My Lunch At Organic Recipe

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, June 8, 2009 | Published in


Do you eat organic foods?

Organic food are those food that are mostly free from pesticides, chemicals, hormones and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Although there is no organic food that is 100% free from pesticides, they are much healthier than normal non-organic ones.

Since I am quite health conscious, I try to eat "organic" as often as possible.

So when my friend invited me to lunch at an organic vegetarian food restaurant last Friday, I was more than willing to go!

We went to this restaurant called Organic Recipe in Bandar Utama. In case you wonder, no, it has no relation with Secret Recipe, haha!

The restaurant is located inside the Casa Utama condominium. After parking my car in the visitors' parking lot, I looked for the staircase. There was a signboard telling me the direction to the restaurant.

organic recipe signboard direction

Walking down two flight of stairs, I reached Organic Recipe.

organic recipe frontdoor 2

My friend was not there yet, so I just walked around and shot some photos. I thought the ambience there was nice!

ambience 5.1

ambience 4.1

These were the outdoor areas. As it was early, not many people were around yet. Those who were already there were sitting inside the air conditioned area.

I decided to sit outside to wait for my friend as I just loved the relaxing ambience, with the sound of birds chirping in the distance.

ambience 3.1

table and vase 2

When my friend finally arrived, we quickly looked through the menu. I noticed they have specials lined up for the day which was not stated in the menu.


Following my friend's recommendation, I ordered the Tom Yam Soup in Coconut, and the fruit rojak. My friend ordered the Special Fish dish, which was one of the "specials" for the day.

yummy dishes 2

See my giant tom yam coconut? They were very generous with the tom yam soup until the coconut was not big enough to contain all the soup! The extra soup was placed in a big bowl (behind the coconut in the above photo) which I passed to my friend, and there was a smaller bowl (the small bowl in front) containing the extra tom yam soup for me!

This is how my giant tom yam coconut looks like up close!

tomyam coconut 2

And my bowl of the extra tom yam soup filled with vegetables. No meat of course, as this is an organic vegetarian restaurant!

tomyam coconut in bowl

I can tell you the tom yam soup was very nice! Just the right amount of spicy and sour tastes! And I liked the fact that I could scrape the white coconut flesh to eat too! In fact, I enjoyed the soup so much I finished all the soup until the very last drop! Yummy!

At RM14.90, I think it's slightly on the high side, but still pretty reasonable as organic food are usually more expensive than non-organic ones.

This is the organic fruit rojak I ordered.

organic rojak

I really enjoyed this rojak! Very tasty with lots of fruits and delicious sauce. Totally satisfying to the last bite!

Priced at RM7.90, I thought it was quite worth it, bearing in mind again this is organic rojak!

I also tried a little of the Special Fish dish my friend ordered.

special fish

See the pieces of fish on top? For a minute, I thought I was eating fish, and then realized this was a vegetarian restaurant! Haha! So it was not real fish, but it tasted pretty good!

This special fish dish costs RM13.90. I think I still prefer my tom yam soup!

Both my friend and I called for a bowl of brown rice each to eat with these dishes. Surprisingly, they did not charge us for the 2 bowls of rice! I was not sure whether they had forgotten, or it was supposed to be free! Well, I did not bother to ask! haha!

We both also ordered a glass of passion fruit juice each.

passion fruit drink 2

I ordered with ice whereas my friend ordered without ice. Normally, I do not order my drinks with ice because I feel a lot of restaurants try to short change you with lots of ice and very little of the drink. But for this restaurant, I was surprised that my iced drink came in a bigger glass than my friend's. Not bad! Priced at RM3.90, it was quite a delicious and refreshing drink!

The total bill for both of us came to RM44.50 with only an added 5% service charge. I was quite happy with my meal here. Definitely will come here again!

Organic Recipe
Address: B3-07-09, Casa Utama, Lorong Lebuh Bandar Utama, PJU 6A, 47400 PJ
Tel: 03 - 7729 0236
Location: Refer to map attached

Biz hr: 9am -9pm (Tue- Sun), closed on Mon


(85) Comments

  1. eastcoastlife said...


    June 8, 2009 at 8:31 AM
  2. eastcoastlife said...

    FC! haha....

    Orgaic vegies are expensive in Singapore. But they are available everywhere.

    June 8, 2009 at 8:32 AM
  3. eastcoastlife said...

