Little is known to the outside world of China's delicious and innovative vegetarian cuisine. Gongdelin is a great place to go to enjoy it. The time-honoured restaurant specializes in using vegetable... Read More
Little is known to the outside world of China's delicious and innovative vegetarian cuisine. Gongdelin is a great place to go to enjoy it. The time-honoured restaurant specializes in using vegetable to make dishes that look and taste like meat, a feature and selling point of vegetarian dishes in China. The chefs' skills and techniques are so spectacular that often times it's hard to believe that the delicious sweet and sour pork chop in front of you is made with lotus. The main ingredients here are different types of mushrooms, fungi and bean curd. Eye-opening dishes include kung pao chicken, which made with diced firm bean curd, peanuts and pepper, braised tofu-based king prawn and a mixed stir-fry called "eighteen luohan". An average meal costs US13 per head.
2A Dongdajie, Qianmen
- Best Restaurants: "If you're in Beijing in autumn, make sure you queue up to buy some moon cakes from Gongdelin. These vegetarian moon cakes are hugely popular in China."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: This impressive restaurant is reported to be the only monk-run vegetarian restaurant in Beijing and is a respected historic brand in China.