Ying Vegetarian

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61 Temple Street (at Public Square Street), Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Lacto ovo Chinese vegetarian restaurant also offering Japanese food. Menu in English and Chinese. Located 2 shops from Public Square Street. Nearest MTR, Yau Ma Tei exit C. Est 2011. Approx 50 seats. 2017 NOTE: please confirm if still fully vegetarian. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Japanese, Delivery, Take-out

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First Review by Bob Sultan

Cheap Japanese food - Edit

I came here for a few times. The food here is great though it's usually a bit slow. The place is not big. A little bit crowded especially in dinner time. Many choices here. My favorite is "Soft Shell Crab" rolls.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Food is a little slow, Service is so so

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not bad. great location - Edit

Prices are reasonable and the menu is extensive. Very popular with locals

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Good If You're Craving Veg Sushi - Edit

I've been here several times -- the food is tasty and reasonably priced. The sushi is good value for money, and the dumpling soup with mushrooms is really tasty.

The staff don't speak English and if you're vegan, it's a bit tricky. Even though some items are labelled with eggs, most of the sushi I've ever ordered comes drizzled with a giant amount of white-mayo-looking sauce (even though it's not shown on the pictures in the menu!) which I can only assume has eggs and/or dairy in it.

The last visit, I came mid-afternoon and there was only one person in the restaurant. I was ignored for 15 minutes, and had to go to the till and physically grab a menu myself. I ordered takeaway since I felt awkward and didn't want to stay. The server came down and plopped my takeaway bag on the table without saying a word, but not all the food I ordered was in it. I had to poke around the kitchen entrance (she saw me and ignored me again!) and try to communicate to someone that I was waiting for the rest of my food that I had ordered since the staff were sitting around eating and didn't want to be disturbed.

I recommend coming in the evening and sitting in. The vibe is better and it's usually pretty busy. Although the service isn't great, this is what I've come to expect in HK, especially outside of the island!

Pros: delicious food, good value for money, variety of options

Cons: bad service, no concept of veganism

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Great food - Edit

Ying Vegetarian > Cantonese and Japanese
Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm
61 Temple Street (Public Square Street) Kowloon, Hong Kong Located at Yau Ma Tei MTR exit C
From Chung King Mansions (40 Nathan Rd) go right on Nathan Rd. for about 18 blocks > go left on Public Square street. (we could not find a street sign – when you think you are close, ask a local) > Second block on right is Temple Street turn right > Ying Vegetarian is on the left not far from the corner. Option: to shorten the walk take the train to the Jordan or the Yau Ma Tei MTR station.
Note they close at 10pm not 11pm.
We got there at 8:30pm on a Saturday and no line up.
Friendly staff > little English spoken.
Menu in English as well as Chinese with photos of about ½ the items.
In the photos many things looked like meat so I took the menu to one of the staff that knows a bit of English. He reassured me that everything was vegetarian or lacto-ovo-vegetarian. So all the people in Trip Advisor saying that they sell meat and seafood are just confused by the quality of the mock meats. Like the name suggests, this is a veggie restaurant. Feel free to eat anything from the menu.
Friendly, fast service.
Everything came in big portions.
Lamb skewers w. satay sauce $38HKD > very good!
Tekkamaki Roll $25 HKD > Average good taste.
Veggie Tempura $58 > Very yummy! Nice light batter.
Egg Rice w. Pork Chop Cutlet $52 > Excellent!
Stone Pot w. Sea Food in Tom Yun Kung $68 > unusual taste for both of us > probably love by some but not by us.
Hot Water $10 for two of us
Wonderful, filling meal for two people for $277 HKD which includes a 10% service charge (tip)
Second favorite place to eat in Hong Kong so far out of 7 veggie places.

Pros: Great food, Great prices

Cons: Lack of street signs, bit tricky to find

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Delicious with moderate price - Edit

My family and I (4 pax) took our meals at this restaurant almost everyday during our trip to Hong Kong.

The foods are very delicious and price is moderate. It's just right behind Silka Seaview Hotel. The dish is quite big and we usually ordered 3 dishes which came to about HKD220. The shop will serve Chinese tea and is charged HKD5 per head and on top of the bill, there is 10% service charge.

Set lunch is much cheaper which comes with a complimentary bowl of soup.

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Tasty Japanese food, reasonably priced. - Edit

It's a shame the tempura batter isn't vegan but the sushi, gyoza and noodle dish I had were all great. The waiter speaks English and was able to point out which dishes were vegan. Came to around $300 for dinner for 2 (to be honest it could have been less but we ordered way too much, the noodle dishes were a lot bigger than we expected). There is a lot of mock meat on the menu which I personally am not a fan of but my friend had some and really enjoyed it. Overall I really liked it and will go back regularly.

Pros: Huge menu, reasonable prices.

Cons: tempura isn't vegan, too much mock meat.

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Delicious and unique - Edit

We stopped by for the afternoon special - everything was 40% off from 3:00-5:00pm. We ordered an assortment of sushi, all of which were delicious and nicely presented. I've never had veg-friendly versions of raw seafood before, and I was extremely impressed with the flavors and textures. While it's been a while since I've had "real" sushi, my omnivore companions insisted that Ying's offerings tasted like the real deal. I really enjoyed my afternoon snack here.

