2 Hummus Recipes – Roasted Red Pepper and Beetroot

Hi everyone,

As many of you may know, I consider hummus one of the greatest dishes on this earth.  A few weeks ago I visited this Mediterranean place at Haji Lane and was served some really bland tasting hummus =( Needless to say, I left feeling VERY disappointed and had a big gaping unsatisfied craving!

So Me+Unsatisfied cravings do not go well together. I made up for the craving by making home made hummus for 3 weeks straight! Haha i think I can safely say that my cravings are officially SATISFIED.

Anyway, I love making different variations of Hummus. These 2 weeks, my fav variations were the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Roasted Beetroot Hummus. SO YUM!! I’ve been basically pairing them with all my dishes – as a dip, a spread and a dressing for my salads!

You can check out my recipes for the Classic Hummus, Raw Vegan Hummus and Sweet Potato Hummus as well.

ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS
red pepper hummus

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 large Red Bell Pepper
1 Can Chickpeas (try to buy those that are soaked in water)
2 TBS Tahini
2 cloves Garlic
2 TBS Lemon Juice
2 TBS Water
1/4 TSP Salt
Olive Oil

HERE’S HOWred pepper hummus
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Remove the stalk and seeds and slice the Red pepper in to stripes. Drizzle generously with olive oil and place in the oven for at least 40 – 50 min. Only remove it once the edges are starting to brown or blacken.

2) In a food processor, add all ingredients and process away.
> I don’t add much salt but taste as you process your hummus and add more till you find the taste that suits you best.
> I also like my hummus really thick. If you want a smoother consistency, add bit more lemon juice or liquid.

ROASTED BEET ROOT HUMMUS

beetroot hummus

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 medium Beetroot (mine was slightly more than 300g)
1 Can Chickpeas (try to buy those that are soaked in water)
3 TBS Tahini
1 large clove Garlic
3 TBS Lemon Juice
1 TBS Water
1/4 TSP Salt
1/2 TSP Cumin seeds
Olive Oil

HERE’S HOW

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1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Remove the skin and slice the beetroom into even pieces (not too thin or they may become chips!). Drizzle generously with olive oil and place in the oven for at least 35-45 min. Only remove it the pieces start to soften and caramelize.

2) In a food processor, add all ingredients and process away.
> I don’t add much salt but taste as you process your hummus and add more till you find the taste that suits you best. I acutally added abit more cumin afterwards because i simply love the taste. Feel free to add more if you wish.
> This hummus is thicker than the roasted Red Pepper one. Similarly, add more lemon juice or water if you don’t want it so thick.

Enjoy!!

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SUFOOD Singapore

Hi All!

Sorry for the hiatus, I’ve not been doing a very good job juggling work, social and blogging 😦 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’s 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? 😀

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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

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Started off the course with their SUFOOD appetizer – a 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 – and 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.

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The Salad options were very simple – i 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

Loving Hut @ Joo Chiat

HI All,

Haven’t had much time to cook new stuff this month, hence the lack of recipe posts.  Have been having more or less the same type breakfast/lunch/dinner on weekdays and then eating out on weekends.  Hoping to start making new stuff soon.

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Meanwhile, I’m really excited to share about  the new Loving Hut @ Joo Chiat that opened recently. (YESSS finally something in the EAST! Sorry westsiders, but you have Star Vista !) I’ve always felt that Singapore lacked vegan cafes…most of the vegan/vegetarian places here are either restaurants or hawker stalls. But I’m so glad that this trend is taking on  – first with the Living Cafe, Real Foods..and now Loving Hut! Definitely something to appeal to younger generation.

Interior – Loving the ambience so it deserves a whole paragraph on its own! The interior is bright, modern and I think Singaporeans who are into the “cafe-hype” craze will love it. Plus, its located in the very indie Joo Chiat! Colourful paintings relating to veganism are hung/placed around the cafe, sprinking colour and youthful vibes everywhere.

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Cute slogans like “Make Peace, Go Vegan” can be found on coasters, postcards, cloth bags, walls and even on thier furniture!  There’s even a panel against the wall that sells vegan snacks and environmentally friendly kitchen accessories.

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I visited Loving Hut with a bunch of vegan friends and managed to try abit of everything. The menu is pretty extensive! There are salads, starters, burgers, mains, asian dishes, fushion dishes, rice sets, desserts etc. Needless to say, none of us could make up our minds about what to eat. But that was a good problem 😉 check out the menu on thier facebook page

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Lets start with the drinks. Hands down, my favourite was the Morning Glory drink which I ordered – made using vegan yogurt! It tasted a bit like yakult with a slight zest and minty flavour. Thumbs up!

