Monday, November 23, 2009

Nature Vegetarian @ Sin Ming

I've long heard people raving about the brisk business of this coffeeshop in Thomson area. I guess its also due to the fact that it is located right beside the Bright Hill temple whereby people usually will go here and eat after praying. This is also the only coffeeshop that wholly serves vegetarian food. It is definitely delightful to find ourselves spoilt for choices as there are many stalls to choose from, instead of the usual only one in a normal coffeeshop. I've earlier blogged about Nature from Bt Merah before, but I do not have any idea if these 2 shops have any relation to each other.

This is the exterior of the coffeeshop, and inside, there are around 8 stalls selling different variety of vegetarian food!

As I went at 8.30pm, most of the stalls were already closed. Nonetheless, the food available range from Roti Prata (So Luke, time for you to try here too!) to Chinese Dim Sum, Yong Tau Foo, Mixed veg Rice and even Tze Char is available too. I guess its the only place that vegetarians are spoilt for choice!
Dry Mee Pok

Since the noodles stall was the only one opening that late, my mum ordered this Dry Mee Pok. I was amazed by the amount of ingredients they gave!~Noodles was okay.

Yong Tau Foo

Dad ordered the Yong Tau Foo. Soup was really tasty! In fact I find most places that serve yong tau foo are of standard, which I guess is due to the fact that most mock items are brought from the same veg. suppliers so the taste seldom go wrong too!

Laksa Yong Tau Foo

Not to my liking perhaps the laksa gravy wasn't strong enough.

Carrot Cake

Something special about the carrot cake here is that you do not see it in small little cut up pieces. Instead, it is served as a BIG omlette, with the kuey in the middle. Kinda special, but I tasted more egg than the flour! It is a really popular dish from the tze char stall. Do remember to order the White version!

Location: Blk 409, Sin Ming Drive
Tel No.: 65534719
Operating Days and Operating Hours: 630am to 10pm daily

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Malaysia - Malacca - Yang Sheng Vegetarian Restaurant Sdn

Thanks to my cuz wendy sis for her input. Over the weekend, she and her friends went to Malacca for a short trip. I've heard my parents rave about how this this place was, but didn't have a chance to visit. Anyway, Yang Sheng is one of the places that my parents recommend. Despite Malacca being the 3rd smallest state in Malaysia, it has quite a number of vegetarian restaurants, which I think is good!

Free crackers to munch.. Nice, crunchy and not oily..

Tom Yum Fish RM 12

Ingredients comprise of some fish slices, cabbage, long beans, ladies finger, pineapples and tau pok. Soup tasted average, however tom yum shouldnt have tau pok as it would seem like veg. curry.

Chili Kang Kong RM 7

This dish was quite oily and it tasted sweet instead of spicy.. not to my liking though. If you do not take spicy food, this is definitely ok for you.

Claypot tofu RM 9

Colourful dish. Comprise of Fried tofu cubes served with mushrooms, tomatoes and capsicums. Tasted normal, but definitely cheaper than those you can find in Singapore!

Fried Abalone Mushrooms RM7

Really good dish. Very crispy and fresh abalone mushrooms. The chili dip was a plus!

One of the places you can consider if you do visit Malacca someday!


養 生 素 食 冷 氣 餐 廳 有 限 公 司
Bhd 313, Jln Gajah Berang, Melaka Tel: 06-284 4400
Opening hours: 10.30am to 2.30pm; 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Rest day – Thursday

Lastly, thanks cuz once again for your contribution.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ru Lai Vegetarian @ Thomson

I've long heard my cousins rave about this stall as they adore the food here as much as we adore Zi Zai in Tampines. So one of the night after visiting grandma, we finally decided to drive there to eat. Seems to be the only stall operating at night.. and the entire coffee shop was really crowded. Do note that this Ru lai has no relation with the Ang Mo Kio Ru Lai (note that i've yet blogged on this too~) at all. Its quite common to see similar stall names in SG.
The stall is a typical Tze Char stall but has a little carrot cake wok at the side. I've read other reviews and found that the carrot cake is good here!

Anyway since it was our first time to this stall, we leave it to my aunt and cousin to introduce.

