Miao Shan Vegetarian is a stone’s throw from the NEX shopping mall in Serangoon Central. It’s located in the L.A. KOPI Coffee Shop, which itself is located on the ground floor of a walk-up HDB complex. When I visited on Saturday morning (well, midday…) it was noisy and vibrant and full of old people. It had a nice feel to it, largely thanks to the patch of grass next to which we were sitting. Funny how the best, most peaceful tables are usually reserved for smokers.
MS offers the usual selection of veggie-friendly local delights: mee rebus, mee siam, laksa, hor fun, nasi lemak, and so on. The pricing is very reasonable – most dishes are either SGD 2.50 or SGD 3.00. I was keen to try the char siew rice, but when I arrived (about 12.30pm), the only dish available was the daily special: sin chew bee hoon. If you like choice, go early!
Miao Shan Vegetarian
#01-89 L.A. KOPI Coffee Shop, Block 262 Serangoon Central Drive
Open 06:00-13:00 daily
I’m not much of a bee hooner, but was happy to give this Singapore-style variant a shot. The first thing I liked about it was the fact that there was very little residual oil on the plate; the flavours were, as a result, quite clean and distinct. The dish included shredded carrot, cabbage, beansprouts, and various mock meats. The beancurd skin contributed the most character to the dish, being crispy to the bite and smokey to the taste. This, combined with the sweetness of the accompanying chilli sauce and the sourness of the lime juice and pickled chillies, ensured that every bite provided an interesting array of flavours and textures. A decent meal, but not enough to convert me to the legions of die-hard bee hoon fans.
I got the impression that a lot of care goes into every dish that is served by Miao Shan. The owners are a friendly bunch, and the quality of the food makes this a place that’s worth supporting.