VeganBurg

February has been a crazy month! Crazy good though. Been really busy with Chinese New Year visiting, catching up with friends, planning for my upcoming trips and handing over my work before my last day at IKEA.

I’m leaving for London tonight so I thought I’d slip in a blog entry before this space becomes obsolete :S!

Wanna talk about one of my favourite Vegan place to Singapore, that’s non other than VeganBurg of course!

VeganBurg

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Basically, they serve vegan fast food – burgers and fries and everything nice. The organic patties are mostly made from soy protein and many of my non-vegan/vegetarian friends love it too! I’ve tried almost the entire menu now (greedy me!) and my favourite burgers are the Char-Grilled Satay, the Creamy Pepper Shroom and just yesterday, the “Chikin” tartar burger! Also love the sides like their potato and spinach pops and seaweed fries….YUM!

VeganBurgDoesn’t this look like regular fast food?

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Split a Char grilled satay and Chikin tartar burger with my friend cos we wanted both! I tell ya, the secret is all in the sauce!

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Potato and spinach pops

From one outlet to five in a few years, VeganBurg is expanding and the new locations are more central now. Glad that they are sharing and spreading the word about social responsibility and educating more people on what vegan food is about (it can look and taste good!!). Definitely a great place for vegans to hang out and for non-vegans to get a “non-scary” introduction to what we eat =)

VeganBurg
 44 Jalan Eunos
Singapore 419502
Daily: 11:30am – 10pm (last order 9:45pm)
Phone: 6844 6868

See more outlets here and menu here

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Happy Chinese New Year!!

Lunar-New-Year-GoodiesIts the start of the long weekend and the beginning of 4 full days of feasting and more feasting. Actually, the feasting already started 2 weeks ago when cny goodies started arriving at work!

Here are 3 tips to keep the holiday spirit high when maintaining your waistline

Eat more of..
 Healthy snacks. Yes, it exists, not some urban legend! Some healthy (or healthier snacks) include Mandarin oranges, fruits like pamelo and dragon fruit, seaweed, plums and dried fruit (except those laden with sugar)

Here’s just a rough idea how much calories and nutrition are in some of our popular CNY goodies
• Bak Kwa (1 piece, 57g)- contains 229kcal, 8g fat, 24g sugar with 15g protein
• Pineapple tarts (2 pieces, 40g) – 163kcal, 7g fat & 12g sugar
• Love Letter (4 rolls, 52g) – 224kcal , 6g fat & 19g sugar
• Shrimp Roll (10 pieces, 15g) – 46kcal ,4g fat & 0g sugar
• Kueh bangkit (6 pieces, 36g) – 137kcal,4 fat & 8g sugar
 • Beehive cookie/ kueh ros – 149kcal, 7g fat & 8g sugar
Nian gao (1/4 portion, 106g) – 245kcal, 0.5g fat & 37g sugar

Drink less of…
Sugared drinks! Packet drinks/canned drinks/ soft drinks – they all account for wasted calories. Just imagine, you politely accept a drink when visiting someone’s home. Multiply that by 5 homes a day ,over 2 days and you would have drunk 10 packs/cans of sugary drinks! Save your calories for something more deserving, like your grandma’s famous curry. Opt for water or chinese tea. It’ll help to cleanse your system too!

Don’t even think of..
 Starting on your trigger foods. My number 1 trigger food during CNY are tapioca and chiku chips!! I LOVELOVELOVE them. I normally start with one portion and promise myself with all the will power i have within me that it’ll be my last…but who am i kidding right? I go for seconds, and thirds….I can even finish the whole container on my own! So the best way (for me at least) to resist goodies that you have a tendency of over indulging on is to avoid them completely. Harsh I know, but if you have super human self control then go ahead and enjoy that one portion (i envy uuuuu).

Happy CNY everyone, here’s to a prosperous New Year. Huat ah!

Real Food Grocer

Sorry for the blogging hiatus!

Was in Hong Kong for 5 days and it took me awhile to adjust back to reality …I only just unpacked my luggage over the weekend!

I have been eating wayy too much junk and I’m gonna try to do a mini 3 day detox before the Chinese New Year celebrations start from Friday. There’s gonna be so much feasting during the Chinese New Year period, it makes Christmas look sad.

Anyway, visited the Real Food Grocer @ The Central last weekend. Its a cafe cum health food store concept, think Jones the Grocer, that serves vegetarian dishes with many vegan options. YUM!

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Boiled dumplings in tamari and sesame oil  – this is simple but so full of flavour. Must try!

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Chickpea and sweet potato cakes with avocado wedges, grilled organic asparagus, boiled beans, grilled capsicum and soy mayo. I found the cake a tad dry and too crummy…but luckily the vegetables made up for it. The asparagus especially was grilled to PERFECTION. oh my oh my..

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Spinach and tomato pasta ,topped with mozzarella. If you want the vegan option, simply ask to remove the cheese. I tasted abit of the pasta, thought it was slightly too garlicky. And the spinach was cooked chinese-styled…abit weird for a western dish?

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I think the chinese food would be much better here – saw most people ordering the rice and noodles. So will definitely give it a shot the next time around. If you’re not vegetarian but looking for a nice cafe to chill and relax, Real Food Grocer has the perfect ambiance for that too

Real Food Grocer

6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central #B1-52/53

T: +65 62244492

http://www.realfoodgrocer.com/