In part (1) I talked about Delcie’s, a great place where vegan cakes and other confectionery were sold. They have gluten-free and diabetic-friendly options too!
My food radar did not rest on its laurels and it returned with another fantastic find – Xin Yuan Vegetarian Food Trading (心缘素食贸易). This was an ordinary looking grocery store that sold vegetarian food stuff and seasoning as well as ready-to-eat snacks and tit-bits. The shop, located at Fortune Centre, a go-to place for vegetarians and vegans, made my day when I saw some items on my list of CNY (Chinese New Year) goodies!
Their Kueh Lapis is very soft and moist, it is less oily and not as heavy as the original Kueh Lapis. If you are a visual person, you will find its appearance far from the original’s because the countless lines that give it its name of “thousand-layer” cake are nowhere to be seen on the vegan version.
I did not buy the Murukku (a swirl-shaped Indian rice snack flavoured with spices), but it looked fresh and not overly fried. In fact, we can easily get Murukku from any Indian food store or restaurant and some supermarkets in Singapore. Just check and make sure that butter or ghee is not part of the ingredients and vegetable oil was used to fry it.
Their Kueh Baulu (a type of bite-sized sponge cake) is soft but the taste of bicarbonate of soda is too strong. Vegan pineapple tarts were also available, the cookie was just right for my liking while the pineapple jam was a little too sweet for me.
Each pack of about 10 pineapple tarts or Kueh Baulu costs 3.20 and 3.80 Singapore Dollars (S$) respectively. The five pieces of kueh lapis in a pack costs S$3.20. I was told that the shop will be closed on the first three days of Chinese New Year in 2014. Xin Yuan Vegetarian Food Trading is located at 190 Middle Road, #01-25 Fortune Centre, Singapore .
A place to consider for getting some vegan chips and the more westernised goodies for CNY is Real Food. It is ever so refreshing to visit the place, which is an eatery cum grocer cum stockist of eco-friendly products cum book store. You might also want to pick up some fresh organic produce from them for your CNY cooking at home.
More on fresh organic produce in the next part, talk soon!