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Cosy Cool Jun 15, 2011 01:05 AM

Hello everyone,

Thanks for all your sage advice on my previous thread and all your HK threads. I have my top 500 list ready to go!! :)

Now: my wife is a vegetarian (true vegetarian, no fish or animal products... but she's not frantic about it: if something has been cooked on a grill or in a pan next to a piece of meat that's probably fine).

I have read about the temples, the vegetarian joints etc, etc, and no doubt we will end up at some of them, but what I am hoping for is some advice on how to approach typical HK restaurants (i.e. where I want to be eating roast goose!!) in the quest for ANY vegetarian options. Are there ANY dishes (or common variations on dishes) that one might order in a typical HK restaurant that won't come back swimming in chicken stock??

It's not a health kick - she'll eat ANYTHING that's not cooked with meat... your thoughts?

Many thanks in advance!

  1. PeterL Jun 23, 2011 07:29 PM

    Buddhists are usually strict vegetarians. Just tell the restaurant that your wife is Buddhist and don't eat meat.

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      ellekay Jun 23, 2011 01:56 AM

      Shanghainese restaurants seem to be the most veggie-friendly. Lots of tofu options (with names like fake goose), seasonal greens, lotus root, fungus, veggie rice/noodles etc.

      Cantonese restaurants are a bit trickier as pork is so rife. If dim sum, there are usually only veggie buns/dumplings, seasonal veg options (and then we usually start gorging on the desserts).

      Other than dim sum, Chinese restaurants in HK are very flexible about taking meat out of a dish. So if there's a tofu or vegetable-based dish which has bits of meat mixed in, just ask them to take out the meat. I'd recommend Bistro Manchu on Elgin Street - a particularly veggie-friend Manchurian restaurant. Yes, it's full of expats but the food is decent!

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