Friday, February 14, 2014

My Vegetarian Way - Raffles Place

As Singapore is embroiled in the traditional of taking meals outside at hawker centres or other eating establishments - We are inevitably faced with quite a dilemma.  How can we access healthy food outside?  Unfortunately, outside food typically has more salt, oil, MSG and other harmful substances than what we would like.  My Vegetarian Way offers an escape from strong flavoured unhealthy food, and instead provides some of the healthiest vegan food that I've even seen inside a hawker centre.  My Vegetarian Way has been running at Golden Shoe for over six years now.












My Vegetarian Way
Location: #03-24, 50 Market Street (Golden Shoe Market & Food Centre)
Contact: 92385680
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8.00am-3.30pm.  Weekends closed. 

CLOSED DOWN - As of 09/12/2014 (Owner is planning to open again in a new location)


The My Vegetarian Way menu has different daily specials every day.  The stall prides itself on using no mock meats, no deep frying, and all natural ingredients (some of which are organic).  They also aim to use as little salt and oil as possible.  But the big question is, will this leave the food tasting too bland?  Let's find out...


The first dish that came to our table was the Brown Rice Porridge.  This porridge tasted...Healthy.  Ok, I admit it, Chinese porridge probably ranks bottom of my list of dishes that I crave for.  With that being said, this porridge manages to capture a quite delightful creamy texture (all the more impressive as it is vegan).  The taste is subtle, and may be considered bland by some.  But personally it was pretty enjoyable overall - That is saying a lot coming from me.

Price: $1.50.     7/10


Next dish sampled was the Fried Hor Fun.  No, don't adjust your screens, the picture is indeed fried hor fun. The chef at My Vegetarian Way has done their best to make this dish as healthy as conceivably possible.  It is not fried, and a great deal of fresh crunchy vegetables have been added inside.  This dish should be eaten immediately upon serving, when it is fresh.  It is another dish which has very subtle flavours, but it goes perfectly with the pumpkin chilli (see below), which customers can help themselves to at the front of the stall.

Price: $3.50.     7/10


Customers who find the food too bland are urged to add this pumpkin chilli to their food.  This chilli paste is really delicious.
Lastly, we have the Lei Cha.  This Hakka dish, also known as 'thunder tea rice' is by default extremely healthy.  It is a dish that allows the natural flavour of the ingredients to shine.  Rather than relying on salt, MSG and other harmful flavour enhancers.  Lei cha is one of my girlfriends favourite dishes, so I'm often coaxed into ordering it when out and about.  I've slowly started to gain a greater appreciation for this dish.  But irregardless of taste, this is a dish we should all be eating on a regular basis, to increase our overall health and longevity.

Price: $4.00.     7/10


Conclusion - It is important that customers who visit My Vegetarian Way adjust their expectations.  Yes, the food may seem bland to many of us - Because we have been brought up our entire lives eating strong tasting foods.  We need to go back to simplicity, and this stall is a great example of how to do that.  If every typical bee hoon/rice and dishes vegetarian stall in Singapore was replaced with stalls like My Vegetarian Way, the country would definitely be a healthier and better place.

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

10 comments:

  1. Yes. I m a loyal customer of my vegetarian way. I love fried nian kao and pasta the most. The fried nian kao which I ate today is the best that miss sim had ever cooked so far. Thumb up. Miss sim, jia you! Happy valentine day & have a MA-rvellous year 2014

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    1. Hey anonymous,

      I'm glad that you love the food from My Vegetarian Way so much. I haven't tried the nian kao or pasta yet - I will be sure to try those dishes next time I visit!

      Luke

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  2. I like their daily set lunch, it was tasty and healthy.

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    1. I will have to try their daily set lunch next time I visit!

      Luke

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  3. I enjoyed their food very much too but stopped patronising for a year now because they usually ran out of food after 1pm. Which means you either go there super early say before 12pm to avoid lunch crowd or make a reservation with them (provided you are a regular with them?) I don't like this reservation special treatment as they are supposed to encourage healthy veg eating and not make it seen like serving a privilege group. Perhaps they have change now due to a few more veg stalls sprouted around raffles place.

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    1. Hey Laura,

      I'm not sure if they still have this special treatment reservation service in effect now, but I would agree with you that it needs to change, if indeed it is happening still.

      You're right that a lot more plaes are opening up around Raffles Place. I will be reviewing them all very soon! :)

      Luke

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    2. Hi Luke, I decided to give them another chance, solely because their food is indeed cooked in a healthier way than others. So I went there last thurs & fri again slightly after 1pm and all their daily specials were still available. Surprisingly, there wasn't any quene. While waiting for my food, 2 regulars came and the aunty knew actually what they wanted so I believed their "reservation" system is still there. It seems the other veg stalls do have an impact on their business. Well, for me, I'm just glad that I can go back to getting healthier veg food from them.

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    3. Hey Laura,

      I'm glad that you decided to give this stall another chance, and I'm pleased to hear that all the dishes on the menu were available when you arrived.

      I will pass along this feedback about the apparent 'reservation' system to the owner, so hopefully something can be done to ensure that all customers are treated equally.

      Thanks!

      Luke

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  4. Hi Luke,

    This stall has closed down since beginning this month. I haven't got the chance to try all of their stuff...boo hoo...

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    1. Hey anonymous,

      Oh no, that is terrible news. I have updated this post accordingly so no one else makes the wasted trip!

      Thanks for letting me know about this!

      Luke

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