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Having a vegetarian dinner sounded really good to me. I wanted to eat something different, I wanted a break from the usual and I was craving the simple and satisfying.
I only had one rule before going to a vegetarian restaurant – I didn’t want any mock meat, no inverted commas crowning words like “chicken” or “fish” on the menu. Sadly, I was told this was a tall order. So, with my one rule out of the window, I went to a nearby vegetarian place where good things were said about it.
Love Health Vegetarian restaurant (called Yee Jia Ren or Family Health vegetarian restaurant in Mandarin) was packed for dinner. We were shown to the last table near the entrance and were promptly handed menus. The place didn’t use the dreaded punctuation but they did serve faux meat. From the menu I picked dishes that had the least of soya and flour "cutlets".
The dishes arrived quickly. The first was Chai Poh Tofu – tofu slices with picked radish in light soya sauce (RM13). Next was the Futt Poon (RM17) – fried yam ring with spicy “chicken” pieces. Lastly, the Lohon Mixed Vegetables (RM13) – mushroom, baby corn, capsicum, fuchok and woodear fungus stir-fried with celery and cauliflower.
The tofu was a little bland and the pickles didn't add much flavour to the dish. The mixed veggie plate was good but rather ordinary. The best dish of the meal had to be the yam ring. The crisp fried faux meat was in a spicy kung pao sauce together with mixed vegetables, and everything was stuffed into a short tower of fried yam. While it would have certainly improved with a sprinkling of roasted cashews, the dish had a nice balance of tart and spicy. Eating it with white rice was satisfying.
The meal came to just slightly over RM50 (including rice and Chinese tea) for two people – definitely value for money. After dinner, I found myself checking the Internet for other vegetarian places to try. While I may never do away with meat completely, I am very keen on eating more vegetarian meals.
Restaurant Love Health Vegetarian (一家人健康素食)
No. 3 - 1, Jalan PJU 5/9
Dataran Sunway Kota Damansara
47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-6148 1346
Opens daily 11am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10pm
Parking: Challenging for lunch, fine for dinner and weekends.
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