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Vegetarian Meals & Snacks @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

I’ve read many reviews of the yummylicious vegetarian meals serves at Po Lin Monastery many moons back and here I am on day 4 of my Hong Kong trip at Lantau Island. It was the foggiest day of our trip. We weren’t let down at all. Had a great time at the magical Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.

Meal Ticket Office @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
By 11.30am, we head to the counter to get our ticket for vegetarian lunch.
Regular vegetarian meal cost HK60.00/pax (RM23.80) but meal starts at 1pm.
Deluxe vegetarian meal cost HK100.00/pax (RM39.70) and can be served from 11.30am onwards.

We bought the deluxe meal as we do not want to wait until 1pm. Deluxe meal is served in a ‘VIP Room’.

Vegetarian Soup @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
We don’t have to wait as meals were served right away. This is a vegetarian soup with several types of fungus and beancurd. YUMMY!!! Our cold body were immediately warmed by the soup.

Best EVER Vegetarian Meal @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Clockwise from top:
1. Vegetable dish (mushroom, celery, peas, asparagus, capsicum, cashew nuts).
2. Lemon beancurd sheet (if only our regular lemon chicken would taste like this, I was blown away by this dish!)
3. Vegetarian spring roll (so very good)
4. Mushroom with vegetable (I love the vegetable, something I’ve never eaten before. It’s like salad leaves)

I ate mostly the dishes and just a few bite of rice.

The taste of these vegetarian dishes are top notch. I give 5 stars baby! This is the BEST EVER vegetarian meal in my entire life! Really! I’m not joking. It’s so different from the ones back home in Malaysia. How should I describe it? It was very clean, flavorful, aromatic and you feel a sense of peacefulness with the dishes. Oh yeah you feel the love the cooks put into making these dishes as well.

Vegetarian Restaurant @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Judging from the crowd, the Deluxe vegetarian meal at Po Lin Monastery is a favorite eh? Nuns from Po Lin Monastery eats here as well.

Vegetarian Cafe @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Right outside the ‘VIP Room’ is the open-air seating area. This is the place you sit for the regular meal lunch. It was the coldest day and I don’t know how they survived out here. It was raining and our toes and fingers were freezing. Basically we couldn’t even feel them! See the thick fog on the right?

Vegetarian Snacks @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
At the end of the open-air seating area is this Vegetarian Dessert and Snacks counter.

Vegetarian Snacks @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Woah so many choices!

Vegetarian Snacks @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Lucky cake (lotus paste), crystal cake (red bean paste), lotus sago cake, deep fried dumpling.

If only my stomach can still fit some in…

Vegetarian Snacks @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
This is interesting. Snow fungus cake, red bean cake, black sesame cake, mango sweet agar-agar.

Vegetarian Snacks @ Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Finally ‘beh tahan’, we tapau-ed the ‘lo hon’ vegetarian crisp roll and deep fried taro dumpling. Must-try is the ‘lo hon’ vegetarian crisp roll. So good! (even when it’s cold, coz we ate them later at Citigate Outlets). 6 pieces for HK20.00 (RM7.94)

Po Lin Monastery’s Vegetarian Restaurant is a must-eat place if you go to Ngong Ping. For sure I’m coming back for more! 🙂 I’ve told so many people about this vegetarian restaurant already! Hahaha

Vegetarian Kitchen
Po Lin Monastery,
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island.
Hong Kong
(852) 2985 5248

Opening hours: 11.00am to 4:30pm (Monday to Sunday; including public holidays)


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  • Reply smallkucing March 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    wow…the vegetarian meal there so “modern”. Not like ours here.

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      They looked so different ya? Over here (Malaysia) the vegetarian has one kind of taste one right? My dad refused to eat vegetarian food coz of that smell. Haha

  • Reply Nava Krishnan March 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    plenty of interesting food to check out, lovey dishes.

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Yeah I need to go there again to sample all those lovely desserts and snacks. 🙂

  • Reply cazzycazz March 22, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Gosh you really did sniff your way to all the good food!!! Please keep on sharing so i can just follow effortlessly when comes my trip!! Kekekekekek

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Hahahaha not everything I sniffed were good. Some are bad too.

  • Reply foongpc March 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I don’t like vegetarian food. But this one looks really different! OK, must try this when I go there!! : )

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Oh yes… really really MUST TRY!!!

  • Reply Dawn April 2, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Made a mistake coming to your blog when i’m hungry 🙂

    The vegetarian dishes and the items in the dessert counter is too tempting. Waiting for the time I step foot in HK.

    Many moons ago on Chor 1 and 15, it’s outside vegetarian meal for my mom, dad and me and the food were all loaded with MSG and oil to the max.

    • Reply Che-Cheh April 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Opps… hehe
      Make sure you try the vegetarian meal ya. Really very different.
      Malaysian’s vege meals… they all have some kind of smell… very yucky one.

  • Reply SHARON January 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm


  • Reply karen randles July 8, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I just came back from Lantau Island and the vegetarian food was the best I have ever had anywhere in the world. Is there a way we can find these recipes? I was hoping they had a recipe book I could buy but did not find one. I did find beautiful music to bring home.

    • Reply Che-Cheh July 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Hi Karen, I totally understand how you feel. I’m still blown away by the awesomeness of this vegetarian food.

      Hmm I don’t think these recipes are published anywhere. We might as well volunteer in their kitchen!

  • Reply ANGEL October 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Hi, my father who is on wheelchair, isnt convenient for him to see the Statue and take the vegetarian meal? The last trip I have was a decade and cant remember if there is life access. Thanks

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