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Here are a few more drinks:

Hazelnut Coffee Latte – made using organic soy milk

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Hazelnut Cocoa

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Green Tea Latte

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Most of us ordered the western dishes, so there were lots of burgers and fries on the table.  The price for a main is around $13 – $17, similar to what you pay at normal cafes. Portions were a little small, I think a few of the guys mentioned they could eat another burger. I also understand that normally they also have sweet potato fries but sadly, it wasn’t available that day.

Tandoori Flame Burger – with fries and a side salad

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Beanie Quinoa BBQ Burger

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My dish of the Papa’s Porobello Burger – with a huge portobello inside! Quite tasty and i’m so glad it wasn’t a minced patty.

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Some ordered the asian-style dishes like dumpling soup and brown rice sets

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Almond Crumb Fillet – this was good too!

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Pan Gilled Vegan Scallops  – looks so real eh! They are actually mushrooms

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Sadly all the desserts were sold out too…my heart actually sank a little as I watched the last plate of Bread and Butter Pudding being served to the next table because it looked freaking good! Well, more reasons to go back next time.

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I think that Loving Hut’s new branch has set a new standard for vegan eateries in Singapore. Its modern cafe-styled concept and western menu will definitely appeal to both vegans and non vegans. It is redefining the perception of veganism and vegetarian food in Singapore and introducing veganism in a more fun, casual and relatable approach to the masses. Do check it out and show them some support!

Loving Hut Joo Chiat
229 Joo Chiat Road #01-01
Open daily : 11am – 2.30pm / 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Tel: 6348 6318
www.lovinghut.com.sg

Sunny Choice Organic Cafe

Hi Everyone,

Last weekend, I made a trip down Sunny Choice Organic Cafe. Sunny Choice has been on my “Must Check Out” list for quite some time now but I’ve always been putting it off because it’s so far from where I stay. But boy am I glad I finally made the trip down.

Sunny Choice is located at The Rail Mail, along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Don’t be fooled by the name because unlike the typical high rise malls you see all over Singapore, The Rail Mall is actually a long row of 1 storey high shops and eateries. The mall is located next to the old Malayan rail way track and is surrounded by an abundance of lush greenery. I simply love this area and am so glad I to have found such a quaint, secluded spot in our bustling city.

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Before I get on to the food, I have something really happy to share! My carnivorous bf has finally agreed to go vegetarian one day per week…weee! For someone who doesn’t eat much veggies, that’s a pretty good start=) So we’ve christianed the day as Super Veggie Saturdays and Sunny Choice was where we kicked off his first full vegetarian day.

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You place your order through this tablet attached to your table. Thought this was pretty high tech for a small cafe! And smart too !

mini-20131027_132624 Ok, finally for the food! We ordered 2 sides, 2 mains, 2 drinks …and
the portions were pretty huge! The family beside us even commented ‘wow can the
both of you finish all that?’ We answered with a resounding YES! I’ve read a
few reviews saying that the dishes are bland. I can understand why because the
dishes here aren’t the typical vegetarian dishes – they are healthier, use less
seasoning and oil, and don’t serve alot of fried stuff….but that’s not to say
it isn’t tasty.

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Tau Hu Goreng

This dish is a much healthier version of the typical deep fried and oily Tau Hu Goreng (Fried Tofu). Combined with shredded carrots, sprouts, cucumber, radishes and a generous topping of peanuts and pumpkin puree, the tofu is lightly fried to perfection and has almost no oil. In fact, I’m not sure what the method of cooking was. I like that it is lightly seasoned yet flavourful. My bf attacked this dish with so much gusto and kept saying in-between mouthfuls how he would come back for this.

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Veggie Sushi

My favourite! This simple veggie sushi roll is filled with carrots, radishes, beetroot, alfafa sprouts and lettuce , served with a side dressing of wasabi soy sauce. It is SO DARN FRESH and the sauce is delicious. I think I could eat 2 – 3 plates of this anytime.

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Vegetarian Curry Set Meal

This set comes with brown rice, a bowl of veggie curry, pumpkin chips and some side vegetables. Hearty and satisfying whilst not overly seasoned…but its right up my alley. LOVING the chips and was so tempted to grab an entire pack from the store =X

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Salad Noodle

This dish was a little weird for me but still tasty nevertherless. Though I’m not a big fan of heavily seasoned salads, I quite liked the vinegar noodles because it balanced out the taste of the fresh veggies quite well. Its a little too heavy to be called a “salad”….more like a noodle dish.

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There are many other popular items like the Thunder Tea Rice, Abacus set and Spagetti… so I guess I will have to make a trip back real soon!

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Sunny Choice is also an organic store. The store sells a good range of products like fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts/grains/dried food, baby products, health supplements, oils/seasonings/condiments and even skin/body/hair products. Basically all your basic necessities for leading an organic and vegetarian lifestyle. What I also noticed and loved about the store is that there is a good variety of both western and asian products! mini-20131027_141916 mini-20131027_133944 mini-20131027_133904 mini-20131027_132950

Here are some other products I spotted in the store:

Oligo  – diabetic friendly sugar. like Xylitol

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\Purple Sweet Potato and Pumpkin chips –  This came together with the curry veggie set and was SO yummy!! Its the Asian kinda chips which i LOVELOVELOVE.

