Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yishensu Vegetarian

Our first encounter with Yishensu vegetarian restaurant was when we went there to tar pau (打包 or take away) lunch for Crystal's grandma who was on a vegetarian diet during the Chinese 9th Emperor God (九皇爺) festival. We packed the vegetarian claypot chicken rice for her and apparently it was very good. So we went back for a meal.

Yishensu (一心素 - I think it is translated to mean "vegetarian at heart") is located on the ground floor (Lot G207) of the old wing of 1-Utama shopping complex. Besides 1-U, they have outlets in Klang, Ipoh and Kampar. 

The outlet at 1-U is very nicely and tastefully furnished. It appears bright and friendly. There is a very comfortable sitting lounge at the entrance - for patrons waiting for their tables. 

On display were some works or art that were up for sale.

Our lunch started with a nice pot of "tei guanyin" (铁觀音). This is our favorite tea. 

The first dish on our table was the curry mutton. It was very nice. The curry was rich with a full curry flavor. The vege mutton, apparently made from stumps of dried Chinese mushrooms, tasted authentic with the flavor and texture of real mutton. There were potato and some veges in the curry. It complemented our rice very well.

This was the potato salad with mayo sauce. It was not fantastic but I had no complaint.

And this was the clay chicken rice that granny ate. Having heard how good it was, we naturally had to try. And it did not disappoint. Grandma was right. It was delicious. It was the sauce in the piping hot rice that made it so very good. The chicken, being vegetarian, was nothing much to shout about.

I have never tried egg plant (brinjal) fried with salted fish - vegetarian or otherwise. The pseudo salted fish were in big chunks. Had it been the real thing, the whole dish would had been too salty. The so-called salted fish was like any vegetarian fish. It was actually quite pleasant.

Finally we had a plate of black pepper udon. This noodle dish was Crystal's picking. It had some minced meat (vege of course) and mushroom over it. The sauce was light and had a nice black peppery flavor. But I wasn't crazy about it. I found it just so-so.

The prices at Yishensu were rather high. These wannabes are actually more expensive than the real stuffs. Still, the lunch was very pleasant. It was the subsequent shopping and walking that was not.


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