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Zi Zai Vegetarian 自在齋 @ Tampines May 6, 2013

Posted by gurkhason in food, photos.
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Once in a while you get sick of indulging in meat and seafood, it is a nice change to head for a vegetarian menu instead.  Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines can do exactly that.  It is popular not only with vegetarians, even those living near the neighbourhood will also visit the store for some as good as non-vegetarian zhi char.  On weekday nights and weekend, it will be packed with guest.  You probably have to wait some time for a table if you have a bigger than 5 in your party.

Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines

Yam ring is one of the “must-order” dish because it is my mum’s favourite.  The yam ring is crispy on the outside and filled with lots of yam inside.  At the core of the ring are stir fried vegetarian sweet and sour pork with the usual fan fare of carrots, capsicum and cashew nuts.  Quite frankly, the yam ring is as good as it gets and if you just like the yam, it doesn’t really matter if it is vegetarian or not.

Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines

This Special Crispy Tofu is our first time order despite our numerous visit to Zi Zai Vegetarian store.  The outside is crispy to a crunch while the inside is soft tofu that is filled with finely diced mushroom.  All of us like this dish on first bite.  Definitely something which we will order again.

Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines

Cereal Vegetarian Prawns, for some reason is my sister favourite, though she probably like the real prawns but she just devours this each time we order.  Quite frankly the vegetarian prawns doesn’t even taste like prawns at all but who doesn’t love this fried cerals with sugar, curry leaves and chilli.  Most of the cereals are gone just as the prawns does.

Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines

Stir Fried Kang Kong is another vegetable dish that is amongst my family favourite, although admittedly I never really like kang kong beyond having it at zhi char store.  The vegetables are well cooked; unlike my mother who tends to overcook it all the time.  They are fresh and tender.  You can actually know if the kang kong are too “old” from the texture of the stem which usually is not as crunchy as the younger more tender ones.  Done to the right level of spiciness, and not too oily, this kang kong is one of the better ones, even if compared to the non-vegetarian version (which usually fried with sambal prawns).

Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines

We ordered another Claypot Tofu despite already having the Crispy Tofu because my nephew likes tofu dishes.  I like the starchy gravy and how the dish remains hot throughout the whole dinner because the claypot retains the heat.  The tofu is very soft and well cooked together with carrots, mushrooms and capsicum.

Zi Zai Vegetarian @ Tampines

Last but not least, we also had the Fried Omelette with Mushrooms.  This dish is like the fried oyster omlette except that it used mushrooms instead of oyster.  The mushroom does have a soft, silky texture just like oysters.  The omelette is done so well that it is eggy and yet with the right crispiness on the outside.  I just can’t stop tucking into this.  Maybe because I am a big fan of eggs in the first place.

Quite frankly, one cannot really tell these are vegetarian dishes.  In fact by just tasting it, it is hard to discern the taste unless you are really a food taster.  All the dishes are very value of money.  I cannot remember the prices because I eat there often to care about it.  But in my next visit, I will surely remember to put them in here for all my food blog readers.

So if you stay in the neighbourhood, do try Zi Zai Vegetarian and share your thoughts.

Zi Zai Vegetarian 自在齋
Blk 801 Tampines Avenue 4
Singapore 520801
Tel: +65 6781-1820
Open Daily: 7am to 11pm



1. tang - July 27, 2013

Pls update zi zai address:Tampines avenue 4,not ave 8.

gurkhason - August 2, 2013

Thanks for pointing out, I have amended the address accordingly.

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