As a general rule of thumb, my carnivorously inclined friends tend to shun vegetarian eateries. Actually, shun is an understatement. They avoid vegetarian places like the plague. Whenever we get around to discussing dinner plans and vegetarian pops up, I prep myself for a round of skeptical faces, followed by the usual tropes along the lines of “vegetarian can be tasty meh?”
My mission to persuade my meat-loving friends to open up to vegetarian food brought me to this one humble-looking eatery located in Fortune Centre. As I visited at lunchtime, the place was a flurry of activity. Without further ado, here are some of my favourites:
1. Tom Yum Soup Udon
Featuring a double feature of shitake and straw mushrooms together with a colourful mix of fresh vegetables, this dish looks as good as it tastes. The cauliflowers and brocolli are high in protein, which makes up for the protein loss from not eating meat. I’d be hard-pressed to find a more rational reason to convince my meat-loving amigos. Oh and for the health conscious, all the mushrooms at Vegandeli are air-fried.
2. Minced Bean Ramen
Another one of Vegandeli’s star creation centred around straw mushrooms and shitake mushrooms, the Minced Bean Ramen takes these two mushrooms and somehow manages to transform them into something entirely different from the aforementioned Tom Yum Soup Udon. The homemade sauce resembles zhajiangmian (a Chinese dish consisting of thick wheat noodles topped with zhajiang sauce), and the whole dish is slightly piquant without being excessively gelat.
3. Kung Pao Chicken Rice
Saving the best for last, here’s my personal favourite at Vegandeli, the Kung Pao Chicken Rice. This time round, the straw and shitake mushrooms are relegated to supporting positions. The monkey head mushroom rose to the occasion, and I was absolutely amazed at the culinary prowess of the Vegandeli chefs. The Kung Pao Chicken taste we are all so familiar with is almost exactly replicated in this dish, which was about the same time when my preconceived notions of vegetarian food all went out the window.
The Little India and Bugis area is a mecca for vegetarian food in Singapore. Situated in Fortune Centre, Vegandeli is also well-positioned to cater to the crowds from the temples in the vicinity. Since it opened in September last year, business has grown steadily, largely thanks to word of mouth recommendation and the fact that food is genuinely good.
190 Middle Road #01-28B, Fortune Centre
10.00am to 9.00pm
Closed on Thursdays
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