Jade Buddha Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

If you’ve made it through two days in Shanghai without being run over by either a bus, Green bunsmoped, or bicycle, you may feel the need to seek a higher form of spirituality. Jade Buddha Temple, located in north Shanghai, is a large temple, known in particular for its 1.5 meter jade Buddha statue. But to recreational vegans, the temple also represents an escape from the meat filled streets of Shanghai. After a litle sightseeing, I started my meal off with Shanghai-style steamed buns filled with greens. They were exceptional, and filled my cravings after having seen the meat version all day. Then, another appetizer, meat ballscold stringy vegetables, which were alright, but too oily. Lastly the main course, “meatballs” in a brown sauce, accompanied with bokchoy. The meatballs were filling, and the bokchoy well done. A general comment about Chinese vegetarian food in China: most restaurants style their food to look like meat(post forthcoming), and use meat names to describe the dishes. I find this a bit strange, given the eastern origins of the vegetarian diet, but it is understandable given the meat surroundings.

Jade Buddha restaurant

Ranking (Note: VfM is being ranked relative to Shanghai eating, not to Canadian price standards):

Deliciousness: chopstickschopstickschopstickschopsticks

VfM: chopstickschopstickschopstickschopsticks

Fruit in meal: No

Ambience: chopstickschopstickschopstickschopstickschopsticks (It’s a freakin’ Buddhist Temple!)

Jade Buddha Temple, located at the corner of Jiangning Rd. and Anyuan Rd., Shanghai. Full meals, including the RMB 2 (CDN $0.30) washcloth and tea for RMB 45 (CDN $7.50). Alcohol not available.

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3 Responses to Jade Buddha Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

  1. Darren says:

    Hey, recreationalvegan! Interesting review! Keep up the good work, and hope to read more about your China trip!

  2. ULRIKE GOERTZ says:

    HELLO, I ATE ON SEPTEMBER 9 AT ABOUT 16:30 O’CLOCK IN THE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS. I LEFT A YELLOW CASE WITH MY GLASSES ON THE TABLE. THE GLASSES ARE MADE FOR MY EYES AND I VERY MUCH NEED THEM. WOULD IT BE ASKING YOU TOO MUCH TO HAVE THESE SENT TO ME? I WOULD RETURN YOUR KINDNESS WITH A DONATION TO THE TEMPLE. MY ADDRESS: HANNAH GOERTZ, EBERSSTRASSE 34, 10827 BERLIN, GERMANY. THANKS.

  3. ULRIKE GOERTZ says:

    HELLO, I ATE ON SEPTEMBER 9 AT ABOUT 16:30 O’CLOCK IN THE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS. I LEFT A YELLOW CASE WITH MY GLASSES ON THE TABLE. THE GLASSES ARE MADE FOR MY EYES AND I VERY MUCH NEED THEM. WOULD IT BE ASKING YOU TOO MUCH TO HAVE THESE SENT TO ME? I WOULD RETURN YOUR KINDNESS WITH A DONATION TO THE TEMPLE. MY ADDRESS: HANNAH GOERTZ, EBERSSTRASSE 34, 10827 BERLIN, GERMANY. THANKS.

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