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Light Vegetarian Restaurant (Hong Kong)

Shown above, is the front counter of Light Vegetarian Restaurant in Jordan, Hong Kong. It's very convenient to just pick up a quick and tasty snack from the little service window when you are passing by as it's only seconds away from the main shopping street (Nathan Road) in Kowloon, Hong Kong. If you wish to rest your feet or have a table to sit down and share your shopping spree with your friends, they do have a sit down section inside. You have the option to go for Ala-carte or join the rush for their "yum cha" buffet. From 3pm - 5pm, there's almost a 50% discount for their buffet and can be quite worth it if you're prepared to stuff yourself. The last time we were there (Dec 2008), it was around HKD$38 per pax, not including tea charges. They used to serve better quality dim sum a few years back but standards have dropped since then but still worth a try if you have a big appetite. Otherwise, I strongly recommend 3 virtues (which is just situated diagonally across from this place)


Address: New Lucky House, 13, Jordan Road, Kowloon
Tel: 2343-2833

Operation hours: Open daily

Taste = ***
Atmosphere = ***
Service = *** (self service for buffet)
Price = $$$ ($$ for Happy hour: 3pm to 5pm)
Location = Very convenient for tourists
How to get there = MTR / bus / taxi to Jordan MTR station, (Exit B1 or 4D / next to bookstore)

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posted on: Sunday, March 29, 2009 @ 6:48 PM

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Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant (Hong Kong)
Fantastic restaurant! I loved all their dim sum dishes and I do recommend this place to all of you

Menu (only in chinese)
(I am more than happy to translate for you, just drop me a message)
Prawn Cheong Fun
Chinese Rice Rolls stuffed with Prawns
Scallop Chicken Wrap
chicken, scallop glutinous rice wrapped with a lotus leaf
Pan Fried Nian Gao
a slightly chewy Rice Cake
we only ordered this as we thought it's the steamed one with shredded coconut

Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao
Steamed thin-skinned chinese buns with juicy pork interior
Two thumbs up for this dish!

Chinese buns with a pieces of specially marianated yam (two thumbs up!) Golden Mushroom Shark Fin Dumplings (two thums up!)
Pan Fried Buns filled with wild fungus

Name: Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 4/F., JD Mall, 233-239 Nathan Road, Jordon
(TEL 36221888)

Operation hours: Open daily

Taste = *** *
Atmosphere = ***
Service = ***
Price = $$ (Happy hour is from 3pm to 5pm) Small, Medium, Large dishes all at $11 and specials are at $18.
Location = Very convenient for tourists
How to get there = MTR / bus / taxi to Jordan MTR

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Lok Fu Dim Sum Restaurant (Hong Kong)
Fu Yee Chap Choy Bou (assorted veg stewed with preserved bean curd)
Cheong Fun drizzled with soy sauce
Vegetarian "chicken" wrap
Tapioca Kuih

Name: A dim sum restaurant in Lok Fu Shopping Complex
Location: Lok Fu Shopping Complex (top floor)
Operation hours: Open daily 7am - 10pm

Taste = ***
Atmosphere = ***
Service = ***
Price = $$$
Location = quite convenient for tourists
How to get there = MTR / bus / taxi to Lok Fu

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posted on: Saturday, March 28, 2009 @ 5:24 AM

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Kuan Yin Temple, Malaysia









Name: Kuan Yin Temple
Location: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur (5 mins walk from KLCC)
Operation hours: Open daily during lunch from 11am to 2.303pm
1st and 15th day of the lunar month: 7.30am to 2.30pm
Menu varies everyday. Check out menu from the chart provided in the first photo.


Taste = ***
Atmosphere = ***
Service = Self service
Price = $
Location = very convenient for tourists
How to get there = LRT/bus to KLCC, then walk towards Citi Bank/Ampang Park.

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posted on: Friday, March 27, 2009 @ 10:58 PM

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RM2 Vegetarian Restaurant (SS25)



This is another RM2 vegetarian restaurant in the Klang Valley located in SS25, Petaling Jaya.

Address: Jalan SS25/23 Taman Plaza, 47301 Petaling Jaya

Taste = ***
Atmosphere = ***
Service = **
Price = $
Location = Take LRT to Kelana Jaya Station. Take the pedestrian bridge to cross over to the opposite side of this station and the restaurant is about 5 mins walk away.

