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Kuan Yin Tea House

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published June 6th 2014
Vegan and Vegetarian Asian meals and desserts
While I am not a vegetarian or vegan I love eating great vegetable dishes. Kuan Yin Tea House a combination of faux meat dishes as well as straightforward vegetarian meals as well as vegan desserts.

Kuan Yin Chinese Vegetarian and Vegan Tea House
Kuan Yin Chinese Vegetarian and Vegan Tea House

China has a tradition of making fake meat dishes as part of the requirement that on Buddhist holy days you don't eat meat. So it is very common to find these types of dishes in restaurants next to temples in China.

It looks like meat, but it isn't
It looks like meat, but it isn't

Given that the tea house is named after Kuan Yin or (Guanyin), the bodhisattva associated with compassion in East Asian Buddhism, we can assume that this restaurant is popular with many Brisbane Buddhists. The dishes includes Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes.

The dishes we did try were absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend the noodles and the Takoyaki. It is also a good place to take a vegetarian friend when you don't really want to eat vegetables yourself.

Veggie Takoyaki: One of the straight vegetarian options
Veggie Takoyaki: One of the straight vegetarian options

The stand out at this restaurant are the vegan desserts. Personally I avoid desserts at vegan restaurants but I was tempted in trying some here and they were excellent. I recommend the mango heaven though the desserts I didn't have a chance to try also looked equally delicious.

Mango Heaven: A vegan dessert that is actually delicious
Mango Heaven: A vegan dessert that is actually delicious
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Why? Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals and desserts
When: Lunch and dinner
Phone: 07 3252 4557
Where: 198 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Snacks from $4, meals from $8
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