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Friday, June 25, 2010

Ji Lin Vegetarian Food - Tai Seng

Located inside an industrial estate, this small coffee shop has one vegetarian stall located inside. The stall is relatively popular, as the food options are quite limited in this area, with most people not wanting to make the extra walk to other places.

Ji Lin Vegetarian Food
Location: Blk 1022, Tai Seng Avenue
Contact: Unknown
Opening Hours: Unknown

Again, this place is all ready made dishes, and options are not very vast. Compared to my previous posts in this area, this place is quite expensive also. I got the Standard Brown Rice. In regards to the food, I found the mock meat very salty, almost to the point where I couldn't finish it. I liked the bittergourd (really starting to love that vegetable, especially when fried). The egg that I opted for was a little mushy, and not cooked well. I prefer when they pack the egg with the wok hei taste.

Price: $3.00 (brown rice with one mock and two vegetables). 4/10

Conclusion - A disappointing eatery. But with the area being in middle of a large industrial area, it does get quite a lot of business. Some of their dishes can be acceptable, but in general they use too much oil and salt in their cooking, this coupled with the fact it's quite overpriced means this place is one to avoid.

Overall Rating
Food - 4/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 4/10

Sunday, June 20, 2010

HEALTHY Vegetarian Food - Tai Seng

I continue with the eateries located near by my work, this one being only a stones throw away from Tai Seng station. This place sells only standard rice and bee hoon dishes, they have no dishes that you can order. So this place is good for a quick fix.

HEALTHY Vegetarian Food
Location: Upper Paya Lebar Road, close to Tat Wan Building.
Contact: Unknown
Opening Hours: Unknown

Here is the Standard Rice that they have on offer. I actually like a lot of their dishes, in particular their potatoes are cook very well. And when available, their mock fish and mock chicken sweet & sour dishes can be very delicious. Only qualm I have is that often the portion size is a little skimpy. But no issues with the food on offer, as all the dishes are cooked very well.

Price: $2.50 (two veg & one mock). 6/10

Conclusion - Like I mention there are no dishes to order here, so the options (at times) can be quite limited. There is another Kopitiam vegetarian stall (I will be reviewing it soon) that is just down the road from this place, the portion size they give is much larger, plus that have fresh order-able dishes as well. I would pick that one over this place any day, but this place is still not too bad.

Overall Rating
Food - 6/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 7/10

Shen Wei Xun Su Shi Vegetarian Food - Tai Seng

I will be launching a series of reviews that are all located near where I am currently working. This place in particular is worth a mention, as I will explain later. In total, I have four vegetarian eateries that are all within walking distance of where I work, so this week I will be reviewing them for you. Although most regular Singaporeans may consider it not worth going to, there are many people working in this area that may find it useful.

Shen Wei Su Shi Vegetarian Food
Location: Blk 1010, Kim Chuan Drive, off the road from Tai Seng Avenue.
Contact: Unknown
Opening Hours: Unknown (those wanting the chicken rice should come early. As they tend to sell out fast).

CLOSED DOWN - As of 13/05/2015 

This place is nestled away in a block of factory style buildings, therefore can be very tricky to find. Allow street directory to be your friend, and search from the directions I gave above. This place sells the typical standard rice or bee hoon, as well as quite a few freshly made dishes. Unfortunately, a lot are regularly not available. As well as the chicken rice (below) I did try the mutton rice, I found this quite bad, the curry was way too overpowering, and really left me feeling sick at the end of the meal. So that is a dish you will want to stay away from. Now onto the chicken rice...

The reason I go to this eatery is for the Chicken Rice. After sampling supposedly the best chicken rice in Singapore (Li Wei). I would have to say this version comes pretty close to matching it. The mock chicken, made from gluten is quite sensational, it is tough, smokey in flavour and has a outstanding chewy outer 'skin'. I usually don't like gluten mock's, but this one really won me over. The rice matches the high quality of the mock chicken. It was toothsome, grainy and bursting with flavours. I think the pieces of fried tofu are added to up the nutrients in this otherwise sinful dish but what a welcoming addition they were! It went really well with the chicken and rice together with the chili of course.

Price: $2.50. 9/10

Conclusion - Probably my favourite place to go, near where I work. If you're in the area, it's definitely somewhere you should go, mainly for the chicken rice. But I'm sure they have several other credible dishes.

Overall Rating
Food - 7/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 8/10

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Once upon a Milkshake - Tanjong Pagar

Slightly different twist to the blog today. We have a milkshake establishment, which I found quite intriguing. Recently this franchise has opened up an additional outlet in Orchard (I will supply you with that address also). They also have a nifty little website, which you can view here. It's not going to be a highly detailed post, more of a novelty post. The reason for my absence has been attributed to a few factors, but fear not, I have a lot of reviews waiting to get uploaded, so please stay tuned!

Once upon a Milkshake
Location: Maxwell Chambers, 32 Maxwell Road #01-08
Contact: 98233779
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am-11pm (last order at 10:30pm).

