Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 CNY Reunion Dinner @ Elemen 元素 (Millenia Walk/Thomson Plaza)

Elemen has just launched their 2017 Chinese New Year Menu and Ms Veg went to try it recently.

Prosperity Truffle Yu Sheng 元素松露七彩捞生 3-4Pax $38.80++/ 6-8 Pax $48.80++
Last year (Post here)  Elemen created their Yu Sheng with Black Truffle and this year they decided to include White Truffle and Konnyaku jello instead! 
Ms Veg went to try out their CNY set meal (8 dishes) which includes Yu Sheng as the starter.

The Full set!
Comprises of: Carrots, Purple Lettuce, Fried Yam slices, Lime Ginger, Ginger, Orange peel, Pomelo, crackers, sesame seeds, Peanuts, Truffle as well as Konnyaku! Portion shown here is for 3-4 pax.

And we are ready to Toss! Wishing all good luck and happiness this coming 2017! Note: If you do not have a sweet tooth, you may cut down on the sauce. Otherwise the entire blend of sauce and veg is awesomely yummy esp. the truffle which has a strong aroma aftertaste!
This Yu Sheng is available for takeaways or dine in from 16th Jan to 11th Feb.

CNY Set Meal 2Pax ($98.80++); 4Pax ($188.80++)
Now for the Mains!

Dish 2: 5 Elements Soup 富贵椰皇养生汤
The Ingredients for the soup: Mushroom, Yellow Fungus, Bamboo Ginseng, Lotus Jelly (雪莲子) and red date. Boiled for hours and served in a Baked Coconut Husk, and amazingly all the flavors blend adequately well. It was the first time I've tried 雪莲子 and it has a jelly taste.

Baking the coconut husk allows us to eat the coconut meat too! Ms Veg was getting full after this soup.
 
Dish 3: Purple Rice Tofu with Miso Sauce 金碧紫米豆腐
 A new creation by a famous chef, this dish blew me off totally and voted by Ms Veg as the best dish of the night! The purple rice covered the top of the tofu and its crispy on top! The Asparagus was rather blend, but the sauce was just nice for it. They even included a mushroom wrapped with edible gold leaf on the side! Ms Veg had golden lips after eating this! 

Dish 4: Water Bamboo in Cream Sauce 香椿忌廉春笋
This is a east meet west creation which I never thought could be such a surprise! The sauce is a western style creamy sauce and bamboo shoots were so fresh! Most importantly, there's a fried "mantou" (steamed bun) for us to dip into the sauce! 

Dish 5: Firecracker Monkeyhead Mushroom 鸿运川辣山珍
Served with a onsen egg which has an awesome japenese soya sauce aroma. The Mushroom reminded me of "crispy chicken", a little spicy with the sichuan peppercorns.

Dish 6: Braised Ee-Fu Noodles in Japanese Style 日式迎春伊面
 Served with aplenty of vegetables, capsicums and mushrooms, the ee-fu noodles taste really chewy and healthy! It has a tinge of truffle aftertaste.

 Dish 7: Traditional Almond Yam with Cream 如意银杏芋泥
This dish was served warm and its sooo creamy-ly awesome! If you are really health conscious, you may ask them to serve the generous scoop of coconut cream on the side.

Last Dish: Mandarin Orange Mojito 甜蜜金桔报喜
Served cold with bits of Mandarin Orange in this Mojito. It does taste like Mojito minus the Alcohol.

All in all, it was a great dining experience with good service staff at Elemen, and the chefs have put in tremendous effort on this CNY menu, which Ms Veg thinks is good as there's no mock meat used! Ms Veg thinks that it is a reasonable price at approximately $60/Per pax (after tax) as ms veg felt extremely full after this meal! 
Reservations are now available.
The CNY menu will start from 23rd Jan till 31st Jan. During this period, note that their regular menu would not be available.
For vegans, i've enquired that some dishes do contain dairy content, but they can remove/replace with alternatives, so do inform them before you go.
I'll definitely visit again as they have recently changed their regular menu, so there are many new dishes to try! Sedap!

