Always being on the lookout for good vegetarian places for me, a couple of years ago Hubby Bear tagged Vegie Mum as a place we should check out. We tried our luck one evening and the place was packed to the rafters – no go. Then about a year later we tried again, same scenario – no go. Granted, we didn’t have reservations either time, but it just didn’t look like the sort of place you need to book for.
So after two rejections in as many years, just recently we rocked up in the latter part of their Sunday lunch period and BAM! We’re seated by a suited gentleman named Steven, who proved to be the most hysterically funny host we’ve ever encountered! Bullroar.
We started with some Traditional Chinese Tea and then Steven proceeded to divulge the top specials and popular dishes to us. After a short break to let us mull over the massive menu, he returned to take our order and immediately said, “So, one spaghetti bolognese and one margarita pizza?” Of which we respond by laughing hysterically with him because we’re in an all vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Mind you, the hilarity only stopped for us to eat our meals.
Hubby bear ordered the Stir Fried Beef Basil dish, specifically because it was a recommended special. The plate arrived, mock meat and all, surrounded by lovely fresh lemongrass tossed with onions, zucchini, green beans, snow peas, and capsicum. The sauce was a well balanced salty-sweet and piping hot on that sizzler-platter. Being a meat eater, Hubby bear was incredibly impressed with the flavours – he wasn’t missing the meat at all!
|Stir Fried (mock) Beef & Basil|
Next up was the Kung Pao Chicken, again with its pretend meat, simmering in a tangy-sweet sauce with cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, snow peas and capsicum – oh, and dried red chili. Both of us agreed it was nice, but a bit too sweet for what we were expecting (which was more spicy-hot).
|Kung Pao (mock) Chicken|
As a side note, being a long-time vegetarian, I’ve never been a big fan of mock meat. I choose not to eat meat for my own reasons, so I’ve never really understood why people think I want to eat things that look like meat but aren’t. But after this lunch, I realize, mock meat must be more for meat eaters, people who can’t eat meat but want to, or vegetarians who miss eating meat. Even though, to me, the dishes would’ve been just as tasty with big blocks of tofu or no substitute at all, knowing Hubby bear was over the moon because I could pick – and eat – anything from the menu was uber-sweet.
Anyhoo, we shared an Emperor’s Fried Rice, which has to be one of the best fried rice dishes we’ve both had in ages. Vegetarian or not. In addition to the egg, peas and carrot slices, the Emperor’s fried rice apparently has sprinklings of some type of leaf (I want to say olive) that makes the flavour ‘pop’. Well, whatever it was, we’re having it again!
|Emperor’s Fried Rice|
Steven, in all his glory, brought out a non-gelatin set of jellies as a complimentary dessert for us, which was incredibly kind. However, it just wasn’t our thing. Wobbly blobs of semi-sweetness just didn’t hit the texture or flavour button for either of us. But it’s the thought that counted, right? And we were grateful for the gesture.
I didn’t keep track of the prices of each dish, but our total bill came to about $50, pretty good in my opinion! All in all – we’re game to book a table for dinner and get the full dining experience here again soon – just to be sure all those yummy flavours weren’t a once-off. Plus, we have to see if Steven is just as funny on our second visit! ha!
Flavour: ★★★★★ ✔
Quality: ★★★★★ ✔
Service: ★★★★★ ✔
Value: ★★★★★ ✔