Vegan Lunch at Mother Chu

I haven’t been to Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen in a while and I’m so glad to go back there! The food was delicious as usual, and my dine-in experience was as great as the last time I visited the restaurant.

I went to Mother Chu’s with my assistant after a site visit, and we decided to order two sizzling dishes on the menu:

The first dish was ‘Sizzling Tempeh’, which was fried tempeh served with golden mushrooms, thinly sliced vegetables in a chilli sauce.

I would say that this is probably my most favourite dish on the menu, as I order this dish every time I visit Mother Chu’s.

Sizzling tempeh $19.8  

But, if you think that you won’t like this dish because of the ‘chilli sauce’, don’t worry I can’t taste any chilli or feel the spiciness at all!

For those who don’t know what tempeh is, tempeh is an Indonesian fermented soybean product that’s made from the soybeans being cooked, fermented, and then packed into a ‘brick-like-cake’.

My previous experience of consuming tempeh wasn’t that great. I remember that my first time trying it was when I bought a packet of tempeh (a really bad brand that is no longer sold) and cooked it in a stir fry. And, I very much hated the taste of the tempeh in this dish that I stopped eating tempeh since.

But, until my friend took me to Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen (which was 3 years later) and introduced me to this dish that I started to enjoy tempeh. And now I know that tempeh is great! I’m so happy that I can now enjoy tempeh and put the tempeh recipes in my cookbook – Cooking with Soy, Teriyaki tempeh burger, tempeh nanbanzuke and tempeh marinade (used for dishes like rice paper roll and quinoa salad).  

The second dish we ordered was ‘Sizzling Konnyaku’, which was stir fried konnyaku, snow peas and cauliflower in a Taiwanese vinegar sauce on a hot plate.

Sizzling konnyaku $19.80  

This was another dish that we were very excited to have, as both my assistant and I love konnyaku. But, if you’re hesitant about trying this dish at Mother Chu’s because you don’t like vinegar or the sour taste of the vinegar, the sauce wasn’t overly sour.  In fact, I can’t taste much of the sourness at all! The flavour of this dish was well balanced and the sour taste from the vinegar just combines very well with the rest of the ingredients.

Overall, I’ll definitely go back to Mother Chu’s and try the other dishes on the menu. My assistant who was newly vegan was also very happy with the food, especially the sizzling tempeh.

So, if you’ve never been to Mother Chu’s and you’re in Sydney, I highly recommend this place! And while you’re out, please practice social distancing and stay safe.


Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen  

Address: 367 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000 

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