Healthy vegetarian eating isn't new to Hong Kong. As far back as the first century A.D. in China, vegetarian eating was developed by Buddhists, who still operate many restaurants today. There are estimated to be more than 100 vegetarian eateries in Hong Kong. Here are a few of the best. Kung Tak Lam: Usually very busy, Kung Tak Lam is probably the best- known local vegetarian restaurant. It serves a Shanghainese-style menu. All the vegetables are organically grown and all dishes are MSG-free. Bookings recommended. Lok Sing Centre, 31 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 3127. Woodlands: Superb vegetarian and vegan restaurant, specialising in Southern Indian cuisine. Room 5-6, G/F Mirror Tower, 61 Mody Rd, TST East, tel: 2369 3718, 2366 1945. Tak Po Vegetarian Restaurant: Famous for its dim sum and soups, Tak Po is a well-established vegetarian restaurant. 106 Austin Rd, TST, tel: 2723 2770. Kosmo Coffee: Organic food and drinks in a trendy cafe. Cnr D'aguilar and Wellington streets, LKF, tel: 2868 2001. Bookworm Cafe: Cafe-style restaurant offering mostly western-style vegetarian options from vege burgers to breakfasts. 79 Main St, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma, tel: 2982 4838. Nutrition Centre: Shop 117, 1/F Paliburg Plaza, 68 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 3663. Life: See report above. 10 Shelley St, SoHo, Central, tel: 2810 9777. Mix: Blended organic shakes, wraps and sandwiches. Various locations, tel: 2523 7396. American Nutrition: G/F 23H Lyndhurst Tce, tel: 2542 2213. Pro Shop: Inside California Fitness centres. Go to www.californiafitness.com for location details.