Sunday, May 30, 2010

一心素食, Chinatown

To-date, in my opinion, Best replica of mock products would be the vegetarian prawn or sotong balls. This could be because the actual product also added in the flour component.
Luring non-vegetarians to agree vegetarian food taste as good & alike, one could consider the fried prawn balls, coated with breadcrumbs, well fried, without disclosing it as the non-vegetarian version, one can hardly tell the difference. The crispy fried vermicelli besides the balls as garnish played also a part in enhancing the flavour of the dish.

Another dish being recommended by the staff, the fried abalone mushroom with lemon sauce.
The lemon sauce on top reduces the oiliness taste of the fried mushrooms, also a dish easily accepted by all. If an additional saucer of lemon sauce made available to dip separately for those who love it, it would had added more points.

Located at a coffeeshop at 39 Temple Street, 一心素食 is just near centre of street opp Lucky Chinatown, beside stretch where the corner has many nice stone carving statues. Opening hours: 8am to 10pm Daily.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

ZEN Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant

So sad....
due to its venue being enbloc & difficulties in finding alternative space with reasonable rental, Zen Jap ceases its operation for time being from 1 Jun 2012 til further notice...
One will have to move to Herbivores at Fortune centre to try signatory dishes of Zen Jap Vegetarian in future~
Much had been talked about the new ZEN Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant among the Vegetarian bloggers. Finally, visited it this weekend with non-vegetarian folks.

The vegetarian Salmon Sashimi! What a look alike & what a taste alike! Had not touched it for years but with testimonial from non-vegetarian Japanese food lover folks, they too were surprised with the taste. Still defrosting when served to us, the coolness & freshness with the bite & taste of salmon slowly savouring in one's mouth. Even without the wasabi & soy sauce, it already tasted like the real version & was told it was made from beancurb, which one couldn't guess from the taste. (However, request from them to serve you in half derfrost stage as if they are being served to you in complete defrost mode, they won't taste as nice & you could easily guess the ingredients, best eaten when still in process of defrosting :P) Next, the vegetarian Unagi Don set. The refreshing salad and pickles with non-saltish soup and the vegetarian Unagi which also made of beancurb were complimented by the non-vegetarians. So, it is the sweet sauce that made the dish, not the poor eel~, leave it alone from now on...
For me, I preferred the vegetarian Katsu Curry Udon set. Finally, I could eat heartily the Japanese style Curry as the non-vegetarian version usually contains onion & beef extract. Well cooked udon goes well with more liquid style of curry with good portion of carrots, vege & mushroom. The Katsu or deep-fried pork cutlet well coated & fried had the right thickness of "meat" texture tasted so far of mock meat. The pickles and the small portion of strawberries, water-melon & honey-dew made the sets a complete satisfying meal, value for money with prices comparable to non-vegetarian Japanese restaurants.
Their alacarte side dishes, however, may be slightly more expensive in comparison but some specialty like the salmon sashimi is worth trying.

It is a small shop, so on a weekend, calling in advance for reservation is recommended.

Address: 122 Middle Road, #02-02, Midlink Plaza, S'pore 188973 (Opp Fortune Centre, towards Bugis direction)
Opening hours: 11.30am-10pm.

Tel: 6883 1586

Friday, May 21, 2010

Yi Xing Cuisine

I saw some patrons ordered their Hor Fun which looked reasonable well-fried and yet wanted something other than plain Hor-Fun. Recalling that there had been a few online comments that some of Yi Xing Cuisine's dishes were saltish. Deciding that since it is famous in that aspect, I should try something that needs a spark of saltiness for flavour. Hence I ordered and glad that they have it: Black bean sauced Hor Fun!

The Black beans (Dou Si) are not always available in some stalls so I was quite happy when they are available. For the plate that I had, the fried Hor-fun was quite fragrantly fried & soft & chewy, standard exceeding my expectations, and well-absorbing the black bean gravy which was well cooked. It was a good match! :-) And adding some of their in-house chilli paste & chilli slices, yummy!

