Monday, December 22, 2008

Macau - Pu Shan Vegetarian Restaurant 普善斋素食馆

This is a second post by clare on her recent trip to HK and Macau.
On our first visit to the restaurant, we've decided to take a cab from Beverly Plaza hotel (Near to Hotel Lisboa). Taxi fare is abt : MOP $20
The restaurant is actually easily accessed via buses 3,10 and alight at Chang Ming Hua Yuan (昌明花园). Bus fare only costs MOP $2.50 per trip (regardless of where you board/alight).

We tried the buffet on the first visit.

Lunch buffet: MOP $56, Dinner buffet: MOP $66

The same buffet menu is used for both lunch and dinner. As serving is really huge, we could not try all the dishes from the buffet menu. Some of the dishes we ordered from the buffet menu: Shredded chicken fried noodles, Sweet and sour veg ball, Mixed vegetables and Cod fish, Abalone and lettuce.
Sweet & Sour Veg Ball Shredded Chicken Fried Noodles Stir Fried Vegetables Abalone & Lettuce

On the second visit, we've decided to just order ala-carte, as it is cheaper in comparison to the buffet price.

Deep fried salted golden mushrooms: MOP $35

Superb Dish! It is sprinkled with salt and bits of red chilli. Crispy and tasty!

Claypot pork curry: MOP $42

Not a spicy dish.. and it tasted quite well with steamed rice.

Sweet Potato & White Fungus

The restaurant serves daily desserts and we had sweet potato & white fungus. Sweet potato is very soft and sweet.

Do not worry if you do not have MOP (Macau currency), as they accept HK dollars. Exchange rate is 1:1, even though MOP is currently higher than HKD.

Location: 澳门罗白沙街65号地下

Tel: 2821 0983

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Hong Kong - Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant (三德素食館)

Thanks to Clare's kind contribution! In her recent trip to Macau/HK, she visit quite a number of vegetarian restaurants/cafes which she would recommend should you visit HK too!
Below is her first post:
We stayed at Largos Hotel -- which is within walking distance to 2 Vegetarian restaurants:Pu Guang Vegetarian Restaurant and Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant.
Chanced upon this (three virtues) restaurant as they have a small dim sum outlet on the first floor of new JD Mall.

Dim sum price is very reasonable and they have a wide range of both savoury and sweet dim sum. They are not piping hot, but still the price will make you want to buy a few to eat while you shop! We went to dine at the restaurant after trying the delicious yam and carrot cakes we bought for breakfast.
Note: Exchange Rate is approximately 1 SGD:5 HKD

Satay HKD 36 (6 sticks)

One of the top 10 chef's recommendation. Sauce is not local style with peanuts, but rather light. Mock meat taste really good with the light satay sauce and is very juicy.

Fried rice with diced chicken and salted fish HKD 52
Portion of main dishes in HK is very huge too. Two of us couldn't finish the big plate of fried rice.But it tasted really good with bits of mock chicken and salted fish.

Dim Sum (Menu as shown below) is only served from 11AM, but you can go into the restaurant at 10.30AM as it takes quite a while to be served since the dim sum are freshly made and steamed.
NOTE: You do pay a higher price dining in the restaurant, as compared to buying takeaways in their outlet downstairs. Dine in dim sum for some costs HKD 11 per dish while some special dishes costs HKD 18 each.

Congee with seafood and vegetables HKD 25/bowl

Portion is just right for 2 persons if you want to try other dim sum. Congee is smooth and blends well with the vegetables and mock seafood stuffs. Most congee we have tried in HK restaurants are cooked with ginger.

Steamed dumpling stuffed with enoki mushroom and veg shark fins (No. 36 on the dim sum menu)

This dumpling was served piping hot and very soft to taste. Stuffing was generous with veg shark fins and radish. But we didn't taste any enoki mushrooms.

Fried Wontons (No. 24)

Nothing fantastic abt these wontons, as the skin's too thick and the stuffings quite little.

Steamed wrap glutinous rice with chicken (No. 22)

This is one of the most delicious wrapped glutinous rice dim sum ever tasted.Glutinous rice steamed until really soft and enoki mushrooms are like 'chickens' in the glutinous rice.

