Going to a new country as a vegetarian always makes you a bit anxious – will the friends you meet tolerate the search for vegetarian food? Will you be able to enjoy food stalls and find restaurants where you like the food?
If you go out with friends, the sharing culture of the Chinese makes it very easy to just get a bowl of rice and convince them to order some veggie dishes. Alone, however, it will be a bit harder.
However, through some research I found out about one nunnery and one monastery that offer vegetarian food.
The Best – Chi Lin Vegetarian
Next to the beautiful wooden Chi Lin Nunnery there is Nan Lian Garden – including a golden pagoda, a waterfall and – behind said waterfall – a vegetarian restaurant.
After a week in Hong Kong I could finally enjoye some steamed buns. Other than accidentally ordering a desert as pre-course, I really enjoyed the variety of Dim Sum, Fried Rice and amazing fruit shakes. I did not understand what half of the ingredients were – so here’s a little overview:
The Worst – Big Buddha
After the aforementioned good experience I thought it were a good idea to check out another restaurant next to a holy place. But of course, just next to the Big Buddha this one was for the masses of tourists going there. After buying a normal or premium meal ticket, you are lead into a huge food hall where food is served rather roughly, the taste is not refined at all. I would definitely invest in the tad bit more expensive ticket next time, as at least the room looked nicer.
As an alternative, I’d recommend you take a picnic in the way calmer Wisdom Path area and enjoy the calmness it offers. And then, when you return, go to Branto Pure Veg and enjoy some delicious Indian Food instead.