    There are restaurants serving only organic food and the dishes are not cheap. I'll just buy the organic vegies and cook at home.

    June 8, 2009 at 8:33 AM
  4. Che-Cheh said...

    The restaurant looks very cozy.

    The food looks nice too. The portions are quite big eh.

    However I'm not sure I want to pay that much. :P I've toned down my makan expenditure. Haha

    June 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM
  5. levian said...

    the food looks so alluring! especially that huge coconut. :D

    June 8, 2009 at 10:34 AM
  6. Borneo Falcon said...

    Looks delicious. I never had organic food. Those food which is not organic is actually "chemical"

    June 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM
  7. Anonymous

    The tomyam and rojak looked so good...I am feeling hungry right now :)

    I was told too that there's not 100% organic food as the water source's not entirely pollution free. We eat as healthy as we possibly can by making healthy choices.

    You have an organic theme here today...which kinda coincides with mine too but I have yet to post stories about my organic adventure over the weekend.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:26 AM
  8. fufu said...

    wow the broccoli was overcooked!!! organic?? erm... well i think just to attract the customer... i doubt they use all organic veggies... anyway nice ambience and atmosphere :) tomyam coconut... i wanna try too =p but not the broccoli >.<

    June 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM
  9. .:: Ant ::. said...

    LOL this post came right after I laughed at my Mom's look of horror when she discovered the 2 small (really small) packets of beans she bought at Giant cost Rm3.50 each, reason being "organic". I'm still skeptical that Msians truly offer organic foods after so many reports of normal vegetables being sold at higher prices under the pretext being "organic".


    June 8, 2009 at 11:52 AM
  10. Tekkaus said...

    So you are very organic huh Foong. :D Well...I only eat organic foods sometimes.

    The restaurant ambience is really good. I agree with you. From your shots it looks really spacious.

    Wow! giant tom yum coconut? I have never tried any dishes in a coconut before ler. Is it tasty? Good coconut flavour? LOL :D

    June 8, 2009 at 12:09 PM
  11. Tekkaus said...

    Coconut flesh for you to scrape? My! My! Sounds heavenly! Wow! This place can really bore a deep hole in my pocket. You ate so much. Must be rich huh! :D

    June 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM
  12. khengsiong said...

    Organic food is not really good for the environment, unless you grow your own veggie!

    Organic farming has low yield, so more land is required to produce the same amount of food. The solution? Clear the forest!

    You can read more about this topic in my post.

    June 8, 2009 at 12:36 PM
  13. Foong Speaks Her Mind said...

    We buy organic vegetables most of the time and considering how some of the markets here overcharge us for regular vegs, the prices are about the same!

    We decide to go organic mostly because of the taste. Most organic vegs are tastier and does not have a bitter taste that usually results from pesticides.

    Of course the best ones are the homegrown ones. I'd usually get some homegrown veg from my relative who always have plenty of vegs they can't finish. The vegs are go good and fresh, I can even eat the ladies fingers raw straight from the plant!

    June 8, 2009 at 1:29 PM
  14. Merryn said...

    sometimes i really wonder, how do we know if what we are taking in is really organic? how do we differentiate them? as i m not an organic fella, of coz i dun know the difference. but i m very intrigue by ur coconut tomyam and since i m in dat area every weekend, i might give this place a try! thanx foong for sharing.. :D

    June 8, 2009 at 1:43 PM
  15. innerjourney said...

    try the bittergourd noodles. tastes really great

    June 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM
  16. JL said...

    Why no meat? There can be organic meat too XD

    To be honest I don't know how different organic veggies are from the 'normal' ones but so long as you feel happy eating it (and can pay for it)...:D

    June 8, 2009 at 7:55 PM
  17. molly said...

    The rojak looks really delicious!
    I have a problem with the organic vege because there are plenty of worms inside, it spoils my appetite.

    June 8, 2009 at 8:15 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, congrats for being FC for the first time here! : )

    If more people were to eat organic food, the price will come down. Unfortunately, not many people eat organic food although more and more people are starting to be more aware of the health benefits of eating them.

    Yes, I think it's cheaper if you buy your own organic veggies and cook them at home : )

    June 8, 2009 at 9:46 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    che-cheh, yes the portions are quite big which I like! haha! Saving money is good. I also try to save money when eating out. But once in a while, I splurge a little bit lah : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:00 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    levian, yeah, love that coconut tom yam! Yummy! : )

    borneo falcon, no organic food at your place? It's good to try it - you can feel the difference!

