This daily 11.00am to 11.00pm Street food festival at Smith Street (Food Street) in Chinatown (MRT Exit A) Singapore, is a mainly non-vegetarian affair. It is hard to find anything for vegetarians here unless one really knows where to go. I walked up and down the whole street twice before getting lucky to spot this joint close to the Temple Street end. Its called CI YAN Organic Vegetarian Health Food and is open daily from 12.00pm to 9.30pm. The menu is short, consisting of about six items of food and one of dessert, and it changes daily except for the "Brown Rice Set Meal" (SGD 6.50) which is served everyday. The "Today's Menu" is displayed on a black board outside the restaurant. Really helpful. When I visited them, it was, apart from the set meal, Braised Mushroom Duck (soy) Noodles (SGD 5.50), Sloppy Joe Burger (SGD 7.50), Minestrone Soup (SGD 3.00), and White Fungus and Papaya (SGD 2.50) for dessert. The rest was sold out and erased from the black board. The restaurant has basic furnishing (wooden stools for chairs), Buddhist temple like decor, and a couple of staff. One is supposed to order at the counter and pay before taking a seat. They serve the food on the table but afterwards the customers are expected to go keep the used dishes at the designated place. The food is good, really tasty, and the brown rice is organic. It does feel like one is eating healthy food so all that formality of ordering & paying first and clearing the used plates from the table does not seem like a hassle. Keep reading, see pictures below...
|Ci Yan Vegetarian Health Food Food Street Chinatown Singapore|
|Dining Hall Ci Yan Vegetarian Health Food Food Street Chinatown Singapore|
Brown Rice Set Meal
|Brown Rice Set Meal at Ci Yan Vegetarian Health Food Food Street Chinatown Singapore|
Its not as bland as it looks. Everything except the brown rice is mildly spiced. Its a tasty meal, not very heavy though. It does leave room in the tummy for a dessert.
White Fungus and Papaya Dessert
|White Fungus and Pappaya Dessert Ci Yan Vegetarian Health Food Food Street Chinatown Singapore|
This dessert was a surprise. It was served hot. I was expecting it to be ice cold, like I had tasted it before in Terminal 21 Food Court Bangkok. I mentioned that to one of the staff there and they almost felt offended. May be they were right, White Fungus and Papaya should be served hot. It tasted good too but from my experience I can say that it works better when it is served chilled, mixed with shaved ice.
|Daily Menu at Ci Yan Vegetarian Health Food Food Street Chinatown Singapore|
It was my first meal at CI YAN, but not my last. The idea of a small menu changing everyday is quite appealing. My big Thanks to CI YAN for serving vegetarian food. I would really like to taste their Sloppy Joe Burger. May be next time. Their customers were more locals than tourists. One of them was kind enough to recommend "Annalakshmi, Eat All You Can, Pay What You Like" Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Chinatown, and that turned out to be great too.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|