If you’ve made it through two days in Shanghai without being run over by either a bus, moped, 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, cold 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.
Ranking (Note: VfM is being ranked relative to Shanghai eating, not to Canadian price standards):
Fruit in meal: No
Ambience: (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.