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Vegetarian food is common and readily available in Shenzhen, although vegetarianism is only practiced by a relatively small fraction of the population. An emphasis on fresh vegetables makes Chinese cuisine perfect for vegetarians.
We at China Highlights have listed some of the best ones in tourist popular areas with average price, address, and transportation information. These are suitable for tourists and travellers because most are in Futian and Luohu where they would most likely go.
It mainly serves Yunnan-style vegetarian dishes. Many dishes include Yunnan natural mushrooms that taste spicy. The servers are considerate and gentle. After the meal, you might also be able to make tea, taste tea and evaluate tea with the boss who is quite proficient about tea culture.
Chinese name: 云来居素食馆香蜜湖店 Yunlaiju Su Shi Guan Xianmi Hu Dian
Recommended dishes: burdock tea (牛蒡茶), healthy soup (大补汤), fried vegetables (炒时蔬), plain fried kale leaves (清炒芥蓝叶), fried colorful rice (五彩米饭), tea tree mushrooms with salt and pepper (椒盐茶树菌), fried Matsutake (香煎松茸)
The oil and various ingredients are of a high quality. The dishes featured have a fresh and spicy taste. The dishes have quite unique and meaningful names. Each meal has large portions, and the price is reasonable. There are enough carports so that you need not wait for a space, and the parking is free.
Chinese name: 金海阁素食馆南园路店 Jinhaige Sushi Guan Nanyuan Lu Dian
Recommended dishes: drily fried string beans (干煸四季豆), coriander pancake (香菜饼), Jiaozi (饺子), vegetarian noodles (罗汉斋面)
It is famous for the organic and healthy vegetarian dishes that taste quite delicious. There are also set meals offered in which the nutritional value is always balanced. The main part of the food is mostly roughage and bulk and are good for your health, have a light taste, and are not greasy. The parking is free.
Chinese name: 悦意生活健康素食馆 Yueyi Shenghuo Jiankang Shiguan
Recommended dishes: sizzling mixed fungi (铁板杂菌堡), wrapped rice with dried vegetarian floss (手卷), spinach soup (菠菜羹), red rice (红米饭), salted yellow fungus (盐焗黄木耳)
It is part of the same chain as the Yunlaiju in Futian above. It is notable for tourists/travelers since it is in the Dongmen pedestrian shopping area that is listed #2 of 124 Shopping in Shenzhen on TripAdvisor (2016). It is easy to reach via the metro. The restaurant itself is #229 of 3,915 Restaurants in Shenzhen in 2016.
The decoration of the restaurant is concise and elegant in a Buddhist style. The environment is quiet which is in line with the Zen concept of Buddhism. The dishes are cooked very delicately and are delicious in taste. The restaurant has gained a high reputation from its customers. The parking is free, and you need not wait for seating in the restaurant.
Chinese name: 悦意生活健康素食馆 Yueyi Shenghuo Jiankang Shiuguan
Recommended dishes: wrapped rice with medicago (苜蓿手卷), spicy vegetarian “chicken feet” (凤爪, chicken-feet-like mushrooms with a chicken taste), Foguan Puzhao (佛光普照, baked vegetables and grains in tinfoil), plainly fried small cabbage (清炒小白菜), colorful rice (五彩饭)
It is part of the same chain as the Golden Sea Cabinet in Futian above.
Chinese name: 金海阁素食馆桂园路店 Jin Hai Ge Sushi Guan Guiyuan Lu Dian
You can hear the Buddhist songs and smell the faint fragrance of the burned incense from the nearby temple when entering the restaurant. The dishes are very delicious with reasonable prices. The traffic is quite convenient. Ranked 799 of 3,915 on TripAdvisor.
Chinese name: 登品素食府 Dengpin Sushi Fu
Recommended dishes: wrapped rice with medicago (苜蓿手卷), vegetarian steamed dumpling (素蒸饺), steamed stuffed bun with a crispy skin (雪山包)
This is part of the chain of restaurants as the one in Futian above.
The dishes are purely vegetarian and most are cooked in the Sichuan style. The dishes are made with a meat-like appearance and texture with fresh vegetarian ingredients, and they look attractive. It is close enough to the foreigner popular Sea World area that might make it worth a trip from Sea World if you are a vegetarian.
Chinese name: 福田林素食馆 Futianlin Sushi Guan
Recommended dishes: Tianshan roasted vegetarian kebab (天山羊肉串), wrapped rice with medicago (苜蓿手卷), mashed tea (擂茶), stewed Chinese yam with sweet osmanthus (桂花山药), dumpling (饺子), cold vegetable dish in a sauce (凉拌菜), fixed mushrooms and “chicken” soup (杂菇鸡片汤, mushrooms and fungus with a chicken soup taste). #323 of 3,915 Restaurants in TripAdvisor.
As dining well is impor, it would help to have a local guide who can give you recommendations on where and what to eat. We can help make your trip a lot easier. Our tours are tailored to your needs.
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