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Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant

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This restaurant serves popular local fare done vegetarian-style, with plenty of "mock" meat on the menu.

Daily: 11:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 22:00

+65 64671331
$18 based on 55 submissions
Vegetarians (20 votes), Children/Family (16 votes), Dinner (15 votes)
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Quality Vegetarian Food

My family had been their regulars for quite a few year. Considering this Vegetarian survived at least 20yrs+ in Singapore, it's non-fancy ambience and quiteness is bonus as compared to others.
From Suckling pig to Curry Fish head, not to forget the tasty Sambal kangkong, you do not need to give in to expensive vegetarian food served [comparing to similar class range of restaurant].

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04 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Change after the boss sold business. Good old taste Lost

Food seems to lose its old good days taste.
The boss has sold business away last year.

He is a very meticulous man when it comes to food quality and service.
He used to lead Chefs with years of experience. However perhaps after he sold the business, his old timers chefs could have retired with him along the way too.

If you are observant enough, you notice the difference in taste then and now.

I think *Happy Realm Vegetarian 素食林*  located at Pearl Center is much better

06 Nov 2012 • 8 reviews • 0 follower

Quality Vegetarian Food

My family had been their regulars for quite a few year. Considering this Vegetarian survived at least 20yrs+ in Singapore, it's non-fancy ambience and quiteness is bonus as compared to others.
From Suckling pig to Curry Fish head, not to forget the tasty Sambal kangkong, you do not need to give in to expensive vegetarian food served [comparing to similar class range of restaurant].
06 Nov 2011 • 43 reviews • 20 followers

Big Portions + Cheap, but Ordinary Food

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(This is an updated review of Miao Yi Vegetarian Restaurant. I previously wrote a review on 5 November 2011.)

I’ve read lots of good reviews about Miao Yi so I’ve been looking forward to having a meal here, especially since it’s so close to my school – If you do a Google search you’ll find quite a few reviewers saying it’s the “best vegetarian restaurant in Singapore” or it’s their “favourite” etc. According to one review I read, if you turn up for dinner after 7pm without a reservation you would probably not be able to get a table. Luckily for me, it has been quite empty the both times I’ve been there for lunch. I’m surprised I didn’t see more students here – what with Chinese High, Nanyang Girls, Hwa Chong, and NUS Law Faculty around - because the portions are really generous and the food is quite cheap. I suppose that’s why it’s gotten such rave reviews. Service is also fast and efficient. The menu is extensive and, like most Chinese restaurants, feature a lot of mock meat. I've not tried its highly acclaimed $35 mock suckling pig, but according to Hungry Ang Mo, it's not really worth the price (his review is here).

My general conclusion (below) is that the food is not very special, but I've been told the food is pretty spectacular if I choose the right items, so hopefully I'll have better luck next time. But I've made the curious observation that the same flavouring seems to have been used in many of the dishes.

Sauté broccoli

I know most people would not spend their money on sauté broccoli – “what? You want me to pay for stir-fried broccoli?” – and I didn’t want to order this either, but my friend insisted. I’m glad he did, because this was easily the best dish we had here. The broccoli was lightly flavoured and sautéed just so that it achieved the perfect level of crunchiness at the sweet spot between a raw and a cooked floret of broccoli.

Sauté Spinach

The spinach was lightly flavoured and its texture was perfect for me, though my friend commented that it was just a tad too soft – I guess it’s a matter of personal preference, but my general opinion is that Miao Yi has perfected their sauté dishes.

Roast beancurd with black fungus

Again, the vegetables were done just right – not too raw/hard and not too cooked/soft, giving you a light, satisfying crunch with every bite. But otherwise, the beancurd and black fungus were mediocre.

Royal spicy frog legs

One of Miao Yi’s specialties (according to the menu). The “frog legs” were basically pan-fried mushrooms that had quite a meaty texture (but nothing like frog legs, not surprisingly). My friend and I hated the sauce, which was not spicy at all and was instead sweet and slightly cloying. I think the only thing I liked about it was the fresh, juicy capsicum.

Spicy prawns

Another one of Miao Yi’s purported specialties. I thought it was rather toxic. Each “prawn” had an amazingly artificial texture and I felt like I was biting into either a soft cushion or a hard marshmallow (oxymoron? Maybe, but not when it comes to these prawns...). These dubious prawns were covered with chilli and soy bean bits, which looked and tasted like crappy store-bought dried bacon bits.

Creamy sweet corn soup

As mentioned above, Miao Yi is very generous with their portions, especially with their soups. I had to confirm that we ordered the small portion for the soup because it was such a huge bowl (for about $6, I think). The creamy sweet corn soup was basically very simple, rather boring – don’t expect any interesting flavours, it’s just gonna be... sweet corn soup. No cream was used since this place is vegan, so no worries about it being a very heavy or non-vegan soup.

Venison with Broccoli

Again, the broccoli was perfectly sautéed and I loved its semi-cooked, crunchy texture. The “venison” turned out to be slightly sweet, crispy cornflakes. It was an interesting contrast of textures that bordered on strange.

Spicy Beancurd with Minced Meat

The silky tofu was beautiful but on a whole the dish was ordinary. The sauce was not very spicy.

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

I did not enjoy this dish. The sauce was more sweet than sour, and did not contain any complex flavours. The “spare ribs” were way too soft and seemed to be made from too much gluten, though I’m not sure what they were actually made from.

Conclusion: I would definitely come here again since it’s so near my school, the food ranges from so-so to satisfactory, the menu is extensive, and the cheap prices make it very value-for-money. But I wouldn’t make a special trip to Coro just for Miao Yi.



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23 Oct 2011 • 387 reviews • 13 followers

No meat necessary for great taste

My vegetarian friend's birthday was coming and I thought we should take her out for vegetarian food that's not indian as she eats that all the time already. Read some reviews and Miao Yi came up with really good praises. So our party of 7 went down and tried all these:

1) Mock Pig $35 - their suckling pig comes with the lettuce and dark sweet sauce, just like the meat version. So I thought it'll be lousy. But it's actually freaking awesome. Can't explain it but it's just awesome tasting.

2) Cold Dish $20 - Likewise, there are about 5 sides to choose from. Each one different in texture and taste. Each very well made.

3) Steam Cod Fish $12 - This dish actually came highly recommended by other reviewers but I personally didn't think much of it. It's essentially tofu with seaweed but it's was only ok in taste.

4) Venison Broccoli $12 - this one deserves special mentioned as I loved the way the 'venison' is done. Together with the broccoli, it's super awesome. I couldn't match all the dishes to the special names but these are good:

5) 8-Treasure Tofu $10

6) Hot Plate Tofu $10

7) Season Veges $13

8) R. Mushroom Stalks $16

9) Match Perfection $18

10) Longevity Noodles $12

After a super full meal, we were ready to roll out of the restaurant. So we asked for the bill and realised they don't charge for service! That was such icing on the cake as they give very prompt and sincere service, which is tons better than some establishments who charge and give crappy service. I am SO dragging all my vegetarian friend's here!
05 Aug 2011 • 1 review • 0 follower

Best vegetarian food ever

Never had better vegetarian food in Singapore!

Must try the Mock Suckling Pig and Mock Shark's Fin Soup!