Overall, this restaurant is a MUST visit if you are in HK!
1. 1/F, 395 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Tel:(852) 2856 1333
2. 4/F, JD Mall, 233-239 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
Tel: (852) 3622 1888
Opening Hours: Till 9PM

Friday, December 5, 2008

Cambodia - Friends the Restaurant

Located in Phnom Penh, Friends restaurant is another place offering vegetarian options. There are 2 pages full of dishes available for you to choose from the menu.
I guess the special part of the restaurant is that it is a non-profit organization that helps kids get off the street by providing them housing, education and vocational training. Hence everyone at the restaurant works really hard, to learn some skills and to get out of the poverty cycle. I thought it is a very meaningful project started by the founder.
I loved the tapas served here.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus on Cripsy Wanton Wrappers USD 4
This is one of the most popular dishes served. A mix of chickpeas and sun dried tomatoes blended together with some seasoning. Then it is served on fried wanton wrappers and decorated with fresh cherry tomatos and basil leaves. Definitely a great appetizer! I guess i'll try to cook this dish too!

Location: #215 Strret 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: 012 802 072

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cambodia - Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant

Sorry folks for the late updates! I havnt been eating out much as mummy has been cooking a lot lately. haha. Anyway, I just came back from my cambodia trip. Much to my surprise, most of the restaurants have vegetarian dishes. I guess its also because there are a lot of foreigners going to Cambodia in recent years. Hence I was quite happy to find it quite easy to find food for myself. Nonetheless, I managed to find a vegetarian resturant in Siem Reap.
Cambodians Favourite Salad USD 3.50

This is the vegetarian version of the traditional Cambodian Green Mango Salad, without fish sauce. Added delicate flavours of grilled peanuts and herbs. You would need to notify them if you do not want garlic in this dish. Franny liked this dish as it is good blend of sour and sweet taste.

Infinite Medley USD 4

This is a sweet lemongrass curry with a medley of eggplants. Im not really an eggplant lover, but this dish tasted similar to the Thai green curry whereby it is sweet rather than spicy. Nonetheless, we were given chili padi which is really spicy. You may also add beansprouts, long beans and rice vermicelli.

Vegetarian Oysters USD 5

This is my favourite dish for the night. Stir-fried oyster mushrooms with fresh herbs and beansprouts. It is very chewy and tasty with the mixed rice (white and brown). Definitely a mushroom surprise.

Mango Fruit Shake USD 1.75

Fruit shakes are must trys in Cambodia. This Mango fruit shake is really fresh.

All in all, it is relatively easy to find food in cambodia, however, you would need to remind them not to use fish sauce.

Location: Siem Reap Angkor, The Passage - Old Market

Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm; Tel: 092 733 150


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Silver Stream Vegetarian Stall @ AMK - SHIFTED TO BEDOK

A Pity there is no signboard for the vegetarian stall. Nonetheless, it is not difficult to spot this new stall, as it is located just opposite the famous Tze Char stall in Ang Mo Kio at Blk 226. This is definitely a new competitor.
Thanks to Clare for her contribution once again!

Kway Chap $2.50

Served with a plate of mock meat, beancurd, preserved veg (mei cai) and tau pok.
The Beancurd is very soft and preserved veg is tasty, not too saltish.
Chilli sauce tasted well with kway chap, not too spicy or sour. Portion is just right for ladies. But you may order another bowl of Kway if you are a big eater.

Black Pepper Steak Rice $4

Its quite nicely presented, served with rice and egg. It would be better if there are vegetables available. The black pepper sauce tasted a little spicy but the veg steak is very chewy and good.

Other Recommendations: Mee Goreng, Char Siew Noodles, Minced meat noodles. In the coffeeshop are 2 other small stalls that sell hand made popiah and rojak. Hand made popiah is worth a try! Costs $1 per roll. (Do let the stall owner knw if you do not want eggs to be included)

Location: Blk 226F Ang Mo Kio Ave 1#01-697 Singapore 566226

Tel: 91182963

Operating hours: Daily from 6am to 9pm

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Malaysia - Restoran Good Friends @ Genting

Another trip to Genting.. this time with the ex-colls... Genting has becomed quite vegetarian friendly of late. There are vegetarian choices available at most restaurants. I had mentioned the vegetarian food available at Genting earlier here. So this time I'm going to write about other restaurants.

Good Friends is located at the older Highlands Hotel, and I was quite happy to see a vegetarian section in its menu.

Vegetarian Braised Beancurd with Mushroom RM14

Me and Gwennie shared this claypot with a bowl of rice. Cost us around RM8 each. There are lots of ingredients in this pot. Comprises of Tofu, Mushrooms and Gingko nuts. It tasted a little bland, but it aint a bad choice still. Hence if you do get tired of the vegetarian stall at First World hotel, this restoran may be another choice.

