My Chinese New Year Dinner at Kuan Yin Vegetarian

Posted by : foongpc | Sunday, February 6, 2011 | Published in


I am not a fan of vegetarian food. I mean I like to eat vegetables, but I don't like to eat vegetables that pretend to be meat. Do you get what I am trying to say?

Well, last night, I went to a "lou sang" dinner with my family at Kuan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant located at Section 17, Petaling Jaya. Now although it is a vegetarian restaurant, I was looking forward to my dinner as I have been there several times and their food were really quite good!

While waiting for our food to arrive, we were given three different appetizers.


Chinese Rojak

Dry chilli barbequed bean curds (pretending to be "yuk kon" pork)

I loved the chips and the Chinese rojak, but didn't quite like the barbequed bean curds. Give me real pork meat any time! Haha!

We started dinner with the yee sang. It is a normal practice to start any Chinese New Year dinner with yee sang. Of course before eating it, everyone must toss the yee sang and mix up all the ingredients on the plate. The higher you toss, the more prosperous you will become!

Now this is my plate of yee sang. It was yummylicious!!

As I have mentioned earlier, I do not like ordering "meat" dishes at a vegetarian restaurant. I prefer to eat real meat. But the sweet and sour fragrant meat (ku lou yuk) at this restaurant was delicious!

If you do not know what to order at this restaurant, this dish is a safe bet.

Altogether we ordered 5 dishes (excluding the yee sang). All the dishes came out at the same time, which was good. We had a bowl of brown rice each.

One of the other dishes was the yam basket (fatt put). This is my brother's favourite and he would order this every time he eats here.

We also ordered the sliced beancurds with mushrooms and vegetables. The sauce made this dish very delicious and I even slathered some of the sauce onto my rice for extra flavour!

Whenever I go to a vegetarian restaurant, I usually only order pure vegetable dishes and not vegetables masquerading as meat. And so for this dinner, we had stir-fried vegetables (lai pak) with ginger and nuts.

And kangkung belacan.

This was a bit too salty for me, otherwise it was good.

All in all, it was a pretty satisfying dinner but with quite an expensive price tag. It costs us about RM180 with the most expensive being the yee sang at RM40.

If you are into vegetarian food, this is a good restaurant to go to.

Kuan Yin Vegetarian Restaurant,
No 1084, Jalan 17/29,
46400 Petaling Jaya,
Tel : 03-79574528

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(39) Comments

  1. Mariuca said...


    February 6, 2011 at 1:31 AM
  2. Mariuca said...

    I've tried vege resto only once and it was a loooong time ago... after that never tried again cause not so nice la... vege faking as meat just doesn't fancy my taste buds if ya know what I mena?

    February 6, 2011 at 1:41 AM
  3. Mariuca said...

    Love the yee sang though and the green vege dish here, yum!

    February 6, 2011 at 1:42 AM
  4. Bill said...

    I have heard of that tossing the food up brings good luck. Knowing me i would toss it up and it would go all over the floor LOL. Food looks good i want to try that one day.

    February 6, 2011 at 1:50 AM
  5. wenn said...

    I don't quite like vegetarian food except for the actual vegetables.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM
  6. lina said...

    Vege shouldn't pretend to be anything other than vege. XD

    February 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM
  7. lina said...

    So, plenty of makan outing this CNY? ;)

    February 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM
  8. [SK] said...

    oh, so this was your reunion dinner or just a normal CNY dinner with your family??

    February 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM
  9. [SK] said...

    who actually came out with that idea for a vegetarian dinner suddenly??

    February 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM
  10. [SK] said...

    hahahaha, yeah, like i expected you are somebody who prefer meat than anything else huh??

    February 6, 2011 at 10:58 AM
  11. [SK] said...

    you are right!! i actually don't like all those "vegetarian meat" at all, i still think vegetarian should be all vegetables..

    February 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM
  12. [SK] said...

    i once went to a vegetarian dinner with ex-colleagues.. and it's exactly the same like what you have eaten last night..

    February 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM
  13. [SK] said...

    with all those yee sang, shark's fin, meat and fish.. they really taste like the real one i gotta tell you..

