Shan Yuan Vegetarian Food at Bendemeer Food Centre is always patronised by many customers due to its friendly operating hours. It is one of the 4 stalls which operates till early evening. Unlike Jian Kang Vegetarian Food, it does not have a daily feature dish. It mainly serves omelet fried rice, fried rice, oyster paste, carrot cake, prawn noodle, dry noodle, Kway Chap, Lor Mee, Laksa, Mee Rubus and Mee Siam.
I like the slight herbal flavour of the Lor Mee gravy but it is not as starchy as I would like it to be. Also, the ingredients of sliced mock duck meat, fried mock ham, sliced mushroom and beancurd do not quite agree with me. They also taste out of place with the gravy.
As for the prawn noodles, Shan Yuan practically used the same ingredients as its Lor Mee. The ingredients do not complement the dish at all. The only difference is the soup which is adequately prepared.
On the other hand, I find the carrot cake from Shan Yuan tasty. The kway chap chilli complements the dishes very well. Unfortunately, it is usually only available from late afternoon onwards. Vegans need to inform the stall owners that they do not take eggs.
Not many vegetarian stalls offer oyster paste as a dish, let alone make it available daily. Vegetarian oyster paste usually consists of mushrooms, egg and flour. Vegans may not be able to order this dish without eggs. Like the carrot cake, the oyster paste is usually only available from late afternoon onwards.
Shan Yuan offers a wide range of local vegetarian dishes for a reasonable price. We particularly like the oyster paste and carrot cake from Shan Yuan. You can get the details of the stall here.
Bendemeer Food Centre is just a stone throw away from Boon Keng MRT Station which makes it very convenient for vegetarians to have breakfast and lunch. Do take note that not all stalls open in the evening.