Yi Xin (一心素食) was one of several mid-size vegetarian eateries in Chinatown. Though there were many vegetarian eateries in the vicinity, the restaurant enjoyed brisk business during the lunch and dinner hours. Besides Zi Char dishes, it had a dedicated economic rice, dessert and grocery section. There was also a drink stall, which operated independently of Yi Xin. We noticed that the food sold by the drink stall was not vegetarian.
The table arrangement at Yi Xin was chaotic, probably in order to maximise the seating arrangements in the restaurant. As a result, the walking and sitting spaces were tight. Yi Xin Chinatown was more of a place for eating your meal, rather than settling down for chit chat.
Vegetarian Rib Bone Hor Fun
The texture of the mock meat in the dish was chewy. The dish contained thin slices of mock crispy duck and seaweeds, which made the dish more flavorful. The restaurant did not stir fry its noodles beforehand (as per usual practise for Hor Fun), but they were still tasty.
Vegetarian Squid Vermicelli
This dish reminded us of Yong Tau Foo and Rojak, as the gravy was similar to the sweet brown sauce (used in Yong Tau Foo), and there were plenty of peanuts and pineapple. The mock salmon tasted bland and synthetic, so we had to eat them with brown sauce. Overall, we found the dish above average.
The Spaghetti from Yi Xin was simply one of the best in Singapore. The gravy was thick and sweet. The noodles were always well-cooked and firm. The dish had also generous portions of sliced mock crispy duck, mushroom and mock fish blends. We absolutely loved it.
Penang Assam Laksa
The Assam gravy was excellent and spicy. We found generous portions of mock fish and other ingredients similar to the Spaghetti. There was simply one word – Shiok! – to describe the feeling after finishing one bowl. The dish was only available when the restaurant could get its hands on the right ingredients, so it was not offered as a daily dish.
Buck Wheat Noodles
This dish was the same as the Spaghetti, except that the noodles are made of wheat and the gravy peanut-based. We found the dish to be inferior to the Spraghetti.
Vegetarian Chicken Porridge
This was plain porridge with braised mock chicken and peanuts. The braised ingredients tasted great without being overly salty. The porridge provided a respite from the usual Zi Char dishes and economical rice, when we were tired of the usual vegetarian food.
The Rojak was too sour, as there were too much lemon sauce, slices of green apple and pineapple. We would not recommend the Rojak.
Yi Xin offered a variety of good and value for money dishes to Singaporeans and tourists visiting Chinatown. Stay away from the Rojak and you would be fine.
We have included the opening hours and location of Yi Xin online.
We walked to Yi Xin from the Chinatown MRT.