Healthy fast food in Singapore: Grain bowls, soba noodles, vegan burgers and more
That speedy lunch fix no longer permits you a table at Maccas. Gone are the days that we associate fast food with the words of 'greasy', 'high salt' and 'high fat'. Fortunately enough, our city has options — delectable, healthy ones that won't cost you any artery-clogging or your precious time at all.
Wheat proves to be a hit with office workers in the CBD with their reasonable pricing and short waiting time. Much attention is given to noodles such as green soba, shirataki and ramen; but rice lovers can also indulge in brown and red rice options — completely guilt-free.
1 Raffles Place, Tel: 6443 3391
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 10:30am-8:30pm, (Sat) 11am-7pm, (Sun) 11am-4pm
Dosirak is all about combining the right portion of good carbs, vegetables and protein to serve healthy and tasty food fast. For those who are calorie conscious, know that Dosirak is recognized as a healthier dining partner of the Health Promotion Board (HPB), hence rendering all meals to be under 500 calories. To add a little fun to the dining experience, diners can choose from a variety of halal-friendly ingredients, with the optional choice of adding their secret homemade sauce, cap the tub and shake it up. Coupled with a strong belief in giving back to society, Dosirak has partnered with food bank and with with every tub purchased, a dollar will be given to food bank. For those new to Dosirak, try their signature items: beef bulgogi, soy sesame chicken, spicy kimchi chicken and cured salmon. Having recently expanded their menu, Dosirak now offers soups such as Doenjang (soy bean paste soup) and Korean teas such as citron tea.
OUE Downtown Gallery, Tel: 6536 6034
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 11am-8pm, (Sat) 11am - 3pm, Closed on Sundays
The Bento People
The Bento People strongly believes in the education of healthy balanced meals with the right proportions of different food groups and thus — bento boxes with equal sized compartments. Customers are encouraged to be creative with their and play around with their food choices with the restaurant's "make your own bento set". Serving up four types of grains and more than a dozen different side dishes, they all come with information and descriptions attached — perfect for those who want to know what they are having.
Kallang Ave, Tel: 6443 2006
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-8:30pm, (Sat) 11:30am-3pm, Closed on Sundays
Priding itself as the first vegan fast food restaurant in Singapore, Veganburg strives to redefine the traditional greasy and fatty burgers with vegan burgers that do not compromise on taste and nutritional value. Using only all-natural ingredients such as organic wholemeal grains, raw sugar, natural sea salt and distilled water for their burger buns, VeganBurg is proof that fluffy and deftly soft buns can be made possible in spite of not using the conventional ingredients. Burger patties are also made from 100% vegetable ingredients — mainly soya beans and mushrooms. Singaporeans would be happy to know that even though VeganBurg is not halal certified, they are halal friendly as ingredients are completely plant-based. As far as sides go, their seaweed fries and homemade spinach pops will hit the spot alongside your succulent patties.
44 Jalan Eunos, Tel: 6844 6868
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 11:30am-10pm
YOLO's philosophy is pretty simple. Since we only live once, we should embrace healthy eating habits. Your favourite dining items such as burgers and pastas are available but altered by their in-house nutritionist to ensure that the dishes are nutritious for you. If you're a stickler for local cuisine, YOLO brings you healthier versions of local dishes such as chicken rice served with steamed chicken breast and basmati brown rice.
12 Gopeng Street, Tel: 6221 3029
Opening hours: (Mon-Sun) 11am-9:30pm