Location:
1. Elemen@ Millenia Walk 
9 Raffles Boulevard #01-75A/76
Tel: 62380511
2. Elemen @ Thomson Plaza
301 Upper Thomson Road #01-113 
Tel: 64520351
 
Opening Hours:
11:30 - 16:00, 17:30 - 22:00
https://www.facebook.com/elemensg/?fref=ts

Friday, April 22, 2016

Blue Bistro @ Bugis Burlington Square

Blue Bistro positions itself as a health food store and being strategically located in Bugis (where there are close to 10 other competitors within the vicinity, there must be something different served to attract customers.
Ms Veg was at Sim Lim the other day hence decided to try this cafe out since Burlington Square is right beside. Note that there's no Veg food in Sim Lim!


The Cafe
You will need to walk inside the building (level 1) to find this cafe. Its a small and cozy place, and ms Veg thinks can sit around 20 pax full capacity.




The Menu
The menu features quite a number of interesting dishes and cooked in the healthiest way possible. Note: everything is air-fried, so eat without guilt here.

Our meals~
Everything is in the "tabao" form as there isnt much space in the kitchen for washing.

Nasi Lemak $5
I was surprised that this Nasi Lemak was so healthy! They only use Basmati Rice here, and basmati rice is more expensive than normal white rice. There wasnt any mock used in this nasi lemak, as the "Ikan Bilis" was made from mushroom stalks.

Dried Noodles with Crispy Chicken $3.00
The Crispy Nuggets was the healthiest version Ms Veg ever had as there wasn't any oil at all given that it was air fried. It was a little hard. Noodles was chewy and beansprouts were crunchy.

Cabbage Soup $1
Ordered a soup to go with our meal. Tasted like those healthy soups my mum would cook at home. 

It was rather crowded on a normal working day, and its good to cleanse our body once in a while with healthy meals. The owner was friendly as well and he even gave us free air fried fries. They do serve other local delights like Rendang Curry and Udon Soup.

Note that their Mother's Day booking is full!



Location: 
Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen Street #01-49
Tel: 6238 8676
Operating Hours: Mon-Fri (8.30AM - 5PM) 
Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Miao Xin Vegetarian 妙心素食 @ Bukit Timah (Former Xin Man Yuan)

Xin Man Yuan (formerly @ Chinatown) has since moved to Bukit Timah and rebranded themselves with a new Name - Miao Xin Vegetarian.
Ms Veg was in the West and decided to make a trip to this newly located cafe. Note that Parking can be difficult, as there's only parallel along the shop houses, or further up at courts. No free parking.

The new Cafe Name
Its a smaller outlet compared to its previous location which is now replaced by Miao Yi Vegetarian (Formerly Coronation). They are still under the same management I think. it was dark and I couldnt take the entire cafe picture.

Simple Cafe Design - You can choose an Al Fresco setting or air conditioned sitting.


The Menu
Other than rebranding, their menu is almost brand new as well! Also, most items are more economical now.
Here's some of the pages taken.




Most of their Patrons ordered the Congee set which comes with a claypot of Congee and 5 small dishes to share. 

Kway Chap $1
Decided to order the Kway Chap instead as the porridge portion was bigger.You can order the sides separately. While the Kway was smooth, ms veg finds the soup a little too sweet, as I have expected it to be saltish instead.

Braised Tau Kee (Beancurd Sheets) $2
Juicy~

 Braised Tau Pok $2
Yums~

It was Chili that saved the Kway Chap~ yummy and spicy

Crispy Duck $8

The Crispy duck does not contain any mock meat as it was basically mushrooms wrapped in beancurd sheets and deep fried with a batter. I find the skin a little hard, but it was still ok with the sauce (甜面酱) and lettuce. $8 is a cheap deal.

