vegan vs vegetarian
Veganuary 2020

Veganuary Day 11 (Vegan/Vegetarian)


Some people aren’t sure about the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian, and recently, we’re finding ourselves having to explain this to them… and with pleasure!

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To put it plain and simple, if it took an animal to produce it, Vegans can’t have it.

Yes, that means:

  • No Milk
  • No Eggs
  • No Honey
  • No Leather products or anything else that came from an animal


HONEY!?


Well, according to Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Bees are hurt when bee farmers collect honey as they’re often careless and end up tearing off the bees’ sensitive wings and legs. Some farmers also cut off the queen bee’s wings to make sure that she can’t leave the hive.

But technology is becoming more and more advanced, and people are innovating more ways to harvest honey in a more ethical way.

The ‘Flow Hive’: An invention so bees don’t get hurt in the honey collection process.

I don’t know whether honey will ever make it into a Vegan’s ‘allowed-to-eat’ list, but at least the ‘Flow Hive‘ makes owning and collecting honey easier for the beekeeper, and much easier on the bees.


The Vegetarian diet is much easier to grasps, as they can’t eat meat or fish, but they are allowed to consume:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Leather

The next 2 restaurants I will feature are both Vegetarian restaurants because some of their food contains milk, which makes it impossible for them to brand as a purely vegan restaurant. However, I find that most Vegetarian restaurants (if not all), have vegan-friendly alternatives, which makes it much easier for us when researching locations specific to our dietary requirements on google maps.


Lunch

8 Treasures Restaurant
282A South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058831

We had originally wanted to head to another location for lunch, but the owner opening the shop was a little irate, and it was almost 12noon, and only having been on the plant-based diet for about 11 days, my body was still not used to it.

In fact, I was SO not used to it that I felt weak, and dizzy, and wanted to throw up from being so weak. My journey through the first week has been nothing short of off-putting for anyone trying to transition into plant-based eating habits. But, I also believed in persevering, and that’s what I’ll do.

So.

Situated right in front of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, is one of our FAVOURITE vegetarian restaurants of all time, and this is what we ordered..

vegan stir-fried eggplant
Stir-fried Eggplants (Aubergines) with soy protein bits in soy gravy.


Zenos is OBSESSED with 茄子 (qié zi), and eggplants of ALL kinds. I have made it my personal mission to find and recreate as many eggplant recipes for the love of my life just because I love watching him enjoy his food. UGH! I am so in love with this man. But, I digress.

In short, a MUST-HAVE dish when you visit this restaurant. The texture of the skin together with the smooth soft aubergine centre really is perfect. One of the best versions of this dish.

vegan mapo tofu
‘Ma po’ tofu. Tofu in a slightly spicy Sichuan sauce, with soy protein to replace what’s originally supposed to traditionally be beef.
vegan sweet and sour chicken
Sweet and Sour mock chicken stirfry.

We ordered with it, some brown rice, because brown rice is the only way we roll.

We were also really lucky because the lady boss, Zenna was there, and she recognised me from a YouTube series I’d previously co-starred in, and personally came to say hi! What a lovely lady!

Zenos, Zenna, Caitanya Tan
This is the young Lady-boss Zenna.

She’s also vegan, and is an advocate for the plant-based lifestyle. In fact, she holds a regular Vegan community meetup usually once a month or once every 2 months for ‘Animal Allies’, where all sorts of people gather to share being plant-based in Singapore; athletes, body-builders, doctors, nutritionists etc. I’m inspired to attend one myself while I’m on this 31 Day Veganuary journey.. Maybe I’ll see some of you there some time!


Dinner

Nature Cafe
No 3 Temasek Boulevard,
#B1-148, Suntec City Mall,
North Wing, Singapore 038983

Situated in the basement 1 area just by the down escalator outside SuperPark, Nature cafe is a spacious dining area with a wide variety of Vegan ‘Zi-char’ style chinese food.

vegan mock meat beancurd wraps
Vegan mock meat wrapped beancurd skins, deep-fried. It was really tasty.

vegan mock meat wantons
Tiny little bite-sized mock meat stuffed light and crispy wontons.

vegan braised eggplant
Braised Eggplants. Zenos FAVOURITE!

If a restaurant serves eggplants, we’re definitely going to have to order it, as (mentioned above) Zenos my boyfriend is completely obsessed. It is undoubtedly the dish my man lives for proven by the frequency by which he can eat this stuff in a day.

Vegan noodles in gravy
Mock ‘beef’ noodles in gravy.

I really like this style of noodles in gravy, and I am really keep to start re-creating these. But what’s most interesting about this dish is the mock ‘beef’, made out of some sort of mushroom. Image below.

I am in love with the texture of this mushroom thing, and I really hope you get to try it when you visit Nature Cafe, because it has such a beefy texture that you won’t even know that the thing you just ate, was made of just mushrooms!


Incidentally, the owners of both these restaurants, Zenna and Kenneth, are friends, and have also started a new VEGAN Boba Tea (Bubble Tea) store at Fortune Centre (190 Middle Rd, #02-03, Singapore 188979) called ‘Mong Cha Cha‘. Finally a Dairy-free alternative to the popular Bubble Tea craze that I can enjoy!

Check out my next post, where I feature a Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant in the same building as ‘Mong Cha Cha’, where the Plant-based Unagi Rolls are TO-DIE-FOR!!!

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