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AUG 16, 2019

Tuck in to these lean, green and clean meals to see what the plant-based dining craze is all about.

Healthy, sustainable, delicious... plant-based dining has taken the world by storm. Not only have veggie-heavy diets have been proven to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, improve heart health and boost energy but they’re also better for the planet since plants require less water, land, methane and fertilizers to produce. But plant-based dining doesn't have to mean a boring salad. Try these nutritious and delicious creations to see what all the fuss is about.

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Shanghai Garden

Plant-based dining doubles as edible artwork at Shanghai Garden.

Ever ambitious, the chefs at Shanghai Garden are crafting an increasing number of Chinese dishes using only plant-based ingredients. Take the chilled organic cucumber, for example, which is carved by hand to resemble classical Chinese landscape paintings. Then there’s the Tian Qi leave salad with walnuts and vinegar and the sauteed white cabbage with crispy and delicious fried tofu sheets.

SaladStop!

From the Beyond burger to grain bowls, SaladStop! makes sustainable dining more convenient than ever.

Whether you’re seeking a healthy lunch or a grab-and-go snack, SaladStop! at Exchange Square serves up fresh grain bowls, salads, wrap and plant-based burgers. The signature ‘Earth Bowl’ is jam-packed with nutritious vegetables, such as plant-protein patties, romaine, fresh herbs, warm baked mushrooms, avocado and Thai turmeric. Need a bit more protein? Add an Impossible patty as a topping to any dish – or design your own salad to suit your taste.

Café Causette

Try the Impossible burger at Café Causette.

Tucked away on the mezzanine level of the Mandarin Oriental, Café Causette has added a few plant-based dishes to its menu. The international options will take you on a green journey around the world, thanks to the likes of vegetarian mapo tofu, eggplant masala, and the famous Impossible burger. The juicy, plant-based patty is made with protein derived from plants and, when cooked on a flat-top grill, develops a crispy char that you’ll crave for days. This is a guilt-free indulgence: the company behind the burger, Impossible Foods, claims to save 96 per cent land, 87 percent water and 89 percent emissions to produce than a typical beef patty.

Amber

At Amber, the Okinawa corn with salicornia and sudashi dish celebrates nature’s unadulterated flavours.

Newly renovated Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is at the forefront of sustainable dining. Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus has ditched dairy and has also made efforts to reduce the amount of refined sugars and fats on the menu.

As a result, the progressive fine-dining menu incorporates several plant-based dishes as well as special vegan or vegetarian menus. During your next visit to this two-Michelin-starred restaurant, look forward to the homemade silken tofu with colorful heirloom tomatoes or the Okinawa corn with salicornia and sudashi dish, both of which balance flavour and texture with aplomb.

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour

Try the kale sour at Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour for an extra dose of vitamin C.

The plant-based dining trend has made its way into the city’s top bars, too. Offering healthier twists on your favourite tipples, Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour added six ‘Vegetable Gin Cocktails’ to its menu. Each offers its own health benefits thanks to botanicals and vegetables that the bar sources from local farms. The Onion Gimlet, for instance, aims to clear your throat with onion, honey and lemon, while the Kale Sour promises an added dose of vitamin C to boost immunity and lower cholesterol.

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