We made a pit stop at this Buddhist vegetarian (I believe vegan as they say they do not use egg) restaurant on a recent trip to Melaka. Near a temple, and close to 4 other vegetarian places, it presumably has to perform quite well in a crowded market. Family run, the staff are friendly, but don’t speak English. The menu is bilingual with photos, though. It has nice marble tables and chairs with marble inlay, plus some traditional art on the walls, and a selection of vegetarian products to buy and take home.
We shared a spicy fried noodles. This was less lurid than the picture on the menu suggested, and was a little spicy, with greens, sprouts, mushrooms and mock meat stirred in. This dish was fine, but we wouldn’t have minded a little more heat.
Very good, however, was the yam ring with mock pork ribs. Flaky and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, the yam ring was good, while the ‘ribs’ were excellent. Served in a sticky sweet-savoury sauce with fruit overtones, they were chewy and full of flavour. Very impressive.
Equally good was the steamed ginger mock fish. Brought in a clear, gloopy looking sauce, I was worried this would be slimy and bland. Not at all. With plenty of ginger, this soy flavoured sauce was peppery and warming, with enough savouriness to elevate it.
Even the lemon drink was interesting. Made floral by lemongrass and honey (I think), it wasn’t too sweet or too sharp.
My only complaint is that the price was a little higher than normal for a Buddhist restaurant. I would still like to return, though I might have to check out the nearby options first. Definitely recommended.
Address: 86A-1 Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, 75000 Melaka