I had never liked vegetarian food that much years ago because the ones I had were either greasy or simply boring in terms of selections. Ever since I tried this vegetarian stall in Ang Mo Kio, I’ve changed my perception of vegetarian food that comes in a variety of our everyday local hawker fare dishes nowadays. And since this coffee shop operates 24 hours, my husband and I can also enjoy ‘guilt-free’ suppers in the wee hours of the night.
The stall owner puts up this paper signage on the right hand side pillar beside its menu signboard where she would indicate the two special dishes that are available on that day. This particular menu changes daily. Except for the vegetarian fried beehoon which is never available whenever I want to order it, the rest of the items such as dumpling noodles, laksa, kway chap, fish ball noodles, etc are available round the clock.
Satay beehoon is only available on Saturdays as it’s one of the special weekly rotating dishes. It comes in a huge portion for just $3 a plate with plenty of ingredients (mock meat, prawns, tau pok) and lots of bean sprouts and kang kong. Best of all, it is so generously covered in the satay sauce that you can’t even see the beehoon at the bottom. The sauce is really creamy (with bits of coarse ground peanuts) and fragrant though it’s more on the sweeter side compared to others. And I like the textures of the mock ingredients too that are a little springy and of the vegetables that give a good crunch. Very satisfying dish indeed.
What I really like most from this stall is this kway chap. The robust and fragrant broth has a nice subtle flavour of herbs. In fact, I enjoy drinking the broth as it is. The kway is cooked perfectly with the right firmness and bite. The mock offal, tau pok and tau kwa soak up the braising liquid which is savoury and delicious. Even the hand made chilli sauce makes a great accompaniment to the ingredients. Spicy with a tinge of sourness.
The mee pok which is the stall’s signature dish is probably only average to me. I am biased because I still prefer the non-vegetarian version with pork lard. While the noodles are firm and springy, the sauce that is just made up of chilli sauce and ketchup reminds me of the wanton noodles I used to eat from my primary school’s canteen. The mock fish balls and fish cake have the same rubbery texture but the mock meat is tender and more flavoursome. Overall, it’s decent but just not spectacular though I see most people around me ordering this.
This vegetarian stall is worth a visit if you’re in the vicinity (Yio Chu Kang is the nearest MRT station). I’m going to try the dumpling noodles next time.
Vegetarian Stall @ Coffee Express 2000
Blk 630 Ang Mo Kio St 61
Opening hours: 24 hours (might close on random days)