Temple Style Fare
Posted on 11 / 17 / 2011
I used to work around the corner from Jade Buddha Temple and this was the only veggie place around then - about three years back - so I went quite often. Some days per month a buddhist should eat vegetarian, so on those days, the restaurant was full with long queues outside, but normally it's ok during lunch hours. Weekend might be busier.
They rely heavily on mushrooms to replace meat in their mock meat dishes, and me not being a big fan of mushrooms thus limits my choice. Also, be warned: Shanghainese cuisine is both oily and sweet, so if you prefer non-oily food, this is not your place. If you like Shanghainese cooking, this place is great - and less expensive than the other Shanghainese vegetarian staple, Gong De Lin.
They do have delicious noodle dishes and as they are linked with the temple it is one of the few places in Shanghai where you can be sure the broth is actually vegetarian.
real Shanghainese vegetarian fare, very good value for money, combine w visit to Jade Buddha Temple
lots of mushroom dishes