Sunday, October 22, 2017

Catch up with my Muslim ex-colleague at VeganBurg ...

Wonderful - a place where our special diet requirements are met - a Vegetarian and a Muslim. Here, we grab a bite of the Chili Krab Burger, Halloween Special Tiller Burger (with a special, fun and interesting presentation - smoke from dry ice) and Creamy Shrooms! 

Enjoyed these wholesome and delicious burgers.

Where: 44 Jalan Eunos S419502 T: 6844 6868
Website:  www.veganburg.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/veganburg

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Drinking Tea @ Jhana Grove Meditation Centre

In retreat, I think it’s good to have some calming tea available, letting retreatant feel relax and settle into the environment fast or able to have better sleep at night, then able to meditate.  I remembered in those Executive Retreats, often, special afternoon tea served by the hotel are pandan, lemon grass, blue pea, roselle … (w/wo sugar)

In Jhana Grove, I often made a cup of coffee in the morning and a cup of tea in the afternoon. Then, simply sat down, leaning this – “When there’s nothing to do, then do nothing. When there is something to do, give it 100%”.

Some kind soul left different type of ginger and chamomile tea bags there – chamomile and peppermint, chamomile with honey, chamomile with vanilla, peppermint, ginger with honey, ginger …

Sitting down and enjoy it. A way to learn how to relax and give the body the rest it needed. Not rushing and reacting to every single thoughts that come to mind … 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lunch Time, there’s So Much to eat @ Jhana Grove Meditation Centre

We kept 8 precepts, which means we ate only 2 meals a day, no dinner. Yet, I put on so much weight. Result of happiness, gratitude and very good appetite there.

Lunch was buffet style where we’ve brown rice/pasta, few vegetables dishes, garden salad, western dessert, cake, ice cream and assorted fresh fruit. Even homemade Chilli. Simply delicious and cooked by Michelle, the 75yo hired cook (her last time cooking there, retiring) for 60 retreatants with some helps from the retreatants on assigned duties.

I helped with cutting vegetable from 7-8am on some days after the morning meditation and before the morning dharma talk. The vibe was so peaceful and such a pleasant experience. Seeing all working in harmony and noble silence. What’s a pleasure! Rejoice.


Ps: No dinner, but at 5.30pm tea time, chocolate, candy and cheese will be served.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Delicious Vegetarian options @ PRET Singapore

I fell in love with the Avocado & Herb Wrap which I had at PRET @ Bicester Village. So good to see PRET in Singapore Changi Airport T3 Departure Transit area, on 27 Sep 17 night, waiting to board the SQ flight to Perth.  

Cool! More vegetarian choices. Indecisive, should I have this or that?  So stood there so long, I like something hot but I can’t forget the tasty wrap I had before. In the end, I grab an Avocado & Pine Nut Wrap ($9) and a cuppa of Latte. The unique taste combination of mayo, pine nut and avocado – simply aromatic, delicious and satisfying.

The customer service here was excellent. Friendly and thoughtful staff that went the extra mile for getting me a coffee. Memorable, I appreciate it.  So another unforgettable dining experience with PRET. 

First, it was good and vegetarian friendly options on their menu and now the great customer service.  Will be back for more, definitely.

Where: Pret A Manger Singapore. Changi Airport Terminal 3, Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central) Transit Area.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Please sit down and enjoy a cuppa of tea ...

A happy vegetarian, doing nothing, drinking tea and people watching at Grill, Perth. Life is beautiful. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Breakfast @ Jhana Grove Meditation Centre


Daily vegetarian meals were prepared by Michelle (75yo, hire cook) for 60 retreatants and some others. Within the vicinity in the forest, there is no eateries or shops, bus or cab for hailing. No UberEat or Deliveroo! 

Able to have a good breakfast and a hot bowl of porridge with traditional condiments in the cold morning, was simply wonderful.  By adding gratitude and mindfulness, even a simply DIY toasted bread with jam is simply delicious. In here, I cultivated appreciating even little things in life and feel peace and happiness.

Breakfast buffet menu: Porridge/Noodle, Cereal, Yogurt, Oatmeal, Milk & Juice, assorted fresh Fruits and Toast with assorted jam, honey and butter. Hot beverage: Coffee, Tea, Milo etc. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My vegetarian aeroplane meals on the recent SQ flights! - lesser carbon footprint

Yes, I ordered a vegetarian meal. Not only do I get to be served earlier and it reduces our carbon footprint and ensure a greener environment too! Feeling satisfy! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vegetarian Food Hunt in Perth …

Vegetarian Food Lovers, shouldn’t miss this awesome vegetarian restaurant in Perth at James St, Northbridge. In this traditional vegetarian food restaurant, I had the BEST Vegetarian Curry Laksa (A$12) in my 24 years of being a vegetarian! OMG, simply scrumptious! A big bowl of Curry Laksa noodle, I’m surprised by different laska ingredients available in this dish.  Service is good!  Make my day.

