Friday, October 24, 2014

Clover 8 Bistro Vegetarian & Vegan Dining by Miaoyi @ Kallang Leisure Park

Hey Peeps! Clover 8 has opened! This is a new bistro cafe operating under Miaoyi, which is under the Xin Man Yuan group.
It is definitely good news to see more vegetarian/vegan dining places available that cater to our needs! What I heard is the Xin Man Yuan group is planning to open a high-end restaurant (located somewhere in orchard) soon to cater to provide a wholesome experience of Vegetarian Fine Dining. Other than this piece of good news, Xin Man Yuan is also planning to venture into the catering world where they would be providing catering services on the go!

Clover, on the other hand, provides a bistro, cafe style setting at more affordable prices that caters to the masses. We get to enjoy Thai, Vietnamese, Italian cuisines as well as traditional chinese dim sum made by the Hong Kong Chef. I understand that they have a real Thai chef doing the thai dishes too!

The Shop Front: located on Level 1 - makes it easy to find as its among the new cluster of cafes opening in that area. If you have not gone to Kallang Leisure Park for a long time, they are undergoing a facelift - new shops are opening! 

Im delighted to find this new cafe within the vicinity of the Sports Hub since the new Kallang Wave Mall has nothing to offer.

Clean Interior Look of the Cafe
Clean & Green! I guess due to the fact that they just opened a couple of days ago, there isnt much crowd yet even though today is the 1st day of the lunar month. I hope Clover 8 will be here to stay and more people will get to know them though.

 Menu Of Clover 8
Its delightful to see Clover 8 offering quite a variety of dishes - ranging from Thai to Vietnamese to Local cuisines. They even have the Dim Sum that we tried from Xin Man Yuan. Price Range from $4.80 onwards.

Dim Sum $4.80
There are 4 types of Dim Sum for selection, not as much as Xin Man Yuan, but able to satisfy my craving for Siew Mai.
Chicken Rice Set $7.80
 The Chicken Rice Set comes with Soup and Drink (we had lemongrass drink). Without the soup and drink costs $5.80. The Rice itself is good, but I find the portion a little small, so my dad would require an additional bowl of rice. "Chicken" is not too bad, which I believe is actually made of mock meat, Soup is ok, not too saltish. I could make out that it was brewed with corn and carrots so theres a little sweetness in it. Note that it is not known if the rice is cooked with butter or margarine. If you are Vegan, do check with them prior to ordering.

Pad Thai $5.80
I've been craving for Thai food for the longest time since my last time to Bangkok was many months back. This version of pad thai did not disappoint, the sweetness and sour in the stir fried kway teow tastes just nice.

Vegan Toasted Ravioli $5.80
This is my very first time trying Ravioli, so there is no comparison for me, personally, it tasted okay, except that the sauce - which i could not make out what it was did not really blend well with the ravioli.The ingredients comprises of mushrooms and basil - which is a strong herb, some may not like the taste of it.

I will want to be back after chatting with one of the owners there, as what impressed me were the variety of western dishes there - all of which are vegan! I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me as I saw "Cheese" but was informed that the "cheese" used is actually "yeast" made.
There's even squid ink pasta - which i will try someday - not sure if your mouth would be blacken by the sauce or not though!

Now at least there's a new place to eat before watching a sports game or concert!

Location: 5 Stadium Walk #01-40 Kallang Leisure Park, S(397693)
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm (Opens Daily)

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!

 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.

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!