    June 8, 2009 at 10:01 PM
  21. foongpc said...

    mei teng, I guess it's difficult to find 100% organic food in Malaysia. Oh, I would like to read about your weekend organic adventure! : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:03 PM
  22. foongpc said...

    fufu, I think they are really organic although I don't think it's 100%. Anyway, can feel the difference if you are used to eating organic food : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:05 PM
  23. foongpc said...

    anton, haha! Well, I think it's better to buy your organic stuffs from reputable organic shops. No need to buy everything organic, only those fruits and vegetables that are heavily sprayed with pesticides.

    I recommend buying organic apples, for instance and not dragon fruit, cos dragon fruit is relatively easy to grow without too much problems with pests. Whereas apples are top on the list of fruits with most pesticides residues.

    Also avoid non organic watermelon and honeydew - these are difficult to grow without the use of chemicals and pesticides.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:09 PM
  24. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, yeah I love to eat the coconut flesh! haha! Not rich lah, I don't spend like this everyday. Just once in a while : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:11 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, I have read your post and the article you linked. Interesting! I guess it's better to plant your own veggies then!

    I think it's best to buy organic produce locally at the nearest organic farms instead of imported ones cos most organic products cannot last long.

    Unfortunately, in Malaysia, there's no system to certify if the veggies we buy are really organic or not!

    June 8, 2009 at 10:19 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    foong speaks her mind, wow! You pay the same price for non organic veggies? Then might as well buy organic veggies, right?

    You are right about the taste. I also love the taste of organic veggies. So much sweeter and more delicious!

    You are so lucky to get homegrown veggies from your relative! Can I tumpang or not? : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:21 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    merryn, yeah give this organic restaurant a try - I think you will love it!

    The difference between organic and non organic veggies and fruits is that the organic ones are tastier and sweeter.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    innerjourney, oh really? I must try it then! Thanks for the recommendation and for dropping by! : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:25 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    JL, no meat cos it's a vegetarian restaurant! Organic veggies are tastier and sweeter than non organic ones : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:32 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    molly, yes love the rojak! In fact, craving for it right now! haha.

    Vegetables with plenty of worms inside are good - it means no pesticides were used. Just wash it properly and get rid of all those worms! : )

    June 8, 2009 at 10:33 PM
  31. [SK] said...

    no idea how nice the food are, but from the photo i certainly think they have a great cosy ambience, must be a relax experience to dine in that restaurant.. organic is the selling point, and i supposed they also try to get everyone close to nature.. :)

    June 8, 2009 at 10:43 PM
  32. betchai said...

    wow, photos of good food makes me hungry now :)

    i do eat organic foods, especially homegrown vegetables that are not treated at all with any fertilizer nor any pesticide. the taste of freshly harvested vegetables is so different than a few days old.

    June 8, 2009 at 10:46 PM
  33. Jonzz said...

    Ooo... looks good

    June 8, 2009 at 10:52 PM
  34. Angie Tan said...

    Wahh... Looks good and healthy. :-)

    Sounds like an interesting place to go to. Wonder if I should visit my friend one day.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:15 PM
  35. eastcoastlife said...

    Yeah! I see my picture on this post. :D

    Organic vegetables cost several times that of the commercial ones. Not many people can afford to eat them

    June 8, 2009 at 11:17 PM
  36. LifeRamblings said...

    I've started consuming organic supplements a few years ago to help maintain my well-being and I feel that my family and I benefit from this.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:48 PM
  37. LifeRamblings said...

    the food looks heavenly esp the fruit rojak.

    June 8, 2009 at 11:49 PM
  38. Monica said...

    wahh nice place. nice food. I must go try! :-D

    June 9, 2009 at 12:33 AM
  39. Monica said...

    aha...I know where is this place! I stayed in BU11 before :-D

    June 9, 2009 at 12:35 AM
  40. Ayie said...

    Wow, foong had a date! wahehehe! read thislastnight but too tired to comment =)

    we also eat organic foods, it's healthy but quite pricey here most esp veggies...imagine a bell pepper is $1 each unless there's a deal.

    Nice tasty looking afoods...great shots foong...i bet and convinced those are yummy!

