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.
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.