Surprisingly Safe Snacks in Singapore

So, I knew I’d have a bit of a challenge in Southeast Asia. I’m vegetarian by choice, and deathly allergic to peanuts and peanut oil be genetics. However, I haven’t had any issues. One typical food is ramen noodles (or other thin noodles) with soy sauce and eggs. I find myself eating this on a seemingly daily basis. I have also seen a lot of vegetables such as green beans, cucumbers, and asparagus.

To my surprise, the locals eat out – a lot. It is almost always the case that you go to a spot, order your food there, and eat there. Taking food out or taking your leftovers isn’t seen much here because eating on trains/buses is not allowed.

I eat breakfast and dinner at my accommodation, but for lunch I have noticed a few trends. Lunch does not have a designated time, but rather is a broadly defined range of time. For example, my manager will say “I will have a look at this after lunch” even though neither of us know exactly what time that means.

I haven’t seen food being celebrated much, but my roommates and I definitely celebrate our dinner times together when we can all reflect on our day and enjoy a hearty meal.

This soy meat is indescribable…

My favorite food from this culture is most definitely the combination of vegetables, thin noodles, and soy meat. As a student with an allergy and a vegetarian, this option gets around my constraints while still allowing me to fully experience the amazing cuisine here.

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3 Responses

  1. clove1 says:

    It must be really cool to be able to get an authentic ramen meal from Asia. I have never been there, but it seems like the quality is much higher than in the United States! Its great that you have found so many options that suit your diet, because when I travel abroad and look for specific options I usually have a difficult time. Hopefully you don’t run into any issues!

  2. tdoddapa says:

    Hey! I’m glad you’re able to find food that you like and can eat! I found what you said about lunch being “a broadly defined range of time” to be interesting because it is similar here in Ireland as well. People are much more relaxed during lunch and tend to take their time in Ireland as well.

  3. sangyu07 says:

    It must be a real struggle if you have that many constraints :(. But I really hope you enjoy as much as you can and try new foods! I actually told my co-worker that I have never had this much amount of noodles in my life as well. I think I eat at least 4 times a week, surprisingly all different kinds and flavors. It is also interesting to see there is no definite range of time for lunch. People here (Hong Kong) usually have lunch at almost the same time every day.