Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lily's Vegetarian Kitchen

Vegetarian food is growing in its popularity and its influence in Penang is unquestionable where you see vegetarian restaurants almost in every residential area or every street.
Creativity gets the better of these people as they compete to outdo each other in attracting customers.
One of such restaurants is Lily's Vegetarian Kitchen which promoted vegetarian in an innovative and healthy way.
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Tucked away along Madras Lane, this restaurant was run by 3 generations of the family; starting from the respected Madam Lau Geok Ngoh. (You can read more about their history here)

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Occupying the ground and first floor of Noble House building, they offer more than just normal vegetarian dishes, they offer a high-fibre and almost gluten-free vegetarian variety of meals; be it Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Western, etc - they serve even local favorites.Hosted by RockYouPhotos.com


In promoting healthy eating and also to re-package the image of vegetarian food, they took to great lengths as to using organically grown or freshly bought from organic farms in Cameron Highlands.
At the same time, to avoid the high content of carbohydrates in gluten-based vegetarian food, most of the food here are soy-based instead which provide a healthier and yet delicious taste.

The first time I stumbled upon this restaurant was in organizing the birthday lunch for one of my vegetarian colleague and I've been attracted by the wide variety they have here ever since.

Their Vegetarian Chix Chop (RM7) was a generous portion of fresh vegetables and gravy.
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It was an appetizing treat; and it felt so tasteful when served hot.
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Vegetarian black pepper steak (RM7.50) was a rather unique mock version of the original taste of steak (as I do not take beef, I could not tell you how it tastes like but suffice to say, this was rather chewy:)
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The serving of the black pepper gravy was rather generous which provided a strong whiff of peppery aroma into the "steak"
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For some local delights or finger bites, you can try their vegetarian satay (RM6 for 6 sticks)
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The texture of the vegetarian satay was again chewy but it was fried slightly so that it was not too hard.
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The accompanying sauce was well-made and my friend commented that it was superb with the satay!~

For a lighter taste, there is this dumpling soup (RM5)
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However, I find this bowl of dumpling rather pricey and not worth it at all as there were only 5 rather small-sized dumplings in the soup (a dumpling costs RM1 each)
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And the filling was really rather unappetizing and insatiable in size (more like a pinch)
This was rather disappointing:(

If you decide to grab a bite, you might want to look out for their sandwiches variety where the jumbo rendang croissant is one of the popular items (RM6)
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Big in size and filled with a sizable amount of vegetarian mock meat with rendang, it was a delectable delight.
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They offer a variety of juices and tea, smoothies and also their daily cooked Loh Han Guo (herbal tea) - RM1.50 per cup
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By the way, they also serve cooked vegetarian dishes for lunch and dinner and they also prepare banquet dishes; as in 8-course Chinese meals, etc.
Do remember to make your reservations if you would like to try their course meals; and call to enable them to make the preparations.

Also, just for your information, the ground floor serves ala-carte dishes and the first floor is for the course meals and sets.

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18 comments:

  1. i'm seldom take vegetarian dishes~~must try 1 day

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  2. Hi shell, yeah, you should :)

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  3. I don't really like pretentious vegetarian food that is try to look like meat. Quite artificial for me lol.

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  4. Haha Simon, you know what, you're not wrong - vegetarian is vegetarian, they should stick to their concept and not articulate any form of non-vege food:)
    Yeah, originality is vital!~

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  5. wow, never knew that dumplings had a vegetarian counterpart as well. interesting.

    but i still prefer indian vegetarian food! cos it's really just yummy vege...hehehe

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  6. Hey Nic, actually it's true you know...vegetarian food these days have too much of mock/artificial stuffs when they should just concentrate on vege.
    Indian vegetarian is nice; but I can't take curry and spicy stuffs, that's why I always opt for Chinese vege:p

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  7. Interesting food. Hehe
    I like vegetarian food but too bad my bf don't like it. Sigh...

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  8. Hie Allie, awww...that's so sad:(
    Well, one man's meat is always another's poison, ermm..i meant vege:D

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  9. interesting..... will check it out.

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  10. Went to this place once and I prefer their vegetarian western food more than the chinese dishes.

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  11. Hie skinnymum, yeah, it's interesting and healthy too!~:)

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  12. Hey ck! I agree...me too!! The western food is so much better:)
    *winks*

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  13. How lucky to be so close to such a cool vegetarian restaurant. It all looks divine! You don't seem very picky to me =)

    Arika
    My Yummy Life

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  14. That's quite a spread. Good to see that vegetarian food is growing in popularity around the world!

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  15. I love vegetarian food! But it's in Penang. When I go Penang, I won't eat vegetarian loh...Hahaha...

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  16. Hie arika, they have really nice food here. Oh, not picky eh? Hahaha...you will know when you read on....the list of things I DON't like/eat is longer than those I do!:p

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  17. Hie Vaishali, oh yea....what with healthy eating and all, everyone's switching to vegetarian:)

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  18. wmw, hahaha....I think most ppl agree with you...coz of the other irresistible temptations that vegetarian can never compete with!~

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