I have to offer a gracious thank you to Amanda, one my readers, for bringing this place to my attention. Farrer Park has been explored extensively on my website, however, perhaps I have neglected the myriad of Chinese establishments, which can also be found in that area. An example of one of these is Zen Fut Sai Kai. Immediately upon entering this restaurant, the customer can get a olden time feel, which is like stepping back in time. Enough chit chatting, lets find out how good this traditional Chinese restaurant is...
Zen Fut Sai Kai Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: 147 Kitchener Road
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 10.00am - 9.30pm. Monday closed (unless day is 1st & 15th)
Before we discuss the menu, one positive I would like to mention is Zen Fut Sai Kai (unlike most traditional Chinese eateries) doesn't have the irritating extra charges, such as hand towel, pickles etc. This is a relief, as it really lessens the weight load of the end bill. The menu itself may be quite foreign to non-Chinese eaters, with many bizarre sounding names that have no explanation. However, if you're like me, it becomes a lot of fun ordering unfamiliar dishes and anticipating what will arrive. Price wise the menu is reasonable, and as I will explain later, the portion sizes are very big.
First dish of the day was the Yong Chow Fried Rice. For $6, I found that the sizing of this dish was more than reasonable. Not only do you get the plate of rice, but there is also two cups of sweet and sour sauce, which accompany it. Quality wise, the mushrooms and fresh coriander add good flavour depth. This is coupled by well textured rice, which has been flavoured wisely. In particular, the vegetables have the splendid black charring on them, which is something that I personally adore.
Price: $6.00. 8/10
Every dish from Zen Fut Sai Kai that I ordered was outstanding, but the Kum Loo Wanton was by far my most favourite. Having tried several varieties of fried wan ton, this version is by certainly my most favourite. Portion size wise, again it was quite large, and therefore was great value, in my eyes. The skin of the wan ton was flavourful and light. I am not someone who likes a lot of fried food, but these were incredibly addictive. Not only was the outer skin divine, but the wanton filling, consisting mainly of minced mushrooms, had sensational flavour. Light, delicious and fun to eat - Incredible!
Price: $6.00. 9/10
For the final dish, I wanted to try something that was really foreign to me - I went for the Sap Kum Sugar Cane Flower Soup. I am someone who as drunk sugar cane juice countless times, but this is the first time I have seen it in the form of a soup. Before I talk about the sugar cane, lets discuss the other ingredients. The main focal ingredient of this soup is certainly mushrooms. There is a total of three varieties of mushroom/fungus used. The soup stock has a mild taste, with an undertone of ginger. The sugar cane element consists of the unusual looking (and tasting) sugar cane flower. I am unsure what exactly was done to it, but it was soft, and had the flavour of corn. Very fascinating dish.
Price: $6.00. 8/10
Conclusion - Visiting Zen Fut Sai Kai really makes me realise just how much fantastic vegetarian food is located in the Farrer Park area. This meal would rank as one of my most enjoyable, since starting my food reviewing website many years ago. Portion size wise I was impressed, and the quality was exceptional also. It was a shame I couldn't get to try more of the dishes, but if they're as delicious as the three I did try, then this would probably rank as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore.
Food - 9/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 9/10