These days, being a vegetarian does not constrain your culinary adventures to a vegetarian restaurant. Much to my pleasure, many restaurants cater meatless meals and vegetable dishes without the usual crustacean condiments.
Rumahku: The Spice Pantry, an Asian restaurant I have been frequenting since it’s Jalan Barat days, is proof such hospitality exists.
Currently located at Jaya One, Petaling Jaya, the restaurant boasts delicious vegetarian options on its menu. A recent visit convinced that quality has not deteriorated since the move from it’s beautifully landscaped bungalow.
Starting off with a healthy lemongrass and ginger infusion, my tummy was put in the mood for some loving. We ordered our usuals, and then some.
Rumahku prides itself on authentic Asian cuisine. We skipped the starters and headed straight to our mains, alongside a bowl of fluffy, fragrant white rice.
The Good Fortune Vegetable Platter saw a medley of lotus root, cauliflower, carrots and sweet peas tossed in a clear sauce and topped with almond slivers. Not your usual accompaniment in a vegetable dish, the almond slices created a delightful crunch to the sweetness of the fare.
To balance out the meal, one must not miss some protein. For a vegetarian, that means ‘give me some soy’. The Claypot Beancurd, a staple in any Chinese restaurant, makes an appearance here. Its broth is cooked in more soy, this time in the form of taucu, adding a pleasant saltiness. The vegetables that come with it compliments the tofu, but is your usual suspect of button mushrooms, carrots and cabbage. Nothing to shout about here.
But, the Indonesian Claypot Curry proves otherwise. Packed with solid spicing, the curry is flavourful, well balanced and seasoned. Just the thing to pick you up from a flu. It was so delicious, I considered souping up the leftover curry into a bowl to be dipped with bread for dinner. The lemongrass in it sure does wonders.
For a fiery experience, you must order the Green Chicken Rendang. Cooked with mock meat, the Thai paste sets fire to your senses as the onions try their best at distracting you. But to no success.
Besides a glass of warm water, the only thing that worked was the Portuguese Fish which calmed me down as it is cooked in a mild, sweet and creamy sauce. Always a fan of the vegetarian version, the fish is slices of soy wrapped in seaweed. The dish is easily eaten just like that, picked on like a bar snack.
Ultimately, you just have to end such a tantalising meal with some sweetness. Raved about for their Sago Gula Melaka, the staff at Rumahku urged we give it a try. Light and chill, the dessert was a delightful balance of sweet and creamy. A perfect end to a satisfying meal.
Rumahku is located on the same row as Cold Storage.
Rumahku: The Spice Pantry
D61-P2 Block D, Jaya One, Jalan 13/6, Petaling Jaya
03-7957 1073 or 012-3131 073