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Friday, October 30, 2009

Eternal Vegetarian - Bukit Gombak

For those wondering what happened to Mai Zhi Su, well, it's closed down and has now been overtaken by Eternal Vegetarian! This place is a long way away from where i stay, which is unfortunate because i really like it! The location is very easy to find, only a few minutes walk from Bukit Gombak MRT.

Eternal Vegetarian
Location: 01-126, BLK 376, Bukit Batok St 31
Contact: 90143482
Opening Hours: Unknown

CLOSED DOWN AS OF 16/08/2011 (Replaced by another vegetarian stall)

I've been in a Western mood all week actually, maybe i'm missing home? No, definitely not! I ordered the Chicken Chop first. A really good price for Western food. However, i was a little underwhelmed by the mock chicken. Had a good crunch and good flavour, but suffered from 'being placed under an iron all day' syndrome. Very flat. Chips were not over fried (rare!). I was expecting some sort of sauce with the mock chicken too? The dish only has three components, therefore probably the price is just about right. OK attempt.

Price: $5.00. 6/10

Next up was one of the cheaper dishes on the menu, the Curry Mutton Rice. I loved the curry taste to this dish, although i personally prefer the gravy to be a little thicker. They serve exactly four pieces of potato, and four of mock mutton. The mock mutton is very good, lovely taste and texture. The poppadom you see in the far right hand side was soggy and had no crunch to it at all. But a minor criticism of an overall satisfying dish!

Price: $3.50. 8/10

We were also feeling adventurous that day! And therefore tried the Steam Cod Fish with Ginger. This dish was heaped with ginger on top, too much for any sane person to handle. They used old ginger too, which has a more bitter and pungent taste. The sauce they used was heavily oiled, but OK tasting. Every other flavour in this dish however was overpowered by this head spinning amount of ginger. Serving size is not too bad compared with price. Maybe i'd like to have seen a few more components to the dish, though. Opposed to simply just the fish and sauce. Something that would counter the strong ginger.

The texture of the mock cod was worth mentioning. Quite dissimilar to the regular texture of mock fish that you would expect. As you can see by the picture it has a very stringy and sparse quality to it. Not really my type of thing, yet my friend (and lifetime member of the 'i love ginger' club) seemed to actually like this dish. For me it's flavours were all too overpowering, and i struggled to get through it. If you like ginger as well though, this may be for you!

Price: $8.00. 5/10

Dishes tried from previous visits:-

Fish Head Mee Hoon - Really really good dish, they use a generous amount of salted vegetables, which really gives the soup a charming taste! Probably one of the best fish mee hoon's that i have tried, definitely give this a try!

Price: $3.50. 9/10

Thai Style Prawn - I was actually wanting to order something else when i got this (thanks to my broken Mandarin). But overall it was not too bad, has a sweet taste when initially chewing it, followed by a hot after taste! They use a good quality mock prawns, not the rubbery kind that you can sometimes encounter.

Price: $7.00. 7/10

Sweet & Sour Pork Rice - Serving size OK, and the sauce was not bad. This type of mock meat that they use i am not too crazy about. But overall it's OK. There are much more satisfying dishes on the menu, though.

Price: $3.50. 5/10

Conclusion - I really like this newly formed eatery. It's menu range is quite good, having a lot of affordable dishes, along with the more pricey dishes, such as the cod. They also have nasi lemak here (not on the menu), sadly we didn't have time (or stomach space!) to try it! I've been there twice and it's usually very quiet. Inside, they also have various vegetarian items for sale. It is worthy to mention that their standard rice is very very cheap here. The price for one mock meat and two veggies is $2.00 (if i'm not mistaken!).

Overall Rating
Food - 7/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 7/10


  1. Contact of Eternal Vegetarian: Ah Yong; mobile no. 9014 3482

  2. I had this Curry Mutton Rice too.

    If the curry is served in a small bowl beside the rice or on a lettuce leave, maybe with few slices of cucumber, or garnish the rice with 1-2 mint leaves to add some green to it (one of the veg café in Malaysia, put mint leaves on their steamed rice), using 2 baby papadum (put at the side) instead of 1 big papadum which almost cover the rice, it would be more appealing and appetizing.

    Some veg stalls pair this curry with nasi biryani(just eating the yellow rice is already tasty) around this price.

  3. I agree with you entirely!

    And i love nasi biryani!

    Thanks for the comment Crystal!

  4. Hey, did you manage go to one of the vegetarian store near the MRT station Bukit Gombak? Is a 5mins walk to this blk 359? Let me get the actual address and let you know. The curry fish head which taste more like Asam , very delicious! In fact , all taste good! The shop name @Hua Jin@

  5. Hey Anonymous,

    Actually I haven't tried that one yet, I would love to try it, so when you get the actual address please pass it on to me :).

    Unfortunately the Bukit Gomak area is really far from where i'm staying! So I can't get there very often to try the nice vegetarian food, but i'll try to make an effort to travel to to west more!


  6. Hi,

    Hua Jin is located at:
    Blk 359 Bukit Batok St 31 #01-393

    on Sunday mornings, they have very good laksa & lor mee, dried mushroom noodles, even their vegetarian beehoon is very good. Laksa is my favourite and only on Sunday, not served on other days. beware the crowd though... u sometimes need to wait for 30mins or longer.

    On nites, they have zhi-char... claypot tofu, curry fish is good. waiting time is not scary like sunday though :)

  7. Hi anonymous,

    Thanks so much for the recommendation, I always welcome suggestions from the West, as my blog is lacking in reviews from that area.

    I will pay this place a visit next time I am in the West!

    Thanks once again!


  8. Hi,
    Eternal Vegetarian at Bukit Gombak had already closed down for quite some time. It has been
    replaced by another vegetarian eating-house.
    Sorry, but cannot remember the name.

  9. Hey anonymous,

    Thank you for updating me about that. I am seldom in the West, so it is difficult for me to keep updated with the vegetarian scene over there. So thanks very much for keeping me informed!


  10. Hi Luke

    Have you went to try the new vegetarian eating-house @ Bukit Gombak?

    Best regards

  11. Hey Valerie,

    I haven't tried yet! Where is the exact location?


  12. Do they understand English? I can't speak mandarin.

    1. Hey anonymous,

      This stall has closed down now. General rule with most stalls/staff is the owners (unless from China) can understand English. But always best to speak Chinese with them when possible.



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