Genesis Vegan Restaurant – Wholesome Healthy Eats in Serangoon
The owner of Genesis Vegan Restaurant was 9 when she turned vegan. A huge advocate for a wholesome lifestyle and healthy eating, she believes that vegan food can be just as flavourful and delicious as any meat dish. Her proof? 80%-90% of her regular customers are non-vegans.
It must be really good, I thought. Maybe after my meal, I’ll be a convert. Maybe, just maybe.
I had high hopes of changing my impression of vegetables.
Famed for their dumplings with some even claiming that “it’s better than the meat variety”, this is definitely a must-try.
Encased in the smooth dumpling skin is a filling made from mock meat, mushrooms and spring onions. The filling is made fresh in the morning daily. For $6, you’ll get 6 plump looking dumplings and a small serving of chili sauce that tasted similar to our chicken rice chili. The fillings were sweet and had a strong mushroom taste. So, if you detest the taste of mushrooms, stay away from this dish! Otherwise, these dumplings are indeed flavourful.
If they were more tender and juicy, I would have given it 10 out of 10 stars.
While the cracked top may look unappealing, it is actually a layer of vegan cheese sauce made from nutritional yeast. Underneath this ugly betty lies layers of creamy cashew cream and brown lentils. At first glance, it looked like bits of minced meat. Taste and texture wise, it was anything but. The lentils had a soft, mushy texture; it was perhaps more like a vegetable stew that was braised until thick, lumpy and soft.
The flavours of this lasagne ($9.90) is characterized largely by tomatoes and the top layer of “cheese”; nothing complex. Like a plain old classic tomato lasagne but meatless, some may find the taste of this dish comforting. I have to admit that this tomato-based dish had a nice balance of acidity and sweetness.
Bak Kut Teh without pork? Yes, and it’s just as good as the porky version. Savoury and aromatic, you will be surprised that no pork bones were used to make this soup. Flavourful and light on the stomach, this piping hot bowl of delicious herbal bak kut teh soup is akin to the Malaysian herbal bak kut teh, apt for any day. It’s best enjoyed with a bowl of brown rice and lightly boiled bakchoy for a complete and satisfying meal ($8.90).
This tofu cheesecake ($4.50) is creamy and smooth, mildly sweet and had a nice tang from the addition of lemon juice. Its base is made out of oats and some dried cranberries. The “cheese” has a texture relatively similar to the real deal. And that is impressive, because obviously cream cheese isn’t used at all.
Genesis Vegan Restaurant is true attestation that vegan food can be delicious too. I was certainly impressed.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.