Orchard outlet:-
Location: Scape, 2 Orchard Link, #02-03/04
Contact: Unknown
Opening Hours: Daily, 12pm-10:30pm

All in all there are 10 flavours to choose from. Some quite fascinating flavours, all of which are highly tempting. They sell ice cream, and (what they're famed for more) milkshakes. In addition to the drinks, you can also add toppings for an extra charge, as you can see in the picture. Sizes come in mini or regular. Interesting menu and very modern and customer friendly design, so all thumbs up so far...

First milkshake to be tested was the Agent Strawberry, in mini. The sizes are quite small for the price. The mini in particular being quite tiny. Then again, these are very filling and creamy milkshakes, which I doubt many Singaporeans could easily finish. The strawberry one was quite credible. I couldn't help wishing it was a little more tangy, but the smoothness of the milkshake made it very delicious. It's supremely thick, very creamy, and of course highly sinful.

Price: $3.60. 7/10

Next up was the Grumbling Raisins, which is a classic rum and raisin flavoured milkshake. This one I got in regular. If you are feeling like drinking a lot, the regular is certainly better value for money. This milkshake was very delicious also, it has small pieces of raisins inside, which is a interesting feature. This one was my favourite, but I do have a proclivity for rum and raisin.

Price: $5.70. 8/10

Conclusion - Definitely worth going to take a look at. Size wise, although it's an issue, it's nothing serious, as like I mentioned, these are very filling milkshakes. I didn't find the milkshakes too sugary. Their tag line is 'premium milkshakes at non-premium prices', I agree these milkshakes are certainly premium quality, but I would say the prices are also very premium. Are they worth it? If you're feeling sinful, then yes.

Overall Rating
Food - 7/10
Ambiance- 8/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 6/10

Saturday, June 5, 2010

LivinGreens - Farrer Park

I'm sorry to any vegans that are following my blog, as I know that I tend not to post many vegan eateries. It is something that I'm working on for the future. Starting now, as we have a 100% vegan place being reviewed here. If you look below, i've actually wrote a segment on the story of this place, which is really quite remarkable. Within walking distance of the new Nicoll Highway MRT. Directly across the road from The Concourse.

Location: 325 Beach Road (opposite The Concourse) 89 Rangoon Road, Urban Lofts #01-04
63965523 98574881
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 11.00am-3.00pm & 5.00pm-7.30pm.  Sat 11.00am-7.30pm.  Sunday Closed

CLOSED DOWN - As of 01/09/2015

I urge you all to take a quick look at the chef/owner of this establishments story. It's quite enlightening. To give you all a brief overview, Barbara Chin used vegan cuisine to help improve the condition of several cancer patients. Subsequently, she opened LivinGreens. Prior to this she had no culinary experience at all, which is quite staggering. An inspirational story.

We got a pot of tea to accompany our meal. This tea is 5th Chakra Tea. The first pour of this tea was quite tasteless, it had a somewhat woody taste, not particularly fruity as it said in the description. However, after the third or fourth pour the fruitiness really came out more. For your information, this tea is supposed to aid a soar throat.

Price: $5.00 (pot). 7/10

Next up we got the Mushroom Soup. Overall quite a disappointment. The main disadvantage of the dish was it was more of a 'Chinese' mushroom soup. The soup tasted more of braised mushrooms. The texture of the soup needed to be more creamy, and less watery overall. Another gripe that I have with this dish is the price of the bread. For an additional $1 you can get bread. But the bread is so meager that there is almost no point at all. They should serve more bread with it certainly.

Price: $4.00 (without bread). $5.00 (with bread). 4/10

Here we have the Tuna Sandwich. Firstly it is designed more like a pita pocket, than a sandwich. Secondly, the portion size was a little disappointing for the price. Commendable aspects of this dish include the nice dressing sauce, and the quality of the bread is very high! On to the tuna, well inside there was a dollop of mock tuna, unfortunately although it looked very authentic, the taste didn't match it. I do have my own recipe for a very authentic tuna mixture...But I will save that for one of my recipe posts in the future.

Price: $8.00. 4/10

The best dish of the night was certainly the Lasagna. Surprising how great vegan lasagna can be. The vegetables (which included eggplant, red capsicum and shitake mushrooms) all gave this dish superb flavour. Tofu can also be found inside. Although as you can see by the picture, visually it doesn't look nice. I can honestly can the taste is great though. Especially so for the red capsicum, which really exemplifies this lasagna.

Price: $8.50. 8/10

Conclusion - Is the food exceptional? No. But the story of how this establishment grew to be what it is now, along with the nice decor and classical music serenading over in the background makes this place quite a joy to eat at. The GST and service charge are all included into the meal, so no need to worry about any additional costs when you pay. A nice little place, that I could see myself coming back to again.

Overall Rating
Food - 5/10
Ambiance- 9/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 8/10
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