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Vietnamese food is renowned the world over for its rustic charm. It is much more than Pho and Banh Mi. It is when you’re in Vietnam, or even at one of the specialty restaurants serving Vietnamese fare that you discover that there is a whole world of flavours and ingredients out there. Singapore has its fair share of Vietnamese restaurants and vegetarians needn’t lose heart for they too have a decent choice to turn to. EatRoamLive shares Vietnamese Restaurants where vegetarians can satiate their cravings. Read on and tuck in! Confession: We haven’t actually visited all these restaurants yet, so this list is more of a compilation than recommendations. We’ll update as and when we try any of these. In the meanwhile, do share with us your Viet-food experiences by commenting on this article.
The Orange Lantern
A place that you will instantly warm up to, The Orange Lantern offers enough vegetarian food and is Halal Certfied. Apart from the regular menu, their catering menu also has set vegetarian Lunch Bentos. For appetisers, their Vegetarian Spring Rolls or Vegetarian Wrap, and Vegetarian Tom Yum Noodle Soup make for a great start. For mains, there is Vegetarian Stir-Fried Rice, and you can choose from a range of drinks and desserts. Their Vegetarian Mini Buffet at S$13.90 includes 2 Appetisers and 4 dishes in Main Entrée including Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, Braised Tofu with Assorted Mushroom, Three Treasure Green and Sweet Sour Mock Chicken with Sweet Peppers. Wrap it up with Mini Fruit Tartlets. They also have a Bountiful Reunion Vegetarian Mini Buffet for $16.80 with plenty vegetarian stuff to gorge on. Their dishes are authentic and ingredients fresh.
The Orange Lantern: Outlets at Killiney Road, Harbour Front Centre, IMM Building and Alexandra Retail Centre. Click here for addresses.
Moc Quan brings the best of Vietnamese street food with secret recipes from street chefs, using the freshest ingredients, close to you. Try their Bun Dau Hu (Rice noodles topped with deep fried lemongrass tofu, cucumber, fresh herbs, toasted peanuts, fried shallots and Vietnamese soy sauce, S$17.90), Bun Canh Chua (S$17.90), Banh Xeo (S$16.90), Goi Du Du (S$12.90) and Banh Mi Chay (Vegetarian baguette with choice of sauteed mushrooms or lemongrass tofu or both, topped with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, coriander and pickled carrots & daikon, S$12.90).
Moc Quan: 81 Clemenceau Avenue, UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-23, Singapore 239917. P: +(65) 6736 0123
Started when the owners couldn’t find and craved for an authentic Banh Mi which they craved for. For the uninformed, Bánh mì is the Vietnamese word for bread. In Vietnamese cuisine, bánh mì typically implies a sandwich in baguette bread with traditional fillings. Sandwich Saigon caters to those who long for that comforting taste with freshly baked baguettes. They have a selection of vegetarian dishes including Veggie Sandwich (S$9.50), Mushroom & Tofu Sandwich (S$9.50), Cheese Sandwich, Mushroom & Tofu Viet Bibimbap Rice (S$16.00), Fresh Spring Rolls with Mushroom and Tofu (2 Pcs, S$8.90), Low Carb Spring Rolls with Mushroom and Tofu, and more.
Sandwich Saigon: 93 East Coast Road Singapore 428792. P: (65)6345-3849
Saigon Alley might remind you of Daigon Alley, but the only magic here concerns food. A laid back Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon Alley features home style dishes. Each dish emphasises use of freshest ingredients, secret herbs and spices. Vegetarians can dig into the Imperial Vegetarian Rolls (S$8), Vegetarian Pho (S$11), choice of Greens and desserts. You can even pick a Lunch Set including the Vegetarian Big Bowl and Vietnamese Roll for S$12, or add a dessert or drink and make it a meal for an additional S$1.50.
Saigon Alley: 273 Thomson Road #01-06, Novena Gardens, Singapore 307644. P: 6265 7662
Not your typical Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Stop doesn’t offer too many vegetarian dishes either. But we hear that the few that it does, make up for the vegetarian-lack with their delightful taste. On offer at Pho Stop are the Deep-Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls (6 pieces, S$6.40), the Vegetarian Pho (S$10.70) and the Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Dry Noodles (S$10.90). Feast on these while sipping on their heavenly Cà Phê (Vietnamese Coffee). Hardly enough for vegetarians to especially go there, but if you do end up there with meat-eating friends, at least you’ll be covered.
Pho Stop: 6A Shenton Way #02-28, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815. P: 9645 9851
NamNam Noodle Bar
A true labour of love and a heart warming story of returning to the roots, NamNam Noodle Bar believes in keeping food healthy (no MSG in 95% menu), quick and affordable for everyone to enjoy. They offer tofu and mushroom options (among others) for a few meat dishes. They offer Pho Vegetarian brown rice noodles (S$9), Lemongrass Tofu, (vegetarian) Braised Mushrooms Banh Mi (S$7.50), Southern Vegetarian Rolls In Brown Rice Paper, Peanut Sauce and Crispy Vegetarian Imperial Rolls (S$6) as meat-free options. All these are served with a wonderful choice of desserts and refreshingly different beverages such as the Che Sweet Sticky Rice, Coconut Ice Cream, Peanuts (S$ 6.90) and the Lychee-Pandan Iced Tea. *One of our readers mentioned that NamNam Noodle Bar’s vegetarian pho has fish sauce in it, so please check before you order.
NamNam Noodle Bar: Outlets at Raffles City, Wheelock Place, Suntec City and Plaza Singapura. Click here for addresses.
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