Gong De Lin was established in 1922 as Beijing's first vegetarian restaurant. Its food is of the Buddhist "imitation flesh" variety – using ... More
Gong De Lin Vegetarian Restaurant
Gong De Lin was established in 1922 as Beijing's first vegetarian restaurant. Its food is of the Buddhist "imitation flesh" variety – using vegetables, mushrooms and tofu to construct dishes bearing an uncanny resemblance to their animal product namesakes, but completely without meat. The shrimp balls, for example, taste mightily real. The "short chicken with crisp skin" (CNY60, a more expensive dish) is delicious. The finest dish is the silken pineapple: delicately battered, then caramelized and served very hot. The main dining hall is downstairs, with three private themed dining rooms occupying the upper level. Beer, wine and spirits are available.
It can be a bit strangey to eat 'meat' as a vegetarian. Although you know it is not real meat, you may feel strange about this experience. But the dishes are delicious, so why should we leave the monopoly of strong meaty tastes to meateaters? Try it, I am sure you will not be disappointed. And there are enough normal vegetable dishes to cater for those who do not want to risk their tastebuds.
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