There are many ways to go green. One way is to be environmentally friendly. Another way is to be vegan. While you may cringe, the latter is really the more comfortable way to save the planet (and your health).
Non-vegans may not be able to think of how vegans can enjoy life, and food, with such a strict dietary restriction. However, there are many vegan restaurants scattered around Singapore that serve some tasty meals. For instance, I tried a tofu patty burger and it’s really hard to tell that the patty one is biting down into is actually not meat. They also have tofu hot dogs that look and taste almost like hot dogs!
And in an environment as cosy as a café, even vegan food becomes posh. I was at Real Food on Saturday for a meeting and it was very conducive. There were cushioned seats with a shelf of books for people to read while eating, and a small mart in the café selling organic vegan stuff. Of course, the most important part is the food, which may be a little on the expensive side due to their organic sources but is definitely good. There are things like baked brown rice (which I had, and is cheese baked rice with mushrooms) and snacks like fruit rojak and potato wedges. There is also an extraordinary variety of teas, including teas that help you sleep, aid in digestion or get you through “troubled times” (meaning these teas soothe muscle aches and cramps). And best of all, you can spend hours in there without a crowd gathering (and this is a Saturday in Somerset), with pleasant music and waitresses that leave you be. Plus their on-site toilets are big, and even have a chair inside!
And there’s more! There are tables at the side with CD players so that you can listen to music that you choose.
The café is really only a short walking distance from the MRT station, but I got out the wrong way and ended up walking for quite a long time. The fastest route is to exit at Scape Park and walk straight in.
Naturally, vegan food needs getting used to. The lack of meat in some dishes is acutely felt, and the usage of brown rice makes you feel a lot fuller more quickly. I daresay there are only so many days that one can do with mushrooms as flavouring alone, together with some olive oil. I know a few vegans who said they had trouble getting used to it at first, but gradually it became a matter of habit and they felt much healthier for it. I have also heard about the harms of gluten, which can be found in almost everything, it seems (including bread, which I am very happy about). So adopting a vegan diet, even for the short term, will surely be beneficial to your body in some way. That said, without the costly preparations in eateries, I’m sure home-cooked vegan food is going to take a lot of getting used to.