Tea Master: Vegetarian Cafe Restaurant

I was so excited when I saw the Tea Master on Living Social. I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while, but haven’t got around to it. I bought the voucher before my boyfriend could complain that he didn’t want to go all the way into the city for vegetarian food. This place is definitely worth the drive. It’s only small place, but extremely busy. You have to book if you want a table at least on a Friday night. They serve a variety of popular Asian dishes, but the vegetarian versions of them. Many dishes use mock meats or tofu.

For $19 our voucher included 2 entrees, 2 mains and 2 drinks. My mum was with us, so we just ordered a few extra things as well. Since it’s called the Tea Master, they do Bubble Teas, including soy milk teas. We couldn’t get dessert, because we were too full after all that food.

Everything was really delicious. Definitely a place you can go with your carnivorous friends. My boyfriend and my mum loved it. Its half the price you will pay anywhere else in China Town, healthier and full of flavour. So the Tea Master will  definitely be seeing us again.

Entrees:

10 Handmade Dumplings, served with Soy Sauce

Deep-fried Veggie Chicken with Salt andPepper

Vegetarian Beancurd Prawn

Mains:

Sweet & Sour Veggie Pork with Rice

Stir-fried Veggie Chicken in Three-Cup Sauce with Vegetables & Rice

Vegie Sacha Sauce Noodles

Milk Tea:

Soy Milk Coffee with Coffee Jelly & Soy Milk Taro with Pearls

Asian Salad with Seaweed Noodles

Today I didn’t think I would having anything interesting for lunch. I’ve been busy procrastinating for my Italian exam for next week, which I’m really not looking forward to. I want to try out these Seaweed Jelly Noodles I bought the other day, since I knew my boyfriend might be a bit freaked out if I told him that was for dinner. They are from Korea, gluten free and can be found in the fridge section at Asian supermarket. I bought mine from Hanaro Mart, in Sunnybank. This supermarket also has legumes of Australian origin for really cheap.

I was planing on using the noodles in a stir fry, but then I read the back of the packet and it said to use it for salad. So I attempted my first Asian salad. I looked for inspiration online, but I didn’t have any of the ingredients to make a typical Asian salad dressing. So I tried to combine a few things and it tasted quite good.  The rest of the dressing can be kept to marinate tofu or added to stirfry. These seaweed noodles are actually quite crunchy. I thought they would be more like bean noodles. I ended up adding some roasted seaweed, that  I also discovered the from Hanaro. I’ve been putting it on everything. It’s so addicted.

Asian Salad with Seaweed Noodles (vegan, gluten free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1/2 small red capsicum

1 carrot

1/2 cucumber

small segment of cabbage

100 grams seaweed noodles

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon mushroom soy sauce

1 tablespoon  lemon juice

1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

Method:

1. Thinly slice all the vegetables into matchsticks.

2. Place the Noodles into cold water for 2 mins, then strain.

3. Take a  small bowl to make the dressing. Combine sesame oil, mushroom soy, lemon juice and sweet chili sauce. (Makes 1/4 cup of dressing)

4. Dry toast sesame seeds in a pan.

5. Combine noodles  and vegetables in a large bowl and  2 tbsp of the dressing.

6. Serve two dishes with toasted sesame seeds on top.

*Serves 2