How to Be a Vegetarian in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

Southeast Asian food is not known for being vegetarian-friendly. Many dishes contain shrimp paste, fish sauce, or they're just fried in lard. So, I knew that eating vegetarian in Southeast Asia would require some advance work.

While researching, I wrote down three whole pages worth of restaurant recommendations. I am particularly indebted to this blog for many of my meals. And you can follow Max's journey through Singapore here.

Singapore's population is made up of three main ethnic groups: the Malays, the Chinese, and the Indians [read more about the world of influences here]. Indian food is well-known for vegetarian cuisine, and Chinese Buddhists have been making vegetarian food for centuries, and after doing a little research, you can even find some great vegetarian Malay food.

Curried Cabbage and String Beans

This guide should serve as a resource for any vegetarians, or just vegenthusiasts, traveling through Southeast Asia, one of the most exciting regions of the world.

See all the vegetarian snapshots in the slideshow >>

About the author: Howard Walfish is a Virginia native who has been living in New York since 2003. He is, in fact, a vegetarian, and is the co-founder of Eat to Blog and the creator of BrooklynVegetarian.