Eat veggie dim sum to save animals

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 03 Sep 2019

Chin (right) and Ruyi executive chef James Ho with the specially crafted vegetarian dim sum platter which will benefit the SPCA. — Photo: SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

A MEATLESS diet does not need to be dull and boring. More importantly, it encourages a mindful cruelty-free consumption of food sources.

In a bid to promote meatless dining, Ruyi, together with Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor, has exclusively crafted a 10-piece vegetarian dim sum platter.

The platter, named Kinder Garden, aims to push a new trend of “Intagram-mable” vegetarian dining.

Ruyi executive director Lyn Siew said they hoped to help propagate cruelty-free eating by introducing the meatless dim sum as part of the initiative.

“Eating less meat does not mean you can only limit your choices to salads. There are other innovative ways as well which are equally fulfilling.

“We have made it look more adorable, to make it a more fun dining experience, ” she said.

SPCA Selangor chairman Christine Chin said the movement towards eating less meat had a multifold effect.

“It is not only about being less cruel to animals. In Malaysia alone, it is estimated that more than two million chickens are killed a day for consumption.

“Livestock farming has a big environmental footprint. It contributes to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss and deforestation.

“We need to think about the impact we bring when we eat, ” said Chin, who hoped more people would be open to the idea of meatless dining.

Set on a lush bed of vegetables resembling a garden, each dim sum piece is handcrafted in-house by executive chef James Ho and embodies a pair of adorable designs with vegetarian fillings.

Savoury delights include a pair of steamed mushroom bao and crispy puffed pastries in the shape of an ox and swan.

The platter also includes desserts, a delicious pair of porcupine buns with lotus paste in reduced sugar, and creamy peanut butter lava carrots.

The platter, recommended for two people, includes a free flow of Chinese premium tea or soft drinks.

Each platter costs RM60, from which 25% of the proceeds will go towards SPCA’s animal welfare efforts.

Pre-orders and reservations with the restaurant have to be made a day in advance.

If the targeted 200 platters are sold between now and Sept 30, the campaign will be extended throughout October in conjunction with World Animal Day on Oct 4.

For reservations, call 03–2083 0288.

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