It is located at HDB behind Bishan CPF building & Library, steps away from S11 coffee shop: 505A Bishan Street 11 #01-440 Singapore 570505.

Pine Tree Cafe (Fortune Centre)

I guess now when I visit the Bugis area on Sunday & want a quick lunch in an air-conditioned area, Pine Tree Cafe would be a good choice. Its immediate neighbors, the other vegetarian shops on 2nd level of Fortune Centre, are closed on Sundays, and hence the "packedness" feeling on other days will not be there.

We had a good try on the vegetarian curry fish-head and chicken-chop noodles.
The curry gravy was quite thick with my favourite vegetables: the brinjals & lady-fingers & the "fish-head" are those compressed beancurd skin slices. Very appetising to go with the rice.
The noodles were quite "Q" (springy) and the taste of the vegetarian chicken chops were quite nice.

It is located at 190 Middle Rd, #02-13 (Fortune centre)
Opening hours: 10am-9pm

Friday, May 7, 2010

Vesak@Orchard Vegetarian Food fair

This is my favourite Vegetarian Food Fair where many nice International Vegetarian food can be tasted!

Popular brands such as Yes Natural's Pocket Salad, KwanYin Zhai Vegetarian 's Laksa, Vegetarian Ice-cream, and my most missed premium Japanese vegetarian fruit sushi that melts in one's mouth, vegetarian hand-roll, 1 mouth's bite fried mantou with vegetarian ham, the mini tomato and vegetarian hot-dog stick with its unique sweet & sour sauce, Vegetarian Rojak, Nasi Byrani, etc. !!!

The Avocado & Dragon fruit sushi is a must Try! Though the price is abit steep but certainly worth it! How I miss sushi handroll & this is certainly the place where I can satisfy my crave for vegetarian sushi!

Be There Early before they are sold off!

Oh, there are a number of booth selling Vegetarian supplies and snacks too!

The Vegetarian Food Fair is located just outside Ngee Ann City, Orchard Rd as part of Vesak@Orchard celebration from 8-9 May 2010. (Sun's event officially ends at 5pm but based on past years' experiences, the food was usually gone before then!)

One good effort by the organiser this year in their effort to save the Earth is commendable! They have volunteers stationed near the disposal bins to help segregate the waste and Sadhu x3 to all the volunteers!

Having enjoyed your meals that satisfy your physical body, pls don't forget to visit the Free Book Distribution booth located beside the Leshan Buddha this year that has numerous priceless gems that satisfies your spiritual mind too! :-) And do bring along your own recycled bag to carry the gems back!:-)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Yuan Wei Quan Vegetarian (YWQ)

Had earlier mistaken that after Gourmet Paradise's recent renovation, the old stall was replaced as the menu seemed to have changed with big posters of their new menu of Black Pepper Vegetarian Chicken set and Vegetarian Sweet & Sour Pork Brown Rice set.
Their menu of the day stills retains but now at a higher price of $3 (2010) to $3.70 (2013) instead of before renovation of $2.50. Their Economical rice had also inceased to ave of $3.30.
Decided to try their new Vegetarian pork brown rice set (at $4.30 in 2010!) that comes with small bowl of soup, brown rice, cabbage & a small plate of sweet & sour vegetarian pork which tasted like well-fried flour coated button mushrooms and mock meat. Nice but will be more value for money if the portion is more. :P
The food court is located at B1 of HDB Hub. You can either enter thru basement car park entrance or from entrance besides McDonald from Bus interchange.

Piao Xiang Vegetarian Food

Another Vegetarian Coffee-shop located at #02 (moved to #01-01) of Fortune Centre, Piao Xiang Vegetarian Food, is also another popular Tze Char stall for Vegetarians who visit the Bugis area.Tried their Pineapple Fried Rice the other day which was quite nice with vegetarian meat-floss sprinkled on top of the fried rice. :-)

It had moved from level2 to level1, #01-01 of Fortune Centre, S188979
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 8.30am - 7.30pm