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posted on: 6:53 AM

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Stewed rice with capsicum, carrot and tempeh
For those who comes back after a hard day's work or for those who is alone and just want an easy and quick meal, this dish is simple and very fast to prepare and very nutritious tool.

Ingredients:

1 plate of cooked rice
1 pc tempeh cut into cubes
1 organic carrot cut into wedges
1 capsicum cut into wedges
1 small pc ginger cut into slices
1 small pc black fungus cut into small pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Method:

Fry ginger slices for a few seconds and then add in black fungus and fry for another 2 minutes. Add in capsicum. carrot and tempeh and rice and finally add in half a cup of water and bring to boil. Simmer further for another 3 minutes.

Health benefits of tempeh

  1. High fiber content - One serving of tempeh contains more fiber than most peoples consume in one day. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive tract as well as preventing many chronic diseases.
  2. Tempeh is easy to digest - Tempeh is a great choice for people who have difficulty digesting plant-based high-protein foods like beans and legumes or soy foods such as tofu. The process of fermentation makes the soybeans softer, since enzymes produced by the mould predigests a large portion of the basic nutrients. The Rhizopus moulds produce an enzyme phytase which breaks down phytates, thereby increasing the absorption of minerals such as zinc, iron and calcium.
    The fermentation process greatly reduces the oligosaccharides that make beans hard to digest for some people. Studies have shown tempeh to be essentially non-flatulent and producing no more gas than non-legume food.
  3. Ideal for people on low sodium diets - Unlike other fermented soy products, like miso which is very salty, tempeh is extremely low in sodium.
  4. Contains natural antibiotics - Rhizopus moulds produce natural, heat-stable antibiotic agents against some disease-causing organisms. Indonesians who eat tempeh as a regular part of their diet recognize it as a medicine for dysentery and rarely fall victim to the intestinal diseases to which they are constantly exposed.
  5. Good for diabetic patients - The protein in tempeh is excellent for diabetic patients, who tend to have problems with animal sources of protein. The protein and fiber in tempeh can also prevent high blood sugar levels and help in keeping blood sugar levels under control.




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posted on: Thursday, March 26, 2009 @ 4:21 AM

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Go Green, Go Veg!


Thinking about going green to do your bit to save the planet? Apart from changing your old bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs, why not consider going veg? Although I did not become a vegetarian to save the planet, but I hope it helps encourage a few more to have a few more "green" meals. It has been said that going vegetarian helps reduce global warming as farm animals take up more forest land than planting plants for the same number of consumers. There are about 6.5 billion people. The demand for food will increase exponentially. According to www.vegsoc.org, raising cattles is one of the most damaging components of agriculture. They cause the most environmental damage of any non-human species through over-grazing, soil erosion, desertification and tropical deforestration for ranches, in addition to their gaseous emissions from their manure. Studies on world food security estimate that an affluent diet containing meat requires up to 3 times as many resources as a vegetarian diet. Hopefully, my post can encourage someone out there who is not a vegetarian to consider having a meatless meal every now and then.
posted on: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @ 8:42 PM

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RM2 vegetarian restaurant








Need to be frugal with expenditure on food? However, when time does not permit you to make your own lunch boxes, try RM2 vegetarian restaurants that are now springing up in the Klang Valley. This place that I visited recently are very generous with their portions of food. Even A la carte menus are at RM 2 each too.

Name: Four Guang Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: Jalan Lazat, Happy Garden, Off Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur

Taste = ***
Atmosphere = ***
Service = **
Price = $
Location = not so convenient for tourists. Go in from the junction at Pearl Point at Jalan Kelang Lama. It will be another 5 mins drive from there.

Other restaurants in the Klang Valley are listed below. You may be able to find one near your house or your place of work.

