Soy cheese doesn't melt
Veganuary 2020

Veganuary Day 19 (Sheese does not melt!)


Just 2 days away from the launch of my new series, ‘She’s a Terrorist, and I Love Her‘, by ‘Ministry of Funny‘ and online streaming platform ‘HOOQ‘, I headed to Tanglin Mall, to check out a particular brand I had in mind – Simone Irani.

Tanglin Mall
Some of the beautiful resorts-wear available at Simone Irani's shop at #02-28 of Tanglin Mall.
Some of the beautiful resort-wear options available at Simone Irani’s shop at #02-28 of Tanglin Mall.

Tanglin Mall is situated in an area that houses many expats and their families who are residing in Singapore for long periods of time. As we walked around in search of some vegan-friendly options, Zenos pointed out that he loved the ambience of warmth and comfort of this mall, which was something I didn’t expect him to say at all. I guess this is the reason Tanglin Mall is being featured on ‘Expat Choice Asia‘, as “a niche for the expatriates, yuppies and professionals”. Something about this place clearly appeals to the ‘Angmos’.


Patara Fine Thai cuisine.
We then chanced upon this restaurant, and browsed through their menu to find…
Patara fine Thai dining vegetarian / vegan menu.
A 2-page spread of vegetarian/vegan food in their menu!
Zenos ordering his favourite Thai food (we were starving!)
Vegan Vietnamese spring rolls with Thai-style dipping sauce
We started with some vegan Vietnamese Spring Rolls, filled with lettuce, julienned carrots, cucumbers, and a spicy Thai-style dipping sauce.
vegan Thai green curry at patara fine dining restaurant at Tanglin mall
Vegan green curry with tofu and vegetables. Green curry is probably one of our favourite Thai dishes. The scent of the basil really does it for us.
vegan thai basil chicken stir-fry.
We also ordered a Thai basil fake chicken stir-fry dish.
red Thai rice at patara fine dining restaurant at Tanglin mall.
Red Thai rice.

Bistro - House Of AnLi
Bistro – House Of AnLi
The Store and Bistro that also has plenty of vegan options within their Belgian-inspired menu, featuring healthy organic produce from around the world.
impossible burger at the house of anli bistro at Tanglin mall
They feature the Impossible Burger if you decide to pop by one day.
House of AnLi - Bistro and Store.
They sell some lovely dinnerware and furniture as well! How pretty!

We also discovered a shop called ‘Scoop Wholefoods’, and Australian-based concept that works with responsible suppliers and local producers, encouraging the use of minimal packaging and aiming for zero waste.

Scoop Wholefoods concept
They even provide reusable jars you can use to retrieve your oil from a tap, and a huge variety of organic dried foods beautifully laid out in rows just like a supermarket!

DINNER

Made by Cait
Baked brown rice with leftover veggies in creamy soy béchamel sauce, topped with vegan cheddar and mozzarella.

I’m gonna be honest, dinner looked like the S word. I mean, it didn’t taste bad, but it was the day I learnt that Vegan Cheese doesn’t really melt, and I looked like I’d put together a jigsaw puzzle that didn’t really fit.

The flavour of the dish was fine, but it just looked plastic, and I hate when anything looks plastic. Check it..

This stuff does not melt. HAHAHA!

brown rice
So, I cooked some brown rice because I had leftover veggies in the fridge and thought I’d make a baked rice dish. Brown rice is the only rice I will ever cook in my kitchen.
Sliced and sautéed onions and mushrooms
Sliced and sautéed onions and mushrooms on a pan with some olive oil and garlic bits. Salt and pepper to taste.
Vegan soy mince meat
These are dried soy bits that I got from a vegetarian/vegan grocery store at Fortune Centre. They soak up any sauce you drench it in, and has the texture of mince meat. They’re actually pretty delicious!
yellow squash layer on top of the rice and onion mushroom mix.
Layer the rice, onion mushroom mix, and roughly cut up some leftover squash that’s been sitting in the fridge, and sauté it in a pan before throwing it on top.
I threw in some leftover frozen peas as well, just to finish off the packet.

Next, we make the Bechamel sauce.

‘Béchamel’ (bay-sha-mel) sauce is also known as white sauce, and is made from a white roux (butter and flour mixture) and milk. But of course being ‘VEGAN’ means I can’t use milk, or butter. So, I’ve adapted the recipe using the following ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1litre unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • 1tsp nutmeg powder

Instructions:
1. Heat saucer, add oil + flour and cook it for about 3mins, keep stirring.
2. Add soy milk cup by cup allowing the flour to thicken the sauce.
3. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg powder only at the end, and stir.

Vegan bechamel recipe
Voila! Vegan bechamel (white sauce)!
Pour the vegan bechamel sauce on top of the ingredients.
Soy cheese.
Top with ‘Sheese’ or Soy Cheese, and bake in the oven for about 30mins on 200Celsius.
Soy bechamel baked rice with soy cheese!
There you have it. Soy bechamel baked rice with soy cheese!

Check back in for Day 20 of my Veganuary experience, where I discover 2 regular restaurants that are happy to prepare Vegan-friendly orders if you ask!

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