Tofu with abalone hotplate $12

Beautifully presented, this tofu dish is a MUST try! The tofu and mushrooms and abalone are stir fried in a homemade special sauce, then served on top of omlette in a hot place. The taste of the gravy is wonderful. Not too salty and has a little spice in it. Most importantly, it is rare to find abalone in such dishes, and there were many piece of it! Love it with rice! Do notify the stall owner if you do not take eggs to omit the egg below.

Sambal Kang Kong

Aint too spicy and tastes just right. Common dish that can be found elsewhere too.

Butter Abalone Mushrooms

In chinese this dish is usually known as 奶油田鸡..supposed to look like frog legs? Anyway, this is basically abalone/oyster mushrooms that are deep fried in batter, then cooked in carnation milk, Hence it will have a sweet and crunchy bite. Not suitable for vegans though. You can find this dish at Zi Zai Tampines as well as Ru Lai AMK.

Soup of the day

Soup of the day was lotus roots soup. Fresh and healthy.

Crispy Peking Duck

I tried to open up and analyse what makes up this dish but couldn't as it was too thin! I think it is mock meat that is wrapped in beancurd skin and flour then deep fried. You may eat it with the Yong Tau Foo Sweet Sauce. It would have been perfect if there is popiah skin to go with it. Anyway, really crispy and tasty!

Carrot Cake

If you recall most of the carrot cakes I eat are black cos' i always love it a little sweeter. Anyway, my cousin loves the white version. Nothing special as it still cannot be compared to uncle's. hahah!

I remember we also ordered oyster cake but I forgotten to take the picture. Tasted normal too. I do not recall the rest of the prices, but we paid $51 for 5 pax and the above dishes. Hence this is definitely worth the price. Note that these are all medium dishes. Meaning, if you do have lesser pax, you may order a smaller size. My cousin even had to ta bao the carrot cake and oyster cake home as we were too full already. I will definitely come back again.

Diet: Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Some dishes contain Eggs and Milk

Location: Blk 24, #01-51 Sin Ming Rd, Singapore 570024

Tel: 64576143

Operating Days and Operating Hours: Open 8am-9pm every day, except the day after the 1st & 15th of lunar month

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cai Gen Xiang @ Singpost *CLOSED DOWN*


I've earlier updated that this is a new stall at Singpost Banquet Food Court. I was delighted as I no longer have to walk all the way to Haig Road to eat on a hot day!

Anyway, I had a late lunch one day and had to ta bao from the cai gen xiang @ Singpost.

Kway Chap $3

Was looking for soupy food and ordered kway chap. Man.. it was full of ingredients (soya intestines, beancurd and Tau Pok). I wasn't expecting much as I've always adore kway chap by my mum. But this kway chap was really good. It has a strong aroma of tonics which comprise of the star anis, cinnamon and some herbs too. Could tell that it was brewed for a long time, as even the beancurd has turned black. Tasted perfect with chili sauce.

I have yet tried other dishes. They do have the usual mixed-vegetables rice, with brown rice options as well as tze char too. Took the namecard and found that the Terminal 3 outlet is already closed down.


1. Blk 236 Yishun Ring Road #01-01000, Tel: 6758 8588

2. 10 Eunos Road 8, B2-08, Stall #6, Tel: 8388 1968

Opening Hrs: till 8plus. Do call the singpost outlet before you go as most stalls close earlier.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Recipe - Vegetarian Siew Mai

I've always adore siew mais before I turned vegetarian. Sadly we cant really find replacements in the market and even places like lingzhi doesnt serve good siew mais. The only one I like so far is those that are sold by the suppliers.
So one of the days when I felt like munching something, i steamed 4 little pieces that can satisfy my hunger pangs for a while.
Siew Mai

This is how the original packaging looks like. Made from Malaysia and is certified Halal in the package. Woohoo! At least even my muslim friends can eat this too. Anyway, siew mai originally comprises of pork and according to my friends is actually very fattening. Anyway this vegetarian version needs to be kept in the freezer and all you need is to thaw and steam a few pieces as and when you want! Comprises of a total of 72 pieces in a pack.

The ingredients comprise of soy protein, wheat, carrots and konnyaku wrapped in wanton skin. Tastes really chewy and definitely healthier. If you are looking at places that sell you, Yuan Xiang does serve this but they do charge higher at 50 cents per pc.

Anyway, you can get this at most vegetarian suppliers.