KUALA LUMPUR- The query of what to eat for lunch is one most working folks dread on weekdays. Conversations would go one thing like this: “Rooster rice? We ate that two days in the past” or “How about sushi? Too costly lah.”
If that sounds acquainted to you, why not go straightforward on the meat and go for vegetarian meals for a change? The Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Canteen, situated close to Suria KLCC, has been serving easy however tasty vegetarian dishes for greater than 20 years.
When you go there round midday on a weekday, you’re certain to see dozens of workplace staff and vacationers holding their plates and queueing for the cashier. Don’t let that deter you as a result of the meals is value it.
On a standard day, one can anticipate as much as 30 dishes unfold out buffet-style for patrons to select from. With a setup harking back to a college canteen, lengthy metallic tables are full of trays of freshly cooked dishes similar to fried fuchuk (beancurd pores and skin), vegetarian char siew, curry greens, marmite sauce potatoes, vegetarian fried fish and so forth.
The staple is “blended rice”, a neighborhood reference to rice and all of the facet dishes on the identical plate.
A FMT Life-style reporter went to the spot on a Friday, and the particular merchandise on the menu was lei cha, a well-liked Hakka dish.
Lei cha is a wholesome dish sometimes made with tea leaves and often taken for breakfast. It’s eaten with rice with facet dishes similar to tofu, diced inexperienced veggies, roasted nuts, sesame seeds and pickled radish.
The model served on the canteen appeared a little bit too inexperienced, nevertheless it was flavourful and value a strive for individuals who is perhaps a bit skittish on the subject of consuming their veggies.
For the reason that primary level of service on the canteen is to supply wholesome meals, the dishes are cooked with much less oil and salt than regular, making them excellent for these on a food regimen.
There are particular dishes aside from blended rice on each working day: fried rice and black bean soup on Monday, bitter gourd soup and potato noodles on Tuesday, natural soup and tomato soup noodles on Wednesday, curry noodles on Thursday and, in fact, lei cha on Friday.
Guests may also be capable to check out nasi lemak and Hainan rice on the primary and fifteenth day of the lunar month.
When you really feel like a snack after the primary meal, gentle bites similar to fried sesame balls, radish cake amongst others, can be found.
One pleasant reminder: for the reason that place is self-service, do keep in mind to filter out the plates after your meal. Dump leftover meals into the bin offered and place the utensils on the designated spot to ease the burden of the employees and volunteers on the temple.
For the reason that canteen has such a protracted historical past, it’s no surprise that patrons go there from close to and much for the fare it serves.
Andrew Tan, 35, informed FMT Life-style he would eat there not less than twice every week since he works close by.
“I’ve been coming right here for greater than 10 years,” he mentioned.
Ravinderjit Singh hails from Seremban. He occurred to be on the town for official enterprise. Remembering the place fondly from years in the past, the 50-year-old introduced his household alongside to allow them to strive the dishes.
“I just like the temple setting right here because it has a really calming aura,” he mentioned. “I used to be glad to see that the meals right here tastes simply pretty much as good as I keep in mind.”
Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Meals Centre
Lorong Binjai (Off Jalan Ampang),
50450 Kuala Lumpur
• Monday-Friday: 11.00am-2.30pm
• First and fifteenth day of the lunar month: 7.30am-2.30pm
Contact: 03-216 37118