Simple Life Vegetarian Restaurant Review
Have your tried dining at vegetarian restaurant before? Honestly, I was sceptical at first. I mean I am scared that is not full filing and was quite curious of what are the types of dishes can be offered. This is one of the moment I am happy to be proved wrong. Haha
Don’t get me wrong, I did tried few vegetarian cuisine before. It started way back when I was standard 5. There is this one girl name Manju. She is my best friend at that time, but now she all grown up and staying in Oz and we kinda lost contact for couple of years.. I still have her on facebook, but it is just kinda ackward to start a convo with a your childhood bestie after that long of not communicating.. I am scared that if I inbox her and she might think I want borrow money from her hahaaha.. If you are reading this Manju, please take note that I miss you and hope everything is great at your end.
Aiyo, what am I doing here? What’s with so much detail? Haha.. Anyway, Manju is the reason I tried my first vegetarian meal of my life. Once a week..after school, we will go back together to her place to get ready and then we will go to tuition class together.
Manju’s family are vegetarian and her mum (and granma) introduced me to lots of yummy indian vegetarian cuisine. I also went to few other vegetarian restaurant before for personal trip just to try. Well, last couple of weeks I was given an opportunity to visit Simple Life for a food review.
Have you been to Simple Life before? Please la.. sure pernah dengar right? Simple life have 12 outlet in Malaysia and I was invited to visit Mid Valley to dine with non other Mr. Lai Keun Ban. Mr Lai is actually the co-founder of Simple Life.
Mr Lai Keun Ban pouring the Fresh Mixed Fruit Tea (must try)
Allow me to share a little bit of Simple Life background. It started with Madam Tracy Ngo. (She is actually the wife of Mr. Lai ) Around 23 years ago in Melaka, Madam Tracy started an organic shop and in 1995 she introduced “Lei Cha” and the rest was history. Their first Simple Life outlet was launched in 2011 and after 4 years down the road they now have 12 outlet. Impressive, I must say.
Organic Lei Cha
So how does the food taste like? Tried number of food on that day and one of the most interesting (also best selling) is this Organic Lei Cha. This dish is made using Multri Grain Rice, Homemade Lei Cha Paste, Japanese Sawi, French Bean + carrot, cabbage + carrot, Sayur keringting, organic beancurd, dry raddish, peanut, pumpkin seed + sunflower seed. I learned from Mr. Lai that Lei means “tumbuk” and cha means “tea”. For this dish, the tea leaves were crushed and make into a paste. In order to enjoy this meal, you need to put all the ingredients together, pour the “Lei Cha” and then mix it up together. Honestly, the portion is quite generous and I could easily say that you may order this dish for sharing.
Organic Lei Cha
As you can see from the gif above, the food looks tempting and how I wish I could also share with you about the smell. The smell reminded me of herbal spa. If you like to try out a healthy organic meal then you might consider this one. This dish is not spicy and it gave a good experience thanks to the diverse texture of the meal.
Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Nasi Lemak
The next dish is Malaysian’s top pick! Nasi lemak..nyum nyum! This dish is prepared using multi grain rice, virgin organic coconut oil, homemade acar, pumpkin rendang, homemade carrot sambal, peanut, crisp mushroom ( to mimic ikan bilis) fried egg, japanese cucumber and vege craker. This dish is also served with a vege soup on the side.
Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Nasi Lemak
I personally like the vege soup very much. If you can see from the picture about you may see that there is no oil in the soup. Healthier option huh? Yes, on top of that I also found out that they have a strict no MSG, artificial colouring & preservatives policy. If you are into a healthy vegetarian, no harm trying out this one.
Let’s zoom in and and check out the pumpkin rendang. Being a malay, I tried many type of rendang in my life and this particular rendang is different from all the rendang I have tasted. Mainly because it is the vegetarian version of rendang. This rendang made out of pumpkin. The texture and the smell is mouth-watering. As I take my first bite, I can feel the sweetness of the pumpkin and the spiciness from the other ingredients.
Nasi lemak is not complete with out the crunchy peanut and ikan bilis right? Wait.. just now you said vegetarian, but how come got ikan bilis pulak ni? hehe… This ikan bilis is actually made from mushroom. They cut the bottom part of the mushroom and make it so crisp that you actually think that it is the actual ikan bilis. sedap!
Organic Vegetable Curry with Mee Hoon
Since..I am into spicy food, then I decided to try out this organic vegetable curry with mee hoon. You may switch to other type of noodles if you wish to do so. I wanted to try out with mee hoon because it was made using brown rice. Also, it is my first time trying out curry dish that was made using cashew nut milk. Interesting huh? The curry is tasty and not too spicy.
After being pampered with so many yummy vegetarian food, I also ordered not 1, not 2 but 3 snacks and dessert. hehehe… Actually, I wanted to try it all but then my tummy capacity is almost reaching it’s peak.. So, I settled with 3. The first one is this seaweed roll. It looks very similar to sushi but the different is in the ingredients. It is a nice crunchy like snacks that made out from Japanese seaweed and mayonnaise. The seaweed roll is jam packed with veggies!
Mix Fruit Rojak
Taaaa daaaa…… this is mix fruit rojak. What make this rojak special compared to the rest in the market, is the sauce. It is homemade ofcoz and it is actually made out from plum. If you can see it is the dark brown sweet and sour sauce. The wrinkly orange top is actually a homemade picked papaya. I also bump into cherry tomatoes while eating my rojak. Yummy!
Golden Mango Roll
Allow me to introduce the last meal I have tried at Simple Life. Drum roll please……. Golden Mango Roll is in town! hehe.. really like this one sedap, simple and juicy. I even posted a picture of this dish on my insta & fb. This dish is made out from mango that was cut into fat strip and then wrapped with brad crumbs and then fried till perfection. I will definitely come back for more.
Well, we are now towards the end of this post. And because you have stayed with me towards the end…. Here a picture of me posing in-front of the shop with Mr. Lai Keun Ban. I dont know if you can tell, but even my tummy was smiling haha.. Thank you to Madam Tracy Ngo for helping us to snap this picture. Actually, I invited her to join in but she want to help us snap the picture instead.. hehehe Thank you once again to Simple Life for extending this review invite. I will bring my family members and friends to come and try out other dishes next time!
Hope you like this post and do let me know if there is anything I could improve on ya? Arigato! and have a great week ahead
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