SUFOOD Singapore

Hi All!

Sorry for the hiatus, I’ve not been doing a very good job juggling work, social and blogging ūüė¶ But am really grateful for those of you who have still been dropping me comments and mails…thank you thank you!!

Today I want to talk about my recent visit to SUFOOD, the newest vegetarian restaurant to hit our sunny shores. The kind folks at SUFOOD¬†invited me down for a media tasting and I couldn’t be more excited after reading the press release. SUFOOD¬†is a joint venture between Singapore‚Äôs PUTIEN and Taiwan’s largest restaurant operator WOWPRIME. I asked my Taiwanese friend about SUFOOD¬†and though he is not a vegetarian, he knows of this chain. Always a good sign rite? ūüėÄ

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Location
SUFOOD¬†is located at Raffles City Shopping Center….FINALLY another vegetarian option in town! So stoked about the location because most good veg food are not located near any central MRT¬†stations and this makes meat-free options so much more accessible to the masses (and for me hohoho!).

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The FOOD
SUFOOD’s vegetarian menu is Italian-inspired with a playful cross-fusion approach to culinary creations. Ingredients for their menu are sourced regionally and all food is prepared with no artificial flavorings or MSG, yay!

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Love the colourful and vegan-friendly menu – all dishes have cute little icons beside indicating if it contains diary products , onions or garlic.

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There’s a wide range of options in the menu – from appetizers to soups, and mains to desserts. BUTBUTBUT why would you go a la carte when you can go for their ULTRA value for money 8-course set meal at $25++?? When i¬†first saw the price, i honestly thought I saw it wrongly, or that the portions were going to be bite sized. But boy was I wrong.

See their menu SUFOOD Menu

appetizer trio

Started off the course with their SUFOOD appetizer Рa delicate trio of poached Japanese Yuca root drizzled with a blueberry coulis, a stack of oriental white water snowflake greens and a savoury cherry tomato jelly. Each appetizer was unique Рand because there was one each of something sweet, savoury and sour, it really tantalized my tastebuds and got me looking forward to the next course.

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Next we had the Rosemary Bread sticks followed by a shot of Vinegar 
The shot of vinegar is made from fermented mulberry roots and is supposedly very healthy. The strong sour tastes takes some people a while to get used to, but its OK for me since I’m used to taking Apple Cider Vinegar.

mushroom salads

The Salad options were very simple Рi had the Mushroom Salad. It was lightly seasoned and probably the most flavourful among the rest of the salads which were mostly raw. Probably not the place you come to if you want to dig into a hearty salad dish.

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The Soup¬†Course was one of my faves. I went more Asian and chose the Cabbage and Sweet Potato Stew…and wow this was really good! The broth was so flavorful it reminded me of my grandma’s cooking. Everyone thought it was the best soup on the table too! Tried a few spoonfuls of other soups-¬†my next fav was¬†the Mushroom & Pea Pottage Soup – It wasn’t overly thick and surprising savory!

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By the time we reached our Main Course, I was quite full! Ordered the Wild Mushroom Charcoal Tagliatelle and served a delightful looking dish. This was my dish of the day – the dish had alot of asian flavours but it was really unique in a good way. The charcoal pasta was really well made, chewy and best part, it doesn’t stain your teeth! The mushrooms were fresh (looks like squid right?) and complemented the pasta excellently.

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I must say that SUFOOD is quite generous with their portions. Even though this was an 8 course meal, the soup and main were of normal portion size and not downsized. Here are some pictures of other main course dishes ( some of which are not vegan)

For dishes that require diners to use their hands to pick up the food, SUFOOD provides gloves to ease the dining experience. So considerate right?

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Only some mains are vegan but i¬†think that the vegan options looked even better than the veg ones!¬†A dish I spyed someone at the next table having was the Mediterranean Vegetable Skewers and it looked so delicious! So gonna try that the next time I’m there.

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Dessert time! The dessert¬†portions are quite small but to me, it was the perfect portion-size after you’ve just had 6 courses. The only vegan option was the Osmanthus Flower Jelly. Another fav¬†of mine! The texture of the jelly was perfect – The Taiwanese really know their jelly man – and you could taste and see the infused Osmanthus flowers with each bite. The dessert¬†comes with a drink – and you get to choose between hot tea and fruit juices. I had “The Very Berry” drink, a little too sweet/sour for me …should have gone for the hot tea instead. Other desserts¬†in the menu include cheesecake and panna cotta.

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SUFOOD is definitely a place I’ll visit again because it serves good quality food at really affordable prices! Seriously, what more can a Singaporean ask for?! So, make a trip down to check it out…and loosen your waist band!

SUFOOD
#02-19 Raffles City Shopping Center (next to Espirit)
Opening Hours : 11.30am – 3.30pm / 5.30pm – 10.00pm

https://www.facebook.com/sufood.singapore

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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!

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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 ‚Äď 10pm (last order 9:45pm)
Phone: 6844 6868

See more outlets here and menu here

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  Рthis 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/