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Newtown has quite a few vegan/vegetarian places to eat and Green Gourmet is one of the oldest establishments in the area. Normally, we go to Green Gourmet St Leonards because it is closer to home but we were in the area during lunchtime two weeks ago and decided to pop in for a vegan yum cha and do our vegan grocery shopping next door at Vegan’s Choice.
Condiments, already on each table and I always get a pot of jasmine tea.
These bite-size dim sims are light and full of flavour.
My favourite; BBQ not pork bun
One of my old time favourites from vegan Chinese cuisine. We bought some frozen ones from Vegan’s Choice to steam at home.
Rice Paper Rolls
Vietnamese rice paper rolls. So fresh and cruncy. I lovethe way they do tofu.
A total beancurd feast… Although these drumsticks are deep fried, they are still incredibly light. Dumplings…
We arrived in Aguas Calientes after a funny train trip from Ollentaytambo. The funny thing about it was that staff on the train put up this fashion show to sell jumpers. Well, only in Peru, I guess:) Aguas Calientes is the town at the base of the famous ancient city; Machu Picchu (see the last photo at the end of this post). We arrived midday and it gave us the opportunity to eat at Govinda’s twice.
Is your rubbish organico or inorganico?
Govinda Vegetarian Restaurant is loacated on a side road leading into the Plaza de Armas, not far from the Hot Springs.
Like most Govindas, they mostly serve Indian food and is vegan-friendly. However, because they are catering for tourists, it is possible to see some Peruvian and international dishes on the menu. Mock meat made of soy is commonly used. Peruvian dishes that are made with quinoa are ever so interesting. They also do breakfast.
We ate at Govinda’s twice while we were there. After having Lomo Saltado Montado in Lima, we thought it would be worth trying their version. Their version had rice, soy meat, fried potatoes, tomatoes and spinach served with fried bananas (20 soles).
The other dish we tried there was called Segundo de Verduras Especial (15 soles) which is rice with potatoes, soy meat and vegetables. This was recommended by our waiter; Anthony. I also remember trying sauteed vegetables and fresh herbs which was a light and vibrant dish.
Must warn you, the service is very slow as the food is prepared fresh -by the owner, appearently using Ayurvedic principles. Anyway, it is worth waiting for.
Govinda Vegetarian Restaurant
Av. Pachacutek No: 20
Restaurant El Vegetariano had quickly become our favourite spot in Lima, we went there most nights. It is owned by the former owner of Bircher-Benner which is another famous vegetarian retaurant in Lima.
This was the first vegetarian restaurant in Peru where we tried the vegetarian version of Lomo Saltado (they call it Lomolife Saltado). Although the menu is in English, they don’t speak a word of it but they find a way to communicate with you regardless.
Restaurant el Vegetariano
Inexpensive vegetarian restaurant with lovely atmosphere and good service. Everything we had there was made freshly and tasty.
Restaurant El Vegetariano
Calle Cantaurias 285 Miraflores
It was a lovely surprise to discover Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant only two days before our return to Sydney. The moment we stepped in, we were greeted by a friendly and helpful waitress who turned out to be the owner’s friend, helping out for the day. Immediately, recommendations were made and we were on a different style of culinary journey.
Black pepper with Monkey Head Mushroom. This photo of Eight Treasures Vegetarian is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Located right next to Singapore Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown, Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant is beautifully decorated with wooden tables and stunning lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The staircase, beams on the ceiling and floor all dark wood which is a lovely contrast to yellow walls.
Vegetarian Roasted Duck. This photo of Eight Treasures Vegetarian is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Eight Treasures is bringing the widest variety of premium vegetarian dishes that use only the freshest natural ingredients. The reason why it is called Eight Treasures is because they have eight signature dishes. The menu has quite a few tasty examples of vegetarian versions of local dishes from Chinese and Peranakan (Nyonya) cuisines.
Some Popular Dishes
Our favourite dish here is Nyonya Style Vegetarian Fish with brinjals, onion, chillies, tomato and okra (lady’s fingers) cooked in an incredibly fragrant sauce. After falling in love with this dish I had to investigate this Nyonya business. Since you can get vegetarian fish chunks in Australia, all I need to know how to make the sauce. Simple! And so it happens, I found a cookbook -not vegetarian- at one of those bookstores for S$4.90 but my heart sank when I found out that the original recipe has shrimp paste in it. Would it still taste good if I left it out? I had no idea and no one to ask but a miracle happened at Miracle Supermarket in Chatswood. There it was, this little glass bottle of Singapore Nyonya Curry Paste produced by a company called Tropicana sitting on the shelf and it had no shrimp paste in it!
If you ever find yourselves in Singapore, go and try Nyonya Style Vegetarian Fish at Eight Treasures. Until then, you are going to have to wait for my recipe to show up on the site -which is soon.
Before we travel, I normally put together a list of vegetarian/vegan places to eat –a print-out from www.happycow.net, that is- so that we will not go hungry at our destination country. I bind the booklet nicely, add a nice cover –for this particular one, I chose Gustave Caillebotte’s The Floor Scrapers- and make it look like home-made publication. This was exactly what I did last time we visited Singapore but there was no need for something like that as Singapore has come a long way in tourism. Now all you need to do is to find a Tourist Office, have a foot massage -performed by huge Osim machines-, a glass of cold water, chill out for a while and ask for a copy of Singapore Vegetarian Food Guide.
Singapore Vegetarian Food Guide is one of Vegetarian Society Singapore’s publication which is renewed every year and sold by the society to locals. The food guide is divided into districts and features over 100 restaurants.
We try to attend Cruelty Free Festival every year although the last two years have been incredibly unpredictable for us as my mother had a stroke and eventualy passed away last May.
This year though, there will be over 60 stalls selling cruelty-free products. A couple of years ago we had the most delicious soy-chai and pumpkin cake at the festival. They were so delicious we still talk about them to date.
I love possums unlike a “real” local because thay are considered as pests over here in Australia. I think they are cute and they seem to love me back because I leave some apples and bread outside the backyard or maybe because I name them like “bushy tail” or “rat tail” I don’t know. I usually leave some left overs for them anyway. When they have babies they are kind of proud to show me their little ones. I am delighted to see how the mothers carry them on their backs.
This was such an unusual encounter for me to see him in daylight as possums are nocturnal animals. I named him bushy tail and she proved me that he wasn’t a “he” by bringing her baby possum one night. Nevertheless, I was honoured to meet him -her- during the day while I was taking some rubbish out.
This is a vegan roast made from plant protein and it comes with a little bag of rosemay and mint glaze. Can be purchased from major supermarkets in Australia. Cooking Instructions: Lightly coat vegie roast with a vegetable oil of … Continue reading →