My family members were not vegetarians, so our reunion dinner were usually held in vegetarian restaurants. My mum’s favourite has been Miao Yi. The food was always great, but expensive. We decided to give Hwa Jin a try this year. There was no reservation system at Hwa Jin, so we arrived at its evening opening hours to secure a table.
A Chinese reunion dinner in Singapore would be not complete without Yu Sheng. The vegetarian version usually consisted of shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments. We were delighted by the Yu Sheng from Hwa Jin. Even my wife, who did not like Yu Sheng, enjoyed the dish. On hindsight, there was no need for the vegetarian mock Salmon which did not enhance its taste. We hoped that it would bring good luck in the coming year.
Price: From $22.80 (only available during Chinese New Year period)
This dish had a big piece of mock fish doused with generous amount of spicy Sambal chilli. If you enjoyed spicy food, this would be the dish to order.
Price: From $6
Foo Young Egg
Hwa Jin prepared the Foo Young Egg with beaten eggs and tofu. These two ingredients complemented each other perfectly due to their similar texture. We always ordered the signature dish from Hwa Jin, which was not available elsewhere.
Price: From $8
The steamboat contained a variety of mock meat and vegetables. We were impressed by the soft texture of the mock meat. The only issue we had was that the soup lade was too big for the steamboat.
Price: From $5
Shark Fin Soup
We loved the thick starchy texture of the soup, which was best eaten with vinegar.
Price: From $8 (only available during Chinese New Year period)
We spent about $76 on our reunion dinner, which was significantly cheaper than what we would pay in vegetarian restaurants. All dishes, except for Yu Sheng and Shark Fin soup, were available for order anytime during the year. Though there was minimal customer server and lack of air-conditioning, we enjoyed our reunion dinner tremendously. We thought you would too.