VEGAN DELIGHTS: You’ll Never Expect This in Ipoh
I found 3 unique things about Vegan Delights Cafe:
The doorman was in the form of a handsome sleepy dog
They had a variety of Western and Asian foods
They train the mute and deaf as part of their staff
I’m glad I found this cafe via HappyCow.net – I swear it’s such a life saviour during my travels!
I didn’t download/purchase the app though because I’m a cheapskate.
It’s probably the only fully vegan cafe in the area that my relatives and I were in. Heck, there weren’t that many vegetarian cafes either.
We were nearly at the end of our road trip, the penultimate day.
My uncle felt it was a good time that they had some healthy food. Eating quite a bit of roadside stall food and oily fried foods had got to him.
I was all too happy to oblige!
BEAUTIFUL VEGAN FOOD
I was amazed at the variety of options they had. From Vege Fish Chop to Japanese set meals.
Naturally, I chose the first dish on the menu – Vege Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce.
RM15 Vege Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce
It was DEEELICIOUS! It’s been a while since I’ve eaten a chop of any kind. I’m a sucker for black pepper gravy and to have tasted it after so long was pure satisfaction!
The “chicken” itself was I guess the usual kind of mock meat, probably made of soy. It is what it is. Together with the fries and side salad, it did feel like a full meal.
My cousin had Mushroom Tomato Pasta. She purposely ordered the dish with the least vegetables in it, but it came with a side salad too (which I happily devoured for her).
RM11 Mushroom Tomato Pasta
My uncle had a bowl of noodle soup while his partner had a rice dish. I can’t remember what the dish was soz.
And we all had a plate of Yuba Maki Roll to share!
My uncle and his partner
RM8 Yuba Maki Roll
TEMPTATION IN THE FORM OF MATCHA RED BEAN CAKE
If I had seen the cake before ordering, I probably wouldn’t have ordered the Yuba Maki Roll.
But it was okay – NO REGRETS!
I thought I wouldn’t get the cake or that I’d come again later in the evening or the next day. But our plans weren’t certain and we it might not have been convenient to go back there.
So before leaving, I thought hard about getting the cake to go.
The thing is – my container already had the unfinished Yuba Maki Roll. We were too full and I didn’t want to let it go to waste. So I packed what’s left into my container.
But then I wanted the cake.
Luckily, Mr Teh (presumably the manager), said that they would pack the cake into a paper container.
I felt better then. But at the back of my mind I know it might not make a big difference considering that the paper container would go to the trash anyway.
BUT I WANTED THE CAKE SO BADLY.
I MEAN…. MATCHA!!!! I LOOOOVE MATCHA 😍
So I just got it anyway and kept it to eat for breakfast the next day.
IT WAS WORTH IT!
The cake was moist and the icing wasn’t too sweet.
Although the matcha taste wasn’t strong, it still tasted good. The red bean in the middle with whipped cream was perfect. The crumble on top I think was just pieces of the cake itself that they sprinkled on top.
I wish more cafes do vegan cakes that are under RM10 per piece!
For comparison, a standard slice of vegan cake one normally finds in Kuala Lumpur costs about RM17.
MORE VEGAN DELIGHTS EVERYWHERE PLEASE!
Honestly, it’s very rare to come across a cafe that not only serves fully vegan meals and desserts but also employs the mute, deaf or disabled.
When was the last time you come across a server with Down syndrome?
Vegan Delights not only trains the mute and deaf, as stated on the cover of their menu, but also those with Down syndrome. The one at the cafe was so friendly and you instantly feel such warmth going in and out of the cafe.
It’s also a good opportunity to get to know different kinds of people and just have a chat with them.
And if you find yourself facing a communication barrier, then it’s time to learn their language!