Yesterday, I had my lunch at Four Seasons again, and tried their Lor Mee. It was very nice, although not healthy. They used something like fried dough + grated veggies in it with some fried bits of crispy stuff which tasted well even mixed with the Lor mee gravy. The special thing about the gravy is it's herbalness/spiceness, giving it a deep flavour which I didn't come across at other vegetarian stalls selling Lor Mee. The stall doesn't use MSG nor dairy in their food. I asked the proprietors to filled up the details for the stall, it will be on the vegetarian society's vegetarian outlets list soon.
For dinner, I finally went to Lotus vegetarian restaurant at Quality hotel long after it's opening, despite living so near it. The buffet is Asian style, with lots of interesting items to choose from. The ambience was a fusion of both traditional chinese and modern. I expected to see only a few tables of people, but to my surprise, the restaurant was reasonably filled with more people coming in after some left.
Now down to the food... Sushi was my first pick, and it was not like the usual kind at all, the mixed a little bit of chinese radish with mock ham for one type of sushi. They have a variety of stir-fry veggies, fried rice, mee goreng, penang fried kway teow, "mutton" curry.
They also have a range of dim sums; a range of deep fried and pastry options (the pastry is most probably not vegan); Lok-Lok - where you can cook your mock fish balls, hams, tau pok etc in herbal soup and eat with sauce and chilli; Gado-Gado; "shark fin" cooked with veg; mini "steaks"; several sweet and savory kuehs - like dumplings with yam paste, and a kind of semi-transparent kueh with durian paste filling (yum!). There was also this cold seaweed with sesame and chilli, which was excellent. And these are just on the main buffet table!
On the side table, you have more special items as well as dessert. Vegans can eat the coconut-agar-red bean dessert, very rich and nice. On another table, there are 2 kinds of soup in hot pots - winter melon and herbal chicken; and also a pot of fish porridge. And that's not all. You also have several waitresses dishing out prawn mee soup, nasi lemak, and zhui kueh (one of my favourite!) - they all come in petite little plates or bowls. There is also a salad bar where you can pick your own veggies; some fruits; oolong, ginger, winter melon, and green tea; soft drinks; ice-kachang (also pick and make your own).
I tried almost everything there haha.. such a glutton eh? Actually I just eat a small mouthful of each - that will save you from undoing the buttons of your skirt of pants hehe... I must say, Lotus vegetarian restaurant is a must go, for locals and non-locals alike. If you don't like buffet, there's also a ala carte menu.
Do call to reserve seats: 6254 0090/91
201 Balestier Road Singapore 329926 (2nd storey)
I realised that many non-vegetarians think that vegetarians only ate rice and veggies etc. My collegues were surprised when I told them I ate things like kway chap, Lor Mee. I think promoting vegetarianism here really needs to include what kind of foods vegetarians eat besides the "Whys" and "Hows" of vegetarianism.
Tian Yuan Vegetarian
16 hours ago