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The very first smoothie i ordered on my recent trip to London was a pretty pink smoothie that was decorated with dried roses …and  I swore to recreate that drink at home! Tadah I finally found the dried roses!

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Kelp buds, great for soups=)

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Don’t like the taste of chia seeds on  its own? Have Chia Crisps!

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Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Sunny Choice very much – Healthy, delicious food at a very reasonable price, what else can you ask for? Will be back to try out the rest of the menu soon. Real soon.

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Sunny Choice Organic Cafe

434 Upper Bukit Timah Road
The Rail Mall
Tel: 6892 2383
Open Daily from 10am – 9pm.

Ee Beng Vegetarian Restaurant – Penang

DSCN8813While researching on Vegetarian/Vegan food to eat in Penang, I came across Luke’s glowing (Hungry Ang Mo’s) recommendation    of Ee Beng Vegetarian Restaurant. Since it was also in the Georgetown area where I was staying, I knew I had to pay a visit.

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I went during lunch time and instead of going to the restaurant, I went for the self service mix vegetable rice sets.

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Al the dishes looked so good!! I went back and forth many times thinking what to add to my plate haha..And yes, it tasted as good as it looked. Was so stuffed after.

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Travelling with a non-vegetarian companion is a little more troublesome but my bf and I managed to make it work. We would go for breakfast/lunch/dinner at a veg place for me , followed by someone else for him. When we were at Ee Beng, he kept picking at my food because ,quoting him “wah, this vegetarian food is damm good!”

The bakery beside the restaurant sells very authentic chinese bakery buns…and a good number of them are vegetarian too!

By the way, check out more restaurant recommendations in Penang from Luke if you’re visiting Penang!

Veggie Cottage Cafe

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The Veggie Cottage is one of the  few fully vegan eateries in Singapore. A little gem of a cafe tucked between rows of unassuming shophouses in Little India, its easy not to notice it because it doesn’t have large signs or flashy banners unlike its next door neighbours. Luckily for me, I saw pictures of the exterior when Mr & Mrs Vegan blogged about it previously and spotted the red windows from far!

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Initially, I told the bf that there was this new place I wanted to check out and I heard good reviews of their Fish & Chips and Nasi Lemak. And because we always dine at places where there are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, he assumed that I was referring to real meat. So I could sense his disappointment when we arrived at Veggie Cottage and he found out that the Fish & Chips was actually “Fish” & Chips! My bad, forgot to clarify :X Luckily for me, he’s really accommodating and we quickly settled in.

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We reached the cafe at around 8pm (last order is at 830pm) and sadly, hot favourites like the veggie cottage pie, spaghetti and dumpling soup were sold out =(  But the nice ladies at the cafe recommended us a few alternatives. By the way, the cafe menu also indicates which items contain garlic and onions, so its pretty ideal for buddhist vegetarians too!

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The pumpkin soup was really homemade. It doesn’t have the creamy texture you get from the non-vegan pumpkin soups but i quite enjoyed it. Pumpkin soup > $4.80IMG_20130622_203323

I loved this salad!  Though they don’t use fancy vegetables or ingredients , it still tasted really good and fresh. And its solely attributed to the amazing homemade vegan mayo that the chef made. YUMYUM. Vegan Salad Medley $5.50 IMG_20130622_203547

The bf had this dish and he was eyeing this dish suspiciously as it was placed on our table. But to his (and my) surprise, he LOVED it! The fries were crispy and not over fried and they did a great job making the fish taste succulent, tender and like the real deal. Yummm. Understand that the fish patty was made from mushrooms , totally couldn’t tell. Fish & Chip > $6.50

Overall, I thought the quality of food was pretty good! Fresh ingredients and tasty dishes. The price range is pretty comfortable and value for money as all dishes are between $4 – $7. Oh one last thing, only cash is accepted at the cafe so remember to draw money if you’re going. Will definitely be back soon to try the rest of the “best sellers”!

Food : 8/10 (wnated to put 9 but i haven’t tried the entire menu yet!)
Service : 9/10
Value : 9/10
Ambience : 8/10

Veggie Cottage
13 Dalhousie Lane (near The Verge @ Little India)
Contact: 67856771
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-8.45pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Closed Monday
http://www.veggiecottage.com/

What’s your lifestyle diet?

Came across this interesiting chart Frites & Fries

I think they’ve missed out a column for some ingredients like nuts and honey; and also a few other categories like the rawvegan/ paleo/ blood type diets! But it still serves as a pretty good overview to the different types of labels there are out there. Plus, I’m a sucker for charts haha

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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/