Vegan Cheese in Singapore – No Dairy, All Taste!
If you are trying to turn vegan, of the many things that may hold you back, cheese has to figure at the top. But with the increasing availability of vegan cheeses in Singapore, it needn’t be an impediment to your turning over a more humane leaf. Many supermarkets and specialty stores now stock your favourite cheese flavours in a vegan avatar. You can make your pizzas, burgers, pastas and snacks taste just as indulgent without the guilt, simply by choosing the vegan cheese alternatives. Shop online or visit a store, EatRoamLive ensures you will have enough choice to see you through your dairy cravings.
Do note that vegan cheeses might sometimes run out of stock in stores, so we highly recommend calling to check availability before you head down to buy a particular brand.
From the house of Field Roast’s Chao Creamery in Washington, comes a wonderful range of dairy-free cheeses. Their cheese is made from Chao, which is a traditional Asian fermented tofu. Instead of shaping their products to mimic dairy products, they have created an innovative range with coconut as the core ingredient and Chao as the seasoning. The cheese looks kind of like marinated feta, as it is sold brined in a small jar, and has the mouthfeel of something like blue cheese. They offer Creamy Original Chao Slices, Tomato Cayenne Chao Slices and Coconut Herb Chao Slices. Visit their website for a range of sumptuous recipes here.
Available at: Eat Organic (Creamy Original Chao Slices at S$15.90)
Dedicated to making eating diary-free a wonderful experience, Daiya is not just dairy free but free of the 7 main allergens including soy and peanuts. Gooey cheeses to lip smacking yoghurts, there is everything that you might want to dig into. Their awesome range includes Shreds, Slices, Blocks and Cream Cheese. Top up your veggie pizza with Daiya’s range of shreds that include flavours like Cheddar Style, Mozzarella Style, Pepperjack Style and Classic Blend. Or Fix a sandwich or a burger with one of their yummy and gooey cheese Slices. They also have blocks in flavours like Jalapeño Havarti Style, Medium Cheddar Style, Monterey Jack Style and Smoked Gouda Style, but we haven’t found these in Singapore yet. For those who love a good cream cheese style spread, there is Plain, Strawberry, Chive & Onion and Garden Vegetable to pick from – again mostly not available in Singapore, but one of the flavours might occasionally show face in an organic store. So, while the entire range is not available in Singapore, quite a bit of the flavours are. Daiya does seem to be the most widely available vegan cheese in Singapore.
Available at: Eat Organic (Cheddar Style Shreds at S$14.50), Supernature (Cheddar Style Shreds at S$13.60, Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread at S$13.60), Four Seasons Organic Supermarket (Cheddar Style Shreds & Mozarella Style Shreds at S$17.90 each), Vegetarian Online (Cheddar Style Slices at S$13.40, Mozarella Style Shreds at S$13.60,
Follow Your Heart
For non-dairy cheeses you just cannot get enough of, Follow Your Heart is a great bet. The American brand is available at a few organic supermarkets/stores and offers a wonderful range of flavours and styles – once again not all of them available here. Having started with vegan cheeses in 2003 when they came up with the first melting vegan cheese, they now offer original blocks (organic), Soy-Free Shreds and Soy-Free Slices and Blocks, Dairy-free Cream Cheese and Sour Cream. Follow your heart also makes Vegenaise – a heart-healthy, vegan spread that apparently tastes better than mayonnaise.
Available at: Redmart (Provolone Style Slices at S$9.90, Mozzarella Style Slices at S$9.90, Shredded Cheddar at S$9.80, Shredded Parmesan at S$8.90); Supernature (Vegan Gourmet Cheddar Cheese and Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Cheese at S$13 each); Eat Organic (Shredded); Four Seasons Organic Supermarket (Original Vegenaise at S$21.80, Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise at S$ 18.90 and Reduced Fat Vegenaise at S$ 18.60)
Free & Easy
Ok, not really cheese but Ryan’s Grocery offers a Free & Easy Dairy Free Cheese Flavour Sauce (130 gm, S$5.50) that is just perfect for quickly tossing up dishes which call for cheese sauce. Yup, now your kids can have vegan Mac & Cheese! It is free from artificial additives and preservatives, yet high on flavour. It is gluten free, yeast free, GM free, dairy free and preservatives free.
Available at: Ryan’s Grocery
The folks at Kroodi make Plant-Based Artisan-crafted Nut Cheeses that are dairy-free, lactose- free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and preservatives-free. As of now, they have 2 types of cheese on sale – Cheddi Cheez (130gm, S$13) which is a cashew based cheddar inspired cheese; and Truffi Cheez (130gm, S$15) which is a cashew based truffled cheese.
Besides the cheese, Kroodi also offers Kroodella Chocolate Spread and Coconut Yogurt.
