Location: Blk 7, Eunos Crescent
CLOSED DOWN - As of 01/01/2013
Hougang and Ang Mo Kio outlets. However, as peranakan cuisine is so vast and diverse, chef Henry decided to expand it to include many more specialties. The first thing that should strike customers about this menu is the incredibly low prices. As these are specialty restaurant-style dishes, it is outstanding that the most expensive dish on the menu is only $3.50.
Opar Goreng are really enhanced. The richness of coconut cream is balanced perfectly in this dish, and I was pleased to discover that the spice level was very subtle. The mock meat was charred nicely, and the shimmer of turmeric flavour inside kept me coming back for more and more.
Price: $3.50. 9/10
臭). Of course, Singapore restricts stalls from selling stinky tofu, nevertheless this Fragrant Tahu is delicious in its own right. The tofu itself is marinated in a special sauce for two days prior to frying. Due to this length of soaking, the flavour of the sauce really seeps deep into the tofu, which causes it to burst with flavour upon consuming - Delicious! The cabbage and carrot pickle is identical to the type one would typically expect to accompany stinky tofu. This dish is chef Henry's personal favourite.
Price: $3.00. 8/10
Pong Tahu Mee, this dish, which can also be referred to as prawn noodle, can be eaten dry or in a soup (pictured is the dry version). Thankfully there are no horrid jelly textured mock prawns inside. Instead, there are two mock meat balls. This dish had a perfect amount of vinegar inside. One interested element is the vegan 'pork lard', which is just like the real thing, it is made from dried soy and cabbage (to simulate fried shallots). At only $2.80 you can't really go wrong with this dish.
Price: $2.80. 9/10
Rawan Rendang. Two of the key ingredients in conventional rendang are shallots and garlic - Therefore I was amazed that the chef manage to replicate the flavour exactly, without using these two ingredients. The price of this dish is incredibly low. Whole Earth, for example, sells a similar sized portion of rendang for a massive $15, and personally I think the quality of the rendang at Vegetarian Era is way better. The mock meat is very authentic, the only downside being that it is derived from gluten, which is not the most healthy ingredient in the world.
Price: $3.50. 10/10
Conclusion - With prices of food seemingly ever increasing in Singapore, I find it sensational how reasonable the prices at Vegetarian Era are. This is literally the best value eatery I have ever sampled in Singapore. The dishes are almost perfect, perhaps a couple of dishes were a tad too heavy on salt, but other than that I can't think of any fault. For anyone who loves food - You simply must visit this place.
Food - 9/10
Service - 9/10
Value - 10/10