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Exploring healthy vegetarian foods in Xiamen

Updated: 26 May 2010
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It's hard to argue with the health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables: Lower blood pressure; reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and probably some cancers; lower risk of eye and digestive problems; and a mellowing effect on blood sugar that can help keep overeating appetite in check.
 
In China, most of the vegetarian restaurants are Buddhist-themed and some vegetarian dishes mimic the real meat and fish in taste and texture. The reasons for mimicking of meat dishes could be many:

1). Diners who want to go vegetarian but miss the meat eating habit. 
2). Diners who keep to religious practices, and not depriving of meats taste. 
3). Dinners who want to eat meats but do not want the saturated fat of the animals.
 
These phenomena have given to assorted vegetarian dishes being created, and taking vegetarian culinary to a new height. The exquisite and delicious dishes will not only satisfy your taste bud, but keep you healthy.
 
Xiamen, a trendy island city of China, is experiencing this latest trend of health hit. With improved lifestyle, health has become a big sought after trend. With this, many new vegetarian restaurants are springing up like mushrooms, and new exortive vegetarian dishes can be found in many corners of Xiamen.
 
Hence, apart from some traditional famous Buddhist-themed vegetarian restaurants like Nan Putuo Vegetarian Restaurant (南普陀寺素食馆) and Zhu Yuan Ge Vegetarian Restaurant (竹缘阁), and nonreligious vegetarian restaurants like Xinsu Vegetarian Restaurant (心素食坊) and Tianhe Vegetarian Restaurant (天荷素食餐厅).
 
Besides, new trendy vegetarian restaurant such as the Loong Yuen Chinese restaurant of Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen also serves vegetarian dishes.
 
1). Loong Yuen Chinese restaurant – new trendy vegetarian restaurant
 
The Loong Yuen Chinese restaurant, Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen.
 
  
 
It belongs to Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen, an international luxury hotel designed for maximum comfort and convenience. The restaurant serves various classical vegetarian dishes as follows:
 
- Braised Vegetarian Abalone & Vegetarian Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce
 
The abalone has a tender texture allowing for perfect absorption of the oyster sauce while the sea cucumber has a delicate supple texture, giving before the knife like butter and simply melts in your mouth.
 
- Sweet & Sour Tofu
 
The traditional dish is created with a sublime combination of crispy tofu skin with a soft supple center. The tofu is then carefully blanketed by hot, sweet, & sour sauce for an eye-opening taste experience.
 
- Minced Pumpkin Soup with both Supreme and Yellow Fungus
 
From its rich full pumpkin taste to its creamy sweet flavor, this pumpkin soup is highly soothing to both the palate and stomach.
 
Add: No. 12-8 Zhen Hai Road (镇海路)
Tel: 0592 202 3333
 
2) Samadhi Restaurant (三摩地)

The lake view of Xiamen Yundang Lake from Samadhi Restaurant.  

Diners can enjoy the lake view as the restaurant is located alongside the Yundang Lake.
 
Specialties:
 
- Pumpkin and Tofu Soup
- Taro Pudding
- Vegetarian Minced Meat Soup
 
Add: No.115, Xidi Villa-A, Yundang Road
Tel: 0592 536 1689
 
3) Tianhe Vegetarian Restaurant (天荷素食餐厅)
 
The restaurant integrates Cantonese cuisine, Beijing cuisine and Taiwanese cuisine. Except staple foods, it also serves various snacks, including Spring Roll, Sweetheart Cake and Zongzi.
 
Specialties:
 
- Grilled Pork Fillet
- Curry Fried Rice
- Vegetarian Mutton
 
Add: No.10-2, Ding'ao Zai (顶澳仔), Siming District (Yanwu Road store)
Tel: 0592 219 7837
 
4) Nan Putuo Vegetarian Restaurant (南普陀寺素食馆)
 
Fresh ingredients are used to create delightful and excellent tasting dishes. The space is large with modern decoration and muted lighting for pleasant, cozy ambiance.
 
Specialties:
 
- Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Fillet
- Vegetarian Grilled Beefsteak
- Mapo Tofu
 
Add: Inside the Nan Putuo Temple, next to Xiamen Unversity
Tel: 0592 208 7281
 
5) Zhu Yuan Ge Vegetarian Restaurant (竹缘阁)
 
What makes the restaurant special is that diners can get a fascinating bird’s eye view from the top of Xianyue Park while enjoying healthy vegetarian foods.
 
Specialties:
 
 
Grilled Eggplant and Taro Pudding in Pumpkin
 in Xiamen Zhu Yuan Ge Vegetarian Restaurant.  

- Dongjiang Brewed Tofu
- Grilled Eggplant
- Taro Pudding in Pumpkin 
 
Add: Inside Tian Zhu Yan Temple, Xianyue Park, Qiaoyue Road (桥岳路)
Tel: 0592 586 9999 

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