Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Gokul (Fortune Centre)

Gokul had opened at Fortune Centre #01 and I can't recall if the original outlet at Little India also serves pure vegetarian without onion, garlic, leeks etc or it is only this outlet to attract the greater population of Chinese Buddhist patrons who visit the famous Chinese temple in the area. ButI really like the idea of trying Indian food without the aftertaste of onions.:-)

Had originally wanted to try the naan which I had previously overheard was nice but they had ran out of naan on the day I visit with my Indian food expert, M.
We ordered Paper dosa ( top pict) which was my 1st attempt and according to M was to be crispy but it was abit soft when served to us. Tasted abit like crepe to me and the sauces to dip with was non spicy and I could only remember the last pale green sauce was peppermint and to me the 3 sauces are just passable.

We preferred the gravy of the Paneer tikka masala (mid pict) which we used it to dip instead. I really missed paneer & masala ever since my last India trip more than 1 year ago!
The gravy is tasty but the paneer tasted more like beancurd instead of the paneer which I recall should be of more chewy & cheesy taste.

Next was Sardine Murtabha which was also my 1st attempt on Murtabha as non vegetarian version usually comes with meat & onions which I avoid...
I had always thought Murtabha was something like the thicker version of egg prata with filling and I was abit disappointed with the size when it came. Its sardine filling was more like curry flavoured cabbages and the Murtabha softened with the heat of the ingredients tasted like softened popiah skin, a great variation from my imagination.
Not in picture but saved the day was their Lime Lassi, the sweet yoghurt drink which I grew to love:-) Their Masala tea was complimented by my friend as well.

I think I will return to try their naan and some other more spicy dishes and other lassi drinks. :-)
But I guess I have to increase my exercise time too to burn all the calories...:P

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Long Ji Soya Bean Drink Stall

Known as Black White, I have grown to love this combination of Chin Chow & Soya Bean Drink which the two drinks are usually sold together in traditionally Soya Bean drink stalls.
Somehow, the adding of Chin Chow further enhanced the smoothness and taste of the soya bean drink, making it a even more adorable drink than drinking them separately.
And I think Long Ji really make a good drink out of it (I love their warm version) which is seeing more patrons ordering Black White. Do Try it! :-)

Located at 2nd level food centre, Far right Corner from direction of escalator of Tiong Bahru Market (30 Seng Poh Road), about 2 bus-stop away from Tiong Bahru MRT. Bus: 5, 16, 33, 63, 195, 851

Fo Lai Ping (Popular) Vegetarian

Decided to try something healthier, I was glad to find Pumpkin Porridge at Fo Lai Ping. Big bowl of nice brown rice porridge with sweet pumpkin pieces at $2.50 ~ tasty & yet healthy, kept warm from the slow-cooker. You could add their economical rice dishes at $1 to go with the porridge. Simple & yet enjoyable. :-)

It is quite easily accessible, being located near the lift lobby of Blk107, Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #01-264 (same stretch as POSB & McDonald), HDB flat from Exit A of Braddell MRT.
They are usually opened to around 10pm but closed on most Sundays so do make a call at 63580107 to check to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bishan Vegetarian

Visited Bishan Vegetarian again & found their Ala Carte dishes reduced back to their 3 main stars: the Lor mee, Curry noodles and Dry noodles.
One attraction back to the stall is the auntie is willing to let me exchange the accompanying gluten mock meat with their economical rice dishes with a smile and at no extra cost.
So, I managed to enjoy a bowl of unique Dry noodles of my style. With the changes in the ingredients, its rating as a delicious bowl of noodles is certainly much enhanced. :-)

Located just above the food centre above the Bus Interchange, Up from the colorful stairs near the traffic light, you can see it just beside a fishball noodles stall.

Nature Vegetarian (Sin Ming Ave)

The once vegetarian coffee-shop had changed owner and it is no longer a full pledged vegetarian eatery. Now, Nature Vegetarian still retains a stall which is the vegetarian economical rice stall. It had just reopened on my day of visit, apart from the economical rice dishes, it also offers simple stir-fry dishes like Fried Rice, Hor-Fun and Lamian.
I decided to try if it is the same Lamian from their old Ngian Tofu stall which is gone & which I will miss terribly. Served in a Jap theme bowl, it has reasonable portion of ingredients as shown in picture but the taste seems to differ. I sure miss the old stall's daily menu as well.

The coffee shop is located at 409 Sin Ming Ave, #02-01 (Opp Bright Hill temple)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

素食林 (Su Shi Lin) Happy Realm

In a recent visit to 素食林 Happy Realm, I finally found one of the better filling vegetarian dumplings in Singapore!

To me, a good Dumpling must be of good size filling and with use of water chestnut to increase the crunchiness. Yummy!!! Their Vinegar Dumplings being cooked in vinegar gravy saves one the trouble to request for a plate of vinegar for dipping.
A recommended try for your next visit. :-)

A traditional vegetarian restaurant, located at:
100 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-16 Pearls Centre, Spore 059812
(The building near Outram MRT) Tel: 6222 6141

Vege Sense

Ceased Operation :-(

Reopens on 2nd level of Fortune Centre with a Brighter setting :-)

This cafe at Fortune Centre had opened for quite some time with main theme on western fast food. There is a variety of sandwiches, burgers and western style own cooked mushroom and pumpkin soup. Tried their mushroom soup recently, quite reasonably priced at $3 which came steaming hot with good portion of mushroom variety.
They recommended their Portobello mushroom burger at $3.90 with marinated black pepper sauced mushroom was hot & I thought I could get a sore throat from eating it.
I think they have the non spicy version as well. Recommend their own brewed Lemongrass ginger tea to make it a complete set.

Vege Sense is reopened at Level 2 of Fortune Centre.
It used to be located at #01, diagonally opposite Xing Hua Vegetarian at Fortune Centre.

ZiFuLing Vegetarian Stall

Passing by Geylang Lorong 25A on way to the Singapore Buddhist Federation ( one street away at Lor 24A) for a retreat, I was initially attracted by the name of the corner coffee shop: LaoDiFang in Chinese. Was glad to find breakfast at this vegetarian stall: ZiFuLing Vegetarian which just opened in Jul 2011 and operating 24hours!

Although currently selling mainly more local delights like Wanton noodles and hand-made Popiah, the lady boss proudly proclaims her plans to introduce more western cuisine like monkey-head mushroom burgers and baked potato wedges when the business stabilises.

Their morning breakfast includes simple fried Meehoon and fried mock meat stuff that she proudly claims is not oily at all. Well, the white meehoon is certainly light and good for those on diet. Just nice for a light breakfast but slightly more portion will be better for big-eaters like me.:P

I think the stall's theme is to discourage overeating as their hand-made popiah ($1.30) was healthily slim too compared to conventional. The vegetables included crunchy cucumber slices and sesame seeds and the sauce is slightly different more to the light rojak taste. The lady boss proudly proclaims the popiah and her well marinated fried stuff are favourites for non-vegetarian nite patrons.

Good to know another new vegetarian stall & 24 hours! :-)