The location is not difficult to find. After visiting AGWA, I took the BLUE Transperth’s CAT bus (which is a free and convenient means of travelling around the Perth CBD). Alight at Russell Square stop or Northbridge stop and the restaurant is within a short walking distance.  

Address: 1/220 James St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Keeping 5 precepts & chilling at Rubix Bar & Cafe

Waiting for my “UBER” transport to Jhana Grove Retreat Centre at Serpentine (A$130/A$45 (sharing with 2 more pax), one way). So, sitting in Rubix Bar & Cafe in Perth, facing the street and enjoying my BIG bowl of Fries (A$10), watching people passing by and chilling out at the bar across the street. 

It’s Friday afternoon in Perth and happy hours started, people were off work early and heading toward the Bar for a drink.
For me, no alcohol please. Even before I took my 5 precepts, I don’t crave or find alcohol appealing. Boring me, missing out the fun, never mind. Nay! No chance of me getting out of control under the influence of alcohol. [smile]

Friday, September 29, 2017

Enjoying a relaxing breakfast on a Friday Morning...

To start my day with a fulfilling healthy breakfast, an EXTRA portion of fruits. And good weather today, so NICE!
Grill @ Murray Street, Perth… Great for people watching (they're going to work) with a cuppa of coffee, enjoying ME time.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Is there something for me (a little vegetarian) on your new menu?

Hmm….my favourite food is delicious vegetarian food!
Finally, at 140 Perth, I walked pass a Chinese Restaurant -  BamBamBoo, browsed through their menu and saw few vegetarian options, shallot noodle, shallot rice, Vegetarian rice set and vegetarian dim sum etc. Cool, vegetarian friendly and I ordered Shallot Noodle (A$8.2).
Address: 25/140 William St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I’m an Herbivorous, tell me where to eat and snacks in Perth …

Herbivorous friendly. Seasonal. Reasonably priced menu. Good food. Cheerful wait staff. For the little vegetarian to eat a little vegetarian meal. Where to find? 
Walking along King Street to St Georges Terrace, I chanced upon this little café - That's Thai, with a big poster  and I spotted the word Vegetarian! Happy! and I decided to go there for my meal – Vegetarian Green Curry with Rice @ A$9.9.  Lovely!
Address: 172 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia.

Monday, September 25, 2017

来点特别的,please!

我就是我,来餐馆用餐,很少会挑饭菜式的套餐。请给我特别点的吧!  在这里,我看上了非传统式的自制罗加 ($6.9+),就点一份。给我一个普罗旺天妇罗鲜菇($7.9+)。再来个舒食沙爹串 ($7.9)和加一个营养小米粥 ($11.9)。暂时就这样。
我喜欢吃沙爹,其实是喜欢那沙爹酱!沙爹酱配黄瓜,洋葱和马来饭团,好吃。太好了,这里的素沙爹酱蛮香又很可口,加上没肉的沙爹串(都是蔬菜串),不错嘛。这里的素沙爹酱很稠还在酱上放些腰豆,所以吃法又不一样了。蛮新鲜的,很好吃。是呀!来点不同的吃法吧,尝试一下不同的,为什么一定要一成不变呢?怎么吃呢?想知道,就点一份,让店员告诉您吧。
这里的普罗旺天妇罗鲜菇不是很像日本餐的天妇罗。慢慢尝,您会发现,这道菜咬下去有点软软(用的是王子菇吧),带点椒盐鸡的味道。还蛮好吃的。

营养小米粥漂亮美味,但不够热,因为是盛在沙窝的。吃得开心又饱的简单蔬食晚餐。吃饱了, 就让世界因为有了我们变得更美好吧。

Where: idealite. 153 Rocher Road. Bugis Village. S188428. 11am-9pm. Tel: +65 6264 7100.
Web: http://www.idealite.growonline.my/
Facebook: @idealitesg

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Let’s hang out at a vegetarian friendly place …

So, we’re at idealite @ Bugis Village! Come and discover the true taste of a refreshing vegetarian rojak ($6.9+)! Here, the rojak sauce is served in a little container with nuts (no peanuts). You don’t see any grounded peanuts but the nuts taste extremely different and delicious with the rojak sauce. Hmmm … there’re some ingredients which you don’t often see in traditional rojak – cherry tomatoes and mango.  Brilliant! It’s a new way of enjoying rojak. 
You can poke a piece of the ingredient and dip it in the sauce. Or you can do it the traditional way by mixing the sauce with all the ingredients.  No fix rule, so flexible! I like it.   
Yes, I like this place and the beautiful saying on the wall “We have the power to change the World” and “让世界因为有了我们变得更美好”. Cool and inspiring!  