Location: Level 2, Highlands Hotel

Opening Hours: Till 10+ daily

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Xin Ming Vegetarian Stall @ Bedok

Once in a while I'll go to this stall for dinner when I got bored of the cheap $2 rice sold at Bedok Interchange. Anyway, this stall offers quite a wide variety of food, ranging from Mixed Vegetables rice to Tze Char, hence it does still quite attracted a couple of patrons. The stall owners have been operating this stall for more than a decade and hence has got their regulars. They were earlier located in the coffee shop located beside Shop and Save supermarket at the bedok central. However, since the coffee shop was rented to someone else, they moved to another coffee shop closer to the library side along the main road. Today, I've got news that they are moving again, to another coffee shop across the road, at block 418. Details would be posted later.
Mixed Vegetables Brown Rice $2.50
Ordered this when I can't make up my mind. 3 Dishes for $2.50 sounds quite reasonable for such a big portion served. I do not quite like the rice as I felt it was overcooked. The dishes (especially the braised egg) are still ok. If you do not mind cold dishes, brown rice is a better and healthier option.

Other than brown rice, I would normally order Duck Rice (comprises of vegetarian mock duck, egg and tofu) or I would eat the Kway Chap. However, the prices are much higher ($3 onwards).

Current Location: Blk 204, Coffee Shop
Opening Hours: Till 9+, daily

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Loving Hut

Finally i'm writing about this cafe since it opened last week. Anyway, loving hut is a new cafe replacing the previous indinine. Its quite a pity as Indinine has built a reputation over the years. Anyway, If you do know where indinine has moved to, please let me know!
I'm quite happy that it is yet another vegetarian cafe replacing and this gives me more options to choose from since Im working at suntec.

Thats the cafe.. the Sofas are gone, but the tables, chairs are still the same. One thing is you wouldnt know its vegetarian till you see the poster or menus. This is a good marketing strategy, as loads of meat eaters shun the word veggie.

Thanks to Gill who made the trip down to lunch with me!

Mee Pok Dry ($4.80)

I remember seeing the price tag at $2.50, maybe my eyes did play a trick on me. Anyway, the portion was big and the soup tasted good. The most important part in making good mee pok is the tactics of cooking the mee pok. Luckily this tasted just right, it wasnt too soggy and in fact was chewy enough to make me finish the entire bowl. Ingredients comprises of fresh lettuce, minced vegetarian meat with mushrooms and fishballs. Soup is brewed with corn, sweet potato and carrots, making it real sweet. I like it! If you do order this dish, remember to request for no onions.

Silky Tofu Mushrooms Set $5.80

The silky tofu mushroom is served with brown rice and stir fried cabbages and completed with a soup. It is a big portion for 1 serving. If you are a small eater, I guess you may just order this set meal and add another plate of rice to eat with another person. The tofu tasted normal and i reckon the ingredients used on top is the same for my mee pok. The mushrooms are chewy though.

Tofu Jacket $3.80

Doesn't look good on pictures, but it is quite a surprise. The tofu jacket is a side dish we have ordered to share. 5 big pieces of Tofu stuffed with ingredients. I couldn't really make out wat are the ingredients (other than carrots and minced tofu), but it was really juicy.

Sunny Forest/ Rose lemon Juice $3.80 Each

Im not really into juices as I usually requests for plain water since most places do not charge a fee. Anyway, since I wanted to write about this place, gotta write something on the drinks... so we ordered the Sunny Forest and Rose Lemon Juices. Sunny forest is a lemon, mint and soda mixed drink. I thought it was good, and it comprises of a combination taste of sweet and sour. As for the rose lemon juice, there is far too much lemon taste that I could hardly make out the taste of the rose petals available. You can just order plain water to save the money.

Do request for no garlic/onions if you do not take them.

All in all, loving hut seems to be going all out this year to promote vegetarianism in view of the growing global crisis. They are planning to open (some are already opened) outlets in HK, Taiwan, USA, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, and this is definitely great news for us vegetarians. Do google for more information!


1. 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall,
Sky Garden #03-016, Tower 2, S 038983
Tel: 65 6238 6755
Opening Hours: Till 9+PM daily

2. Parklane Shopping Mall, 35 Selegie Road #01-07, Singapore 188307

Opening Hours: Till 9+PM daily


3. Blk 161 #01-3752 Bukit Merah Central (next to POSBank) Singapore 150161,

Open Hours 11am - 9:30pm except Monday 11am - 3:30pm

Monday, October 13, 2008

Su Shi Piao Xiang Vegetarian Cafe (素食飘香)

Another trip to fortune centre since it is a heaven for vegetarians. Thanks to fran for always accompanying me around to try new places too. Anyway, the stall owner used to operate in bedok before this shop at Fortune Centre. Food wise, quite normal, but cheap. Me and fran ordered 2 dishes to go with a fried noodle.

