Vegetarian food has always been something that most people shy away from. The thought of nothing but green beans and broccoli on your plate does seem rather unappetizing.
Kwan Inn Vegetarian has recently opened a new branch, namely Vegetarian House, at People’s Park Centre with the goal to advocate for vegetarianism through masking their food as our local delights. That’s right, you can finally enjoy your favorite Hainanense chicken rice, laksa and bak kut teh without consuming a single ounce of meat!
And at first glance, you wouldn’t be able to tell that the pieces of meat on your plate are vegetables in disguise!
The food here is very affordable, at an average price of $5.00 per plate. For an additional $1.50, you can get it as a set which includes a cup of hot/cold coffee or tea.
The local delicacies that are in the menu include Nasi Lemak and Tumeric Briyani Rice which cost S$5.00 each. Don’t forget to try their best-selling Braised Japanese Shimeji Mushroom Porridge at $4.00 and also their Fragrance Hainan Chicken Rice at S$5.00.
Here are some of my favorites.
Bak Kut Teh | $5.50
Since no meat was involved in the boiling process, the Bak Kut Teh only tasted like an assortment of herbs, which isn’t too bad in my opinion.
The pork ribs are replaced with a mushroom paste, which has an uncanny resemblance to the real deal. While it obviously doesn’t taste like meat, I thought it was still a good alternative.
Zhai Mee Fen | $3.50
The Zhai Mee Fen (vegetarian bee hoon) consists of mixed vegetables and ‘char siew’. The bee hoon, as well as the vegetables, were very moist and tasty.
While the ‘char siew’ was rather tough to bite into, there were some aspects to it that resembled the legitimate roasted pork which I thought was quite impressive.
Fragrance Hainan Chicken Rice | $4.00
How does this not resemble an actual plate of chicken rice? Albeit having the texture of a tofu, the marinate used tasted rather similar to a chicken.
Not only is Vegetarian House encouraging the masses to accept the vegetarianism, they also champion for a reduction in food wastage and Locavorism, thus, seeking for vegetables and fruits that are produced locally.
If you’re in the Chinatown area and feel like opting for a healthier option that day, head down to Vegetarian House, located at side of People’s Park Centre (Exit C of Chinatown MRT Station).
101 Upper Cross Street
#01-05M, People’s Park Centre
*This post is written in collaboration with Kwan Inn Vegetarian, Vegetarian House