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Pure Veggie House – Hong Kong

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Pure Veggie House

(852)  2.525 0552
3/F, Coda Plaza,
51 Garden Road,
Central, HK

www.topstandard.com.hk

Open Hours:
10:00 – 22:30    Daily

Pure Veggie House is fantastic!  Not very easy to find, but one of those gems when you do.  I mean, we would NEVER have found this place on our own. A local friend brought us here – which involved a taxi ride up the hill to a nondescript corner;  a narrow lobby and elevator up one of the ‘chopstick’ buildings and then we finally spilled out into a vegetarian oasis.

Hong Kong has a verticality that is beyond what I was able to imagine – and this was after we had been to Tokyo – where you routinely head to a 4th floor for retail.   Pure Veggie House, may not have been the highest floor we visited (we topped out at the non-blog worthy hotels 110th floor bar) – but considering that it was situated on top of a mountain to begin with – it may have been the highest in overall elevation 🙂

Each dish was lovingly crafted with ingredients cultivated from the restaurants very own   ‘Kang Zhi Yuan Ecological Farm’.    Sauces, spices, flavors sung.  In Hong Kong, we found the few vegetarian spots to be the best, as the food was much less greasy and much more palatable.   So grab a taxi and head “up” to the Pure Veggie House 🙂

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braised lotus seeds wrapped in sliced winter melon
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Matsutake Mushroom pouches  with black truffle sauce
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Steamed vegetarian dumpling & Steamed dumpling with soup
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Glutinous dumpling w/ sesame & peanut powder, Deep-fried sesame glutinous rice ball
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chilled king oyster mushroom sashimi
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Shredded turnip puffs
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Bean curd skin roll with assorted mushroom
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Sesame Roll
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Red dates pudding
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Deep fried enoki mushrooms with spiced salt
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Lock Cha Tea House – Hong Kong

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Lock Cha Tea House

(852)  2.801.7177
The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Parka
Admiralty, HK

www.lockcha.com/teahouse/

Open Hours:
10:00 – 20:00    Daily

In the middle of the city, on the edge of the Hong Kong Park, nested inside the Tea Museum sits one of the most accessible, and easily missed, restaurants we found in Hong Kong.  We gave it the brush off as a tourist spot several times before a friend invited us and we discovered what we had been un-imaginatively ignoring!

Offering vegetarian dim sum for lunch and dinner you can order freely from the menu without worrying about a pool of grease or wondering what animal part is going to be snuck in – great for selective eaters like ourselves.   Service is very curt and reservations are a must, but overall our favorite food in Hong Kong.

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Dibek Traditional Cook – Nevşehir, Turkey

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Dibek Traditional Cook

(90) 384 271 2209
Konak Sokak 50650
Göreme Nevşehir TÜRKİYE

www.dibektraditionalcook.com

OPEN HOURS:
18:00 – 13:30
Dibek-Traditional-Cook_004Bulgur Çorbası – bulgur, tomato, onion soup – so simple sounding, yet so good!

When you find yourself in Turkey – you may be a bit confused with just how helpful and friendly the people are.  Especially if you come from a “me-first” kind of city like New York 🙂

It took us a bit to really realize that the people were trying to be helpful and not put us through a ruse!!  With that  …

We went with Çem, the son of the Mustaffa owner of the Aydinli Cave House, to their second cousins restaurant Dibek Traditional Cook – which turns out to be one of the top local spot Göreme.  It’s one of the places we would have passed by without glancing twice – as it is in a 450 Year old stable; and not much to look at from the outside.  But like all good things in life, it’s what’s on the side that matters!

Dibek specializes in slow-cooked Testi Kebabı; a complete meal cooked in a sealed terra-cotta pot.  The pot is served in its ceramic entirety, then broken at the table.   For this specific dish, you need to make a reservation as it takes about 3 hours to be prepared!  So worth it!!!  There are a meat and vegetarian options, we chose the mushrooms, eggplant with tomato, pepper, patato, and garlic … my mouth is watering as I type this!

Other local specialties included:

Kurufasulye – oven cooked white beans in tomatoe and chili pepper sauce, topped with chopped tomatoes and green peppers sided with a perfect cucumber- onion salad.

Mantı – a surviving Ottoman recipe consisting of handmade pasta filled with meat or cheese and crushed chickpeas.  Then steamed, and served topped with a yogurt garlic sauce and sprinkled with sumac.

Cacık – a perfect condiment of cucumbers and garlic mixed with yogurt, dressed with olive oil and  mint.

We kept our dinner for the last evening in Cappadocia, and regret it a little.  Dibek Traditional Cook is hands down THE BEST restaurant we went to during our entire excursion – and we shoud’ve had dinner there every evening!!

Oh yes, they also have delicious homemade wine 🙂

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