Some time back, we went for dinner with one of our old family friends who are vegetarians. Hence we ended up eating at this restaurant, Kuan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant on one rainy evening. That day this place was packed, in fact I think every day its pretty much packed as I realised there’s not many proper chinese vegetarian restaurants here in KL, unless i’m not looking hard enough. The only other vegetarian place I know is this other place in Damansara Uptown ( can’t recall the name).
First dish out was this deep fried mushrooms in oatmeal. This is the usual style they do with prawns, the oatmeal nestum prawns, but since this is vegetarian they substituted the prawns with mushrooms. I absolutely loved this dish. At first I was abit skeptical, how can it ever taste the same. But I was wrong, it tasted even better so crunch and very very tasty.
Next we had claypot curry fish. The fish was made from tau fu with the black lining supposedly the fish skin made from seaweed. I’m always so fascinated how they can come up with ways to make the meat look like the real thing. There was also alot of ladies fingers, long beans and potatoes in this dish. The curry was very thick, and I found it a bit too spicy for myself.
Another dish was a hearbal vegetable dish that also came in a claypot. It had mushrooms that were made to resemble pieces of chicken. Other things in the broth were black fungus, mushrooms, ginger , dates and tong qui ( a kind of chinese herb). Went pretty well when eaten with rice.
Stewed pork with long beans were next on the menu. The pork was made from fu chok (beancurd sheets) and tau fu, carefully layered together to look like 3 layered pork. Again, I was very fascinated. Looks like the real thing, though, taste, well..wasn’t the real thing, but still pretty tasty.
Lastly, we had spinach soup,that was topped with ‘luncheon meat’ and kei ji. Not sure what the luncheon meat was made of, I’m thinking it was made from starch. But it looked very real. The spinach soup was quite ordinary, tasted similar to what I usually have a typical chinese restaurant.
All in all, a very interesting experience eating vegetarian chinese food. It just amazes me at how they can come out with different ‘meat’dishes that looks exactly like the real thing. And the taste was pretty much there as well, but of course, nothing beats eating the real thing.
Kuan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant
No. 1804, Jalan 17/29,
46400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03 7957 4528
Opening times : 11am – 3pm ; 6pm – 10pm
Great Nature Enterprise
194D &E, Jalan Sungai Putus,
Off Jalan Batu Belah,
Tel: 03 33446107