Available at: Kroodi’s Website
One of the UK’s leading Vegan and Dairy Free cheese products brand, they offer Creamy Sheese, Sheese, Sheese Slices and Grated Sheese. All their cheeses are dairy Free, vegan, free from gluten & lactose. Their cheeses are soy based and the range includes Cream Sheese flavours like Original, Chives, Garlic & Herb, Spring Onion & Cracked Black Pepper and Sweet Chilli. The Sheese blocks come in 9 delectable flavours and Slices such as Mozzarella Style Slices, Mature Cheddar and White Cheddar. They even have 4 flavours of Grated Sheese.
Available at: Mustafa Shopping Centre (Some flavours available from time to time, it can often be out of stock), Supernature (Available occasionally, please call to confirm availability)
Tofutti makes a wide range of dairy-free soy based products such as Slices (American Cheese Slices & Mozzarella Cheese Slices), Cream Cheese (Herbs & Chives, Better Than Cream Cheese, Garlic & Herb, Better Than Creme Cheese Whipped), Sour Cream (Non-Hydrogenated Better Than Sour Cream and Guacamole) and Better Than Cheese Ricotta. Once again not all are available in Singapore but different flavours can be available from time to time, so we highly recommend calling the store to check availability before you head down.
Available at: Eat Organic, Supernature (Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese Plain at S$10.90, Tofutti Creamy Smooth Mozzarella Style Dairy Free Slice Cheese at S$7.80, Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream at S$10.90), Four Seasons Organic Supermarket
Animal Rennet-Free Cheeses
So, if you’re vegetarian and eat regular dairy cheese, here are some of the cheese brands that are free of animal-rennet. When it comes to animal-rennet-free cheeses, Indian brands are always a great bet as using animal products would alienate half the population. To be doubly sure, you can look for the green dot (on every Indian food product) that marks the product as vegetarian. We do not have an exhaustive list of vegetarian Cheeses available in Singapore as of now, but here is a start. If you know of any other brands that are rennet-free, please do let us know by commenting on the article, so we can add them here.
Amul uses Microbial Rennet from vegetarian sources. Amul cheese is available at Mustafa Supermarket and other Indian grocery stores. The Amul Cheese in Tin is even available at Redmart (we absolutely love this on pizzas, just grate it). Mustafa carries a huge range, here’s what we found at Mustafa Shopping Centre:
Available at: Redmart (Processed Cheese in Tin), Select Indian Grocery Stores, Mustafa Shopping Centre – the range at Mustafa includes the following:
- Amul CheeseSpread, 200gm at S$2.10 (Flavours include Original, Jeera a.k.a. cumin, Tikka Dip, Oregano Pickle, Punchy Pepper, Red Chilli Flakes, Spicey Garlic)
- Amul Processed Cheddar Cheese, 400gm at S$5.50
- Amul Processed Cheddar Cheese Squares
Another popular Indian brand, Go Cheese uses Microbial Enzyme too. The cheese is available in a range of flavours, many of them available at Mustafa.
Available at: Mustafa Shopping Centre – the range at Mustafa includes the following:
- Go Cheese Slices (Flavours include Plain and Green Chutney)
- Go Cheezooz Cream Cheese Spread (In a tube; Flavours include Plain and Chocolate)
- Go Processed Cheese Block & Go Pizza Cheese Block, 200gm at S$2.90, 400gm at S$4.50
- Go Nacho Cheese Sauce
- Go CheeseSpread, 200gm (Flavours include Creamy, Four Pepper)
Bega is the Australian company that makes the famous Vegemite. Their award-winning cheeses are made from cow’s milk with only special cultures, coagulants and salt added. All Bega Natural cheddar cheese is made with non-animal rennet. Bega has a wide range that is available easily at Supermarkets island-wide. Their range includes Bega Smokey BBQ Slices, Bega Black Pepper Cheese Slice, Bega Gourmet Cheese Slices, Shredded Cheddar, Bega Stringers.
Available at: Supermarkets Island-wide including Fairprice, Cold Storage, Redmart
Cowhead cheeses are also made from Non-Animal Rennet. Their cheese comes in a variety of types/flavours including Processed Cheddar Cheese Slices, Grated Natural Cheddar Cheese, Shredded Mozarrella, Cheddar Block, Cheese Cube Triangles, Mozzarella Pear Cheese, Parmesan Wedge and more. Cowhead cheese is widely available all across Singapore.
Available at: Supermarkets Island-wide, including Fairprice, Cold Storage, Giant, Redmart
Mainland cheese is made of milk from free range, grass-fed cows, which have been raised without the use of animal growth hormones. The cows live on a diet of predominantly fresh green grass, supplement when necessary, to ensure proper nutrition. They make Vintage Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar, Organic Cheddar and Egmont Cheese varietals, among others. We beleive that most of the Mainland cheeses are rennet-free but do check the ingredient list before buying as a couple of their cheeses are not vegetarian.
Not all their cheese varieties are vegetarian though, so do check before buying.
Available at: Most branches of Cold Storage, Fairprice Xtra, Fairprice Finest
So, if like us, you’re a cheese-lover too but have been shying away because of animal-rennet or dairy, you can now have cheese to your heart’s content. And if you know of any brands that we haven’t listed here, please do comment on the article to let us know, so we can include them in.