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Monday, November 4, 2013

Loving Hut, Jalan Radin Bagus

Apart from Le Veggie closest to my home, Loving Hut is another vegan restaurant/cafe that is situated above a bank, and below a fitness center. Right next to Sen-Heng, you have to proceed one floor up to access the peaceful, homey cafe.

Upon entering, you encounter wooden floor boards, a standing water feature on your right (probably for feng shui), and an assortment of laminated wooden tables accompanied by solid acrylic chairs. Take a seat, and the somewhat surly young waiter will hand you the menu. There's a daily set (changes according to the day of the week) for MYR5.80, or you could order straight from the main menu.

The place isn't Buddhist-oriented (that we noticed), and the items on the menu were not limited to just regular Chinese dishes as we found in other restaurants. Apart from regular dishes to go with rice, there were curries, noodles, and fried rices. We ordered a meal with soup each, plus a drink and a side dish for sharing.

The drink we ordered was a rose cappucino, which is pretty much an iced cappucino (you could have it hot too) with a little rose essence, and topped with dried rose buds. While it looked pretty, it tasted only like over-sweetened coffee.

My sister ordered a tofu steak with bean sauce, served with brown rice, a salad, Chinese-style stir-fried veggies, and a Chinese-style soup. My sister isn't much of a vege food fan, but she enjoyed this one, which is pretty good. We both agreed that the salad wasn't the best, though.

The soup was some kind of root vegetable soup, with red dates and chickpeas. Not bad, but I wasn't too fond of the anonymous root vegetable cubes that accompanied the carrot cubes in the soup.

I originally ordered a green curry rice, but apparently it wasn't ready yet, so I changed my order to the basil sauce chops rice, served with the same rice platter and soup that went with my sister's set. The sauce is derived from the popular Taiwanese "three cup" chicken dish, which is made with basil, soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, and sesame oil (a cup each, hence, "three cup", and boiled down to a thick sauce).

I loved that the sauce tasted authentic, just like how "three cup" chicken is supposed to taste like. And even though I fished out a ton of chili slices from the sauce, it wasn't too spicy, and had enough sweetness to it to balance out the saltiness of the soy sauce.

Lemon chicken was one of my favorite dishes, and here's the vegetarian version, with vegetarian chicken. Need I say more? If I needed to, I'd say it tastes exactly like its non-vege counterpart, if not more delicious.

The bill came up to slightly under MYR50, which is less than our meal at Le Veggie. So, overall:

Food - 8.5 / 10
Environment / ambiance - 6.5 / 10
Location - 6.5 / 10
Price - 9 / 10
Service - 7 / 10

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