Sushi offerings could be a bit expensive if you come during regular hours, so I would recommend coming for the afternoon special if you want to try sushi. The other items on the menu were affordable and looked on par price-wise with dishes at other veggie spots in HK.

Note: they do use egg and cheese in some items, so vegans should inquire about specific offerings. The menus says as much, but I do wish they explicitly labeled which items contain animal ingredients.

Pros: Delicious, Veggie sushi!, Afternoon special is a good deal

Cons: Pricey

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amazing - Edit

Hands down one of the best vegetarian restaurants specialising in Japanese and Chinese cuisine.
Extensive menu with pictures and numbered items which can easily be ordered by writing down the number.
Service was quick and easy and meals came out in a timely manner. Taste and texture of all meals is exceptional. We've been three times already and would definitely return next time we're in HK.

Pros: easy ordering, amazing taste and texture of food, cheap

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Only if you're in the area - Edit

Not particular welcoming, not particularly clean, not particularly tasty. There are much better choices.

Cons: Service, Hygiene

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reliably delish vegetarian food in yaumatei - Edit

i have had the opportunity of visiting ying vegetarian (瀛素食) on different days and at different times, either as an individual or in a group.

always, the food is reliable. there's a wide variety spanning relatively cheaper individual dishes such as noodles and rice bowls, to food more suitable for sharing such as traditional chinese dishes, pizza, sushi and sashimi. i'm not a huge fan of mock meat but make an exception for those from ying - i sometimes even have cravings for their crispy cutlets!

pace of service may vary depending on when you visit. today (3 september 2015) was a weekday public holiday and there was a long queue. i had to share a table despite arriving there after 3 pm. the person seated opposite me left after being told that he had to wait 40 minutes for his sushi order and the family next to me waited a long while for their dishes, which included sushi and pizza. sushi and sashimi seem to be extremely popular here. thankfully my "meatball" spaghetti dish (hkd68) (not authentic but still palatable, if a little on the sweet/salty side) somehow joined the express queue.

the tempura "soft-shelled crab"(?) sushi at a neighbouring table looked very appetising and i overheard the family next to me discussing that the dried "beef" hor fun (乾炒牛河)was supposedly good. the pizzas also look delicious.

today i was charged a tea fee of hkd5, plus 10% service charge, and my meal came up to hkd81.

if you're on a budget, try its cheap and equally delicious set lunches (five options ranging from rice to spaghetti to sushi, starting from hkd38 onwards) on weekdays and (non-public-holiday?) saturdays; there's no tea and service charge added to that. portions are huge so bring a lunchbox if you're a smaller eater.

ying vegetarian is along temple street, next to mido cafe (美都餐室), one of hong kong's iconic landmarks (worth a visit for its ambience, if you're a cinephile), and close to indie cinema broadway cinematheque.

Pros: reliable, delicious food, one of the few veggie places in yaumatei, opens till late

Cons: may have to wait, depending on your order, crowded, may have to share tables

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Ying Vegetarian, Hong Kong - Edit

I liked this place and have little to add to what others say. Items with egg are marked on the menu but egg can be removed from dishes if preferred. I had some really good Thai soup followed by a mix veg dish. They didn't push tea in my direction nor add 10%. 94 dollars.

The décor is a bit more contemporary than many of the Chinese places I've been in here in HK, but not in any sort of over the top kind of way.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Great food

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The best! - Edit

First time,my husband and i went to Hong Kong. We found this restaurant on the internet. We really loved this restaurant. Everything was so delicious. 2 years later , I went back to Hong Kong with my dad and my sister. They totally love this place too! Can't wait to go back to Hong Kong :)

Pros: Good Food, Convenient

Cons: Small restaurant

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Amazing food...Friendly Staff - Edit

The food is really nice, some what comparable to Loving hut... the staff understand bits of English...a bit away from the actual temple street market... they have some set lunch menu... which is very tasty & low cost as well

Pros: Good Taste, Good prices

Cons: Bit difficult to find

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Ying vegetarian oasis in Kowloob - Edit

Lunch menu is varied with mock dishes for all tastes. Quick service and English well understood. Prices good for Hong Kong.
A lovely clean and efficient place with lots of customers (a good sign if local Chinese use it)

Pros: variety, service, quality

Cons: range of drinks

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Popular Place - Edit

This place is easy to find as it is located at the south end of the Temple Street Night Market (on the left side of the street as you face north). It has a big sign. The place was quite crowded, mostly with young people. I think the wide variety of vegetarian sushi is a big attraction, as is the comfortable air conditioning on a humid Hong Kong night. The place is clean and simple. The menu offers a lot of variety, with both Japanese and Chinese food. I had mock pork with pineapple. It was excellent. The mock pork had something in it that gave the illusion of having some fat... the taste was really quite good. As far as I could see, there were no drinks except the complementary tea... Anyway, it's a lively place with excellent food, easy to find, and in a good location. My dish was 60 HKD which seems like a moderate price in Hong Kong.

Pros: Nice variety, Good mock meats, Easy to find

Cons: Hong Kong prices

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