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Arguably one of the most popular cuisines around the world, Thai food has a huge fan base paralleled by few others. A delightful mélange of flavours makes it as loved as it is. Singapore has a mind-boggling array of Thai restaurants that will keep even the critics happy. Vegetarians and vegans need not worry either, there are many Thai restaurants in Singapore that offer a decent selection of veg delights. Here is our pick of 8 of the Top Thai Restaurants in Singapore, for Vegetarians and Vegans including both mid-range and fine-dining Thai choices.
When you’re talking about the best Thai restraunts in Singapore, Jim Thompson’s name has to be right there among the top ones. An excellent Thai restaurant with a dedicated vegetarian following, and definitely one of our favourites! To start with, its always hard to choose between the Tom Yam Pak or the slightly-sweetish Tom Kha Pak (S$20++) with a creamy coconut-galangal base. A meal here must always always have a salad – take your pick from Yam Somo (Pomelo Salad), Yam Ma-Moung (Green Mango Salad) or Som Tdam (Green Papaya Salad) and you can’t go wrong.
Other favourites here include Phad Thai Noodles (S$22++) and Gaeng Phed Thompson (Red Curry with textured soy-mushroom protein, grapes, pineapples, tomatoes and Thai eggplants). The Tau-Hu Phad Priew Wan (Stir-fried tofu and vegetables in a sweet and sour sauce) is also a winner, although on 1 or 2 occasions, it was a wee bit too sweet. Wind up the meal with the mandatory Khao Niow Ma-Moung (Fragrant yellow mango with sticky rice kissed with sweet, rich coconut milk) or go for something different and healthier like Som-Chun – a mix of fresh oranges topped with lychees, shredded raw mango, sliced ginger, toasted coconut and roasted peanuts, served in ginger syrup. Read Vegetarian Thai Fine Dining at Jim Thompson, Singapore: Review.
Jim Thompson: 45 Minden Road, Dempsey Rd, Singapore 248817 P: +65 6475 6088. Website.
Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay
A Thai restaurant with awesome food and great views, Sabai Fine Thai on the Bay focuses on the finest ingredients. Sabai offers a grand vegetarian a-la-carte menu as well as a Vegetarian Set Menu (S$70++) and Weekly Set Lunch with veg options (S$32.50++ for 2 courses, S$36.50++ for 3 courses).
The Tawd Mun Kaopote (deep-fried sweet corn cakes) makes for a good start here, and for mains, try the Panang Tao Huu (deep-fried beancurd topped with panang curry), Kao Op Sapparod (fried rice with deep-fried bean curd, pineapple, carrots, curry powder and cashew nuts) or Guay Tiew Gaprao (stir-fried spicy noodles with deep-fried bean curd, chilli, fresh peppercorns and holy basil leaves).
Sabai Thai: 70 Collyer Quay, #01-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323. P: +65 6535 3718-9. Website.
An elegant fine-dining Thai restaurant that has been around for almost two decades, Patara’s vegetarian menu offers a range of appetisers, salads, salads, mains and desserts. Some veg dishes to try here include Soup Phak (clear broth with mixed vegetables), Porpia Jay (assortment of crispy spring rolls with Thai herbs, taro and ginkgo fillings), and Kaffir Corn Fritters. Patara also offers an array of vegetarian mains like Tofu Ob Mor Din Jay (baked tofu and vegetables in a clay pot with ginger and spring onions), Gang Kiew Wan Hed (Green Curry) and Gang Dang Phak (Red Curry).
To wind up your meal, venture beyond Mango Sticky Rice and get adventurous with Durian Sticky Rice or Chocolate Lava with chilli chocolate. Patara’s luscious A La Carte Buffet (S$38++) has vegetarian options too.
Patara: Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, #03-14, Singapore 247933. P: 6737 0818. Website.
Located in the chic city hotel Amara Singapore, Thanying Restaurant is about authentic royal Thai food served in a traditionally decorated space. Each Thai Chef at Thanying has his/her own area of specialty, trained in the tradition of Thai court cuisine. As a part of the royal Thai tradition of pampering guests, all dishes are served in bite sized portions.
Thanying is also big on veg fare, with their vegetarian menu offering close to 30 dishes. Try vegetarian delights like the Tawd Mun Kaopod (S$18++, Deep-fried sweet corn cakes, served with cucumber and sweet sauce), Keow Wahn Ma-Kua-Yaao (Brinjal with thick green curry) and Phad Graprao Tao Hoo (S$20++, Stir-fried beancurd with hot basil leaf, chilli and green peppercorn). Check out Royal Thai Vegetarian & Vegan Dining at Thanying, Singapore here.
Thanying Restaurant: 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539. P: +65 6222 4688. Website.
We’re not saying this is the best veg Thai food in town, but Bali Thai has a dedicated vegetarian menu with quite decent vegetarian options. Besides, Bali Thai has multiple locations around town, which makes it one of the more accessible Thai choices when you’re just out and about and Thai cravings set in.
Not just vegetarians, Bali Thai also serves Buddhist Vegetarians, with garlic and onion free options available on request. Some of our favourite orders here include the vegetarian versions of the Green Curry, Tom Yum soup and the Papaya Salad. Kids will probably love the Thai Black Olive Rice, which is non-spicy and doesn’t have any strong flavours that might not appeal to fussy eaters. They can tone down the spicy-levels on request. We once forgot to request for medium-spicy and couldn’t manage more than two bites of the fiery Papaya Salad.
Bali Thai: Check out their multiple locations at http://www.balithai.com.sg/stores/
Ginger Thai dishes up authentic Thai food in an open airy space at Cuppage Terrace. The portions are generous and the usual Thai favourites vie for your attention here alonside an array of unusual dishes as well. There is a dedicated vegetarian menu with a lot of variety. Choose from Pomelo Salad, Tom Yum Coconut Soup, Veg Tomyum Stick Noodles, Masamman Veg Curry, Stir Fry Thai Kang Kong and much more. They also have a weekday Set Lunch Menus (S$18++ to S$24++) with vegetarian options.
Ginger Thai: 37/39, Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace, Singapore 229460. P: +6567345682 / 90116000 / 83427367. Website.
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