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?
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.
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.
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.
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.