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Mother Chu's Vegetarian Kitchen

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by Carisma (subscribe)
Activist and writer, currently based in Sydney. My first book is now available at spend to save
Published July 26th 2014
A new take on old favourites
Mother Chu's vegetarian kitchen on Pitt St, is a restaurant that specializes in vegetarian versions of authentic Taiwanese dishes. Owned by the Chu family, the restaurant incorporates their Buddhist traditions into scrumptious cooking that appeals to all palates. While the décor is not flashy, the restaurant has a cosy, homely feel to it.

Mother Chu's Vegetarian Kitchen
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Boasting a wide-range menu, and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, Mother Chu's is a great place to enjoy cruelty free 'chicken' and 'seafood' dishes, all averaging around $20. For the health conscious, there are plenty of boiled/steamed dishes, with brown rice options.

Eggplant dish
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Eating at Mother Chu's can be quite the experience, (a) due to the hilarious spelling mistakes on the menu (Fench beans, anyone?) and (b) because there is a menu that specialises in gluten dishes. Looking at the menu, you can't help but wonder, how does one make 'fried gluten slices'?

Salt and pepper tofu
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Mother Chu's satisfies that craving for greasy food we all get every now and then, without the heavy, 'I've eaten too much feeling'. As the restaurant doesn't serve alcohol or use MSG, eating here can be a daunting prospect for some. Having now tried alcohol-free beer though, I'm happy to say that I'm now open to enjoying alcohol, without the, uh, alcohol. While I'd no doubt recommend Mother Chu's for vegetarians, and Chinese food lovers, I would actually also recommend it to non-vegetarians. If you're new to vegetarian food, try the 'triple chilli dish' or the 'Peking Duck' – you won't regret it!
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Why? To indulge in vegetarian Peking duck.
When: 12pm to 3pm; 5pm to 10pm
Phone: (02) 9283 2828
Where: 367 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Average $20
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