    February 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM
  14. [SK] said...

    with all those yee sang, shark's fin, meat and fish.. they really taste like the real one i gotta tell you..

    February 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM
  15. [SK] said...

    as much as i'm impressed by how close they can make those "vegetarian meat" taste like real ones, i think all are just artificial chemical flavorings..

    February 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM
  16. [SK] said...

    that's why i think all these "vegetarian meat" are only colorings and flavorings, they are not healthy at all!!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM
  17. [SK] said...

    the only vegetarian dishes i like are perhaps the stir fry mix vege, and also the toufu with mushrooms..

    February 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM
  18. [SK] said...

    and during that dinner, we were trying to order assam fish as one of the dish, and guess what happened??

    February 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM
  19. [SK] said...

    the waitress asked us whether we want pomfret or salmon?? i was like, are they not the same?? hahaha~~

    February 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM
  20. [SK] said...

    hahaha, that was really funny.. you gotta choose which type of fish in a vegetarian restaurant!! amazing yeah??

    February 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM
  21. [SK] said...

    finally we opted for salmon, because pomfret taste a little fishy, haha~~ :D

    February 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM
  22. [SK] said...

    but i guess you enjoyed the vegetarian dinner overall right?? cos it's time spent together with family, and it's a precious one.. :)

    February 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM
  23. [SK] said...

    wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous chinese new year~~ :)

    February 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM
  24. [SK] said...

    oh, so next post will be what those snacks you've been munching during the CNY holidays?? kekeke~~ :p

    February 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM
  25. Reanaclaire said...

    Once awhile going to vegetarian shop is nice.. I love the yam paste too.. anything yammy, i am in.. :)

    February 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM
  26. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Without the fish practically yee sang itself is already vegetarian right?

    February 6, 2011 at 3:33 PM
  27. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Love brown rice and the fatt put first thing my chopsticks would go will be cashew nuts..then the yam and the rest last haha..

    February 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM
  28. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Nice greens you got there me not too much kangkung legs might get cramps..~;).

    February 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM
  29. day-dreamer said...

    Gong xi fa cai!

    I share the same sentiments about vegetarian "meat". Gimme leafy greens anytime! :D

    February 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM
  30. Che-Cheh said...

    Me too. I don't like 'fake' meat.

    RM40 for a vegetarian yee sang is pretty expensive. Well what's not ya? CNY is the time to fatt tat (for business people)

    February 6, 2011 at 9:37 PM
  31. eiling lim said...

    yeah i also don't like to eat vegetarian food that looks like meat - what for?!! Happy CNY!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:45 PM
  32. kyh said...

    yee sang is not a cny custom here - i think that mostly applies to canto people. :)

    do let a veg here educate u guys on the fake meat :P:

    - yes, fake meat. what for? i'm not a fan of those gluten stuff (those made with mushroom legs tasted better btw), but fake meat exists for the facts that:

    1. to diversify the cuisine

    2. to better adapt new vegs to the their new dietary (like when they suddenly hv the urge to get a piece of meat or drumstick, but in not going against their new diet, they hv this fake meat to satisfy their desire!)

    3. the psychological assurance that u r eating meat that doesn't involve the killings of animals! XD

    February 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM
  33. Anonymous

    I don't mind having vegetarian meals once in awhile.

    My Chinese New Year Eve's dinner at Overseas Restaurant wasn't really impressive. Perhaps large crowds had something to do with quality control that night.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM
  34. Ishmael F. Ahab said...

    Those are delicious! I am getting hungry.

    Yeah. I know what you mean. I also don't like vegetarian foods that pretend as if it was meat.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:42 PM
  35. jam said...

    Nice food! Makes me drooling a lot!

    February 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM
  36. CH Voon said...

    Look Nice!

    I like the Yee Sang, Sliced beancurds, and Kangkung belacan.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:05 PM
  37. Merryn said...

    I tot they'll serve fruity yee sang since they are vegetarian and kenot serve fish.. otherwise why so expensive? Anyways, the food looks good and yummy! I dun like eating fake meat.. I want the real thing or nothing at all :P

    February 10, 2011 at 12:29 AM
  38. LifeRamblings said...

    i'm not fond of vegetarian food too but i don't mind having it once in a blue moon.

    February 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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