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Built in the 20th century, the Chi Lin Nunnery follows the style of traditional Tang Dynasty architecture.

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Hong Kong’s meat-free meals

6 restaurants where a vegetarian can eat more than just rice

Chi Lin Vegetarian

Reconstructed in 1998, remarkably without using a single nail, in an architectural style popular in 898, the Chi Lin Buddhist nunnery is one of Hong Kong’s only quiet spots where you can almost get away from it all. Saunter round the garden and visit the waterfall before strolling over to the restaurant behind it for a long relaxing lunch or dinner. Lunch is usually a choice of four dishes with soup, rice and fruit. A typical choice would be small portions of lotus roots with mushroom, stir-fried vegetables, fried stuffed beancurd and stewed eggplants. Not far are the immaculate 3.5-hectare Nan Lian Gardens which house the Song Cha Xie pine teahouse. 5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon; discoverhongkong.com.

Pure Veggie House

A Chinese fusion and organic vegetarian restaurant that features soy mock meats and tofu. The menu features 18 signature dishes based on Buddhist precepts though there’s also a dim-sum menu with a variety of dumplings, vegetable buns, turnip puffs and cheung fan rice rolls. 3rd floor, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels.

Kung Tak Lam

Kung Tak Lam has several locations, including one in Causeway Bay another in Tsim Sha Tsui with spectacular views of the harbour. This Shanghainese restaurant serves over 200 dishes, from dim sum to noodles and mock meats. Popular dishes include the mushroom eel and Shanghainese cold noodles. Try the aromatic fruit tea. 7th floor, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui and 10th floor, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay.

Loving Hut

A vegan fast-food chain with mock-meat dishes. All items are dairy free including the desserts which are made with soy milk. While Loving Hut has branches around Hong Kong, the Kowloon Bay one has a bakery next door with an assortment of healthy snacks, breads, cakes and pastries, all of which are completely vegan. 77 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon Bay.

Lotus Veggie

This family-owned place within walking distance of Kowloon Walled City Park offers vegetarian and vegan dim sum as well as mock-meat dishes. Popular choices include steamed dumplings, veggie fish and veggie Peking duck. 39 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City.

Mask of Si Chuen & Beijing

Mask is perfect for large families or special occasions. Serving traditional Szechuan cuisine, the vegetarian menu features specialities such as black pepper cheung fan, tan tan noodles and steamed vegetable dumplings. The tofu cheesecake and crème brulée are made without eggs. 33 Tsim Sha Tsui East Station, Tsim Sha Tsui.

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