Kwan Inn Vegetarian Restaurant – Jackpot Auntie’s Healthy Recipes
Founded in the 1990s by owner-chef Madam Choo Hong Eng, Kwan Inn Vegetarian has established itself as a forerunner in the field over the years. Its immense popularity and following of loyal customers is due to Madam Choo’s generosity and charitable personality. Approximately 5 years ago, Madam Choo made the headlines when she won more than $400,000 from a casino slot machine at Marina Bay Sands, and then proceeded to give it all away. It was not the first time she had hit the jackpot only to donate the money to charity.
Madam Choo believes in working hard for her money and has been running a vegetarian food stall, which she started in Geylang 30 years ago. In December last year, her dream of opening a restaurant came true. Kwan Inn Vegetarian Restaurant has a cozy ambience and can seat up to 80 diners. Their extensive menu includes Vegetarian Suckling Pig, Specialty Vegetarian Goose, and many more.
Si-Chuan Spicy Soup ($15 small) acts as a good appetiser, boasting a good consistency and a fine balance of sourness and spiciness. Ingredients such as tofu, salted vegetables and capsicums give this soup more texture. This is perfect especially on cold nights, and it really whets your appetite.
Cai-Pu French Bean ($13 small) is too bland for our liking. Preserved turnip usually has a very distinct savouriness to it but this dish lacked that particular flavour. However, the long beans are well-cooked, slightly soft with a great textural crunch.
The two mock meats we had were Coffee Vegetarian Pork Ribs ($16 small) and Spicy Stir-Fried Vegetarian Diced Chicken ($16 small). The former was very well-prepared as we thought it tasted exactly like the real thing. The coffee flavour was very strong and enhanced the aroma of the dish. The ribs were replaced by sugarcane. The tender mock meat was crispy on the exterior, yet juicy inside. The latter was fried with mock chicken, peanuts, vegetables and chilli peppers. One mouthful featured succulent meat, which was very addictive. It goes very well with rice and the level of spiciness was manageable.
The pricing of Kwan Inn Vegetarian might be a little on the steep side, given the quality of their food. We heard that they are actually famous for their chicken rice but we didn’t get to try it. Perhaps, we will return again to give other dishes a shot. Do note that if you’re driving, there is a public carpark in front of the Canadian International School, and you just have to cross the overhead bridge to get to Kwan Inn Vegetarian Restaurant.
Kwan Inn Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 338 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437110
Phone: 6348 0019
Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm daily.
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