Type of Institution: Vegetarian
Address: 10 Anson Road #01-46, International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Tel: +65 6226 3979
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 7 AM-3PM, 5-9.30PM (closed on public holidays)
Earth Kitchen at International Plaza is more commonly known as Xin Yi Vegetarian (the name which Earth Kitchen previously gave its vegetarian subsidiary), but from what I know nothing much has changed aside from the name. It is a typical Chinese vegetarian restaurant, with a wide variety of Chinese vegetarian food and traditional wooden furnishings. Eggs are not used but dairy products are used in certain dishes. I thought it was strange that the menu did not have any desserts.
Service was disappointing, as the waiters seemed generally inattentive and the waiter serving my table was unhelpful when I asked for recommendations. Sometimes I feel like throwing my cutlery across the table when a waiter tells me “Uh I don’t know, it is a matter of preference.”
As for the quality of the food, I generally wasn’t impressed despite the fact that everything I ordered was recommended by the menu. To be more specific…
Veg Sharks Fin with Abalone Soup
The peppery Veg Sharks Fin with Abalone Soup had some interesting textures – expect crunchy enoki mushrooms, fresh earthy button mushrooms, chewy mock sharks’ fin and, and mock shredded crab meat and fish cake. The small portion suits two people comfortably. ($10 for small portion, $35 for large)
The Teochew Dumplings, which contained strips of carrot, white carrot, mushroom, and peanut chunks, were light in flavour ($3.60).
The Pot Stickers were basically Chinese spinach wrapped in thin translucent dumpling skins, accompanied by vinegar sauce. The health conscious should avoid them as they were rather oily. ($4.80)
The Assam Fish featured a few slabs of not unpleasant soy-based mock fish covered with a strong sour and spicy Assam sauce. The accompanying eggplant and (overcooked) yellow capsicum made for a strange combination of ingredients. Similar to the Pot Stickers, the Assam Fish was quite oily as well. ($15)
Five Flavour Fried Rice
This was the only dish I tried that I would recommend. Although it was slightly oily, the brown rice was perfectly cooked and stir-fried with a pleasant medley of ingredients – mock ham, pine nuts, diced carrot, mushroom, long beans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, topped off with a handful of shredded iceberg lettuce. ($8.50)
Conclusion: I was not impressed by the food I’ve tried at Earth Kitchen – most of it seemed to be of the same quality as an average Chinese vegetarian restaurant. Also, it’s not suitable for the health-conscious as the food leaned towards the oily side.