Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rong Xiang Vegetarian Stall @ Geylang East

One of the days after swimming at geylang east swimming complex, I decided to try my luck at this nearby foodcentre and I was happy to find 2 stalls.
Decided to eat at the Tze Char stall. They do serve the normal mixed vegetables rice as well, but most customers order their tze char which i reckon must be not bad.

Salted Fish Fried Rice ($3)

I've been craving for this fried rice for a long time as my coll loves it. Other than Yuan Yuan, i personally like this salted fish fried rice as there are many ingredients within. (Note: The drumstick is additional) Ingredients comprise of vegetables, tofu and lots of mock salted fish. After being a vegetarian for so many years, I've long forgotten the real taste of salted fish, but I like how this salted fish taste, which wasnt too salty either.

There are many other tze char dishes which i would love to try, and prices start from $2.50, which I think is reasonable.

I like it that they do have english on the menu listed.

Location: Blk 117 Aljunid Ave 2 Stall # 01-16

Opening Hrs: Till 3PM, daily

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Recipe - Sushi

My apologies for this late post as I've been busy launching my new E-Shop on Facebook. It has nothing to do with vegetarian food but a new hobby i've picked up.
Anyway, its been some time since I last shared a recipe. I'm quite satisfied with the feedback of my sushi creations and would love to share it here with you today.

(For 10 Sushi Rolls)
Short Grained Rice (Or Sushi Rice) - 600G
Carrots - Shredded
Avocado - Cut into Strips
Japanese Cucumbers - Cut into Strips
Dried Seaweed

Rice Seasoning -
a. Rice Vinegar (Or Sushi Vinegar) - 6 Tbsp
b. Salt - 2 tsp
c. Sugar - 2 Tbsp

1. Cook the Sushi Rice
2. In a mixing bowl, stir all rice seasoning together. Add this mixture seasoning evenly into the cooked rice. Allow the rice to cool before assembling the sushi.
3. On a rolling bamboo mat, place 1 seaweed on it. (Note that the rough side of the sushi is facing you as this is where you will place all ingredients on)
4. Place a spoonful of sushi rice and place in the middle of the seaweed and spread evenly. Add more sushi rice if its not enough to cover.
5. Allow an approximately 1cm space from all 4 sides to avoid spillover when you roll.
6. Place the ingredients which you want in the middle. E.g.: Carrot Strips, Cucumber Strips.
7. Then, gently with both hands, roll up the seaweed to the middle covering the ingredients with the bamboo mat.
8. Press firmly.
9. Continue to roll till the end. Press Firmly again.
10. If your seaweed doesn't stick well, dap a little bit of water over the sides to close up your roll.

Note: If you like beancurd sushi (Inari), all you need to do is to wet your hands, place a handful of rice in your hands and roll into a ball. Place the rice ball into the beancurd pocket. (Inari Pockets is available in most supermarkets)

There are quite a number of demos which I've seen on Youtube and I totally love it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

VeganBurg @ Jalan Eunos

I was very excited when I saw this pamphlet in the goodie bag during the veg-vibe magazine launch.

It has been a really long time since I sat down in a fast food restaurant and munch on a burger. I was very happy that someone has stepped up and did it - opening a whole new vegan burger restaurant right at our doorstep.

Today is the soft-launch of VeganBurg and I can't wait to try it. I called the confirm the opening date as the website initially wrote the launch date in Oct. I was surprised that the lady on the phone was not only polite, but she even bothered to check my blog and follow up on email. Thanks Joey for that little thought. Anyway, not everything on the menu is available as of now, as the official opening date would be in October.

*from opposite the cafe*

I was still wondering if they repainted the building, as the cafe uniform and the logo matches totally.

*upclose - Cafe Exterior*

Interior of the cafe was furnished with custom-made furnitures. I was told that the theme was to follow that of a industrial-safari style, which could probably answer the reason of the colours (Green, White, Brown) combination used. The cafe was pretty quiet and airy perhaps due to its high ceiling. There were not much seats, which i guess because it is not the official launch yet. I guess going there in the evenings would be a better choice as the ambience would be better. If you do drive there, do note that parking may be a problem as there isn't much parking lots nearby.
There are only 3 types of burgers available at the moment. Hence Shan and I tried the 2 types that do not contain onion/garlic.
Interesting Serving tray that gives you certain information about veganism while waiting to be served.
Here comes our burger sets. Rather interesting concept that our burgers and fries are served in a mess tin. I quite like it as the staff handling the food to you would not accidentally touch the food since there is a handle. In addition, its easier to throw once you are done eating. However, I wonder if this would scare the army boys away.
Tangy Tartar Set Meal $9.85

I'm not sure if there would be a change in the price as the website stated this at a dollar more. For a set, you will get a burger, fries and juice of your choice. I had the cherry berries juice which tasted sweet-sour. The set is huge! It is highly recommended to share a set if you are a small eater. This burger comprises of a soft patty covered with specially made batter and deep-fried. I was surpised that the patties do not contain gluten, dairy, GMO, preservatives and transfat, yet it could still taste chewy on the inside and cruchy on the outside. The fresh lettuce and alfafa goes well with tartar sauce as well. The organic wholemeal burger bun was soft, but would be better if toasted. The best of the set that wow me and shan was the seaweed fries. It was served really hot (which made the wait worthwhile). The potatoes are soft and the seaweed taste was not overpowering. Note that the chef has confirmed this does not contains any onions/garlic!
Cracked Pepper Mayo Meal $9.85
Shan had this cracked pepper mayo whereby the bread organic ciabatta made with sunflower seeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds. I could taste the sweetness in the bread. The patty was spiced in black pepper and lightly pan-fried and served in mayonnaise. I was not exactly able to differentiate the differences in the patties as they may be of the same ingredient but cooked different in various sauces.
The rest of the burgers would be ready by October.
All in all, a new experience for me and I would definitely return for the fries when i have the time. If you ask me about the service, I would say extraordinary, as they are willing to go the extra mile to ask what else is there to improve. May not be your usual $2 economical rice fare, but for once in a while indulgence, for the environoment and for the support of local vegetarian/vegan market, why not? They do catering and delivery as well. Please call for more information. Parents, your kids will love you this once and instead of the M word, they may say: "Papa, I wanna go Vegan Burg for lunch!"
(Note: they do not start that early for morning breakfast though)
Diet: Vegan

1. 44 Jalan Eunos Singapore 419502
Tel: 68446868

Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm, daily

2. 50 Market Street #01-28D Golden Shoe Carpark
Singapore 048940
Opening Hrs: Mon-Fri 11am - 8.30PM
Sat & Eve of Public Hols: 11am - 2.30PM
Closed on Sundays/Public Holidays

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Xian Long Vegetarian Delights @ AMK

This is introduced by another passerby (not sure if you are the same person) who has asked me to try the Noodles here. This is also a 24 hours outlet that offers quite a variety of dishes.

Fishball Mee Pok Dry $2.50

I tried the Mee Pok Dry since it was passerby's recommendation. The noodles was quite chewy. Ingredients comprise of vegetables, mushrooms, mock sliced meat and fishballs. I didn't like the taste of the fishballs as it was rather bland. I personally find it nothing really special, but would definitely try the wantons next time i go!

Other food items: Nasi Lemak, Laksa etc

This is a place you can consider if you have hunger pangs in the middle of the night since this stall operates 24 Hours!

Location: Blk 158 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 #01-590