Keat Lim Vegetarian Food
Location: Blk 108 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 (new location as of June 2016
Opening Hours: Daily 11.00am-9.45pm
Claypot Nyonya Mock Fish. Overall it must be said, this is an outstanding dish, and probably the best claypot curry I've eaten in Singapore. The fragrance of the curry sauce is wonderful, particularly elevated by the use of curry leaves. The long beans, ladyfingers and eggplant were fried prior to being added into the curry, which ensured they were cooked well and had extra flavour. The curry arrive bubbling hot, I even burnt my tongue slightly, as I couldn't resist slurping some of the fresh curry sauce. Definitely a 'must order' dish. Note - Subsequently, I found this curry contains milk, vegans do not order.
Price: $8.00. 9/10
Hotplate Beancurd. Once again, this dish arrives sizzling and bubbling violently, so customers really should wait 5-10 minutes before eating it. Most of the cze char dishes at this eatery come in two sizes - Regular ($8) and large ($12). The tofu in this dish is soft and melts in the mouth, whilst the vegetables (such as corn, peas, capsicum) are still nice and crunchy. The sauce base was good, but nothing exceptional. A good solid dish overall, but not equal to the sensational claypot curry.
Price: $8.00. 7/10
Ee-Fu Noodle. The chef in charge of preparing this job did an excellent job cooking the noodles. They were bouncy and fresh and went well with the mushrooms and leafy vegetables. Unfortunately, this dish falls short in lack of aroma. On the plate it looked amazing, smelt amazing, but ultimately didn't have any smokey aroma whatsoever. The quality of this dish is fair enough for the price, but not one that I would consider ordering again.
Price: $3.00. 6/10
Conclusion - In this humble food bloggers opinion, Ang Mo Kio ranks as one of the best vegetarian districts in Singapore (runner-up only to Bedok and Little India). Keat Lim is a stall that would rank as one of AMK's best vegetarian stalls, with the claypot fish curry especially blowing my mind. It is one of those stalls worth visiting numerous times, to allow yourself to sample more and more of the dishes from this heady menu. Keat Lim has definitely won me over as a regular customer.
Food - 8/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 7/10