1) Where to find vegetarian foods: (1) Vege Station in Johor JayaI have become vegetarian for 12 years and I feel that I am very healthy compared to meat eaters. I have gone for a few medical checkups and I was confirmed that I have no diseases at all! I love vegetarian foods very much. I can even enjoy the food with just some rice and one or two veggie dishes.
Vegetarian foods can be very delicious. I have gone to a lot of vegetarian restaurants and stalls. I will recommend some of the places where you can find delicious and healthy vegetarian foods.
The first one I am going to share with you is a small stall located in a small hawker centre in Taman Johor Jaya. The name is Vege Station. Although this vegetarian stall is small but there are a lot of customers whether vegetarians or non vegetarians love to take their lunches or dinners there, especially at night the stall is packed with diners.
This is the hawker centre where Vege Station is located.
One of the foods I love is “Lei Cha” (擂茶) which means “grinded tea”. There are people wrongly name it as “thunder tea”. “Lei” is actually the action to grind the tea leaves with other plant leaves in a big clay bowl (but nowadays people just use blender to blend it). The paste after grinding is poured with boiled water and this soup is called lei cha. Now you can start taking this delicious and healthy lei cha with rice and several finely diced dishes such as tofu, green beans, ground nuts, pickled radish and other vegetables. You can either mix the soup with the rice and condiments together or you just eat the rice with the dishes and drink the soup separately. But to me, I like to mix them altogether. Lui cha is deemed healthy by Chinese and especially Hakka clan.
This is the lei cha with rice and dishes.
A special and delicious dish I wish to share with you is broiled mock fish. Wow! It is so delicious! It is hot, spicy and sour. If you love hot and spicy foods, I am sure you will like it too. I have never eaten broiled fish since I become vegetarian 12 years ago and this was the first time I tasted it again (do not make me wrong, I am not interested in eating “fish”). Unfortunately this special dish is only available on weekends.
This is the broiled mock fish. How is it? Look delicious?
Another vegetarian food I love to eat here is vegetarian “bak kut teh”(肉骨茶) which is herbal soup to be served with rice. Beside herbs, the ingredients in the soup are tofu, yuba (腐竹), mushroom and mock pork which is made of mushroom pin. This food is delicious and healthy too.
3) Where to find vegetarian foods: (2) Shang Yen in Masai Utama
When I first working in Johor, this was the first vegetarian restaurant I managed to find in Masai and Seri Alam areas, after suffering for a few days without any proper vegetarian foods, which I just ate some bread, fruits and vegetarian instant noodles.
This vegetarian restaurant called Shang Yen is located in Masai Utama, which is behind Masai main road. If you drive along Pasir Gudang Highway towards Pasir Gudang town, after 2 flyovers leading to Seri Alam （do not turn to Seri Alam, go straight）and pass by a bus stop without shelter, you will see a few rows of shop lots on your left hand side. You turn left towards the shop lots and drive straight until you see a furniture shop at the junction and you turn left again to the side lane. Immediately reaching another junction, you turn left again and look for the vegetarian restaurant at your left hand side. This road is eventually leading to Masai main road.
This restaurant mainly serves mixed rice. The dishes are mostly delicious. One of the dishes I love to eat is “tempeh” which is a healthy and delicious dish. Other delicious foods I like are sweet and sour dried bean curd, “yong tau foo”, hot and spicy fried beans and eggplants and all sorts of vegetables.
If you do not like mixed rice or if you want to try other food, I would recommend you their clay pot rice. It is very hard to find vegetarian clay pot rice in most of the vegetarian restaurants and you are lucky enough that you can find it here. It is one of my favorite foods and it taste pretty good.
Other foods include vegetarian “bak kut teh” (the one sold in Vege Station in Johor Jaya is more delicious), clay pot “yee mee”, Indian fried noodle, tom yam noodle, curry noodle, “wang tang mee”, Hokkein mee, “petai” fried rice, etc. How is it? Sounds tasty?
This veggie restaurant operates from 7am to 4pm, Mondays to Saturdays. It will open on Sundays if 1st and 15th days of lunar month fall on Sundays.