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It all started when the U.S. company, Impossible Foods, introduced their first plant-based meat alternative a few years ago and the global F&B landscape was radically changed. What is ImpossibleTM meat and what makes it so ‘impossible’? Unlike its veggie predecessors, ImpossibleTM meat made a complete breakthrough in the category by looking, tasting, smelling and even cooking like actual ground beef— even though it’s plant-based (meaning that it is made completely from plants). According to Impossible Foods, its plant-based burger uses 95% less land and 74% less water, and emits about 87% less greenhouse gas than making a ground beef burger patty from cows – not only is it more nutritious by being plant-based, it is also good for the environment.
Safe to say, the craze is nowhere close to losing steam, as more and more eateries incorporate it into menus – there’s even news of ImpossibleTM Pork being developed. Changi Airport is no exception – for the vegans, health-conscious or those who just want to check out what the hype is about, here’s a list of F&B outlets in Changi that have put ImpossibleTM meat on their menu in an interesting manner!
Stuff’d: For Impossible kebabs and burritos
Chain burrito and kebabs eatery, Stuff’d, has jumped on the bandwagon and now offers ImpossibleTM as a meat substiture island-wide. With their standard burritos, kebabs or burrito bowls (prices vary, from S$9), hungry customers get to choose from chicken or beef, mish-mashed with a bunch of other healthy sides like black beans, couscous, cilantro rice and corn. Now, they can pick from a meat-free option, that we dare say looks and tastes like the real deal when compared to each other! So close that you might even forget you aren’t eating real beef.
Location: Terminal 3, Basement 2 (Public Area)
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Privé: For meatballs done right
It isn’t just burgers that are getting the attention – the uses for the ground ImpossibleTM meat are infinite and restaurants are curating interesting takes on it. Privé for one, serves up the ImpossibleTM Meatball Spaghetti (S$19) – a crowd favourite. Made with a zesty tomato ragout and seasoned with basil, Privé’s take on it makes the humble pasta quite unforgettable. The meatballs have a great bite, and boasts a slight crust for added texture.
If you’re looking for small bites, you can skip the spaghetti and get yourself just the ImpossibleTM Meatballs (S$15) paired with marinara sauce too. They also serve up a Truffled Mushroom Swiss Plant-based Burger (S$21) for the burger lovers.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #05-204 (near Lobby C)
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thurday: 10:00am to 12:00am, Friday – Saturday & Eve of PH: 9:00am to 1:00am
Pizza Express: For pizza and pasta that just got better
Pizza Express puts its spin on this meat-free option by coming up with their signature ImpossibleTM Teriyaki. Beef isn’t commonly associated with teriyaki as a flavour – something that usually goes well with chicken or pork. But here, whether you choose to go for the ImpossibleTM Teriyaki pizza (S$27) or spaghetti (S$26), the beef substitute works amazingly well with the teriyaki sauce.
The pizza is finished with a drizzle of vegan mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce over a bed of sautéed leek, spring onions and vegan or normal mozzarella. The spaghetti was reminiscent of a dry version of minced meat noodles (a local favourite) featuring sauteed leek, button mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, chili flakes, garlic and spring onions in addition to the teriyaki meat substitute – all in all a very satisfying meal.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #03-230
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday - 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday and eve of PH - 10:00am to 10:00pm
The World is Flat by Tanuki Raw: For a Japanese hit of spice
So far, ImpossibleTM meat has been widely used as a substitute for beef in western cuisine – but would it work well in Japanese cuisine too? Known for their in-house toban sauce (a chilli bean sauce made with salted chilli peppers, soybean and broad bean paste), Tanuki Raw spices up their menu with the ImpossibleTM Spicy Chili Don (S$18.90). This is where you’ll get the best of Japanese cuisine, with tender ‘meat’ for a savoury donburi (rice bowl). The rice bow is adorned with crispy shallots, onions, shio kombu (marinated kelp) and a special mix of furikake (a traditional Japanese seasoning on rice) and tare (an umami Japanese sauce).
If you’re only looking for a light bite, you can also get a taste of their ImpossibleTM Spicy Chili Fries (S$12.90) for starters which features similar flavours and are topped with house-made creamy sesame dressing and chives.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #05-202
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10:00am to 12:00am, Friday – Saturday & Eve of PH: 9:00am to 1:00am
Violet Oon: For a local specialty – satay
Satay is a Southeast Asian dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, typically chicken, pork, beef or mutton, that is served with a peanut sauce. And if you’re vegan or simply eco-conscious, Violet Oon offers an ImpossibleTM Satay (S$17) that allows this delicious local snack to be enjoyed by everyone! Marinated in lemongrass, chilli, shallots, coriander and cumin powder, charred to perfection with its signature caramelised glaze, the skewers are served with spicy peanut sauce, steamed rice cake, cucumber and red onion. This satay is one you won’t regret trying.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport, #01-205/206
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
From local flavours to cuisines ranging from Japanese and Italian, ImpossibleTM meat has been incorporated into many different cuisines seamlessly. The best part is that all of these dining establishments at Changi offer a plethora of choices for when you’re traveling in a group or with family –vegan, eco-conscious or not, there’s truly something for everyone.