Blue Boy

by The Foodster on Sun, September 07, 2008

Blue Boy vegetarian serves everything for the local herbivore. Even those who swears by meat will find something tasty and satisfying here.

The economy rice selection can put any eating shop to shame

Foodster's Verdict

Blue Boy
  • Address

    No 6001, Blue Boy Mansion, Jalan Tong Shin, Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: 03 2144 9011

  • Open

  • Pros

    Char kuey teow so good that you don't care there's no siham

  • Cons

    Well... if you're craving for meat...

  • Price Range

  • Parking


  • Certification

    Pork Free

Blue Boy, a name that normally strikes intrigue due to the fact it is often mistaken for a rather unsavory establishment with a similar name. But this Blue Boy is wholesome, a place you can bring your momma to and a real hot spot during lunch and early dinner for those seeking a vegetarian option. The reason for this is that contrary to most vegetarian places that mainly serves economy rice, this place has a wide selection of local dishes that can make you renounce meat- well almost.

Blue Boy did not originally set out to serve vegetarian only. Originally a non-vegetarian place, it transformed organically into a fully capacitated vegetarian food court when their owners turned vegetarian some 20 years ago. Wrap your mind around this- fully vegetarian Nasi Lemak, Char Kuey Teow, Mee Jawa, Yong Tau Foo, Prawn Mee, Lam Mee, Curry Laksa and even Assam Laksa! Now how does one go about creating such creations with a vegetarian substitute? The answer is very simply and incredibly very tastily. Unbelievable to most carnivorous meat eaters such as we, meatless substitutes are actually very tasty.

Let us enlighten you on the finer points of vegetarian food, as we were ourselves at Blue Boy Mansion. For starters we had the Yong Tau Foo, which is normally stuffed with flour and fish paste, but this time it is a mock fish paste. Then came Nasi Lemak with mock Rendang Chicken and also Sambal Sotong that gave us a shock as it looked and tasted exactly like the real thing! As per recommendation we had it with the Sambal Petai. It was mind-blowing although the sambal petai had to be ordered separately. To substitute the normal ikan bilis, they serve it with crispy potato slivers with a saltish hint. If you closed your eyes, you could swear it was ikan bilis.

Another famous dish there is their Char Kuey Teow. A tough call for them as us Malaysians love our Char Kuey Teow decked with cockles and prawns. But the vegetarian option comes with neither plus a secret ingredient that makes up for all of that. The Char Kuey Teow comes to you on a piece of banana leaf that is on a banana leaf shaped plate. Honestly this is a dish you MUST try here, though for vegans there is an option of having it cooked with or without the egg. It did indeed taste like Char Kuey Teow, down to the charcoal flavour and slickness of the noodles. The secret ingredient are generous slivers of oyster mushrooms to give a meaty oomph to the dish. And all this cooked by a smiley Indian dude- apparently he learnt his charring skill from the original char kuey teow maestro when he was 13.

Then came another shocker- fish-less Assam Laksa. To avid laksa fans this is a major no-no, for good Assam Laksa must have loads of fish in it. But from one Assam Laksa fan to another, even without the fish and the prawn paste it is good till the last spoonful! The reason for this is that the gravy is very flavourful, even as it comes you think the bits and pieces that are sticking out of the gravy are your fish pieces. On closer look though, it is actually lemongrass pieces. Odd, but still delicious with beansprouts to boot!

Another famous item is their Blue Boy Special which is a special concoction only available here. The drink is actually a combination of syrup, evaporated milk, sprite and another special ingredient! Delightfully refreshing! And if you want an extra special 'special' just ask for it and the drink will come with a serving of cincau (grass jelly) on top. Vegetarian food does good things for you. For proof, just check out the lady who started this successful place. She's already in her 60's but still has the youth and vitality of one in their early 40's. Go green!