, Cheryl!
Are you a health/ fitness blogger who is keen to collaborate with us? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to collaborate with.
Sounds like you? Do pop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our previous post on the blog, we have shared that we were blessed with the opportunity to be a part of Yoga Seeds' 4th anniversary celebration. It was such an enriching experience for the Nilufer team as well as for the attendees as we had some fruitful discussions about the perks of taking organic herbal teas. These pictures speak a thousand words.
Photo with Wendy, the Founder of Yoga seeds (right)
Tea booth display
Exclusive goody bag
Lady-boss Leah educating the others on Nilufer Tea
Matching instructor shirts
Even more smiles
A very satisfied Leah
The power of 4
We are looking forward to the next opportunity to collaborate with Yoga Seeds!
If you are part of a yoga studio or know anyone with similar visions in mind, please drop us a note! We love meeting new people.
Photos by Kristabelle Tobing
Taken with Olympus Pen lite 7