Sambal Kang Kong $4

Big portion for the 2 of us. Very fresh, but it was not spicy enough. I like it as it wasnt too oily.

Salad Prawn $7

Fran loves salad prawn whereever its sold.. so normally it is a MUST order dish should we be eating Tze Char. haha. Anyway, the Salad Prawn here is really a BIG portion that we can hardly finish it. Unlike the usual salad prawn, the "prawn" used is not as nice, and you gotta dip into the sauce. Normally the sauce is pan fried onto the entire prawn, where it is more fattening.

Guihua Noodles $4

Tasty and the noodles are chewy. I guess thats the best dish for the night. It is not too dry.

Location: Fortune Centre, Level 2 - 18

Opening Hours: till 8Plus daily

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Green+on+Earth Vegetarian Cafe (绿之天地) *CLOSED DOWN*

This cafe has closed down. Please let me know if they have moved.

Green on Earth (GOE) initially started with selling organic food but it has since focused on doing wholesome healthy fusion vegetarian cuisine. I've long heard of this cafe as the web is created by my friend daniel.
Anyway, I finally had the chance to eat and write about the food there. Thanks to Gwennie again, for she has been fetching me around SG just to try at all these new cafes, as some of them (like GOE) is not really accessible via train.

Thai Tofu cakes with Salad & inhouse sauce $4.80

Since the dish name starts with a "thai", I was expecting it to make me reminisce the bangkok days, but i guess only the sour salad did the trick. This is basically an easy side dish made from a tofu mixture wrapped in beancurd skin and panfried (without oil). The tofu mixture is a combination of Tofu and carrots (and maybe other ingredients which I am unable to see) then wrapped into a roll. I was trying to figure out where the inhouse sauce was. There were only 3 dots of chili for 5 mini pieces of tofu, hence I was not able to taste how special it tasted, as it really is just chili sauce. 96 cents for each piece of tofu, and supposed to be a "signature" dish. Seriously, I find it expensive.

Zha Jiang Mian (Price unknown)

Not able to see the noodles as it was totally covered by the special mushroom sauce and lettuce. All you need to do is to mix the whole plate like rojak. This is still a worthy dish to try as there is no MSG added at all. Another place that sells good zha jiang mian is living greens off beach road.

Creamy Mushroom Soup $3.80

Gwennie forbade me to post her picture, but I doubt she checks my blog anyway.. hee, Sometimes with people in the picture, its more promising mah! Anyway, the soup is not very creamy like the one we tried at Roma Deli's, but it does has a similar taste to the one served at the green room cafe in Bishan. However, it is not as thick and tasted rather blend. I reckon that there is no butter/flour used in this concoction, hence if you are looking for a healthier alternative, this is a good option.

Baked Curry Brown Rice $9.80

I was expecting the dish to be served from a baking dish, but was quite surpised to find the cheese spread to be just 5 cm circumference big covering only the top of the rice. Comprises of Potatoes, Pumpkins and brown rice. The curry taste is very authentic and is suitable for those who like indian vegetarian food.

Decor wise, it is generally clean, and modern styled. As it is located on the top floor, there is a stark contrast between the hawker centre located opposite and this cafe, as it really appears more "atas". Prices wise, for noodles/rice, reasonable. For separately cooked dishes, I find it more on the high side, perhaps due to inflation and perhaps the ingredients used are more expensive.

Still, not a bad choice if you are looking for healthy food.

144, Upper Bukit Timah Road
#04-03 Beauty World Centre
(S) 588177

Tel: 65 6468 4748

Opening Hours: Open Daily (Including Public Holidays)11am - 10pm (9.30pm Last Order)


Friday, October 3, 2008

Roma Deli's Vegetarian Cafe

This cafe has been around for ages and has since becomed so popular that it is always fully packed. Anyway, had dinner with gwennie at this cafe the other day. What I think has been successful for this cafe is that it reaches out to the young and trendy with western dishes like pasta/bread/soups. I was quite surprised to see most young people patronising this cafe. I guess this is where we can actually start vegetarianism awareness among the young! Back to the food, set meals are popular where it comprises of a soup, main dish (pasta or pizza) and a soft drink. It costs around $10 per set meal, which is quite reasonable, however, not for your everyday meal.

Set Meal - Mushroom Soup

Soup comes with the baked herbs bread. The soup tastes thick and quite comparable to other places. I personally thought soup spoon is better. Anyway, this is not vegan friendly. Fattening too, as much butter and flour is used for the thick gravy. Opt for just drinks instead, if you are on a diet. Nonetheless, a little pamper once in a while is required.

