Friday, August 28, 2009

NutriHub the organic fusion cafe

After recent heavy meals, I decided to let my stomach take a break and a good alternative would be to visit Nutrihub. They have a new dish on their menu: Chilli Tofu Miso Ramen. It was smashed beancurb and shredded mushrooms on top of the Ramen and the gravy was supposed to be abit spicy as name suggested, however, I can't taste the spicyness at all and have to add their very precious hand-made chilli which the owner/staff will personnally help you with to avoid wastage.:P It definitely tasted much healthlier...
The cafe is located at Cuppage Plaza, #B2-25 (behind OG Orchard, near Centrepoint).
Opening hours:- Monday to Saturday (10 am to 7 pm)Sunday (10 am to 4 pm) Enquiries: 67382746

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Xin Yuan Vegetarian Food Trading

This is Crystal's recommended Vegetarian Supplies shop at Fortune centre which started selling Vegetarian cakes (from sources unknown).

Much more reasonable than alot of egg cakes in terms of price & quality, this beautiful chocolate cake is very reasonable priced at $20 for the size and quality. Though I still prefer Eastern Highland's but this is value for money.:P

This shop is located at Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, #01-25, Singapore 188978, just behind the escalator...

Cafe Salivation

I finally met up with my "Little India guide" to have dinner at Cafe Salivation that I get to know from the "Singapore Vegetarian Food Guide". Phew, without her, I am sure I would get lost. :P
It is really a Pinkish cafe:-) that serves Western food with nice presentation that the pictures shown did not do justice for. We were recommended the Mexican Enchiladas Remo (1st picture) which is baked Tortillas stuffed with stir-fried vegetables, and topped with tomato sauce and white cheese sauce. It is similar to our chinese popiah with cheese on top and I love the cheese! Do try it:-)
Next , we tried their Lasagne with Soya Mince Granules. The top cheese is as good with nice pasta sheets together with the minced mushroom which though very saltish is still acceptable for me. Oh dear, I wonder how much exercise I have to do to burn away the calories of the rich cheese after the meal.:P
My friend had tried their mushroom sandwiches before and was all praise for it but too bad we were too full and decided that will be saved for our next visit.:-)

Oh, as they are Indian Vegetarians, most dishes do contain onion & garlic, so if you do not take them, do check with them if that could be removed from the dishes.

The Cafe used to be located at 75 Syed Alwi Road, now moved to 176 Race Course Road Singapore 218607. Tel: 6298 1412.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

慈缘轩 (Ci Yan Xuan) Chinatown

Also a long while since I visited the shop. Their menu of the day: Ipoh Hor Fun.
Version served seems to differ from my fading memory of their traditional Ipoh Hor Fun. What's been served today is more like Hor Fun with thick sauced mushroom slices with white sesame seeds which also tasted good in its unique way and I don't mind as I love well-cooked mushrooms.

Address: 8 Smith Street (shophouse near end of Food Street)
Tel: 6225 9026 (If you want to confirm menu of the day after 11am:P)
Usual Opening Hours: 12pm-10.30pm

Lao Di Fang Vegetarian 老地方素食 (Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre)

Visited the Lao Di Fang Vegetarian stall at Chinatown complex and glad to find it still in operation.
I tried its Laksa. Superb ! Spicy & Tasty with the fragrant Laksa leaves. And using the special noodles, longish type of what the local will call "MithaiMak", sensation between the thick meehoon & udon, it is a great try! :-)

Best way to locate #02-055 is to start from the centre escalator. On left of escalator, you could easily see "MingFa Fishball stall" move to its right corner and where you may think that it is the end, you will see a poster on the wall that guides you to stalls 051-098, just dare dare walk towards direction where you thought could be leading to end, you will see another lane of stalls hidden from the human traffic.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kwan Inn Vegetarian Food 观音斋

It's been a long while since I visited the stall, being lured away by the various new vegetarian outlets around the region. Decided to visit it to see what's new to try there.
Its Ngian Toufu stall moved over to beside its economical rice section and special of the day is Prawn mee which I had not tried before. I regretted when it was served as it did not look appetising and with the gluten duck pieces which I don't fancy.
However, trying the soup base, I was really impressed!
It has the replicate mild prawn soup taste & the thick meehoon & noodles were different from most stalls', they were smoother in comparison. And though it was called Prawn noodles, they did not have any mock prawn ingredients except for the prawn soup taste.
I didn't mind as they replaced with many pieces of the beancurb roll that I loved. But sad thing is price also increased to $2.50 vs the old $2. The comfort is that it is still reasonable considering the hugh portion. :-)

It is located at corner coffee shop at Blk134 Geylang East Ave1, 2nd bus stop from Aljunied Mrt. Opposite Tan Swie Hian Museum.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Green Pasture Cafe

Fortune centre is also a delightful place for Vegetarian food lovers.
From what I know, there are at least 3 vegetarian outlets , 1 vegetarian bakery, 1 vegetarian supply shop at its level 1,
1 organic cafe, 2 vegetarian local delights outlet at level 2,
and 1 organic cafe at level 4.

