Chi Lin Vegetarian Long Men Lou

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 April, 2010, 12:00am

Fare MSG-free vegetarian dishes low in oil, salt and sugar from across China.

Ambience This comfortable teahouse is tucked behind a waterfall in the serene garden attached to the Chi Lin Nunnery. Although recently built, the garden is styled on Tang dynasty designs and a stroll through the park, with its carefully tended trees and serene ponds, evokes the feeling of being in an earlier age.

Cost About HK$100.

Who to bring Green-fingered friends and foreign visitors.

Turn-ons We enjoyed all the dishes we tried, especially the laver mushroom and beancurd casserole the waiter recommended. The steamed vegetable-filled bun (left) was soft and full of fragrant green veggies, while the cucumber with garlic was refreshing with its hint of chilli and sweet vinegar. The pan-fried turnip cake was moist and not heavy.

Turn-offs The braised eggplant with yan nim (a small, sour fruit) was very much like a popular non-vegetarian dish, eggplant with salted fish and minced pork, but the vegetarian version lacked flavour.

Drinks Strictly no alcohol; tea, soft drinks.

Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Rd, Diamond Hill, 36589388