Main Course - Spicy Cheese Spagetti

Not very spicy and I thought the gravy could have been thicker instead of it being so watery. Ingredients wise is quite reasonable. as there are quite a lot of ham stripes and lettuce included.

Curry Rendang Baked Rice

This is my all time favourite.. I tried the Satay Spagetti before but I thought that was too much like a chinese dish. Anyway, this baked rice never fail to satisfy my hunger pangs. It may not be too cheesy, but the taste is just right. The curry is not too spicy and the chicken chunks are fabulous.

All in all, it is a cafe that has started out unnoticed, but it business has since grown into providing ready microwavable meals today. I guess this is a good model for a business to sustain overtime.

If you are still thinking of indinine, perhaps this is an alternative.

Location: 100 Beach Road #01-23 Shaw Towers
Tel: 6293 4585
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 9pm (last order at 8.30pm)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Veggie Stall @ The Arcade

I seldom have a chance to talk about food stalls at the Raffles place area since I do not work there. However, sometimes I would still make a special trip down from suntec for the delicious Veggie sweet potato porridge sold from this stall.

Mix Vegetables with Porridge $3.30 for 3 dishes

Its best to have this meal at lunch, as the porridge is still served hot, and all dishes are freshly cooked. Most of the braised dishes here are fantastic. However, my friends said the MSG used might me a little too much. The porridge is really good with Sweet Potato which helps digesting.
Vegetarian Bee Hoon $3.50

Bee Hoon is another choice if you are not a porridge lover. The Popiah is a MUST try!

Location: Arcade, at the end of first level

Opening Hours: Till 3-4PM daily. Closed on Public Holidays and Sundays

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mongkok Vegetarian (旺角素食) *UNDER RENOVATION*

Don't be mistaken, this food stall is not located in HK, but in Singapore itself. Sometimes as I would be working at the Singpost area, it is not easy to find good food around. However, Wang Jiao seems to have built a good reputation in this area.

This stall is rather special as they do not sell your normal fried bee hoon with the dishes available for you to choose from. This is a Tze Char stall where your food is cooked on the spot. Hence it does take a longer waiting time if the queue is long. One thing I like is, food is served piping hot!

Dumpling Bee Hoon Soup $3
What I like about the soup is it is tasty and not oily, added with the normal ingredients like vegetables, mushrooms and tofu. The dumpings are the frozen kind which can be easily found in the market.

Other than soupy dishes, this stall is well known for their hor fun. I have tried before, the ingredients include mock meats, mushrooms and veg. If you do not want to wait too long, all you need to do is to order the same dish as the person in front. Most prob they will cook together. heehee!

Location: Blk 14 Haig Road Food Centre, Center Column
Geylang Road
Opening Hours: Till 8pm

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cai Gen Xiang Vegetarian Cusine (菜根香素食) - *CLOSED*

Both Outlets are CLOSED. The Yishun one has been replaced by Zi Zai~

Thanks clare sis for the contribution.. guess I will never go there since I don't have a car... Anyway, finally there are some posts for good places in the Northen side of Singapore.
Here's Cai Gen Xiang Vegetarian Cusine. Not sure when it was opened, but the cafe looks clean and trendy.

Hot Plate Sambal Prawn SGD 7
This dish was fried with sambal, prawn and celery. Quite a spicy dish.

Sambal Kang Kong SGD 5
Sort of regretted ordering this as both dishes are hot.. Hence, it didn't bring much taste to our buds after trying the sambal prawns which were spicier. Still not too bad. A little bland and sambal chilli not as fantastic as Victoria Street (Yuan Xiang) Sambal chilli Kang Kong.

Fish Slice Soup SGD 4

Believed they use the same soup for their fish head bee hoon.Soup is mixed with carnation milk, 4 small slices of fish, small cubes of tofu and lots of chye sim. So if you are a vegan, i reckon you may request for non-milk soup. Overall taste still alright.

There are also catering services available from this cafe. I guess I would definitely try it if I do visit Yishun or Changi Airport some day. Thanks for your contribution sis!

1. Blk 236 Yishun Ring Road #01-1000 Singapore 760236
Business Hours: 8.30am to 9.30pm daily
Tel: 67588588

2. No. 65 Airport Boulevard Basement 2
Changi Airport Terminal 3
Tel: 83881968


Anyway, all food lovers, you may post your reviews too! All you would need is to take pictures of the food you ate (3.2Mega pix pics are good enough), then take down the prices and names of the food and talk about your thoughts of the food. Remember to provide location, opening hours too! My mailing address is available below.