    June 9, 2009 at 2:18 AM
  41. Tekkaus said...

    Bro, tell me what you think about my new thumbnail. Cast you vote here. Feel free to leave your comment. Thanks :D

    June 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM
  42. Rozella said...

    The food looks so good! I wish they sold more organic food here. Sometimes I find it hard to eat out because I am a vegetarian.

    June 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM
  43. ladyviral said...

    At first sight, when I saw the logo I thought it was a "Handicapped This Way" sign lol.

    But wow.. the Tom Yam soup looks good! Appetizing! Yummy! I am never a vegetarian meat eating person... afterall I find there is a lot of MSG in it to make it nice. But the Tom Yam still looks good!

    June 9, 2009 at 11:01 AM
  44. A Common Singaporean said...

    Wah... U make me hungry leh. And the place is so nice...

    Its interesting to find organic food that is cooked to the ASIAN flavour. I don't recall we have that here in sg. Organic food here are mostly western.

    June 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM
  45. xin said...

    my parents plant plenty of organic vege/fruits at home! but too bad i am always not home to enjoy them. sigh. and wat u said is right, if we eat out, we can never know we r really paying for real organic food or not.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:18 PM
  46. Anonymous

    hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

    June 9, 2009 at 7:00 PM
  47. iamthewitch said...

    Hmm first time I see such a nice restaurant located within a residential building. I won't be surprised that their business will be slightly quiet. Anyway, the tom yam definitely looked good! And I love tom yam! :)

    June 9, 2009 at 10:09 PM
  48. bluedreamer27 said...

    organic foods are great and so healthy

    June 10, 2009 at 12:07 AM
  49. Ciela said...

    This is quite an elegant place to eat. The food looks great too.

    June 10, 2009 at 12:51 AM
  50. HappySurfer said...

    Nice ambience. Is that raw brinjal, the purple pieces in the fish dish? Come to think of it, the whole dish looks raw. Pls enlighten.

    June 10, 2009 at 12:22 PM
  51. Neo said...

    Wow, so detailed writeup with nice pics... must give it a try next time... see how true is your review. :)

    June 10, 2009 at 7:12 PM
  52. Unseen India Tours said...

    I Have Never Tasted Organic Food Neither i Can Find That In India !! I Would Love To Try It Sooner!! Great..Thanks For Sharing The Information..Also I Have Started My Own Website And Would Like You To Have A Look At It.I Would Love To Have Your Comments On That Also.Unseen Rajasthan

    June 10, 2009 at 7:59 PM
  53. lina said...

    you are making me hungry!!!

    I would love to try that tomyam, although the broccoli did look a tad too overcooked. :D

    And the rojak.... looks yummy.

    June 10, 2009 at 8:56 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    SK, to know how nice the food are, go and try it yourself! : )

    betchai, so lucky you have homegrown vegetables to eat! Yes, freshly harvested organic vegetables taste so very good! : )

    June 10, 2009 at 10:15 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    jonzz, yes indeed they look and taste good! : )

    angie tan, friend? Your friend is the boss at Organic Recipe or working there?

    June 10, 2009 at 10:16 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, yes I agree it's pretty costly. But when people eat all the inorganic food and gets sick, the medical bills are not exactly cheap either!

    June 10, 2009 at 10:18 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, you take organic supplements? Which brand? I still prefer to take organic vegetables and fruits rather than supplements although they can be useful.

    Oh yes, the fruit rojak is delicious! : )

    June 10, 2009 at 10:20 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    monica, yes go try it! You stayed in BU11 last time? No wonder you know the place! : )

    ayie, they are indeed yummy! Organic food is always more expensive - I sometimes feel the pinch too! : )

    June 10, 2009 at 10:22 PM
  59. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, have voted and commented : )

    rozella, you are a vegetarian? Yes, I guess it's hard for vegetarian to eat out unless you go to vegetarian restaurants : )

    June 10, 2009 at 10:51 PM
  60. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, you are right. Actually the vegetarian "meat" is not really that healthy. I prefer to eat normal organic vegetables and not vegetables made to look like meat.

    June 10, 2009 at 10:54 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    a common singaporean, no organic food cooked in Asian style in Singapore? I'm surprised! I thought Singapore should have Asian organic food!

