Limited choices when eating out Chinese vegetarian.

According to Samkya-yoga philosophy, our development as a soul depends on our ability to eat and digest the food that is our life. All very true in my case because for some reason, my stomach seems to have shrunk of late and it seems happiest when meals are light, soft and easily digested. It’s easiest when I cook in but what’s it like when I eat out?

Chinese Vegetarian Foodstall

Well, it depends on where I am. Sometimes it can be difficult to find something else other than our local Chinese vegetarian where what’s on offer is heavy on gluten products like mock meat. Which is what happened today when I went in search of lunch after my swim. The food centre right across from the public swimming pool had just one vegetarian stall and of the Chinese kind. I am not quite sure what else they had on offer because I don’t read Chinese and so I couldn’t know what’s written on the strips of paper that must have passed as their menu.

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Thin flat rice noodles was used in this version of kway-chap instead of the broad flat sheets. I actually prefer this.

Anyway, I saw they had a boiler set-up that looked suspiciously like… and my guess was right. They had kway-chap. That’s great because I love the braised tofu and fried taupok that come with this dish. There was also peanuts and salted vegetables which was a nice touch but the next time, I might ask to omit the gluten ‘intestine’ and substitute with more vegetables.

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The Chinese vegetarian stall at Marsiling Mall where I had my lunch of kway-chap.

Overall, I would give this dish 3.5 out of 5 for the hot soup, light flavours and satisfyingly mid-spicy chilli dip. Too spicy and it would set me coughing. I love that it was just a light meal that did not sit too heavy in my stomach. Before I left, I also bought from the stall some fried crispy bean curd skin that I can add to my fried rice tomorrow.

So that was lunch out. For dinner, I made a soup of white radish, miyeok seaweed, and oyster mushrooms and ate it on its own without any carb like rice or noodles. Again, my preferred choice of a light meal. After that I had a mango and that was it. A typical day of light meals and some wholesome exercise under the sun.

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It’s mango season now that the weather has turned hot and humid and one can find really large juicy ones for only SGD1.00 at the NTUC supermarket.
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Made this soup of white radish with miyeok seaweed and oyster mushrooms. Boiled with ginger strips to balance the cooling nature of all of the three ingredients – radish, seaweed and mushrooms.
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Crispy fried bean curd skin which can be added to any dish or soup.
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Eating in is still best. Next day’s lunch – I made Olive Leaf Fried Rice with yoghurt topping.

A couple of days later, I again find myself looking for lunch but this time at Chong Pang Market. There was a Chinese vegetarian stall in one of the coffee shops and thankfully, they hadn’t sold out on fried beehoon which is like a staple  breakfast or lunch dish. Most folks would have this for breakfast if they are observing vegetarianism on the 1st and 15th of each lunar month.

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Fried beehoon that is ubiquitous to all Chinese vegetarian stalls. It is certainly on my list of comfort foods.
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Love them or hate them, this is the gluten stuff that most of these type of stalls are heavy on. However, they do make you feel full for longer and one can always say, no thanks, and opt for all-veggies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oops, a piece of mock ‘roast pork’ found hiding in the cabbage..
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Another meal of vegetarian fried been but this time I ordered only vegetables and a piece of fried firm tofu.
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A popular vegetarian snack. Bee Chang Kueh or Flour Pancake with different fillings of coconut, peanut, cheese, or nutella.

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