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Respond to Review of Veg Restaurant at Zhaojue Temple
by vegan_simon

Review: This large & impressive temple complex (admission Y2) includes 3 vegan eateries... The first is the tea garden to your right as you enter from the main gate (not the zoo gate). Get your tea cup (holding tea leaves) for Y5, sit down and someone will come around to fill your cup with boiling water from a kettle. Packets of snacks like seeds and nuts are available from the small shop inside. The main dining hall (next door to the tea garden) has a large variety of vegan dishes (about Y5-25). Go to the ticket office and ask for the English list if you don't speak/understand Chinese. You will get a list of dishes on a piece of paper you ca point out to the monk and he will tick the ones you want for you. (he keeps this English list under the glass top of the table). Take the ticket to the main servery and they will give you your food, and the pink ticket goes to the rice ladies for your 'mifan' (bowl of rice) if you ordered one. I had the aubergine and mushroom dishes (both great in size and quality). There were also a couple of women selling bowls of warm soft tofu (to which you can add your selected condiments, etc) at the door to the main dining hall. The complex also has a self-serve buddhist-style soup kitchen. Pay Y3 for your ticket at the entrance door then go the back of the hall and get your bowl and chopsticks from the rack and swap your ticket for your bowl of noodle soup. When you're finished eating (it's yummy) you wash your bowl and chopsticks and put them back on the rack... it's nice to share in this communal experience!

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