香港 The Best and Worst Vegetarian Restaurants in Hong Kong 香港

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

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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.

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Dim Sum from Heaven – great vegetarian food in Hong Kong

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

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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.

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I won’t even show you the food, here’s the garden instead

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.

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Bonus: Broccoli Trees as seen from the glassed flood of the Cable car to Big Buddha

 

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Tenacious D

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Tenacious D or “Guts.”

I may be biased when writing about Tenacious D. It may be because I saw them in the beautiful city of Dublin. I may be biased because I went there with my best friend. It may be because the O2 Academy is one of the prettiest venues I’ve ever been to. My bias might also stem from the fact that I love the D’s songs ever since I first saw their movie „Kings of Rock“. It may be Jack Black’s incredibly powerful presence conveyed by his gestures and rocking on the stage. And it is definitley because they are the best.

But, also from an objective point of view, they got what it takes. They have guts. Tenacious D was formed in 1991, when I was not even a dirty thought in my dad’s mind. It may be due to the fact that they can come on stage in glowing bathrobes and make it look simple to entertain one of the most manifold masses I’ve ever seen. You need balls to perform standing in front of a huge phallic Fenix. And I am not only talking about the toy gun Jack Black fired at an alien puppet during “Death Star”. Starting off with only new songs, Tenacious D made the anxious crowd just go crazy when they just suddenly played well-known “Kielblasa Sausage”. My personal show highlights were the theatrical interludes performed by our kings in between the songs. And, of course, it was not a surprise that the smash hits “Kickapoo” and “Tribute” led to multiple eargasms. One thing is sure: they love what they’re doing.

There was a huge fuss when they announced their new album to be released by the end of November. The euphoria went down a bit when Jack stated it to be called “Simply Jazz”, featuring only one 45-minute song and only appearing on vinyl. And when they then started giving a 5-minute preview (starring Kyle Gass with a flawless flute solo), everyone should be able to tell the mockery. But, after the grande finale with everyone doing a solo – coming to its zenith with Jack’s vocalizing – everyone was reconciliated. Nevertheless, the encore with “F’’’ her gently” exceeded it again.

The whole evening could be described as grand, and I had the impression that everyone left the concert happily. That may also be because Tenacious D seem like old friends. After all, they are but (full-figured) men.