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Delicious Vegetable Recipes for Singaporeans

The multiethnic population of Singapore has resulted in a richly varied gastronomic scene, which Singaporeans take great pride in. The cuisines of this nation, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Peranakan, all contribute to the wide range of available vegetable dishes. The culinary scene in this country is a delicious mix of these many cuisines. In Singaporean cuisine, vegetables are essential not just as side dishes to dishes based on meat but also as the primary components of vegetarian and vegan main courses.

The preferences of the expatriate population and health-conscious natives are catered to by Singapore's diversified culinary environment, which offers worldwide vegetarian choices such as Italian pasta meals, Japanese veggie sushi, and Middle Eastern falafel wraps.

Additionally, it is home to many vegetarian and vegan eateries that each provide a diverse selection of foods made from plants. These restaurants vary from more informal eateries that provide local vegetarian food to luxury restaurants that offer gourmet vegan cuisine. They are designed to serve residents as well as visitors who are searching for meat-free alternatives.

Vegetable cuisine fans have many options in Singapore, whether seeking classic vegetable recipes that have their roots in Singapore's rich cultural past or are interested in discovering creative plant-based concoctions. The following are some recipes for vegetables that are not only delicious but also capture the essence of the tastes found in Singaporean cuisine:

Stir-fried Kangkung (Water Spinach)


1 bunch kangkung (water spinach), washed and chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 red chilies, sliced

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. In a saucepan, bring the oil from the veggie to a medium heat. Add minced garlic and sliced chilies. Stir fry until fragrant.
  2. Add chopped kangkung to the pan and stir fry for a few minutes until wilted but still vibrant green.
  3. Add oyster sauce and soy sauce. Stir well to combine.
  4. Continue to cook for one more minute, then take it off the heat. Serve hot with rice that has been steamed.

Sambal Eggplant


2 medium-sized eggplants, cut into cubes

3 tablespoons sambal paste

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon tamarind paste

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Salt to taste

Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. In a saucepan, bring the oil from the veggie to a medium heat. After adding the eggplant cubes, continue to sauté them until they brown and become more tender.
  2. Add sambal paste, tamarind paste, brown sugar, and salt. Stir well to coat the eggplant evenly with the spices.
  3. Cook until the eggplant is tender and fully cooked and the flavors are well incorporated.
  4. Serve immediately with rice or roti and garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

Hainanese-style steamed Tofu with Shiitake Mushrooms.


1 block firm tofu, cut into slices

1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Green onions, chopped, for garnish


  1. Arrange tofu slices on a plate and top with sliced shiitake mushrooms.
  2. In a small bowl, mix minced garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Pour the mixture over the tofu and mushrooms.
  3. Steam the tofu and mushrooms for 10-15 minutes or until heated.
  4. To finish the dish, sprinkle some chopped green onions on top and serve it over hot rice previously prepared.

Nyonya Acar (Spicy Pickled Vegetables)


1 cucumber, julienned

1 carrot, julienned

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 red chili, sliced

1 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds


  1. In a saucepan, combine white vinegar, water, sugar, salt, turmeric powder, mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds. Bring to a boil and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cucumber, carrot, red onion, and red chili.
  3. After the vinegar mixture has cooled, pour it over the veggies. Combine everything by giving it a thorough stir.
  4. Cover and refrigerate the acar for a few hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Serve chilled as a refreshing side dish.

These recipes celebrate the vibrant flavors of Singapore while incorporating delicious and nutritious vegetables. Enjoy your cooking!

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