Where: idealite. 153 Rocher Road. Bugis Village. S188428. 11am-9pm. Tel: +65 6264 7100.
Web: http://www.idealite.growonline.my/
Facebook: @idealitesg

Live Colourfully & Give Love …


Happiness is sometimes as simple as that. Live life colourfully just like this Galaxy Cream Cheese Rainbow Cake ($8). The colour of this rainbow cake is so pretty and sweet.  And give love like this little cuppa of Piccolo Latte aka Baby Latte ($5.4). Though, it is tiny but strong, loving kindness is a powerful force.  Aha! What a wonderful world!
Love the romantic ambience at Mellow Coffee, the smell of coffee, the lovely soft music, the chic décor and the peaceful spaciousness. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yummy Vegetarian Chicken Rice @ 吉祥素

I don’t go to Aljunied on weekday or Saturday, so it’s a rare chance for me to be able to enjoy the food from this vegetarian stall located in the coffee shop – The Choice (near to Aljunied MRT), which operates from 11am to 7pm (Mon-Sat).

Had tried their Mee Rebus ages ago and was delicious. But it was only available on Friday. So, what should I ordered? I was pondering. When I saw what the persons in-front have ordered. Gosh! vegetarian chicken rice look good and appetizing. Hence, same please!



We don’t often get to see vegetarian stall selling vegetarian chicken rice that is tasty, with good grade ingredients and balanced with veggie. It comes with a bowl of soup as well, all for just $3.5


Where: 吉祥素  The Choice 56/58 Lorong 25A. Geylang S388248.  Tel: 9836 0200. Closed on Sunday. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Playing with cooking: Avocado with H2O and Gula Melaka

Usually when I make Avocado Shake, I’ll substitute milk with soymilk (vegan version) and add gula melaka.  For a richer and robust taste, I will add coconut milk too.

Lately at my sis’s Kitchen, I discovered actually Avocado Shake can be further simplified - just avocado with H2O (water) and gula melaka. Still as delicious and aromatic!

Insight from playing with cooking - we tend to add a lot of things to life, replacing one thing with another, or thinking life should be in this way. And forgotten about living simply, can also achieve the same result too.  Food for thought – everything can be your teacher when you show down. 

Indulge in delightful Vegetarian Japanese Food @ Herbivore

We were indulging in delightful Vegetarian Japanese Food at Herbivore during my recent catch up with ex-colleagues. I haven’t been visiting this restaurant for years and it was suggested by my ex-colleagues. Sometime, I am surprised with how knowledgeable non-vegetarian know about vegetarian eateries. Was impressed that the standard of food in Herbivore still excellent.  

With a curious mind to find out more about vegetarian cuisine, my non-vegetarian ex-colleagues kept on ordering different dishes (12 dishes) to taste. The bill was $195 (7 pax) which was reasonable.



We love almost all the dishes we have ordered. We have tasted 3 different type of Maki and love it. The Natto side dish was something that most of us can’t get use, too bland.  

It is open daily from 11:30am till 10pm. Great! convenient to pop by anytime. Yes, I intend to come back again for more Vegetarian Japanese Food!

Where: Herbivore. 190 Middle Road Fortune Centre #01-13/14 S188979.  
Website: www.herbivore.sg

Monday, September 18, 2017

蔬食之美。。。

这碗简单的蔬食汤,蕴藏着大海的味道(海带),大地的味道(蘑菇和大豆芽)和山岩的味道 (喜马拉雅山岩盐)。蔬食的美,不需特别的摆盘,也可以呈现意境的美。有空不妨尝试发挥创意,一下下吧

喜欢大豆芽,多加点,让汤更香甜。多余的大豆芽,就用来做一道简单的大豆芽凉拌菜。


 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lunch is ready - Nasi Lemak

Need to cook lunch fast, so we can be at the Zen Centre for group meditation. Happened to have these ingredients in my kitchen, so menu for lunch is Vegetarian Nasi Lemak!

Anyone can whip up this dish pretty fast at home, if you know how to cook rice, cut a cucumber, pan-fry slices of vegetarian honey goose. The peanut, vegetarian ikan bilis (aka crispy slice) and vegetarian chilli sauce are all available from most of the vegetarian grocery shops. To cook the nasi lemak rice, replace a portion of water with coconut milk, add pandan leaf and some seasoning/salt.  It’s that simple.

I feel that this vegetarian honey goose taste much better than vegetarian ham or luncheon meat, would be more suitable for this dish.  Then, assembling them on a serving tray! Lunch is ready! 

See, having a vegetarian menu in non-vegetarian eateries isn't that difficult actually!

A lovely Chic Café - Mellow Coffee

At Mellow Coffee. Love the location, chic interior and ambience in this café. Enjoyed my cuppa of Chai Latte ($6) here on a late Friday night.


It’s beautiful and will come again for a cuppa of coffee! 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

爱上蔬食 。。。

还以为自己写完700多个素食谱,应该不会有新的点子。多年后,趁还有一点点时间,想看看自己是否还能煮,居然发现原来蔬食这部分还有很多可以创新的空间。接下来,要开始忙了,没什么时间写食谱分享。
那天在湿巴刹看到夏南瓜(zucchini),就买来随便烹调,发现还可以有不同配搭,不同的煮法。很可惜,小贩中心,餐馆还没堆出这些特别蔬食料理。想吃的话,得自己在家煮了。

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dare to experiment!

Got a packet Cream Caramel premix powder.  Instruction said used UHT milk, I replaced with unsweetened soymilk. Conutsu topping sauce, never heard of, so I used caramel sauce.  

Nothing need to be the same all the time, I allow change and induce change. Never try and never know. Aha! Different type of dessert - soy pudding or soy bean curd with caramel …

The beauty of having in-between job time to take inventory of my life, discover and rediscover wonderful things in life and this world ...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vegetarian Haven in Chinatown Singapore …

Chinatown in Singapore is a beautiful and colourful place for walking and discovering the hidden gems like tea shop, pastry shop, gift shop, street eats … I enjoy strolling here and the vibrant vibe.

In the vicinity of Chinatown, you can easily find at least 12 vegetarian establishments, from hawker stall to small eatery to restaurant, offering a diverse spread of vegetarian cuisine. There's even a healthy organic vegetarian eatery at Chinatown Food Street.

Another vegetarian haven to indulge in good and scrumptious vegetarian cuisine. Yes, the vegetarian population is growing extremely fast now and more non-vegetarians are enjoying vegetarian cuisine just like any other cuisines such as Malay cuisine, Indian cuisine …  

For lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, Vegetarian open to vegetarian options from non-friendly eateries, the choices available are even much more! So, just go and have fun.  Chinatown. Vegetarian/Vegetable cuisine. Either way, enjoy! What a beautiful world! 

很简单,对吧?

昨天,煮了一大锅老黄瓜汤带给猫猫的主人喝。素食汤很容易煮,把老黄瓜,玉蜀黍,红萝卜,姜,红枣,海带,菇类,水(或素高汤),丢进锅里,慢慢煮。之后加点枸纪子,素肉和调味。如果喜欢不那么清澈的汤,就加点珍珠豆或芋头一起煮吧,口感就不一样了。就这样简单。

点珍珠豆一起煮老黄瓜汤


开门,进门时没人在,却一眼看见这猫猫,太可爱了,忍不住拍下了,又忍不住把它放在这里 。。。生活里的小幸福,当下里的小小简单的幸福,可能是来之接触正法后心态的改变, 平静。】

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Who says you must eat vegetarian food at Dragon Gate Vegetarian?

It’s not breakfast time. It’s not lunch time. And it’s not dinner time. So, what time is it? Time for coffee lah!  Co and have a cup of traditional Kopi-O ($1.10) …

Dragon Gate Vegetarian is at Temple Street in Chinatown and residing at the place where Yi Xin Vegetarian used to be. So, is Yi Xin Vegetarian gone?  No, just beside it.  In here, you’ll find those common local vegetarian dishes been served.

Where: 39 Temple Street S058584

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Snacks on the go @ Chinatown Singpaore!

Simple pleasure in life, walking around and enjoying awesome street food at Chinatown Street Market.  Indo Sumatera is a hidden gem, which is near to Chinatown Food Street.  I simply love their Kueh like Putu Bambu, Kueh Kosui (suitable for vegetarian).

Today, I bought a packet of Kueh Kosui @ $2 to satisfy my craving. Yes, the texture is just right, it’s soft, flavourful and aromatic.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Revolutionising …

Sunday Lunch menu - Potato Salad with a new twist! Potato salad making friend with lettuce and seasoned laver. It would look more colourful with tiny carrot bits or a small slice of cherry tomatoes.

When revolutionise vegetarian cuisine, there’re so much surprises and discoveries … Let’s have fun!

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Sunday’s Vegetable Cuisine Breakfast …

How about a bowl of piping hot “soupy noodle” that consists of just wonton skin?  I whipped up a bowl of silky smooth wanton skin swimming in a clear broth with veggies.  I happened to have some vegetarian wanton at home, so I added them in. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Food as a form of art …

Cooking vegetable cuisine is simple. It can be a form of art.  Breaking the norm. I fried the vegetarian lean meat (seasoned mushroom stalks) and ginger in sesame oil. Then paired it with Shanghai Green (blanched) or just raw Lettuce, to create a simple piece of art that appeal to the senses! The chemistry of these ingredients work well – texture, flavour, colour and aroma!

Have some fun and unleash your hidden creativity …

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Vegetable Cuisine or Korean Temple Food Recipe

Quiet down and looking at the dance of life, it contains ageing or suffering as well as joy and love. While cultivating the perception of beauty, there’re so much to be discovered in this beautiful and wonderful world.

Cooking is not something to be rush, cook and play with a clear and calm mind.  In that space, enjoy it and discover the haven on earth. Cooking can be a form of art, meditation or relaxation. So turn on some soothing music or just in silence, go cooking, do it slowly and mindfully. Have fun with it.  

By chance, I discovered some recipes at Korean Temple Food for Spring, Summer Autumn and Winter. If you love simple vegetable cuisine, the minimalist yet artistic presentation of temple food in this site, try it out, modify it and just do it without any expectations.

What will you discover? Who knows! Maybe a truckload of treasures … [smile]  Enjoy!

Zentangle Style Vegetable Congee

I created this vegetable congee unknowing by applying the Zentangle approach (no preconceived idea of the final outcome). It just developed spontaneously with what I’ve at that moment.

One thing at a time. I started mashing some very soft cooked rice. Add water (no measurement needed) and on the fire.  By feel I threw in some Shimeji mushroom. Next a slice of ginger and bring to a boil. 

When it’s boiling and bubbling, simply beautiful.  I sliced some carrot and put in.  It just developed by itself by going with the flow, so a section of the corn on cob went in too. Finally, season with salt.

Simply enjoy this simple creative process of cooking and styling it with seaweed bits, sesame oil and spring onion.

The end result - a mini surprise – a delicious bowl of vegetable congee. The corn and carrot simply beautiful and taste different as it wasn’t overcooked. Creation not restricted by expectations. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Mistake is perfectly OK!

Today, I’ve a new discovery – mistakes can be foundation for new creation and take us in unexpected new direction. Accidentally added too much water to cook rice and it’s really soft.  A mistake but I fret not. 

Looking at it, I suddenly feel like putting a scope of rice on the algae seasoned laver. When I put in my mouth, oh it’s delicious.  Then, I tried adding wasabi and sprinkle some sesame seeds – a simple sushi rice wrap that look beautiful too. 

A discovery - without the usual ingredients like vinegar, salt, sugar or seasoning required for the sushi rice and assembled it using a mat, yet it’s still yummy.  With such simplicity and time saving method, even a no-cook or newbie can do it. Enjoying simple thing in life. 

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Lunch Date with Buddha @ Water Drop Teahouse …

Simple. We love the ambience. So, we’re at Water Drop Teahouse again! This time, we've Dry Wanton Noodle ($5), Sliced Ngoh Hiang ($3.5), Lou Mee ($5.5) and Steamed Dumpling ($4.5). The Ice Blended Drinks on the menu is calling me, so is Coffee and Latte. In the end we picked a pot of Longan Hot Tea ($5.5), sweet, fragrant and full of goodness.
The vegetarian food served here is delicious although it’s still not the best that I’ve tasted. Price is reasonable. Standard of the dishes are quite high, and I like the quality of the ingredients used, like the mock char siew used in the Wanton Noodle is of a better quality and normally not found in many Vegetarian stalls. The steamed dumplings are tasty and if the filling could be a little juicier, it’ll be fantastic.
We enjoyed our happy meal on the low wooden table and chairs! Just so simple. [smile]

Where: Water Drop Tea House @ Fo Guang Shang (Singapore) 1 Punggol Place S828844. Tel: +65 6411 0599
Website: Water Drop Teahouse
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