A highlight, from the first glance to the itinerary, of our recent work-trip to Hong Kong was the vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. I have heard about this place for years and read several reviews about the delicacies there so I was naturally very excited to see that our first day’s ‘task’ was to try out the meal at the temple.
Funny thing was many things went wrong since our first step off the plane. My hubby had a broken shoe (yes!) and I had a severe nausea. So, it took us longer than expected to reach the temple at the top of Lantau Island. Lucky that we made it within the serving time of the meal. We had a 3-person set for HK$100 each which included a soup of clear noodle, a thick tofu sheet braised in lemon sauce, spring rolls, stir-fried mixed greens with the rare and expensive ‘monkey head mushroom’ and lily petals and another plate of cabbage and shitake stir-fried.
All dishes, according to my hubby and Phi Malee, were very good and delicately prepared. I, meanwhile, due to the sickness, sat in silence with my eyes rolling back and forth between those two people eating with gusto! It was a cruel, torturing moment! After all I have read and craved for this meal and I got totally sick I couldn’t even open my mouth and eat! I definitely have to go back real soon for this!
The vegetarian restaurant at Po Lin Monastery opens daily for lunch during 11.30-16.30. Set meals for one is HK$60, but for those looking for extra treatments, VIP sets (like ours) are HK$100 per person. Phi Malee told us that if you really want to splurge on the good ingredients, call them in advance so they can prepare the VVVVIP for you for a certain charge. The dining room was clean, but no-frills with tables outdoors in case you need fresh air (which I did). I guess many people are familiar with how to get to Po Lin via Ngong Ping 360 cable car, but here is the website of the operator anyway.