Kuan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

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).

Kuan Yin Restaurant-8 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.

Kuan Yin Restaurant 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.

Kuan Yin Restaurant-5Another 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.

Kuan Yin Restaurant-4

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.

Kuan Yin Restaurant-3Lastly, 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,

41050 Klang,


Tel: 03 33446107

4 thoughts on “Kuan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant, Section 17, Petaling Jaya

  1. I cannot understand all vegetarian dishes like to use non vegetarian names eg char siew, pai kuat, roast duck, etc when they should come out with names to refect their vegeterian-ness. Uusing meat names to name a vegeterian food is like to remind the person eating it. This to me is absurb and very unoriginal and not innovative at all. Why not have nice vege food names instead? For that matter why the need to shape and colour food to remind and reflect meat dishes for a start?

  2. Totally agree with toh chee tiong’s comment.

    I been to this restaurant once, for me the food were too oily and salty. Vegetarian food should be less oily and less salty since they promote that vegetarian food is good for health.

    I know a few other vegetarian restaurants which are much better than this one.

  3. “(Using) meat names to name a (vegetarian) food is like to remind the person eating it… This to me is (absurd) and very unoriginal and not innovative at all”

    Which means there is NO DEAD ANIMAL served over the dining table, you moron. Mock meat is NOT to remind you about eating meat, it’s to substitute the craving for meat.

    I have friends who have allergies to seafood and shellfish. Most Chinese and Malay cooking have either prawn paste, oyster or fish sauce. Here they can order anything, enjoying dishes cooked in Asam, Belacan and TomYam without worrying being carried out in a stretcher.

    Mr Toh Chee Tiong: Find out first before you judge; if you “cannot understand”, ASK!

    It’s for a good intention, your condemnation towards the good effort is highly inappropriate.

  4. Mr. Allergic2Morons, although you are correct, but for this particular restaurant is wrong to do so, so I agree with Mr. Toh Chee Tiong.

    Why? Cause of the name of the restaurant, “Kuan Yin”.

    Using the goddess of mercy’s name as a restaurant’s name, but serving dishes with meat type is inappropriate (although is not actual meat). I would have agreed with you, if the restaurant does not use that name.

    So think first before calling others moron, moron.

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