For a start, let us understand one thing – Vegetarian is not just a lifestyle choice or a conscious choice, it is a healthy conscientious choice.
It is a diet of loving kindness because we are kinder to ourselves by eating better and healthier. In addition, we are kinder to animals and they need not suffer in order to feed us.
There are plenty of health benefits that comes with the virtue of being vegetarian. Not only does vegetarianism meets all one’s nutrient needs, it promotes less health risks that come with eating meat. Well-known doctors in the USA such as Dean Ornish and John MacDougall have discovered that plant-based diets have the power to reverse heart disease, diabetes, even cancer. So, this is about treating yourself with real loving kindness, and being well informed about the choices you make in what you eat.
For many people, be it out of tradition and habituation, becoming a vegetarian may seem alien and painfully hard. However, by allowing one’s mind and choices to change on a daily basis, you will see amazing results. It will not happen overnight, but it will definitely happen in due course. In this respect, vegetarianism is a journey about changing how you live and think.
In 2008, Oprah Winfrey even had a show on making conscious choices regarding the food we eat. Although it is not about vegetarian per say, but it highlights the cruelty against animals in farms across USA. Oprah actually brought in the cages in which cattle, pigs and chicken are housed onto her show and stood next to them to stress the animals’ dire living conditions.
You can watch the episode here.
So, we may start with the kindness to ourselves and to our own bodies by becoming a vegetarian, but it will extend to the kindness to all around us. From the animals which will be spared, to our everyday living environment and even to our planet earth.
This is an all-encompassing compassion that extends to all of earth and its inhabitants. It requires less fuel, water, and other precious resources. As such, a plant based diet is les taxing on the planet. In addition, it helps our soil and water, as it is cleaner. In this way, our atmosphere gets healthy in the process.
Vegetarianism reduces planetary suffering on all levels. Hence, following a plant-based diet is really the “greenest thing” you can do.
Here, it is important to know that vegetarianism is not some new fad or lifestyle concept invented by the West and therefore, one will not find much vegetarian eateries or vegetarian choices in our own city.
In the Klang Valley, there are plenty of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops. In fact, they are fast growing in numbers. This shows that our community are becoming more educated and health-conscious.
I have compiled a list of interesting vegetarian places and organic stores to eat in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya for everyone’s easy reference.
The List of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in our city:
- Blue Boy
Address: No.6001 Blue Boy Mansion, Jalan Tong Shin (Jalan Pudu Lama), Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 7:30 am to 9:30 pm (Daily)
Worthy Notes: The economy rice selection can put most shops to shame. Blue Boy vegetarian serves everything for the local herbivore. Even those who swears by meat will find something tasty and satisfying here.
Address:Gandhi’s Scott Sentral Serviced Apartments Jalan Scott Brickfields
Telephone:03-22733190 For catering enquries: 017-283 856, 012-335 6074
Review:http://www.friedchillies.com/index.php/site/detail/gandhis/ and http://masak-masak.blogspot.com/2009/11/vegetarian-food-gandhis-brickfields.html
Worthy notes:The best thing at Gandhi’s – the cannot-stop-eating cauliflower with curry leaves.
- Vegetarian fast Food Centre (near KLCC)
Address:Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery, No. 161, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Review:http://visit-malaysia.yinteing.com/2009/10/10/where-to-get-great-vegetarian-food-in-kuala-lumpur/ and http://crazeeeat.blogspot.com/2009/05/vegetarian-fast-food-centre-affordable.html
Worthy notes:This is a favourite among office workers in KLCC.
- EcoGreen Organic Restaurant @ BAKTI
Address:Bangunan BAKTI Siti Hasmah, 6 Changkat Abang Hj Openg, TTDI KL
Telephone:03-7729 2789 / 019-2626 168
Worthy notes:Complete lack of use of artificial flavorings and colorings in all their dishes. It’s fresh and local. So much healthier!
- Woods Macrobiotic
Address:Woods Eco-Cuisine Sdn. Bhd., 25 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Fax:03 2287 0969
- Organic Recipe
Address:B3-07-09, Casa Utama, Lorong Lebuh Bandar Utama, PJU 6A, 47400 PJ
Telephone:03-7729 0236, 012-319 2357
Review:http://foongpc.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-lunch-at-organic-recipe.html and http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/organic-recipe-fid-437113
Address:Located at Lot G207, opposite TGIF in the old wing of One Utama.
- Puremind Restaurant
Address:No. 102 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
- Yin Futt Kuok Vegetarian Restaurant
Address:No. 52, Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur (near Jalan Gereja)
Opening hours:10:00 am – 9:00 pm (last order 8:30 pm)
- Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant
Address:No. 59, Jalan Thambipillai, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
Review:http://seeking-restaurant.blogspot.com/2010/01/indian-vegetarian-food.html and http://babeinthecitykl.blogspot.com/2009/08/recently-captn-hook-was-looking-around.html
- McG’s Cafe (Vegetarian Cafe & Bakery)
Address:No. 38-G Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-2300 3118
No. 47, Jalan USJ 10/1A
UEP Subang Jaya
Telephone: 03-5631 3023
No. 7-G, Jalan PJS 11/28
Telephone: 03-5638 1295
- South Indian Aiyer Restaurant
Address:B1 Block B Palm Court Condominium, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours:6:30 am to 1:00 pm
Address:116, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields.
- Tian Yian Cafe & Restaurant
Address:No. 5, 7 & 9, Jalan 3/93, Taman Miharja, Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours:11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Review:http://www.placesandfoods.com/2009/03/awesome-vegetarian-food-tian-yian-cafe-cheras.html and http://loverkim.blogspot.com/2009/10/wai-lungs-birthday-dinner-tian-yian.html
Worthy notes:This is not your typical vegetarian restaurant serving Chinese style vegetarian fare. As you would have noticed in their name, they’re also a cafe serving Western vegetarian food like pizza, burger, steaks (yeah, steaks but using mock meat!), eggless vegetarian cakes in all sorts of flavours, fluffy buns and healthy breads.
- Giant Bowl Vegetarian Restaurant
Address:No. 119A, Ground Floor, Batu 3 1/2, Jalan Klang Lama , 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening hours:03-7982 3869
There is another branch located in SS2 in Petaling Jaya, in the same row as McDonald’s.
Worthy notes:They have a good selection of noodles and rice.
- Ahimsa Vegetarian Restaurant
Address:Lot 1063, 1st Floor, Endah Parade, No.1, Jalan 1/149E, Bandar Baru Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Worthy notes:Steamboat and local Chinese cuisine
- Formosa Vege Café
Address: No. 48, Jalan Sultan, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours:11.00am to 9.00pm
*This restaurant is the same row as previouly REX Cinema*
- En Hui Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: No 48, Jalan 6/21D, Medan Idaman, Jalan Gombak, 53000 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-4025 5816, 012-288 1361
Opening hours:7:30am to 3:pm and 6:00pm to 9:30pm
- Restoran Vegetarian Wan Fo Yuan
Address:No. 8, Jalan Panggong, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours:10:00 am to 10:00 pm
* This restaurant is walking distance to Gurdwara Sahib High Street*
- Jing Si Vegetarian
Address:No. 146, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught,Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
- Bakti Woodlands Vegetarian Food Cafe Sdn Bhd
Address:No. 55, Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-2034 1399
- Amata Vegetarian Restaurant Bhd.
Address:No.2, Jalan Panggong (Chinatown, at Jalan Sultan), Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: 03-2026 9077
Worthy notes:Speciality dishes are Assam fish, Balacan potato leaves, curry mutton, black pepper chicken, shark’s fin soup, seaweed fried rice, thai style fried rice, green tea, carrot juice with milk, and chinese pancake.
- Fai Cai Xiang Vegetarian Restaurant
Address:No. 23, Ground Floor, Plaza Danau 2, Jln 2/109F, Danau Desa, Kuala Lumpur
- Madras New Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant
Address:No. 15, Jalan Scott, Off Jalan Tun Sambatan, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Worthy notes:Serves excellent South Indian food at prices that are more affordable than those at the average vegetarian restaurant. Also available are other Malaysian and Western dishes, such as Mee Goreng and Cheese Sandwich. Their specialties are Rocket Masala Dosai, Udipi Dosai, Puri Bhaji with Channa Dhall, Uttapam, Breakfast Sets, Set Lunches, Samosa and Mango Lassi.
Shiang Hai Vegetarian Restaurants
Fax: 03-5621 1016
Address:No. 32A, Ground Floor, Jalan PJS 8/2, Mentari Plaza, 46160 Sunway Mentari, Petaling Jaya (Opposite Sunway Pyramid)
Telephone:03-5621 1016, 03-5621 1017
The Famous Vegans or Vegetarians around the World:
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter
Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple
Alanis Morissette, Singer
Albert Einstein, renowned Scientist
Alicia Silverstone, Actress
Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood Superstar
Angela Bassett, Actress
Anna Pacquin, Actress
Avril Lavigne, Singer/Musician
Brooke Shields, Actress
Carrie Underwood, Country Singer
Carrie Anne Moss, Actress in ‘Matrix’
Chris Evert, Tennis Champion
Chris Martin, Lead Singer of Coldplay
Christian Bale, Actor
Claudia Schiffer, Supermodel
Diane Keaton, Actress
Dustin Hoffman, Actor
Ian McKellan, British Actor from ‘Lord of the Rings’
Jesus Christ, Christian Saint
Joan Jett, Rock Musician
Joaquin Phoenix, Actor
John Abraham, Bollywood Star
k.d Lang, Musician
Kelly Clarkson, Singer
Kim Basinger, Actress
Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian Inventor & Painter
Leona Lewis, British Popstar
Mark Twain, Famous American writer
Noami Watts, Actress
Oliver Stone, Director
Orlando Bloom, Actor
Pink, American Popstar
Samuel L. Jackson, Actor
Sandra Oh, Actress
Shania Twain, Canadian Country Singer
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