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.
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.
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.
Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant
282A South Bridge Road
Ph: 6534 7727
MRT: Tanjong Pagar