541 Orchard Road, #05-01/02 Liat Towers, (65) 6 734 3788, and 7-10 Amoy Street #01-01 Far East Square, (65) 6538 2992
Why They Won: Established in 1991, LingZhi is one of Singapore’s top vegetarian restaurants. It has won multiple culinary accolades and has regularly been featured in the “Singapore’s Best Restaurants” guide since 1995. Conveniently located in spacious and trendy premises at Liat Towers on Orchard Road and in the Central Business District at Far East Square on Amoy Street, both restaurants are known for their healthy and tasty haute vegetarian cuisine. They have a dish called Fried Rice with Diced Monkey Head Mushrooms sprinkled with Pine Nuts which should not throw you off, it’s 100% authentic vegetarian.
House Specialty: Sweet White Radish topped with lightly-floured strips of Shitake Mushroom. LingZhi restaurants also have take-away counters selling their famous pastries and vegetarian dian xin, which are simply to die for. Simply scrumptious!
Bet You Didn’t Know: Lingzhi means “The sacred fungus of immortality”, and is considered by the Daoist mystics as the food of the Immortals (xian). A symbol of longevity, since, when dry, it becomes extremely long lasting. It is used extensively in Chinese medicine and was believed to have grown in the abodes of the Immortals, the Three Islands of the Blest, and that whoever ate the sacred fungus attained immortality.