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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fu Tien Vegetarian Restaurant - Ipoh

Back to Ipoh for more vegetarian food adventures.  For this post, I feature Fu Tien Vegetarian, which is one of the more established vegetarian eateries in the area.  One thing that any tourist must consider when visiting Ipoh (or anywhere in Malaysia, for that matter) - If you don't have your own car, then travelling around is going to be an extremely frustrating (and expensive) experience.  Public transport in cities like Ipoh is practically non-existent, and distances between locations are too far to walk.  That means you either need a car or you're at the mercy of the remorseless money extorting taxi drivers of Malaysia - Personally, I would rather burn my money, than give it to those glorified criminals.  Okay, onto the review...

Fu Tien Vegetarian
Location: 34 Jalan Medan 1B, Medan Ipoh Bistari,Perak Darul Ridzuan
Contact: 05-549 9098
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am-2.45pm & 6.00pm-9.45pm.  Monday Closed. 

We kicked our meal off with the Seaweed Salad.  This was a nice fresh way to start the meal - I love how this type of shredded seaweed always has such good texture, and it went well with the sesame seeds on top.  The biggest disappointment to this dish was the later of chopped lettuce on the bottom.  The lettuce was quite withered and unappealing.  I would have much rather the entire dish consist of seaweed.

Price: RM6.40.     6/10
Marmite with Lotus Root was the next dish.  At home, we have made lotus root chips (a healthier alternative to using potato) a few times, with positive results.  This dish was surprisingly sweet, with a sticky glue-like sauce binding together the pieces of fried lotus root.  I love eating fried lotus root, so overall I quite enjoyed this dish - But I think it would have been better with a more complex multi-layered sauce.

Price: RM10.00.     7/10

Lastly we decided to pick out the Fu Tien Special Fish.  Once again, this was another surprisingly sweet dish, with the slices of mock dish soaking in a sweet (and slightly tart) orange sauce.  The flavour of the sauce did go pretty well with the mock fish.  However, the mock fish itself was tough and rubbery.  With better quality mock meat, this dish could have been elevated to a much higher level.

Price: RM10.00.     7/10

Conclusion - Overall the dishes are mild and sweet, and with some minor improvements they could reach an even higher level.  Fu Tien is one of those restaurant in Ipoh which is not the best, but it is decent enough to be worthy of visiting. 

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

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