Kechara Oasis Jaya One, nestled in the busy uptown hub of Petaling Jaya, is a new age vegetarian restaurant that serves natural, delicious and healthy cuisines inspired by Chinese, Tibetan, Nepali, Vietnamese and Western cuisines. We were there with Vkeong, Aiwei and Jason a few weeks ago to sample some of their mouth watering dishes.
Tibetan Butter Tea (RM12.80). Known as pho cha, it is made of tea leaves, yak butter and salt. It is consumed to provide energy in higher altitude places. Listed as number two on Lonely Planet’s “Top Ten Worst Experiences in Tibet” , it wasn’t that bad actually. It was warm, salty and greasy, very much like black tea added with heavy cream and salt.
Tibetan Vegetable Momo (RM 21.00). Momos are traditional delicacies in Tibet and Nepal and there are different varieties of momos. In Kechara Oasis, these dumplings were pan fried after being steamed. Though the dumplings were well cooked and very juicy, but suffered from lack of salt and flavor.
Kechara Oasis Fried Chicken (KOC) RM17. “Our fried chicken is better than K*C!”, according to the restaurant manager. No doubt we are not able to tell the differences while blind folded. It has both taste and texture of chicken. Isn’t it amazing?
Fish Head Meehoon (RM20). According to the restaurant manager, the sour taste in the Fish Head Bihun comes from sour plum whereas if you go to hawkers or elsewhere the sourness comes from cheap vinegar which is a much cheaper food costing. As much as it resembles the real deal, I still think that the vegetarian version lacks the “oomph”.
Crystal Fruit Dessert (RM 10). These beautiful delicate looking desserts looks better than it tastes. I could be biased because I don’t really fancy custard filling.
In Kechara Oasis, the vegetable dishes were executed with elegant simplicity, allowing the natural flavors and textures of the main ingredients to shine. The price may seem steep, but it is a good place to eat out for special occasions, for someone’s birthday or for family gatherings.
Do you know that you are eating for a good cause too? All proceeds will go to Kechara House, a Buddhist Centre founded in 2000 by His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery. Apart from that, Kechara Soup Kitchen is a program dedicated to provide sustenance and basic medical care for the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur. Do contact the project coordinator Justin Cheah at 012 209 3813 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to lend a helping hand (donations, voluntary work, etc)
Unit 19-LG1, Level B1 Block D Jaya One,
No. 72A Jalan University,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +603 7968 1818
Fax: +603 7968 8118