Monastery's tofu delights
Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, Lantau, 29855248
Fare Buddhist vegetarian food.
Ambience After its renovation, this place feels more like a restaurant and not a no-frills canteen. But still, you're unlikely to linger to appreciate its decor. This is still an eat-and-go stopover.
Cost Two menus - HK$60 and HK$100 each. The portion of the dishes is adjusted according to the size of your group.
Who to bring Friends who'd love a day out hiking and sight-seeing.
Turn-ons There is always a feel-good factor coming here, and the food is delectable. You eat whatever they offer, but commonly served dishes include vegetarian spring rolls, deep-fried tofu skins (often with a sweet-and-sour sauce), mashed taro 'fish', and stir-fried seasonal vegetables with mushrooms. You get all the steamed rice you want. There is always a soup, and usual ingredients include gourd, carrot and corn, seasoned with preserved mandarin orange peel and dates.
Turn-offs For those who don't appreciate tofu, forget about eating here as half of the dishes have it. And the staff could be more helpful.