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Thursday, May 7, 2009
99 East Coast Road
I've read much reviews about this restaurant that strives to serve healthy meals with no meat, seafood, eggs and MSG. A typical vegetarian restaurant, I thought. But what surprised me is that they also don't use any onions and garlic, both of which I like and are healthy ingredients!
While waiting for the food to arrive, we were given a set of mortar and pestle with a bowl of sesame seeds. The waitress explained that it's a Japanese-inspired "bloss" ceremony whereby each small seed represents the blessings we receive each day. It was rather difficult to grind the seeds and I gave up awhile later. I think the one at Tonkatsu is much easier.
The Tom Yam Soup ($3.80+) was quite spicy but nothing to shout about. I don't think this is worth the price since it's just a small bowl of soup with very minimal vegetables like cauliflowers.
My favourite were the main dishes we ordered. The Enchanted Forest ($12.80+) consisted of monkeyhead mushrooms braised with wolfberry, "tang gui" herb and broccoli. 2 thumbs up for the dish as it was very fragrant and flavourful.
Our 2nd main was the Spice of Life ($12.80+) which was similar to the chinese dish "kongpo chicken", just that the chicken was substituted for monkeyhead mushrooms in this rendition. The hot and spicy sauce was fiery enough to give us a good kick! The sauteed mushrooms with cashew nuts and peppers tasted meaty and the texture was good.
The food is certainly impressive enough to make even my carnivorous mom agree that it was a delicious meal. The only grouse I have is that portions were extremely small. Even though this was a late lunch, I was hungry by dinnertime. Nevertheless, the tasty food is definitely enough to make me come back again if ever I want a healthy meal.
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