Back in England our weekends would be filled with walks in the muddy British countryside. The wellies would always be ready and waiting in the boot room for their next adventure. One thing I’ve noticed about kids in Singapore is that they just don’t get muddy. Our shoes are always clean. So on the bank holiday this week our friends invited us up Bollywood Veggies. They know I love the outdoors, something a little wacky and how into homegrown medicines I am, oh an not to even mention my love of a good curry. So it seemed like the perfect spot.
Bollywood Veggies is up on the northwest of Singapore tucked away in whats left of the green Kranji Countryside in 10 acres of lush farmland. We found the easiest way to get there was by taxi/car but you could also get a train and then jump on the Kranji connection bus.
Upon arriving you’ll enter the farm through the Poison Ivy bistro and shop. The restaurant serves the most delicious seasonal farm-to-plate food, which is mainly mouth-watering curries and indian food. Make sure you pay attention to the daily specials too, we were lucky enough to have a delicious aubergine dish on the specials board the day we went. They even serve alcohol so you can wash your lunch down with a beer too! If you’ve got kids with you there were ‘fish & chips’ and a few other kid-friendly options on the menu.
Make sure you leave enough time to explore the farm land after lunch. It’s filled with quirky signs, objects, fruits and veggies. For kids growing up amongst sky scrapers it’s great to be able to show them how food is grown and for them to run around in the mud! Stroll around the banana forests, visit the water lilies and watch that you don’t step on the ant crossings…
Bollywood Veggie was founded by the most extraordinary couple; Ivy Singh-Lim and her husband Lim Ho Seng when they were nearing retirement and neither came from a farming background. They strongly believe in living the good life, looking after friends and loved ones, and enjoy a life connected with their land, community, and country. We’d forgotten bug spray when we went and Ivy kindly gave us a bottle of hers. Be sure to keep an eye out for them on your visit, they’re an inspirational couple.
Not only do they have the farm here and the bistro but you can also sign up for their workshops and cookery school, check out their website for details.
Tip: Make sure you bring bug spray and sunscreen.
Where & When to find Bollywood Veggies:
100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026 (Kranji)
+65 6898 5001
Wed-Fri : 7am – 5.30pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays : 7am – 6.30pm (check restaurant opening times, as may differ)