Yishen Vegetarian Food Restaurant @ IpohJuly 17, 2010 | 10,023 views
Almost categorized into “Beer Food”, the crispy ‘salted fish’ (RM10/USD3) at Yishen got us hooked, after a squeeze of lime onto the morsels cleverly disguised as “ham yue”, yet made from overlapping layers of beancurd sheet only. This IS a vegetarian restaurant, after all.
Before you go and lay the smackdown on poor Motormouth here for being biased towards the carnivorous fares, and completely ignoring the pleas, desires and lust gluttony of a vegetarian’s, be aware that occasionally, I DO go for vegetarian food. Once in a blue moon might befits the phrase I’m searching for, but I have no qualms about going vegetarian for a full day, or even a whole week.
IF … I’m not expected to adhere to the stringent rules of being a pure vegan (no meat, no dairy products, and even no onion/garlic for some! See the different categories of vegetarianism here)
Curry “Mutton” for a spicy change from the mundane greens and beancurd?
Yishen Vegetarian Restaurant started in Kampar, and then Ipoh since back in the late 80’s. The outlet in Ipoh was opened in the late 90’s, or early part of the millennium, if I’m not mistaken.
They even branched out to two slightly upmarket branches named Yishensu – A Vegetarian Connoisseur in One Utama shopping centre and another in Bandar Bukit Tinggi in Klang.
Since an occasion called for a vegetarian feast earlier this month, I was at lost on where to choose. Of course, Ipoh has quite a few vegetarian restaurants spaced out everywhere in town and the outskirts. From the famous Sin Meng Kee and Chuk Lum to the newer Shi Fang Zai, Fu Tien and Min Sin Yie. But one restaurant stands above the rest, in terms of legacy, standing history and being more commercialized than the rest; Yishen (Yat Sum in Cantonese) in Medan Ipoh Baru …
Claypot Three Cups “Chicken” @ RM15/USD4.50 – Rather small portion for the price paid, but who said going vegetarian is a cheap venture?!
Kung Pow “Snails’ Meat” – RM12/USD3.60 – This was GOOD. Crunchy mock snail’s meat cooked in a tasty ‘Kung Pow’ (sweet/savoury/spicy) sauce.
Emperor Bean Curd (indeed, when five blocks go for RM10/USD3) – Velvety smooth beancurd topped with a ball of mock crab ball (or fish?!) then braised in a moreish sauce.
Good thing about going vege at Yishen is that; they provide you with a choice of conventional white rice, or unpolished/brown rice (healthier by miles)
Oh … in the spirit of the many seafood fiesta before this post, I can’t possibly leave out the deliciously surreal Butter “Prawns” (Nai Yau Har)
Having a meal at Yishen is by far, NOT the cheapest option. Especially when compared to the other vegetarian restaurants in Ipoh. A meal for five can easily come to RM70/USD21 or more, for five small-medium sized dishes.
But the food is good, the restaurant is clean, and fully air-conditioned. If you’re seeking for cheaper alternatives, consider their individual servings of rice/noodles, from about RM4/USD1.20 onwards. Or opt for the ‘chap fan‘ (economy rice/mixed rice) available at the counter daily (except Sundays; when only noodles and vegetarian ‘nasi lemak’ are served).
If you’re out of options, don’t worry. Come back to Yishen to please the elderly. After all, a special celebration calls for a proper diner instead of a plate of economy vegetarian rice at Sin Meng Kee ….. (nothing against Sin Meng Kee though, so don’t flame me!)
YISHEN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
19-21, Jalan Medan Ipoh 6,
Medan Ipoh Baru,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-546 6013
Business hours : 9.30am – 3.00pm, 5.30pm – 10.00pm.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Yishen Vegetarian Restaurant
# For the other outlets’ addresses and contact numbers, jump to their site here.
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