I may not be the best food blogger in Singapore, but one thing I can guarantee is that I will visit any vegetarian place that my dear readers ask me to visit. Recently I received a recommendation from an anonymous reader, who suggested I venture to the Serangoon North industrial estate, to try a vegetarian stall named Kang Le. This stall is located on level 6 of the east wing, of the Mapletree industrial property. In Chinese ‘kang’ 康 means healthy and peaceful, while ‘le’ 乐 means happy. With such a positive stall name, surely the food must be good!
Kang Le Vegetarian Food
Level 6 Canteen, 6 Serangoon North Avenue 5 (Mapletree Industrial Property)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6.00am-6.00pm. Weekends Closed.
MOVED – Now can be found at 5058 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2
The stall is run by a husband and wife duo. The wife is usually in the kitchen at the back, preparing the food. While the husband is at the front of the stall serving the customers. The husband was quite reserved and expressionless when we were talking with him, but his face light up when we asked if we could take a picture. The wife is a cooking fanatic, and has attended several cooking courses, receiving several certificates for her cooking ability in the past. Both are fully vegetarian, and launched this stall over two years ago.
Kang Le do have a number of made to order dishes, but it is their economic rice/bee hoon and dishes that really looked most attractive to me. The vegetables looked fresh and vibrant. Moreover, there was a surprisingly large array of dishes to choose from, considering this is just an industrial food court/canteen.
Here is a look at some of the Dishes that are available. I especially loved the way the auntie cooked the bittergourd. It was sliced thinly, and looked super fresh. Moreover, it was combined with black bean, which is really a flavour match made in heaven. The curry mock meat and potatoes were both coated in very nice sauces, it was only the long beans that I found to be lacking in aroma. Really tasty and good quality dishes overall though.
Price: $2.50. 7/10
The only made to order dish that was available on this particular day was the Bak Kut Teh. I was chatting with Henry Wang recently about the cost of Chinese herbs sky rocketing recently in Singapore. Due to that reason, dishes like bak kut teh now seldom have the wide range and depth in flavour, due to cutting corners on herbs. This bak kut teh had a clean taste, but didn’t have the potency and depth that a well made bak kut teh soup would have. I did like the mushroom derived mock meat and the floating Chinese celery (one of my favourite ingredients), but the soup flavour could definitely be improved upon. This dish is additionally served with brown rice and fried beancurd.
Price: $3.00. 6/10
Conclusion – Those who work in and around the Mapletree building should certainly consider themselves lucky to have such a nice little vegetarian stall available to them. Due to the location and opening times, I doubt this will attract many of my readers to make the journey to visit this stall – But if you do, the fresh dishes are well worth it.
Food – 7/10
Service – 7/10
Value – 8/10