1. Jalan Radin Anum 2, Bandar Baru, Sri Petaling, 57100 Kuala Lumpur
2. Jalan Temenggung 13/9, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, 43200 Cheras
3. Jalan Indah 2/7, Taman Indah, Batu 11, 43200 Cheras
4. Jalan Medan Midah, Taman Midah, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
5. Jalan Metro Perdana Barat 2, Taman Usahawan Kepong, 52000 Kepong
5. Jalan Bandar Sembilan, Pusat Bandar Puchong 47100 Puchong
6. Jalan 4/2, Taman Bukit Serdang, 43300 Seri Kembangan
7. Jalan Berjaya 10, Kwan Tung Baru, Sungai Chua, 43000 Kajang
8. Jalan Kp 1/5, Kajang Prima, 43000 Kajang
9.Medan Taming 2, Taman Medan Taming Jaya, 43300 Balakong
10.Jalan 21/12, SEA Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya
11.Jalan SS25/23 Taman Plaza, 47301 Petaling Jaya
12. Jalan SS15/4B, 47500 Subang Jaya

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Shanghai Village (Melbourne)
Relatively hidden in Melbourne's Chinatown is a little restaurant serving some tasty chinese dumplings. Situated away from the busy parts of Chinatown (nearer towards Swanston Street), Shanghai Village is located after Russell Street. Recommended by Vivian, we visited this restaurant in search of some good vegetarian dumplings and we were relatively happy with what we got. Service was okay and the staff did manage to converse in english. Some parts of the menu and "chef's recommendation" were written in both chinese and english. We ordered:

Pan Fried Vegetarian Dumplings
(a little oily but bearable if you like pan-fried stuff)

Steamed vegetarian dumplings (Jing Shou Shui Gao)
Steamed Vegetarian Bun (Choy Pau)


Name: Shanghai Village (Chinatown, Melbourne)
Location: 112 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: 9663 1878‎, 0432 826 862

Taste = ***
Atmosphere = **
Service = ***
Price = $$
Location = very convenient for tourists
How to get there = taxi / bus / train / tram (swanston street / bourke street / collins street)

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posted on: 4:59 AM

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My lunchbox

Eating out is pricey and during this economic crisis, one should probably consider tightening their purse strings, but not your belts. "Why?" you ask. Because there's so much good veggie food in the world and now's the time to buy fresh and cook it yourself! Home-cooked food is the healthiest and most economical option available and not to mention the freedom you get to "play" around with your food.

My lunchbox today consists of:
1. steamed rice rolls
2. tofu topped with preserved olives
3. stir fried pot mushroom with onions and french beans
4. fresh chinese shallots.

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posted on: 2:34 AM

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Koko Black (Melbourne)

Nestled in a busy Melbourne City, is a Koko Black outlet, tucked in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall. You'll be greeted with exceptionally friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere, with, to no surprise, a chocolate themed interior fittings. Everything is pretty much chocolaty, from the colors of the walls to the colors of the tables and chairs. Chocolate lovers can pretty much find whatever their heart desire. As it was a cold day when I patronaged Koko Black, I found great pleasure sipping down a cup of their Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. However, I found the drink a little too sweet, and was a little thirsty after the "halfway mark". Perhaps that is why the staff served us with cups of water along with the drink.

Easter is also around the corner. Chocolate Eggs and Chocolate Bunnies, which dominate one's easter gift list, will definitely be found in Koko Black. They even have little egg cartons for their chocolate eggs, how cute.



Name: Koko Black
Location: Bourke Street Mall, Bourke Street, Melbourne, Australia.
Operation hours: 11 am to 10pm

*they have another branch on Lygon Street (within walking distance from Old Melbourne Gaol)

Taste = ****
Atmosphere = ***
Service = ****
Price = $$$
Location = very convenient for tourists
How to get there = taxi / bus / Train to Melbourne Central / Flinders Street Station / Tram that travels along Swanston Street or Elizabeth Street (get off at Bourke Street)

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Thosai with vegetarian dhall

Name: Rajoo Restaurant
Location: No. 27, Jalan Chantek, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-756 1361
Operation hours: 6.30am to 10pm

Taste = **
Atmosphere = *
Service = **
Price = $
Location = not very convenient for tourists
How to get there = taxi / bus (any bus that goes along Jalan Gasing) / LRT to Taman Jaya and then take a taxi to LaSalle School. Jalan Chantek is just before this school

Cost of thosai with vegetarian dhall is RM 1.50. A glass of plain unsweetened lassi is RM 2.50

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posted on: Sunday, March 22, 2009 @ 11:17 PM

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Steamed tofu with shredded olives
Steamed tofu with shredded olives
Ingredients:
1 packet soft tofu
2 tbsp of bottled shredded olives
1 petal bunga kantan - torch ginger (chopped)

Method:
Just spread the shredded olives (bottled) onto the tofu together with the chopped bunga kantan and steam for 8 minutes. I decided to add some bunga kantan to give it the unique taste and found that it makes the dish really so fragrant. Try it!

