FriedChillies’ Favourite 5 Vegetarian Spots

by Alexa P. Photography FriedChillies on Fri, June 22, 2012

We've compiled a list of vegetarian spots that would entice you to ditch the meat in your meals. Even if you're a hardcore carnivore, lend some support to your vegetarian friends and bring them to one of these places.

Let's do meat-free Mondays!

It can be tough to find a delicious spot for vegetarian food. Many places often forget the people who go meatless and if they have vegetarian options they're often bland and unappetizing. These five spots will prove that vegetarian meals can be delicious because they focus purely on vegetarians and are so tasty that even a meat lover might consider a veggie meal once in a while.

If you fancy a nice dinner : Kechara Oasis

'Fish' done beautifully at Kechara Oasis

This is the kind of restaurant that will have you toying with the idea of becoming a full-time vegetarian, if you aren't already. The menu is filled with tasty concoctions that will have your tummy singing. Try the petai-fried rice which is spicy and unmistakably pungent, or the sweet and sour mushrooms which are crispy and chewy with the thick sauce. A surprising dish is the mango fish because if you weren't told it was vegetarian you wouldn't have a clue. It is beautifully crisp with a seaweed layer meant to represent the skin and is topped off with a sour fragrant mango puree that has a kick of bunga kantan. The dishes here are cooked with many fragrant herbs and spices which make for a delectable experience.

Unit 19-LG1, Level B1 Block D Jaya One 72A Jalan University, Petaling Jaya, Open daily for lunch at 11.30 am -3.00 pm and dinner at 6.00 pm-10.00 pm

If you want an Indian feast : Annalakshmi

We can't get enough of their papadoms, they're so addictive!

This Indian vegetarian restaurant has always been an advocate of pay what you feel it's worth. Here they serve a buffet spread of 10-16 food items including a section for dessert. The best part about Indian vegetarian food is that you don't need the meat to have an extremely delicious meal. The spices like turmeric, red chili powder, cumin, and coriander mixed with the different types of veggies are suffice with hot steaming rice. Some of the popular dishes of this restaurant are matar panner, gobi mutter, masoor dal, jeera pilav, bindi masala, gobi masala,raita, chapati, and palak paneer. They also make their own papadoms, so crispy and tasty that we can't get enough of them. While the policy is pay what you think it's worth, we guarantee that you'll always want to pay more than it's worth after tasting the yummy bites.

Temple of Fine Arts, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Open Tuesday - Sunday for lunch at 11:30am - 3pm and dinner at 6:60 pm - 10.00 pm

If you're a hawker food junkie : Blue Boy Restaurant

Vegetarian nasi lemak with all the trimmings.

This typical Chinese kopitiam transformed into a full vegetarian food court when their owners turned vegetarian some 20 years ago. Aside from having a large chap fan spread during lunchtime they also have offer a fully vegetarian Nasi Lemak, Char Kuey Teow, Mee Jawa, Yong Tau Foo, Prawn Mee, Lam Mee, Curry Laksa and even Assam Laksa. To be able to find our local delights in meat-free form is a blessing in disguise. Now vegetarians can enjoy all these dishes too and not only are they meatless but they are actually very tasty. If you want to enjoy local dishes sans the meat, check out Blue Boy Restaurant.

No.6001 Blue Boy Mansion, Jalan Tong Shin, Open daily 7.30 am to 9.30 pm

if you're looking for a good lunch selection : Kuan Yin Temple

The auntie dishing out plates of rice to hungry office workers at Kuan YIn.

This temple offers up mouth-watering vegetarian food during lunch hour and is almost always packed with people from the nearby offices. There is something heartwarming about dining in a temple, almost a spiritual food experience. A favourite here is the vegetarian curry which is rich and deep in flavour, so good that you won't even miss the meat. Aside from this you'll find the typical stir fries and mock meat Chinese dishes cooked perfectly. Another draw to this temple for lunch is the free parking, many will flock here to be able to enjoy a delicious meal without having to worry about the additional cost.

77 Jalan Ipoh, Open daily 11.00 am - 2.00 pm

If you're hankering for something spicy : Ghandi's

Battered and fried cauliflower and bitter gourd chips, who says veggies have to be bland?

If you have a hankering for something spicy head over to Brickfields and indulge in the vegetarian mixed rice at Ghandi's. Here you'll find a spread of over 50 items showcasing your usual Indian dishes like mutton varuval, chicken curry, fish curry and more using soy protein to mimic the texture of meat. For something crisp fill your plate with the battered and fried cauliflower and bitter gourd chips. These are tasty and absolutely delightful! You won't be able to have just one. The best part is that at Ghandi's you'll leave full without having to fork out too much dosh.

Scott Sentral Serviced Apartments Jalan Scott Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Monday-Sunday: 8:00 am - 2:00 am, GPS Coordinates: N 3 8.07036 E 101 41.50913


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