Veganism is something I am not very familiar with, but with all the unhealthy weight gain I have been piling up, I am looking at incorporating more vegan food in the diet.
Soul ALife is a fully vegan cafe located at China Square, which aims to break the stereotype that vegan food is tasteless and unappetizing.
Question: what were you doing at 20?
I was still finding my way through life, passing IPPT in army, and studying, but the 20-year old Lee Ting has already decided to run a café like this. In the heart of the CBD (where nonsense in food is less tolerated.)
She would like to spread the message of veganism, and help diners find healthier dining options. (Why not? She should consider sharing some of her vegan recipes on Facebook or Youtube… okay, once she got her business settled.)
The cafe serves all-day brunch food of Smashed Avo on Toast, mains such as Teriyaki Burger, salads such as Soul Salad, to desserts of Raw Vegan Cheesecake and Protein Brownies.
Signature items included the BBQ Burger ($9.90), Scramble Toast ($8.90), Mac and Cheese ($7.90), Buddha Bowl ($9.90), Ultimate Combo ($9.90) which incorporates guacamole, tofu scramble, salsa, sauteed mushroom and tofu feta on sourdough bread.
The food is MSG free, lower in fat and salt content.
I had the Scrambled Toast ($8.90), with topping that resembled scrambled eggs but were actually tofu made to look like eggs. There were some grilled tomato, mushroom and coconut bacon added.
The tofu itself had good flavours and was creamy – I won’t mind having this again.
However, I thought that the accompanying items didn’t gel very well, with some parts tasting more raw than others. Perhaps if the mushrooms were also sautéed or grilled with some herbs, the smokiness and aroma would elevate the taste.
The Buddha Bowl ($9.90) was another recommended (some call this dish a Bliss Bowl).
It was beautifully presented with an arrangement of healthy ingredients such as turmeric cauliflower, quinoa, purple slaw and marinated tofu. The centre of attraction was think pink homemade beetroot hummus.
There were parts that I enjoyed more, namely the beetroot hummus and tofu. I am coming from a meat-lover point of view, and thus items with more flavours tend to be more appealing.
At $9.90, this is value-for-its-money with the amount of ingredients added.
The next time I come, I would go for the BBQ Burger with homemade mushroom patty, and Mac and Cheese made using a vegan cheese sauce.
3 Pickering Street, China Square #01-39, Singapore 048660 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Tel: +65 9183 8290
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Fri), 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun