I always have this nostalgic feelings when I see the signage of Tang Leng Chay. This stall first opened in 1976 and is reputed to be the oldest vegetarian stall in Singapore. Vegetarian old timers remember that Tang Leng Chay is the place to come for good Vegetarian food back in the 1980s when vegetarian food eateries were scarce. Though the popularity of Tang Leng Chay has been overshadowed by the newer stalls like Miao Xuan and Victor Veggie, it remains a popular choice as it serves its food fast during peak dinner and weekend hours.
Here are some of my favourite food from Tang Leng Chay.
I always order the spring roll from Tang Leng Chay as a side dish. It is freshly made on the spot. The quality is also consistently good with its radish, peanuts, bean sprouts and vegetarian chay siew.
The Chay Kway Meoy is one of the better ones I have eaten. The taste is slightly sweet probably due to its choice of vegetarian oyster or soy sauce. You should always eat it on the spot as the quality suffers after the dish cools down. Always keep a lookout for the old lady chef because she is the best cook of the stall. The quality may differ depending on who is around.
The carrot cake is another personal favourite. It may look ordinary but it has this wok taste which makes the dish tasty. The carrot cake also tastes slightly sweet probably due to its choice of soy sauce.
The Rojak from Tang Leng Chay comes with the usual assortment of fried Youtiao, radish, cumumber, pineapple and apple which we are all familiar with. The stall seem to put more sugar and sweet pineapple into the Rojak so it tastes quite sweet.
I consider the tonic soup from Tang Leng Chay to be a hidden gem. It comes with some mock glutton meat similar to the mock pig intestines in Kway Chap. I usually order it without the mock meat as I am not a big fan of glutton. However the stall will give you less soup. I always find the soup invigorating but some folks may find it slightly salty. From the dark colour of the soup, you can infer that Tang Leng Chay does not hold back on their seasonings for the soup.
We strongly recommend the above mentioned dishes from Tang Leng Chay.
Circuit Road Food Centre is quite far away from major public transport hubs. The quickest way is to take a bus from the nearby Macpherson MRT along the Circle Line or Aljunied MRT along the East-West Line. Do take note that almost all of its vegetarian hawker stalls (except for Choo Zai Zhai Vegetarian and Tang Leng Chay Vegetarian Food) open from late afternoon onwards.