I am a lover for all things vegetarian and vegan in the foodie world. In fact sometimes I wonder why I haven’t turned vegetarian yet, but…I have my reasons. Yong Green Food as the name suggests is a little vegetarian and vegan establishment in Fitzroy on Brunswick St that serves patrons food that is not only delicious but is good for body and your conscious as well. It is the perfect place for vegetarians, plant based eaters and vegans alike and becoming fast a favourite among the many health conscious lovers of food that is wholesome and nourishing for the mind, body and soul.
I won’t lie, when I first had a look at the menu at Yong Green Food…I wanted to try everything. At least, almost everything.
My friend and I met up with a fellow food blogger EveLovelle and her partner for dinner one warm Sunday evening with a view in mind to try as many different dishes as we could.
Homemade kimchi gyoza served with chilli soy sauce
The kimchi gyozas came out steamed as opposed to pan fried which was something a little different. The gyoza skin was somewhat gelatinous in texture and a little chewier than your normal dumpling skin but still quite tasty none the less.
Chilli Bean Nachos
Nachos are nachos, except these are vegetarian and served with chia chips as opposed to corn chips with a non diary sunfried seeds sauce and cashew cream. They were good to snack and tasted pretty normal.
Fried Nori Roll
Little crispy bundles of joy, these nori sheet dumpling cigars are filled with mung bean noodle. The yuzu citrus dipping sauce gave the nori rolls a nice tangy kick.
Kelp Pad Thai
Kelp noodle mixed with organic veggies and creamy chilli cashew sauce, topped with tamari almonds.
If you did not think of this dish as a vegan non starchy carb version of pad thai, then the dish by itself isn’t too bad. I personally wasn’t fond of the kelp noodles because it had the texture and consistency of a type of seaweed I’ve seen my mum use often for Asian dessert drinks. My fellow companions didn’t seem to mind it though. It makes for a very light salad like meal.
Dragon Bowl $18.00 (middle)
If I had to explain what the dragon bowl at Yong Green Food to you is, I would only need to use one word…bibimbamp. It has all the elements that make up bibimbap, rice at the bottom topped with a variety of vegetables and salads on topped and is eaten with a chilli paste with some miso soup on the side. My favourite of the evening.
Buckwheat crepe $13.50
Organic buckwheat crepe with braised shitake mushrooms and wasabi soy mayo.
These were good. They were tasty and refreshing light. The buckwheat crepe serves well as a wrap to enclose all the fresh salad ingredients. The crepe’s light texture and consistency makes it very easy and enjoyable to eat.
And how could we not end the night without sampling a selection of desserts from their menu? We could not, at least I couldn’t. Evelyn was drawn towards the vegan white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, while I just had to know how Yong Green Food goes about making their tiramisu. To say the least, in terms of taste I enjoyed the tiramisu the most, however it’s grainy texture left much to be desired. Both the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake and chocolate cheesecake tasted quite nice as well. The chocolate cheesecake has a very strong cacao flavour to it but since these desserts are not made with cream cheese or the like that is typical of your classic cheesecake, the fluffy texture was not there. So don’t expect it to taste like a normal cheesecake because it simply doesn’t.
I can see why Yong Green Food does well for itself. They serve good food, that’s good for you and the environment. That’s good enough for me.