As Singapore is embroiled in the traditional of taking meals outside at hawker centres or other eating establishments – We are inevitably faced with quite a dilemma. How can we access healthy food outside? Unfortunately, outside food typically has more salt, oil, MSG and other harmful substances than what we would like. My Vegetarian Way offers an escape from strong flavoured unhealthy food, and instead provides some of the healthiest vegan food that I’ve even seen inside a hawker centre. My Vegetarian Way has been running at Golden Shoe for over six years now.
My Vegetarian Way
Location: #03-24, 50 Market Street (Golden Shoe Market & Food Centre)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8.00am-3.30pm. Weekends closed.
CLOSED DOWN – As of 09/12/2014 (Owner is planning to open again in a new location)
The My Vegetarian Way menu has different daily specials every day. The stall prides itself on using no mock meats, no deep frying, and all natural ingredients (some of which are organic). They also aim to use as little salt and oil as possible. But the big question is, will this leave the food tasting too bland? Let’s find out…
The first dish that came to our table was the Brown Rice Porridge. This porridge tasted…Healthy. Ok, I admit it, Chinese porridge probably ranks bottom of my list of dishes that I crave for. With that being said, this porridge manages to capture a quite delightful creamy texture (all the more impressive as it is vegan). The taste is subtle, and may be considered bland by some. But personally it was pretty enjoyable overall – That is saying a lot coming from me.
Price: $1.50. 7/10
Next dish sampled was the Fried Hor Fun. No, don’t adjust your screens, the picture is indeed fried hor fun. The chef at My Vegetarian Way has done their best to make this dish as healthy as conceivably possible. It is not fried, and a great deal of fresh crunchy vegetables have been added inside. This dish should be eaten immediately upon serving, when it is fresh. It is another dish which has very subtle flavours, but it goes perfectly with the pumpkin chilli (see below), which customers can help themselves to at the front of the stall.
Price: $3.50. 7/10
Customers who find the food too bland are urged to add this pumpkin chilli to their food. This chilli paste is really delicious.
Lastly, we have the Lei Cha. This Hakka dish, also known as ‘thunder tea rice’ is by default extremely healthy. It is a dish that allows the natural flavour of the ingredients to shine. Rather than relying on salt, MSG and other harmful flavour enhancers. Lei cha is one of my girlfriends favourite dishes, so I’m often coaxed into ordering it when out and about. I’ve slowly started to gain a greater appreciation for this dish. But irregardless of taste, this is a dish we should all be eating on a regular basis, to increase our overall health and longevity.
Price: $4.00. 7/10
Conclusion – It is important that customers who visit My Vegetarian Way adjust their expectations. Yes, the food may seem bland to many of us – Because we have been brought up our entire lives eating strong tasting foods. We need to go back to simplicity, and this stall is a great example of how to do that. If every typical bee hoon/rice and dishes vegetarian stall in Singapore was replaced with stalls like My Vegetarian Way, the country would definitely be a healthier and better place.
Food – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Value – 8/10