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posted on: 10:56 PM

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Assam Curry
Ingredients:
1 packet of Assam curry paste (I bought mine from Liza's Curry, sold in SS2 / Taman Tun market)
half a red onion,
200g long beans
100g pumpkin
1 medium sized eggplant / brinjal
small cup of canned button mushrooms
mint leaves (for garnish)

Method:
1. Pan fry onions until fragrant
2. In a seperate pot, boil the eggplants, long beans until 80% cooked.
3. Add the onions and the assam paste to a pot with a cup of water (adjust amount of water to the amount of paste you add) and bring to a boil.
4. Add the eggplants, long beans, pumpkin, button mushrooms to the curry pot.
5. Allow the pumpkin to fully soften before serving.

Health Benefits:
Eggplants have high fibre content, which helps our digestive process i.e. softens stool and also acts to prevent coronary heart disease.

Pumpkins are low in calories (20 cal per 100 g). It is also rich in potassium and magnesium and iron.The bright orange flesh of pumpkin is loaded with beta carotene and is an important antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals.

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posted on: Saturday, March 21, 2009 @ 5:43 PM

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Organic Shitake Mushrooms
Organic Shitake Mushrooms
Ingredients:
1 packet fresh organic shitake mushrooms (sliced)
2 pcs daun limau purut (kaffir lime leaves), (sliced thinly)
A little vegetarian oyster sauce for taste
A little ginger slices
A little olive oil

Method:
1. Fry ginger slices in a little olive oil for a few seconds
2. Add in shitake mushrooms and the thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves and fry for one minute
3. Add enough water and vegetarian oyster sauce and let it simmer for 2 minutes (Adding the kaffir lime leaves give the dish a very special unique taste)
4. Dish out and serve

Health Benefits:
Shitake is the second most cultivated mushroom in the world and the most popular of the "exotic" mushrooms. As well as being tasty and nutritious, shitake has proven health benefits, such as helping to reduce cholesterol levels, boost immune function and anti-viral and anit-bacterial functions.





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posted on: Friday, March 20, 2009 @ 8:45 PM

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Chinese turnip with black fungus
Chinese turnip with black fungusWrapped in lettuce
Chinese turnip with black fungus
Ingredients:
1 medium size chinese turnip (shred into long strips)
Some black fungus (soaked and cut into long thin strips)
Lettuce
Ginger (cut into thin strips)
AGV vegetarian barbecue sauce
Some sesame oil

Method:
1. Fry sliced ginger in a bit of sesame oil
2.Add in black fungus and toss for one minute
3.Add in shredded chinese turnip and mix well with the black fungus and continue to fry for another 30 seconds
4.Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes without adding water as moisture from the chinese turnip is enough to cook them and dish will turn out to be more tasty.
5.Finally add in a tablespoon of Vegetarian AGV barbecue sauce and mix well.
6.You may also wrap them in lettuce leaves to serve.
Option: you may replace the lettuce leaves with popiah skin (and make it a Malaysian delight!)

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posted on: Thursday, March 19, 2009 @ 3:42 AM

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Black Sesame Paste Sweet Soup Dessert
Location: A stall in food street in Shang Xia Jiu Lu, Guangzhou, China
Taste = ****
Atmosphere = **
Service = ***
Price = $
Location = very convenient for tourists
How to get there =
Exit ChangShouLu Metro station and walk about 10 minutes.
Taste is very good and you can even purchase the grounded sesame in packets from the stall.





Health Benefits of Sesame
Did you know that half a cup of sesame seeds contains three times more calcium than half a cup of whole milk? In addition to being an excellent dietary source of calcium, sesame seeds are also a good source of manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 (thiamin), zinc, vitamin E, healthy protein, and fiber.

Sesame seeds also contain sesamin and sesamolin, two substances that are thought to prevent high blood pressure and protect the liver against oxidative damage.

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posted on: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 @ 8:28 PM

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