Sunday, May 11, 2014

Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe @ Greenwood Avenue Singapore

I have been really ignorant as Beyond Veggie has been around for a couple of years in the Malaysian market. It was a recent trip to Johor Bahru (KSL City Shopping Centre) then I found this place. Recently they opened a franchise in Singapore and I am pleasantly surprised.
I read up about them, and found that they have mentioned in their website as well, they are a meatless/vegetarian outlet, but NOT vegan, as some dishes do contain, milk and eggs (diary products). I believe the cakes that they serve are not eggless too. So, if you are vegan, do enquire before heading down.
Anyway, i'm combining both my JB visit and the Singapore visit in this post since the menu is the same, except for price differences.
It is not known how and why Secret Recipe decided to spin off a vegetarian dining place but looking at the number of outlets/franchises they have in Malaysia, i guess the market has been receptive and supportive.

KSL Outlet
KSL Outlet
This is the KSL outlet. I didnt take the photo in Singapore, only the interior.

This is the interior of the Singapore Outlet. It is definitely not easy to find, as it is located within the vicinity of the private houses in Bukit Timah, Hillcrest Road. Although they are just opened, it was actually quite crowded and a reservation is recommended on a weekend. I think it is good at other than Miao Yi, at least there is another option for vegetarians in this Area.

Some Menu Snaps

I tried to save the menu from the web, but it was too huge. Here's the menu if you are keen: Beyond Veggie Menu. Do note that the prices stated in the web is in RM. The prices in Singapore is between the range of $10-$15 for the dishes. They serve a wide range of food, including chinese and western cuisine.

Mushroom Satay
This was the first time i had satay that doesnt comprise of mock meat so this was a pleasant surprise. This is made of monkeyhead mushrooms! The sauce was good too!

Calzone Pizza
Ordered this appetizer. Tomato paste, mix vegetables and cheese wrapped in a prata skin.

Yunnan Style Bee Hoon
We tried this in KSL previously. I have no idea why it is called Yunnan style. Nonetheless, it didnt taste very spicy, and the bee hoon wasnt too dry. Served with Mushroom Satay.

Stir-fry veg of the day with Balacan
Love it. Really Fresh!

Mahogany Tofu
We tried 2 types of Tofu so far. I can't explain what's mahogany, but in chinese its called "香椿". A little strong to taste in the sauce, so some people may not like it. I personally find the Tofu in Malaysia is better than Tofu in Singapore though. The gravy has a lot of mushrooms and the veg version of "lard", also known as 花形 made from soy protein.
Spicy Thai Sauce Tofu
I strongly prefer this as the sauce was not spicy at all, and goes well with rice.

Deep Fried Shredded Mushroom
This is abalone mushroom deep fried in special batter and served with pumpkin floss. I couldn't make out it was pumpkin floss and had to relook into the menu!

Assam Curd Cutlets with Eggplants & Long Beans
We ordered this at both outlets because this dish really impressed me. The gravy is really yums. I ordered it again in Singapore because I wanted to intro it to my mum. She is an expert in Assam Fish, so she really enjoyed this version, but she termed it as nonya style compared to the real "assam". The curd cutlets are made from Beancurd sheets, which is actually similar to the mock "Fish". This is my favorite dish to date!


 Its Secret Recipe, how could we not have some desserts before leaving? Didnt order any Cheesecake as I was unsure if there was rennet. The Pure Chocolate cakes are heavenly!

Cute Fan

Was trying to get a name card from them but it was not ready so they gave me a cute fan. I really love the quote at the back!

Singapore: 18 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park
Opening Hours: Unknown. Please call before going!
Tel: 67631323

Malaysia Outlets: Do refer to their website/call if the malaysia outlet is open as some people left comments that certain outlets may be closed!
Facebook Page: Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe like them today!

Boneless Kitchen @ Bukit Merah *MOVED TO TAISENG*

Ok we are finally here after many bloggers have talked about them. Anyway, in my previous post on FB, the owners of this cafe used to operate at TaiSeng (Also known as Hanyi). They have since moved to Bukit Merah, and rebranded with "boneless kitchen". That makes them stand out is their specialty in Korean Food.

The Cafe
Not very accessible via MRT, but there are many buses along this area. It is located right beside the Nature Cafe which has been around for some time. So if you are tired of the norm chinese dishes, walk right next door for a change.

This was the supposedly nicely done menu. However, what was puzzling was that many cuisines are no longer available. Hence stick to korean mains, which is usually available. 

The Interior

It is a rather small cafe, could fit approximately 10 small tables.

Sides @ $3 Each

The Korean Rice cake was taken by my sister so I didnt eat before. The sauce was good.
I tried the Kimchi Dumplings, which I think was ok to taste. However, I wonder if the skin was too thick, some parts of the flour was uncooked. Perhaps they could consider using wanton skin next time.

Kimchi Noodles $7
I ate this when they were at Tai Seng outlet. Soup was good, not too spicy and sour.And the noodles were really Q.

Bibimbap (Hot Pepper Paste) $7.50
This is recommended as the vegetables are really fresh and uncooked. And we need to stir the vegetables to cook. It was a fun experience. In addition, this time they use raw egg, which tastes more authentic. They used to serve with a fried egg. If you are vegan, do inform them beforehand.

Here's the namecard of the boneless kitchen.

The pricing is still within the affordable range and you will be surprised the chef is actually a young girl. However, if you are asking for service, do be mindful that they can be rather inflexible to changes. I wanted to get their special Root Beer (Without float) but was rejected because they couldn't serve without ice cream. I had a colleague who was unhappy previously when she asked for chili or more sauce for the bibimbap but was rejected as well and given a reason that the sauce is appropriately proportioned.
Well, I certainly guess this was a insistence to provide ISO standard dishes.

Last but not least, it is rare to find korean food for vegetarians in singapore, so boneless kitchen has done it.

1 Irving Place #01-31