The White Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
It was Fakegf who’d told me that this place is still open and that the fish dish is really gooood. On our way in, she warned me that I might get put off by how dim, dingy and dirty the interior was. Lies… compared to the delightful rustic kopitiams that I adored visiting in Melaka and Singapore, this restaurant isn’t what I’d call unkempt or grubby in any way. Granted, the shiny tiles and white walls makes the place look a bit like the interior of a large restroom. But really, it’s very clean and cosy inside, with an almost respectful atmosphere. No problems dining here at all. And with the hanging red lanterns, vinyl chairs and Chinese paintings, kinda makes you feel like you’re in a quiet sanctum of a Buddhist temple in Asia.
And that’s what White Lotus’s philosophy is like, a belief where “no life is sacrificed for your meal”. It’s food served with a deep respect for all sentient beings. No dairy products or alcohol is used in the cooking of the dishes. In fact, they don’t even use chives, garlic, spring onion, leeks or shallots. Very Buddhist. We formed a company of three for this vegetarian pilgrimage: Footscray Food Blog’s Lauren, Fakegf and I.
Lauren and I couldn’t stop gushing how unexpectedly good this meal was. Fakegf was glad she suggested this place to us and that it didn’t disappoint. The combination vegetable dish was the blandest of the three dishes, cooked delicately without the usual presence of garlic, ginger or spring onions. Lauren ate at the lily bulbs, wood ear fungus and snow fungus with curiosity but I could tell she didn’t really take to the texture of these real (non-crafted) vegetables. Lol. While it definitely wasn’t as exciting as the gluten dishes, the mild taste of this dish helped with cleansing your palate between mouthfuls of amazing ‘duck’ and ‘fish’.