Yi Ran Tang Vegetarian Buffet

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 6 reviews )

Honglong Alley, Honglongjing, Old Town, Dali, China

一然堂素食馆, at 大理市古城红龙井红龙巷, is Buddhist vegan restaurant, health food shop, and reading/contemplation room. Moved here in 2015. All you can eat buffet for a donation. Food waste is viewed negatively, you are required to eat all food added to your plate. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-1:00pm, 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Buffet, Buddhist

6 Reviews

First Review by Bob Sultan

Super Cheap. Super Good. - Edit

This is an amazing place to eat at. 5 Yuan is all it costs and you have a small buffet of veggies to choose from.
After paying you are handed a bowl and then you take your rice and your choice of veggies. There are usually 6 to 8 different veggies to choose from, all very good.
The food is quite 'bland' due to it following the buddhist way of food preparation, but there are some condiments to help you add salt or spice to your food.
Make sure you eat everything you take...down to the last grain of rice.

Pros: Really cheap and really healthy.

Cons: No cons.

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Abundant, simple, nourishing, cheap. - Edit

Such a blessing to find healthy, inexpensive, and ample piles of veggies in Dali for next to nothing. I especially love getting the rice soup and adding the veggies and their juices to make it really tasty & warming. I noticed locals adding heaped scoops of sugar to their rice porridge... dessert! Ate here 7x in 5 days :)

Pros: super healthy, the longer you stay, more dishes come out, cheap as can be! (5¥)

Cons: loud-speaker chanting gets stuck in your head, buffet line a bit pushy.. hurry up!

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Not vegan but still great - Edit

This restaurant is not 100% vegan. It's Buddhist, therefor butter and milk are in some of the dishes. Thankfully they tend to be rare and pretty easy to spot. If in any doubt just stick to the amazing selection of whole vegetables. They also serve brown rice.
This restaurant is exception value. Payment is by donation. The standard donation is 5 yuan per person. Get in the queue and drop the money in the brown bowl next to the rice.
It can get busy around meal times and the best food runs out fast. Recommend arriving 5 mins before opening for swift service and good selection.
Also be warned... you MUST finish every last grain of rice on your plate and return your plate to be washed. Failure to do so is frowned upon and may result in an angry reprimand.

Pros: Value, Good food

Cons: Not Vegan, Have to queue

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Great budget eatery - Edit

Yummy (and cheap!) temple food, it seems they're only doing it for the common good, and not for profit.

It's worth sticking around because new dishes may come out of the kitchen.

Eat with monks in a very peaceful atmosphere :)

Pros: Cheap, Yummy, Friendly

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cheap and functional - Edit

The buffet here is cheap- 5 yuan donation, but the food is nothing to write home about.
A changing selection of simple meals served everyday for lunch and dinner. Try to arrive early as their meal times finish quite early.

Pros: cheap

Cons: not great

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Popular, inexpensive, tasty, healthy buffet - Edit

Went with friends who knew this place. Buffet has excellent selection and I have been told that dishes vary from day to day. Open for lunch and dinner. You can take all you want, but you must eat everything you take. This includes every last grain of rice. I thought my bowl was empty when I returned it, but the few grains of rice at the bottom of the bowl was enough to trigger admonition. The tofu with wood ear was particularly good, Chinese cabbage, attractive rice with small bits of yellow (corn, I think), buns, squash, potato. You can help yourself to tea. Quite amazing for five kuai. Eat outside or eat inside in Buddhist reading room. Easy to find due to amplified Buddhist chanting. Look for sign on Bo Ai Lu

Pros: tasty healthy food, nice outdoor ambiance, nice place to meet people

Cons: makes sure you eat all you take

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