And I am introducing this organic fusion cafe at level 4 which is also a pioneer in organic vegetarian fusion food. You could find variety of Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese delights here. And it also has a wide range of organic supplies.
Their soba salad which is soba with similar to CNY Yusheng vegetables and sauce is my favourite. It had been sometime since I last visited and its menu had expanded and there is a really a good variety and is a great place to visit with friends to share.
Craving for rice instead of noodles that day, I decided to try their Korean Stone Pot Rice, Bibimbup. Not well reflected in the picture, it was a beautiful replica of the original non-vegetarian version.
The Egg-yolk like at centre if I recall correctly, tasted like small roasted potato with belachan chilli stuffed below it, the yellowish on top left are mashed beancurb, other ingredients included shreds of carrot, seaweed, mock meat floss, and the big bean sprouts. The set at $9.50 comes with nice kimchi (without garlic which is usually used in making of kimchi) and you may add $1 to get a bowl of soup of day that donates towards Vegetarian society. Portion is just right for a hungry me. I was surprised at the speed their dishes are being served and wished that they could have cooked slightly longer so that the rice would have the slight burnt sizzling taste. The owner who has a loud voice reminds me of Mdm Wong of Ci Yan Xuan who also serves fantastic Bibimbup but is only on their ad-hoc menu of the day. (Must try shd you visit on that lucky day!!!) Their concept of organic healthy vegetarian food seems to be very similar too...

This is their bamboo rice, very beautifully decorated, unlike what I thought of traditional way it will be served. The rice is very fragant & sweet with a good variety of ingredients. Yummy...

New Green Pasture Cafe is located at Fortune Centre which is just a few minutes walk from the famous Kwan Im Temple at Waterloo street.
190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre, #04-22, S(188979)
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 11am-8pm Tel: 6336 8755

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Eight Immortals (Great World City Food Junction)

Yummy, another great choice for spicy Tom Yam lovers!
The Tom Yam soup is sour & spicy enough for me, a good substitute for the 随缘素食 (Kopitiam at Tiong Bahru Plaza) 's which had since closed down.

It is located at Food Junction at Great World City Basement 1, corner stall besides Mr Prata.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Xing Hua Vegetarian Restaurant

Went to this shop again and we ordered their Xing Hua Stir-Fry Ngian Gao (commonly known as Shanghais Glutinous Rice pieces) this round. This is difficult to cook as one has to control well to make it well cooked and not too hard or soggy. They managed it quite well and seeing alot of patrons ordered their double-boiled soup, we decided to try too. Their sweet corn with red dates and some mock meat was real sweet! Good try...:-)

This shop is located just opposite the Chinatown complex's row of shop houses along Smith street.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kwan Im Vegetarian Restaurant

This old shop is located just beside the famous Kwan Im temple at Waterloo street. I almost forgotten about its pioneer status in serving traditional Vegetarian Dim Sum until someone dana its pastries at the recent retreat.

Although not one with sweet tooth, I was attracted by its Lao Po Bing (Wife biscuits), its sweetness is just nice "Tian Er Bu Ni" that leaves a lovely sensation in your mouth. Personally, I feel that it tasted even better than the famous brand from Hong Kong.
I don't know why I had not visited the shop for years, always passing by, forgetting about its water chestnut cake which I used to love. It has a take-away counter at its shop's front to sell these traditional pastries as well as a mini Dim Sum section that included authentic water chestnut cakes, carrot cakes, vegetarian char siew buns & pastries, etc. and if you are early and lucky, you may still see the traditional vegetarian beancurb skin roll (Su Ji). Oh dear, thinking of them makes me crave for them already. :P
They are located at 190, Waterloo Street, Singapore 187965
Tel: 6338 2394

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Classic Lao Di Fang Vegetarian Restaurant PL

Yes, Classic Lao Di Fang had moved again, this time to Orchard.
Yes, another vegetarian food choice at Orchard! :-)

For spicy lovers, a must try is their spicy noodles (麻辣锅烧面), still taste as good:-). Currently, they are having lunch set promotion including this spicy noodles, bento sets, etc.

Their crispy fried beancurb & this appetising sweet & sour Vietnamese duck-pieces with curry leaves are delicacies strongly recommended. :-)

It is located at 9 Penang Rd, Park Mall, Basement 1, #B1-12, just turn left from the down escalator.

Tel: 6533 8959