Feb 18 2013
We’re not quite sure how to describe Bollywood Veggies – a sustainable farm, a retreat from the city, an eco-learning experience or a bistro serving amazing organic food – regardless, it’s one of Singapore’s best kept secrets.
Located in the Kranji countryside, Bollywood Veggies was started in 2000 by Singaporean activist Ivy Singh-Lim. Her and husband Lim Ho Seng originally planned to spend their retirement on a farm in Australia, but realised they could do it right here in Singapore while educating city-dwellers about where their food comes from.
An admission fee of S$2 (free if you’re under 12 or over 60) gains you access to the 10-acre farm and all its wonders like fruit plantations, vegetable gardens, a crop maze and a food museum. With advance arrangements, you can arrange a guided tour of the farm or try your hand at planting rice. There are additional fees for tours and activities.
While the goal is education, Bollywood Veggies is also the perfect place to escape Singapore’s crowds and enjoy the great outdoors. On weekends and holidays, families bring their children to chase butterflies or play hopscotch in the gardens without a single car or shopping mall in sight. Pets are also welcome and there is even a dog run.
All of the fruits and veggies grown at Bollywood Veggies are organic (no chemical fertilisers, pesticides, etc.), and you can buy the farm-fresh produce to take home or enjoy it cooked in a meal at on-site Poison Ivy Bistro. Dishes like pineapple fish and banana curry are as delicious as they are affordable (about S$6 for a main) and there are plenty of choices for vegetarians. Remember to save room for dessert – the banana bread made from the farm’s own bananas is out of this world – and to bring cash because they don’t take plastic.
Bollywood Veggies is truly worth seeking out, though getting there is a bit more complicated than hopping on the subway. The nearest MRT is Kranji station and from there you can take a taxi the rest of the way (about S$8-10, depending on the time of day) or wait for the Kranji Countryside shuttle bus which comes along every 75 minutes and costs S$3 round-trip per person. You can see the shuttle schedule here.
For a full day’s outing, we suggest pairing a visit to Bollywood Veggies with a nature walk at nearby Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore
T: 6898 5001
Open 09:00-18:30 Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays, closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Admission: S$2 (free for under 12 and over 60)
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