I am not a pure vegetarian but I truly love vegetarian food (regardless of Chinese, Indian, Western….) more for health rather than for religious reason. This is why you can find a variety of simple homecooked vegetarian dishes I tried and shared with you in my blog (under the categories of “vegetarian”) with some of my top picks listed here.
a) pesto pasta (Western)
b) lentils with pumpkin and tomato (Indian)
c) Indian vegetarian rice (Indian)
d) stir-fried pumpkin and cucumber with vegetarian duck (Chinese)
e) stir-fried fine french beans with mixed vegetables (Chinese)
f) Luo Han Zhai(罗汉斋)
In food haven Penang, you can find many hawker stalls and restaurants serving vegetarian meals. On New Year’s Eve, my family members and I had a vegetarian dinner at Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen. This restaurant is specializing in vegetarian Chinese, Nyonya, Fusion and Western cuisine and caters for all occasions. It occupies 2 floors with ground floor mainly for self-service canteen, whereas the first floor accommodates to walk-in ala-carte dining and private functions such as birthday and wedding occasions. The food served is all vegetarian and mostly soya-based instead of gluten.
We started our dinner with a 4-seasons combo (kerabu, satay, fish ring, stir-fried scallop, crabmeat, gingko nuts with french beans). The satay is their signature dish. The mocked meat is so tender and the peanut sauce is very tasty.
Next, we were served with vegetarian sharkfin soup. All of us concluded that it tasted better that the real sharkfin soup!
Our 3rd course is ying yang prawn – mocked prawns in 2 different flavours. Salad prawn and Nestum butter prawn. Both are delicious. I personally prefer Nestum butter prawn because it has a strong curry leaves flavour to it.
Next, we had mutton curry with fried buns. The fried buns（馒头） go well with the curry gravy. Did you notice those small glasses with red-coloured drink? It is their famous imported organic and caffeine free “mixed fruit tea”. A must try for everyone.
To wind up the dinner, we had vegetarian braised yee mee (noodles).
It was a very satisfying and enjoyable dinner to end our Penang trip. The total bill came out to be RM250.00 net (US$70) for a table of nine adults and a child (actually he eats like an adult on a two third portion like grandpa and grandma). Overall, the quality of the food and services are good. You can find other creative and ingenuine vegetarian nyonya dishes ie otak-otak.
Lily’s vegetarian kitchen
98 Noble House
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