Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Vegetarian Era - Hougang
Location: Blk 805, Yong Soon Coffee Shop
Opening Hours: Daily 10.00am - 9.00pm
CLOSED DOWN - As of 15/04/2013
Hainanese Noodle. As chef Henry is a Hainanese himself, I had high expectations from this dish, and overall it delivered. In all honesty, it is difficult to find a flaw with this dish - The radish was beautifully stewed and bursting with flavour, the noodles had ideal texture, the mock meat (both monkey head and mushroom stem) matched with the soup, the raw coriander added superb freshness and aroma - All in all, delicious!
Price: $3.50. 9/10
Pumpkin Mee Java is a dish introduced to Malaysia by South Indian migrant workers many decades ago, it also goes by the name mee masak. This version has a perfect pumpkin sauce, it is not too rich and has a lovely natural sweetness from the pumpkin. The yellow noodles were cooked well. Another unique dish, which was pleasing on the taste buds.
Price: $3.00. 8/10
Famous Assam Laksa, which is the first vegan assam (Penang) laksa that exists in Singapore. Having tried the original Penang version of the dish, I do notice the flavours in this version have been tweaked slightly. It is less sour, and has a stronger ginger flower (bungah kantan) aroma. The mock fish is soaked in the soup and has a somewhat powdery texture, which personally I enjoyed. The traditionalist may prefer more sourness, but I reckon most will appreciate and enjoy this dish just how it is.
Price: $3.50. 9/10
Iron Rice Bowl, which is also incidentally the most expensive dish available. The praise worthy aspects of this dish are the salted fish pieces, which had authentic fish flavour. Additionally, the vegetables and mushrooms were all cooked well. Being someone who prefers harder rice, I found that the rice was a little soft and mushy. Nevertheless, a satisfying dish overall.
Price: $4.00. 7/10
Conclusion - Henrys (the owner of Vegetarian Era) vision of transforming the vegetarian scene in Singapore is truly inspirational to me. Readers should be happy to know that his vision does not end with just two outlets. There is a third outlet now open in Eunos area, selling 19 nonya/peranakan style dishes - Review here!
Food - 8/10
Service - 9/10
Value - 9/10