Sunday, July 20, 2014

Miao Shan (妙善素食) @ Serangoon Central

This post is for Edna - the daughter of the owners of this stall, who has written to ms veg earlier. Thanks for your recommendation! My parents used to own a stall @ Macpherson (but have since retired). It always nice to see children helping their parents out at the stall because its really not easy feat!
I was there one of the saturday for brunch. 
Miao Shan
 

Like most stalls, auntie and uncle do sell a wide variety of food, ranging from your usual bee hoon and economical rice to daily specials. Price range from $2.50.
We decided to try the Chicken rice & Mee Rebus

Chicken Rice
Edna mentioned to us that she didnt want to boast about her parents' cooking, but she find they cook really well! What made us remember of this chicken rice is the chili - really "WOW"! its extremely spicy. And the serving is really huge! Auntie is really generous, the rice is fragrant and tasted good with the chili.

Mee Rebus
One of the better mee rebus i've tried even though my personal favourite (from eunos previously) has already closed down for good. 

Both the owners are very friendly and we can see their commitment and love for food! Thanks Edna for the recommendation!  Friends of North East - Do check out this stall!

ilovemyveg do welcome writers (note that its totally out of passion) if you want to contribute any, we will just post on your behalf!

Location: Blk 262 Serangoon Central Drive, #01-89 (L.A KOPI coffee shop) 
Contact: Mr Liong 94884367
Opening Hours: Daily 6.00am-1.30pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Xin Man Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant (心满圆素食) @ Chinatown

Hello All, we are finally back in Singapore and again we are always excited about new openings. It feels good that we are having a lot more options these days! Just this year alone, we have SuFood.. which ms veg has not went, we also have beyond veggie! I was informed of this new opening at Chinatown and decided to head down because the word "dim sum" attracted me! Other than lingzhi, there aren't many places that serve vegetarian dim sum.

So here we are for the yummy dim sum!
Outside of the Restaurant
 Interior of the Restaurant
Quite classy, and definitely can sit a lot more people than the Miao Yi rest at coronation plaza. I was told they can fit 35-40 big round tables!

Buffet Spread $18.80++

I had the buffet previously, but the dishes were not a lot, as compared to Lotus. However, they do allow you to order additional 6 types of their famous dim sum, which makes the buffet price worth.

This is the list of dim sum that comes with the buffet. One may order up to 3 times.

They too serve ala carte dishes, mushroom steamboat pot (@$58 per pot for 3-4pax)

I was craving for the Har Gao (aka shrimp dumpling) so i decided to bring my parents for a second round today. We decided to order ala carte dimsum, which comes in a separate dim sum menu:

Dim Sum Menu!
The dim sum menu has many more items (20 over) for us to choose!

Price range from $4.50 (3 pcs) onwards for each item.
 Seaweed Beancurd Roll
 Unique, wrapped with mushrooms. Its a little oily since its deep fried, but still good!

Taro
 One of the better made versions, the yam was amazingly yummy and the ingredients are good!

*Har Gao (Shrimp Dumpling)*
 If you ask me what made me go back to this place within a week - its this har gao! Its sooo good, im already drooling again as I type. The skin is wonderfully thin, and ingredients aplenty. There's even veg prawn in it, making it chewy and unforgettable. I have not eaten anything of such taste before!

Pan Fried Dumpling (Guo Tie)

Siew Mai
 Another of my favourite is Siew Mai too!

Char Siew Bun
 My mum likes this char siew bun - she commented its comparable to Lingzhi's!

Mushroom Spinach Dumpling
 Amazingly good when I didn't expect much from it. 

Char Siew with Parsley Chee Cheong Fun
 I found the skin could be a little better, but well, this is good enough. They have another one with mix vegetables ingredients but it was not available today.

Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice
 Filled with loads of Fillings

Mushrooms Mix Dumpling

Carrot Cake
Carrot cake tastes ok.. but Yuan Xiang's is still my number 1!

We ate a total of 10 dim sum dishes, tea, and the braised peanuts (appetizer, too yummy that we finished eating before i remember to snap a pic!) and it cost us a total of $70, which i find rather reasonable.

As they are just newly open, so they are still making adjustments and changes to their dim sum menu, and i was truly happy that i need not travel to HK for the dim sum as this can temporary satisfy my craving for now!

I was lucky to be able to chat with one of the owners and found that this new restaurant is under the same "MiaoYi" group, so some of the dishes (e.g the famous suckling pig) are also available here!
Another piece of good news is that they are going to open a cafe style (vegan + vegetarian) outlet at Kallang Leisure Park this coming October.



Location: 101 Upper Cross Street #03-32 People Park Centre
Tel: 64380048 / 65365517
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily

Do call them on weekends for reservations as they could be pretty full!

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.

SINGAPORE Outlet
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!

Desserts!

 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!


Location:
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

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.

Menu
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.

Location: 11 Jalan Bukit Merah #03-4458
Tuesday - Sunday 1130am - 9pm
Tel: 90232725
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/thebonelesskitchen