Double Mushrooms with Salted Egg $8

Salted Egg is the hottest item these days and if there is anything a Must order from Miao Xin, it has to be this dish (NOT VEGAN). There's 2 types of mushrooms fried in batter and coated in salted Egg sauce. It doesn't look that fantastic but the taste blew me away. It was so good that it would make this cafe famous for its salted egg dish. hehehe~

There's still so much to try from Miao Xin and am glad that the prices are not too ex. They do charge 10% Service Tax as well as GST 7%. Even their laksa is cheaper than clover's one. 

The only sad thing gone is the dim sum that Ms veg now has to go HK or Macau to satisfy her craving.

Location: 21 Cheong Chin Nam Road (5 Mins walk from Beauty World MRT) - Shop House
Tel: 6463 1160
Operating Hours: 11am - 11pm

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

nomVnom @ The Central (Clarke Quay)

Ms Veg went to nomVnom previously when they were at Raffles Place and recently they have moved to Clarke Quay since the beginning of the year! Finally I went to visit with the mister and was surprised to see my fellow blogger Friend Keith (www.travelinspiration.com) there too. So, look out for his post too!
Anyway, nomVnom in my opinion is a close competitor to Vegan Burg. However, they offer a lot more options in comparison. To date, they have 16 types of Burgers, 13 types of Sides and 20 types of drinks available! 
nomVnom New Outlook

It was full house on a friday evening. Ms veg calculated that they should be able to cater to 30 pax on full capacity. Its rather open style as compared to the previous location, but it was impressive to see the full house!

The Menu
You can also follow the website to see more updates of the other 4 new burgers.

I have tried 4 burgers so far.. so there's 12 more to go!!

Rocket Tower $13.90
My Mister ate this the last round at Raffles Place. Its a HUGE burger with double patty, and if you just want 1 patty, the Nom Nom Burger comes with just 1. 

How the set meal works: 1 Burger + 1 Side + 1 Drink = Total Price - $2 = Meal Price

 Spicy Rice Burger Set $6.90 + $3.90 Goru Balls
This time decided to try the Spicy Rice Burger which doesnt come with a bread.Instead, it has a Rice Patty on top, middle was turnip mixed with a special homemade peanut Curry Sauce (not spicy) and then the meat patty at the bottom. The way to eat this is to use your fork and knife! Ms Veg initially thought the Rice Patty was quite saltish but it tasted well with the sauce and turnip. It actually took us some time to realize it was actually ketupat (the malay rice cake that people eat with Satay) dipped in batter and deep fried. It was a good innovation that came from Satay I guess.

Goro Balls is actually potato balls. They actually mixed vegetables inside and for a moment ms veg thought there were onions! Tastes similar to Vegan Burg's Spinach Pops.

QQ Cheezy Burger  + Truffle Fries $5.90 + Green Tea
This isnt a nice pic, so Ms Veg took from the FB page

*Taken from Nom's FB page

This burger totally blew me away! The chewiness of the patty was awesomely yummy, tasted a lot like the Calamari Rings. Truffle Fries was good as well! Most importantly, there's no cheese at all. Its totally vegan!


Its interesting to see so many options available at Nom Vnom and whats great is everything is vegan with no Onions/Garlic, so we can eat everything on the menu. For the health conscious you, they do have steamed patties for some burgers if you do not want to take fried foods.

Ms Veg tried the Sausauge (with courtesy from Melano) and felt that it was overly fried and lost its juiciness. Vegan Franks from Vegan Burg is better in terms of this.

The "Otah Otah, Meatless Mexican, Beetroon Hummus, Baby Truffle etc have steamed patties. Do check with the staff before ordering. We spent a total of $26 for 2 Burgers, 2 Sides and 1 Drink. Not your everyday economical meal, but worth a visit and indulgence once in a while. 

I will definitely be back for the other 12 burgers! 


Location: 
6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-44
The Central
Tel: +65 6224 4996
Opening Hours: 11am - 9pm Daily
Web: www.nomvnom.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nomvnom.sg/