    June 10, 2009 at 10:56 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    annant, the tomyam in Sandakan not spicy? I thought the food in Sandakan all very tasty and delicious? No? Or maybe you can eat very spicy, is it? : )

    June 10, 2009 at 10:57 PM
  63. foongpc said...

    xin, wow! What a waste! Quick! Go home often to eat your home grown organic vegetables!

    June 10, 2009 at 10:58 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    hapi, your name brightens my day. Very happy! haha! Thanks for dropping by and happy blogging to you too! : )

    June 10, 2009 at 10:59 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, yes I don't know why they started a restaurant there. Probably for the ambience and for the condo's residents. But when I had lunch that day, there were quite a lot of people - The business was quite good : )

    June 10, 2009 at 11:02 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, yes it is indeed and tastier too! : )

    tita beng, yes very nice place to dine. The food looks and tastes great! : )

    June 10, 2009 at 11:03 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yes the ambience there is nice.

    I'm not exactly sure about the purple pieces whether they were brinjals. I only tasted the fish and some of the vegetables. No, it's not raw dish. Though they were not as overcooked as the vegetables in my tom yam soup.

    June 10, 2009 at 11:13 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    neo, go and try it, but warning - no pretty models there for you to snap pictures lah. LOL!

    June 10, 2009 at 11:14 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    unseen rajasthan, no organic food in India? Hmmm... OK will visit your new website : )

    June 10, 2009 at 11:16 PM
  70. foongpc said...

    lina, I think you will like the tomyam soup and the rojak. Give it a try and post a review on your blog, yes? : )

    June 10, 2009 at 11:17 PM
  71. Perky said...

    Hey thanks for putting up the map. After going through the pics, especially the tom yam coconut... OMG... meleleh my air liur. The good point about this place is that it's so near my home! :D

    June 10, 2009 at 11:32 PM
  72. foongpc said...

    perky, you stay in Bdr Utama? Go try this place! : )

    June 11, 2009 at 1:05 AM
  73. jam said...

    We dun have a organic restaurant over here but we do have lots of organic shops around!

    June 11, 2009 at 8:28 AM
  74. LifeRamblings said...

    i'm taking the organic supplements in the form of capsules from Alterni. organic vegetables and fruits are beneficial too but i think they can be quite pricey as well.

    June 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM
  75. Anonymous

    the first thing that reminds me of organic food is magaret from phua chu kang.. she's always talking about organic food.. haha..

    well the place looks neat.. very green.. haha.. food looks yummy too! =)

    June 11, 2009 at 7:06 PM
  76. lina said...

    Yes... but when are you picking me up and belanja me makan there? ;D

    June 11, 2009 at 10:45 PM
  77. foongpc said...

    jam, organic shops do just fine. In fact, even better. Buy your vegetables from the organic shops and cook them on your own at home : )

    June 12, 2009 at 12:58 PM
  78. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, I heard of Alterni! The CEO is Rajen M, who wrote many health articles in The Star paper, right?

    June 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM
  79. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, haha! Yes I remember about Margaret from Phua Chu Kang!

    The food is yummy - you should give organic food a try although I admit they are a bit pricey! : )

    June 12, 2009 at 1:02 PM
  80. foongpc said...

    lina, wah! Pick you up from Balakong or Mid Valley? Then must belanja you some more! OKlah, if you belanja me at Sushi Zanmai ; )

    June 12, 2009 at 1:03 PM
  81. Rebecca Saw said...

    Nice blog!!
    Was checkin out yr entry on this plc!Wanna go soon!

    February 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM
  82. foongpc said...

    thenomadGourmand, thanks for dropping by! This restaurant is nice - do give it a visit : )

    February 25, 2010 at 12:34 AM
  83. Sebastian said...

    You know what, I really loved organic foods. My sister usually drove me to an organic restaurant here in Australia, but seems like its a lot waste of time, rather than to have an organic food delivered directly to our house, I just cooked it and the whole family can enjoy.

    September 27, 2010 at 11:44 PM
  84. Unknown said...

    I have dine there over a dozen times since introduced by my friend 1 1/2 years ago. It is good and I have introduce to dozen of people also....

    April 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM
  85. Anonymous

    Me and few of vegetarian my friends are planing a CNY gathering soon and we are trying to choose the suitable restaurant for this event.

    We are actually struggling between "Organic Recipe" and "Chef Low Organic Kitchen" ....which one you prefer, after visiting both? They are quite near to each other, right?

    January 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM