Recently, a few food bloggers and I were given a warm welcome into Yishensu Restaurant located in 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya. This restaurant with an inviting and pleasant ambiance serves many choices of wholesome and hearty vegetarian dishes, noodles and sweets. It is very popular with shoppers and also the residence living around the area.


Our meal makes up of several flavorful vegetarian dishes with taste ranging sweet, sour and spicy. Yishensu introduces the above Four Season Platter with a combination of Shark Fin Egg, Golden Prawn Mayo, Cuttlefish with Satay Sauce and Boneless Vege Spare Ribs with cola flavor (in the pineapple). The end result is a dish with four different textures and flavor. It was very delicious with all the right spices and ingredients in it and it’s unbelievable that they are actually vegetarian.


Very crispy & fresh prawns with mayo


Cuttlefish with satay sauce


Shark Fin Egg

Moving on to the meal beverage that I had. It was a glass of chilled Roselle Flower juice, definitely a nice intro of this refreshing thirst quencher by Yishensu and they did it with the correct sweetness. This is my first time tasting this juice and surprisingly I find the flavor very pleasant.


Unique & beautiful Rosella

The second dish was stir fired Mixed Vege with accompanying lotus roots, macadamia nuts and cashew nuts. This dish @RM18 has a right balance of colors and flavors. The added water chestnut also gives texture and sweetness to this dish.


Tofu being a staple item in vegetarian cooking is the main ingredient in this Emperor Tofu dish @RM16.  Its steam with minced meat topped with Fatt Choy (hair moss) and decorated with Siew Pak Choy. The tofu was fresh with smooth texture and comes with a very flavorful gravy.


All of us gave their two thumbs-up for this plate of Dried Curry Fish @RM22, comprising tau-pok, lady fingers and brinjal, garnished with mint leaves. It was not as spicy but equally flavorful compare to its regular counterpart.


I really enjoyed this healthy and delicious Stir fried bean sprout. This real simple dish is cooked in the simplest stir-fried method with assorted mushroom, corn and carrots and capsicum.


Besides the above dish that comes with a substantial amount of different vegetable, this particular dish of Teriyaki Duck RM16 comes with steam Mantou. The meat was tasty, with the chef’s recreation of the duck meat perfectly authentic.


Vegetarian food is constantly evolving and Yishensu has this popular non-Chinese dish of Chicken Chop @ RM20. It has a similar appearance and color of the Western dish. The meat has a taste and texture that is very close to the real thing and comes in a big serving.


In Yishensu, Char Kuey Teow with mushroom and bean sprout tasted good even without the usual pieces of lard. The red hot sambal provided the spiciness to this noodle. Some of us even agreed that it is even more pungent.


Yishensu also whipped up some rice dishes. We had the Nasi Lemak and the Pineapple Fried Rice. The fried rice was done with high heat and has good wok hei. The natural tangy sweet taste of the pineapple enhances the flavor of this dish.

The Nasi Lemak @RM9 on the other hand has all the usual condiments of kacang, ikan bilis, half boiled egg and sambal. Do expect the rice and the Mutton Curry to be less lemak as this is a vegetarian version. A healthier option for some, without compromise of taste?


Pineapple Fried Rice


Nasi Lemak with Mutton Curry

The final dish for the night was the Vege Claypot Chicken Rice @RM15. This popular one meal dish is cooked  with chicken and mushroom and garnished with plenty of celery leaves. The rice was properly done with each grain firm and easily separated from each other. The overall taste was slightly bland for me and I would prefer the rice to have a stronger flavor and a little bit of overcooked smell.


The meal ended with bowls of Pumpkin & Sweet Corn and Sea Coconut @RM4.80. I personally opted for the Sea Coconut which comes with red dates, white fungus and the right amount of sweetness. The fungus gives some texture to this delicious and nourishing dessert.


Creamy Pumpkin & Sweet Corn


Nourishing Sea Coconut

All of us enjoyed the dishes that were well prepared by the chef with the taste and look that are very similar to the original dish. Many thanks to proprietor Catherine and Jason Wong for hosting us and Ken Chan for the invite.



Yishensu has a few other outlets in different locations all over the Peninsula with its first restaurant opened way back in 1987 in Kampar, Perak. More information on their outlets and their menu can be viewed at their website.


Yishensu – A Vegetarian Connoisseur (1 Utama)
1 Utama Shopping Mall (Old Wing)
Lot G207 (Ground Floor)
No 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama
48700 Petaling Jaya

Telephone : 03 77294313

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17 comments so far


It was a wonderful dinner I must admit. It’s one of the best vegetarian places in town.

I’m coming down to Penang next weekend for a run. See you there if you are free… :)

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May 30th, 2009 at 1:16 am

it was a very interesting evening! It was great to have the host explaning the history of the vegeterian meal, it was such a knowledgeable evening even we were tired after a long day trip to Muar! We really go all out that one day! lol!
The dishes was really appealing and the deco was beautiful, it real jives. It wsas packed that night, sounds like vegeterian food do taste great. I lelarn about vegeterian dishes when I was young in ipoh, mum’s teaching! it is difficult this days to fine the perfect roll beancurd, which an awesome snack, a heritage that maybe lost and long forget soon.

Anyway it was fun dining that day with 10 foodies!


May 30th, 2009 at 8:56 am

the vegetarian nasi lemak looks good….once a while go for veg food is so healthy…not no guilty….haha…

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May 30th, 2009 at 9:04 am

Wow yum!! I could revert back to being full time vegetarian if everything looked and tasted as good! I spy the use of hard boiled egg in the nasi lemak… so eggs are OK here?

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May 30th, 2009 at 10:06 am

Man, I didn’t realise they could do vegetarian chicken chop too! Such creativity!

What matters in the end is the Taste Test of course, and Yishenshu seems to have passed with flying colours. :)

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May 30th, 2009 at 10:06 am

superwilson – It was an enjoyable night, good healthy food and good company.
Feel free to call me on you coming trip.

Big Boys Oven – We really learned a lot from the friendly host, from their products to the happenings in their hometown…really nice outing.

SimpleGirl – There are several outlets that you can visit to try out their food.

550ml jar of faith – Vegetarians can eat eggs but Vegans are not allow to do so.

Life for Beginners – There are lots more of creative dishes in the menu…do drop in to try out the food.

May 30th, 2009 at 10:33 am

wow, cannot imagine a vegetarian outlet could turn out to be such a nice kinda bistro feel. :)

thanks for sharing

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May 30th, 2009 at 10:58 am

New Kid On The Blog – A very impressive vegetarian restaurant with beautiful and pleasant surrounding…not many such restaurants are found in town.

May 30th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

ooh this was what i missed :x but then again nothing beats the look on my family’s face when i brought back so many otak otaks for them to makan :D

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May 30th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

the outlet in Kampar still operating?
never heard of it.
but the vegetarian spread looks really good. slapping my thighs for not being able to attend …..

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May 30th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Haven’t eaten vegetarian food for a long time, perhaps my previous experiences weren’t that good, the food was too oily. But this place looks good. Will check it out, hope it’ll change my mind on vegetarian food. :)

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May 31st, 2009 at 12:26 am

wow…. the vegetarians food look nice……. and drooling now….. ^-^

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May 31st, 2009 at 8:45 am

The cuttlefish looks so real…. I want to try that !

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May 31st, 2009 at 2:59 pm

christock – There are so many outlets in KL, do make a visit there with your family too.

J2Kfm – According to the owner, the Kampar outlet is operating. Do check out the restaurant if you are there.

Sugar Bean – The vegetarian food at Yishensu is slightly different, not very oily, worth checking it out.

Food Paradise – They look like the real thing and definitely healthier too.

My Taste Heaven – Indeed…taste good too.

May 31st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

i never like vegetarian dish that tries to imitate the real thing.
was the Roselle pickled?

May 31st, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I’ve noted the address so that I can bring my grandma there when I’m visiting KL in Oct.

May 31st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

This changes the way I look at vegetarian foods :D

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June 1st, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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