Friday, August 28, 2009

Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines

Zi Zai vegetarian stall has been around for many years before it is relocated to Tampines. According to the boss, there are currently 2 outlets operated by himself and his sister. His sister's outlet is currently at Tampines, while his outlet is at Aljunid. They used to be 2 stalls at circuit road but they have since relocated in view of the renovations. According to the boss, they do not intend to move back to Circuit Road after renovations are completed. Last weekend I went to the Tampines outlet for dinner, and I have completely fallen in love with their hokkien mee.

Hokkien Mee

Comprises of lots of vegetables, egg, veg fish cake, tofu and some mock stuff. I like the way it is cook whereby the noodles are soft but not overcooked, and the gravy tastes heavenly. Do let the chef know if you do not take eggs.
Sweet & Sour Pork Rice

The serving is huge and luckily my dad shared this dish with me. If you do not take so much rice, do inform them beforehand. The Pork is made of mock meat, and is nicely stir fried in sweet and sour sauce.
Kway Chup
My mum is a mega huge fan of Kway Chup and she can have this dish almost every day. This is yet another huge serving. Comprises of the norm - tofu, taupok and egg. The soup is heavenly! It is not oily and has a strong aroma of tonic herbs.
Apologies for th ugly picture as I only remembered after eating my prata halfway. Hence the prata is half-eaten. It is good to see more local delights like roti prata available in vegetarian places. The satay tastes good too. However, please note that the satay is deep-fried and not grilled.
I do not remember how much each item costs, we ordered 10 satays and 4 pratas in addition to the above and inclusive of 3 drinks for $22. It is quite affordable for a family of 4, and I was left fully satisfied after this meal. It is usually packed at night, so be early if you do not want to wait too long for a seat. They do serve quite fast, and opens till 11pm at night. Hence for supper lovers, this is one place to look out for if you want a meal after 9pm! It is making me envious that Tampines is becoming more and more vegetarian friendly!
Diet: Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, contains Egg
1. Blk 801, Tampines Ave 4, #01-281
Opening Hours: 7am - 11PM

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Donut Empire Goes veg! *CLOSED*

Im quite happy to see this news published in the papers today. Donut Empire has expanded its current range by introducing vegetarian doughnuts called "doveries"! This includes savoury egg-free flavours like curry chicken, BBQ chicken etc, whereby the meats are vegetarian mock meats!

BBQ Chicken/Hotdog Donuts

I tried the Curry Chicken donut and I think it needs to be eaten hot, as it is really oily since this is deep fried. Nonetheless, the bread is soft and curry is tasty. Not suitable for the health-minded people.

Diet: Vegan


1.Raffles Place - B1-09 OUB Centre


Monday, August 10, 2009

Yixin Vegetarian @ Bedok (一心素小厨)

I knew about this place as my parents have gone there before and was telling me that the chef used to be working at the Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant which has since closed down. I have no idea if they are in any relation to Yi Xin at Chinatown or not ...Anyway, pictures are taken from wingls as he has been here too!
This stall sells quite a wide variety of food ranging from economic mixed vegetables rice to Tze Char, set meals, cakes & pastries.

Sambal Kang Kong

Picture from wingls

Looks appealing. My parents mentioned that the vegetables are tasty but a little bland, but definitely much healthier as there was not much oil/msg in the cooking.

Abalone Mushrooms

Wow! I'll definitely try this out.. looks like the "nai you tian ji" from my favourite tze char stall in AMK.

I do not have prices of the dishes above, but the set meals are priced between $3.50 - $4, and served with a soup. Im pretty amazed that they even have a nicely done website. Hope that the business lasts in view of the stiff competition in Bedok!

Diet: No eggs/garlic/onions

Location: Blk 219 Bedok Central #01-122 Singapore 460219

Contact No. : 9694 3056 / 9781 6393

Opening Hours: 6.30am-9.00pm (Tze Char only available from: 11-3pm/5-9pm)


Monday, August 3, 2009

Vege Sensation @ Serangoon (素为康)

After hearing much hype from the forum, I am being lured to this new place. Anyway, thanks to gwennie for willing to pick me up from work to proceed to this new place for dinner.
It is not fully done up yet as they are about to expand with another shop space at the side. Heard from the Chef James that they would be doing up wall papers and some furnishing. The current place doesnt look appealing, hopefully it would be better soon. James used to be from Deli Veg, hence the menu is somewhat similar to the one available there. Judging by the number of patrons on a Monday night, I believe that this cafe would definitely make it for the next couple of months, as I've seen people talking to the Chef himself. Seems like people follow wherever he goes.. I have heard about the rave reviews of the Grilled Chicken and Wanton mee. Hence we ordered one each to share.
Wanton Mee $4

It looks simple as shown, with lots of beansprouts, cai xin and served with vegetarian Char Siew and Wantons. Definitely a healthier version, since many places deep fry the wantons instead. I was quite surprised that the smell of the sauce was quite strong. I could taste some vinegar in the sauce hence I reckon its a special sauce comprising of sesame oil, vinegar and perhaps some marinated sauce. It does tastes very well when mixed in the noodles. For those who do not take chili, this is a good option. As for the wantons,I reckon it was a mixture of mushrooms and celery which brings out the crunchiness. However, the celery taste is quite strong, hence some may not like it. The Char Siew seems like the normal kind you can get at most suppliers. Overall, serving is quite big and can be shared.

Grilled Chicken $7

Served with Fries and Salad. The piece of meat is rather small. However, the fries are really filling, hence was enough for both of us. I liked the salad, but there is too much sauce in it. Overall, the meat patty is quite normal, but chewy. I personally thought that the sauce for the chicken was not savory enough.

Sensations Fried Chicken (SFC) $7

This is the best dish as ever. Even my mum loves it to the core. According to the chef, the crust is done up with 16 different types of flour and topped with chili spices. It does tastes similar to the shilin chicken available at Deli Veg. The portion is huge and must definitely be shared. The chicken tastes really tender and chewy. Not suitable if you are a really true health enthusiast since this is deep fried.

Other options available are: Handmade Popiah, Claypot Rice, Pasta, Japanese Bento Sets, Porridges, Tze Char dishes. There are more than 100 dishes available.

Diet: Vegan

Location: 530 Upper Serangoon Road
Opening Hours:-
Sun to Thu : 10am to 10pm
Fri and Sat : Opens till 3am