The 12 Best Vegan Condiments: Must-Have Vegan Sauces to Put on Everything
Every foodie knows that the secret to enhancing food at home is an arsenal of the best condiments. There is nothing like the disappointment of realising your favourite condiment contains non-vegan ingredients. How are you supposed to cook a flavourful dish without condiment?
In this article, we will give you all you need to know about which of the most popular vegan condiments in Singapore. Here is a list of the best vegan condiments you will probably want to keep in your cupboard and refrigerator.
1. Soy sauce
Soy sauce is a very flavorful condiment made from fermented soybeans and wheat. However, some soy sauces are made by chemically breaking down soy protein and combining it with other flavourings. Soy sauce adds rich umami to any dish it touches and turns anything from vegetables to rice into a flavourful meal. It is used in a wide variety of cuisines and dishes. If you are looking for organic and non-chemically produced soy sauce, try our Organic Japanese Soy Sauce.
2. Vegan mayo
Traditional mayonnaise is not vegan and uses eggs as one of the ingredients so most store-bought mayonnaise brands are not vegan. Fortunately, you can find some brands of plant-based mayo that taste almost identical to the original. Vegan mayo is made up of three basic ingredients – soy milk, plant-based oil and salt. It goes perfectly with any salad and sandwich.
There are some commercial vegan "mayo" brands available in Singapore. Among these, Japanese Soy Milk Mayo is one of the most popular, and we think it has the best flavour compared to other brands we tried.
3. Sweet chilli sauce
Sweet chilli sauce is the king of condiments in Southeast Asia and it is particularly popular in Thai and Singapore cuisines. The ingredients of sweet chilli sauce can vary, but they are generally vegan friendly. This sweet and tangy chilli sauce balances spicy Thai food or works as a sweet dipping sauce for eggs rolls, spring rolls, and lettuce wraps.
Miso is a brown paste made from fermented soybeans and sometimes rice, barley, seaweed, or other ingredients. It is high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals. Miso is widely used in Japanese cuisine. Miso makes excellent soup as well as dressings for salad, vegetables, and tofu.
5. Barbecue sauce
Most barbecue sauces are naturally vegan and contain a tomato base with mustard, onion, and vegan spices, as well as sugar for sweetness and vinegar for tang. However, some brands add non-vegan ingredients to their recipe. One ingredient to watch out for in your BBQ sauce is Worcestershire sauce, which contains hidden anchovies or fish sauce. Barbecue sauce goes perfectly with BBQ cauliflower, tofu, and all your favourite vegan recipes
6. Maple syrup
Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of maple trees and hence is fine for vegans. Pure maple syrup boasts many nutritional benefits and contains up to 24 different antioxidants. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, etc. Maple syrup is used for so much more than just drizzling over waffles and pancakes. It’s perfect for baking, making dressing and of course, you can use a little in your favourite dressings and sauces to balance the acidity.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a vinegar made from fermented apple juice. It contains digestive enzymes and bacteria that promote better gut health. It is used in salad dressings, vinaigrettes, marinades, chutneys and food preservatives. This is a must-have kitchen staple not only for cooking but cleaning too.
8. Tomato ketchup
Tomato ketchup sauce is probably the most popular sauce around the world. Ketchup is a sweet and tangy condiment made from tomatoes, vinegar and sugar, with seasonings and spices. It can be used in everything from sandwiches to potato salads, soups to grilled dishes. Some of our favourite brands of ketchup are Heinz and Tomato Ketchup Made from Organic Tomatoes.
Hummus is almost always vegan. Traditional hummus is a simple combination of ground chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and flavoured with lemon juice, garlic, and salt, but you can add other flavour options easily. It is high in several important nutrients, including fibre, healthy fat and protein. This Middle-Eastern staple is the perfect dip for veggies, pita, or naan. It is also great for topping rice dishes and sandwiches. Buy your favourite hummus brand or make your own hummus at home – both options are delicious!
10. Himalayan rock salt
Pink Himalayan salt is a type of salt that is naturally pink in colour and mined from the Himalayas in Pakistan. Although Pink Himalayan is chemically similar to table salt, it consists of essential trace minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which provides incredible health benefits. In general, you can use Pink Himalayan salt just like regular salt when you are cooking. Blocks of this salt sometimes become cooking surfaces, serving dishes, and cutting boards.
If you have a box of dashi and some basic veggies and tofu on hand, you can probably make a really delicious soup. The simplest dashi is vegan, made from cold-brewing kelp seaweed (kombu), while stronger versions utilise bonito flakes (katsuobushi), dried sardines, dried shiitake mushrooms or other ingredients. This vegan dashi which will replace any bouillon in your kitchen are Japanese Style Dashi Soup Stock, Western Style Dashi Soup Stock and Japanese Style Dashi Soup Stock (Chinese Cuisine).
12. Teriyaki sauce
Teriyaki sauce is almost always vegan. Its primary ingredients include soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, sake and mirin. However, keep in mind that some teriyaki sauce may have honey. It is a tasty sauce for stir-fries, noodles, tofu, or anything else you can think of.