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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kang Le Vegetarian Food - Serangoon

I may not be the best food blogger in Singapore, but one thing I can guarantee is that I will visit any vegetarian place that my dear readers ask me to visit.  Recently I received a recommendation from an anonymous reader, who suggested I venture to the Serangoon North industrial estate, to try a vegetarian stall named Kang Le.  This stall is located on level 6 of the east wing, of the Mapletree industrial property.  In Chinese 'kang' 康 means healthy and peaceful, while 'le' 乐 means happy.  With such a positive stall name, surely the food must be good!

Kang Le Vegetarian Food
Location: Level 6 Canteen, 6 Serangoon North Avenue 5 (Mapletree Industrial Property)

Contact: 98731180
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6.00am-6.00pm.  Weekends Closed.

MOVED - Now can be found at 5058 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2

The stall is run by a husband and wife duo.  The wife is usually in the kitchen at the back, preparing the food.  While the husband is at the front of the stall serving the customers.  The husband was quite reserved and expressionless when we were talking with him, but his face light up when we asked if we could take a picture.  The wife is a cooking fanatic, and has attended several cooking courses, receiving several certificates for her cooking ability in the past.  Both are fully vegetarian, and launched this stall over two years ago.
Kang Le do have a number of made to order dishes, but it is their economic rice/bee hoon and dishes that really looked most attractive to me.  The vegetables looked fresh and vibrant.  Moreover, there was a surprisingly large array of dishes to choose from, considering this is just an industrial food court/canteen.
Here is a look at some of the Dishes that are available.  I especially loved the way the auntie cooked the bittergourd.  It was sliced thinly, and looked super fresh.  Moreover, it was combined with black bean, which is really a flavour match made in heaven.  The curry mock meat and potatoes were both coated in very nice sauces, it was only the long beans that I found to be lacking in aroma.  Really tasty and good quality dishes overall though.

Price: $2.50.     7/10

The only made to order dish that was available on this particular day was the Bak Kut Teh.  I was chatting with Henry Wang recently about the cost of Chinese herbs sky rocketing recently in Singapore. Due to that reason, dishes like bak kut teh now seldom have the wide range and depth in flavour, due to cutting corners on herbs.  This bak kut teh had a clean taste, but didn't have the potency and depth that a well made bak kut teh soup would have.  I did like the mushroom derived mock meat and the floating Chinese celery (one of my favourite ingredients), but the soup flavour could definitely be improved upon.  This dish is additionally served with brown rice and fried beancurd.

Price: $3.00.     6/10

Conclusion - Those who work in and around the Mapletree building should certainly consider themselves lucky to have such a nice little vegetarian stall available to them.  Due to the location and opening times, I doubt this will attract many of my readers to make the journey to visit this stall - But if you do, the fresh dishes are well worth it.

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


  1. hi.

    i love the interesting terrace-like edges on the celery pieces. i wonder if they are grown like this or the stall's operators grooved them so. more importantly, i wonder if they taste and feel like or identical to the usual celery sticks.

    i wonder why u seemingly didn't drizzle or drench your dishes with curry or some gravy. the sauces in the pictures look rich in taste n texture.

    for health reason(s), i'm heartened that seemingly pure brown rice is available.

    Thanx :)

    1. Hey anonymous,

      It depends on my mood. Sometimes I will indeed drown the ingredients in curry sauce, other days I prefer them dry without any sauce. On the day of this particular review, I was in the mood for the latter. :)

      Thanks for the comment!


  2. Hi Luke,
    I presume, my name is Matthew, son of the stall owner above. My parents would like to thank you sincerely for your recommendation of their stall on your blog and has since saw an increase of customer coming to their stall. They would like to mention also that in case you plan to visit their stall again, they will be close to 12th to 19th september 2014. As their son, i too would like to thank you once again for helping my parents food to reach out to more people who are interested in vegetarian food.

    Sincerely Matthew.

    1. Hey Matthew,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to contact me. It always delights me when I hear from the owners or owners children of vegetarian stalls in Singapore. I'm pleased that business has increased of your parents stall, I think your Mum is a really good cook, so definitely she deserves more people to try her food.

      Thanks once again!


  3. Hi Luke,

    I am, Bing Long, the youngest son of the stall owner above. Once again, my family wish to thank you for your recommendation on your blog. In case any of your readers or you plan to visit my parents' stall soon, the stall has been moved to another location at:
    5058 Ang Mo Kio Ind Park 2 Avenue 5 Singapore 569561.
    At the moment, the signage is 天然素食 in case you can't find the stall.

    Sincerely Bing Long

    1. Hey Bing Long,

      Thank you for letting me know about this change! I have updated this post accordingly. I will go down to the location sometime next year and give the place another review, I miss your mothers cooking.


  4. I made a trip to 5058 recently. Their yellow rice is heavenly. The mushroom is fresh and better than my expectations, since it's located in Industrial area. I myself is not a vegetarian, but in this particular place, the vegetarian stall ace the centre.

    And yes the uncle aunt duo look exactly the same as the photo. You don't need to read Chinese to confirm the signage.

    1. Hey Suhu,

      Thanks for the comment! I'm pleased to know this auntie and uncle are doing well at their new location, and I'm glad you like their food!



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