Type of Institution: Vegetarian
Address: 41 & 43, Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +60 6 292 2816
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 9pm
Hello boys and girls, sorry for my absence of late. I’ve been taking a well-deserved break in Europe for a month but now I’m back in business, and this time round I’ll like to tell you about one of the best vegan meals I’ve had in a while right before I left on my European trip. Veggie Planet in Melaka is a godsend for lovers of flavourful, wholesome vegan food sans MSG, preservatives, sweeteners, and artificial bullshit – in many ways, the food reminded me of the feel-good dishes at New Green Pasture, one of Singapore veg’s scene firm favourites. The selection on the menu is mainly Asian with a few Western options thrown in.
Veggie Planet welcomes visitors with glass doors and windows framed with rich dark wood, which allow natural light to flow into its inner sanctum. Rustic natural charm combines with minimalistic deco to create a calming, capacious and yet cosy space.
Fresh Veggie Roll
The Fresh Veggie Roll, made with purple cabbage, carrot, radish, bean sprouts, cucumber and white sesame seeds wrapped in a thin, translucent skin, is great for eating on its own as the freshness of the ingredients bring out their rich, natural flavour. I preferred to dip it liberally in the sweet and slightly tangy seasoning, made with homemade Thai sauce, lemon juice and brown sugar. Highly recommended. (RM 7.90)
5 tempeh steaks were served on a banana leaf with cucumber slices and drizzled with curry leaves on top. They had a perfect thickness and were uniformly tender throughout yet still retained a satisfying bite. The mild natural flavour of tempeh was enhanced by sea salt and a thin, slightly crispy coating of curry powder. I would have preferred a stronger curry taste but I still enjoyed the dish. This also comes in Original flavour. (RM 8.90)
Nonya Curry Ramen
Order the Nonya Curry Ramen if you want something comforting. The hearty portion of homemade “sunshine ramen” was made with a blend of unbleached organic flour, soy, sea salt, and filtered water, which was then sun-dried. It was accompanied with tender eggplant, long bean, bean sprouts, chewy taukee (bean curd puff), cashew nuts, pine nuts, walnuts and almonds. Most importantly, the broth was generously flavoured with traditional curry powder and was creamy despite the absence of coconut milk. You can also opt to have the Nonya Curry with brown rice vermicelli instead. (RM 12.00)
A refreshing homemade drink made with lemon grass and pandan leaf and naturally sweetened with stevia. (RM 7.90)
Conclusion: What a gem of a place. Unmissable if you’re escaping to Melaka for a short weekend.