How to eat vegan in Singapore – Part 2

This instalment of my food adventures in Singapore will be about all the western style vegan restaurants I visited. Initially when I was planning my trip to Singapore I was quite adamant that I would only eat at eateries that served local fare however once I began researching vegan restaurants I found so many amazing places I couldn’t pass them up. The lure of vegan waffles and extraordinary sounding burgers got to me!

Veganburg

The name itself makes it sound like a vegan heaven! The burger options were all unlike the ones available in Australia. Even the sides were unusual such as soursop juice, seaweed fries and broccoli pieces!

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Hawaiian Teriyaki – I ordered this burger and while I enjoyed it, I found it a bit too sweet for my liking. The combination of pineapple and teriyaki sauce was a bit too much for me. I think a vegan mayo would have been perfect. There was onion present in my burger despite no mention of it in the product description or picture. Usually this wouldn’t have been an issue but my partner cannot eat onion. The pineapple also still had the core in it.
Cracked Mayo – This is the burger my partner ordered which I had a sample of. It was pretty simple but delicious, the patty was crunchy as opposed to my grilled patty. We both agreed that we preferred the crunchy patty.IMG_4167
Seaweed fries – These were super crunchy and moreish however they needed some salt.
Soursop juice – The juice was extremely sweet, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a cordial.

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Brownice

This establishment has two locations, we visited the one on east coast road. There isn’t much seating so I’d advise getting there early. We arrived around 6pm for dinner and the place was full pretty soon after.IMG_4471IMG_4472IMG_4474

White Truffle fries – We ordered this entree as I had never tried truffles and we both love cheese and fries. While I enjoyed this dish, there was barely any parmesan on it. It wasn’t really worth it for the price tag and if I had gone back I would’ve ordered the cheezy fries instead. IMG_4476
Truffle Porcini Funghi pizza – My partner and I usually order one main each and then share. This was my choice and I absolutely loved it. It was so amazingly creamy! The mushrooms were cut up very small which at first I didn’t like but as a whole it worked well on the pizza.
BBQ Chicken pizza – This pizza was fairly sweet from the BBQ sauce and it was like a standard BBQ chicken pizza. The chicken pieces were nice and it had olives on it too which was unexpected twist.IMG_4477
Waffles with Chocolate French Kiss ice cream – The waffle was much larger and thicker than I had expected. It was very crispy on the outside but surprisingly nice and soft on the inside which I enjoyed. For it’s size, it definitely needed two scoops of ice cream.IMG_4482

NomVNom

On this particular day my partner and I were both feeling pretty unwell. We decided to stay in our airbnb apartment and just order in some take away. We used ubereats to order, there’s only one picture as I was feeling lazy!

Sweet potato fries – The fries were pretty under cooked and a bit under seasoned which was disappointing as I had been looking forward to them.
Corn soup – This soup was delicious and just what I needed to make me feel better. It was creamy, I’m not sure what kind of “cream” was used but it wasn’t coconut which I really liked as that’s the usual vegan default.
QQ Cheezy burger – This was my burger and I thought the nut cheeze was phenomenal! The patty was listed as steamed mushroom but was fried which was disappointing.
Potato Croquette burger – My partner ordered this burger hoping for just a potato patty as opposed to the potato and veg patty that it was. He didn’t enjoy his burger however I’m not sure if it was because he was sick though!

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QQ Cheezy burger

Until next time! xx

Pumpkin pie smoothie

I haven’t been making anything interesting lately, hence my lack of posts. I love smoothies, I have them for breakfast every day over my granola. This is one of my favourites! I’m usually not a fan of pumpkin but this is something a bit different from the usual.

When I make smoothies, I don’t measure anything out. It’s usually whatever is laying around so these measurements are approximates!

Ingredients
3 small bananas
250g pumpkin
200ml plant milk of your choice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp crushed cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

Method

Cut the pumpkin into small cubes and place in a microwave safe container. It took me 6 minutes in my microwave until they were soft. Obviously this will depend on your microwave and how big you cut your pumpkin. Alternatively, you could also steam them

Peel the bananas and add all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. Easy!

Makes approximately 750ml

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DIY – Make your own nut milk bag for dummies + Hazelnut and cacao nut milk

I first tried nut milk when I was volunteering at Realfoods RMIT in 2011. I’ve always been fascinated by it but never got around to making my own. Recently I’ve been looking at getting a nut milk bag so I could make my own at home however being an unemployed student I couldn’t justify the prices.

I decided to make my own and let me be clear here, this is a super basic bag. The last time I used a sewing machine was 10 years ago so I have no real skill. I hand stitched my bag however if you are more talented than I, you could definitely use a sewing machine which would be considerably quicker.

I bought a strip of Swiss Voile in white and some white shoe lace style trim from my local Spotlight. I was unsure how to keep the pieces together while I stitched each side. Putting in pins seemed redundant to me as the mesh was so fine and the pins would put in unnecessary holes so I sticky taped the sides. I know, I know it sounds silly but it worked!

Start by stitching one side, leaving an inch at the top un-stitched. Stitch the bottom and then stitch the remaining side, doing the same as before. Now this part was tricky when hand stitching. I couldn’t do the sticky tape trick to keep the fabric from moving so I got my mum to hold the fabric tight while I stitched. If you don’t have anyone to help, you can use pins as that far up the holes won’t matter so much. Fold the fabric over to create a seam and stitch. Do the same on the other side. Thread through the shoe lace and tie the ends and you’re ready to use your nut milk bag!

I realize that didn’t really make much sense, feel free to comment if you need any more clarification!

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Hazelnut and cacao nut milk

This recipe is adapted fromĀ http://tasty-yummies.com/2014/04/08/how-to-make-nut-milk/

Ingredients
1 cup raw unsalted hazelnuts
4 cups of water (see notes)
2 tbs cacao powder
A pinch of salt
Maple syrup to taste

Method

Soak hazelnuts for approximately 8 hours

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Discard the soaking water and rinse the hazelnuts in fresh water

Place the hazelnuts, maple syrup, cacao powder, salt and 4 cups of water in a blender. Blend on high for up to 5 minutes. It will be creamy and foamy.

Strain milk through a nut bag. DO NOT discard the hazelnut pulp. There are many uses for it! I will be posting a recipe soon.

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Makes approximately 800mls

*Note – I used 4 cups of water but I found my nut milk to be a tad too watery for my taste. I feel like 3 1/2 cups would be perfect.

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