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I spent this morning with the boy and his mother at the tranquil Nan Tien Temple down at the Gong. On top of committing to new year's resolutions, thousands of Buddhists gathered at the temple today to welcome the new year and to join in prayers for health and world peace.
Nan Tien Temple normally offers a scrumptious set lunch menu for $9 at the dining hall, but the Vegetarian Food Fair along the east corridor naturally caught my eye.
The food fair was a spectacular collection of vegetarian goodies including mock chicken with rice, deep fried wontons, fried rice noodles, Chinese radish cake and more.
The first thing I try is the pho chay (Vegetarian Vietnamese beef noodle soup, $8). Featuring mock beef, it is a cleansing vegetable and soy based broth with rice noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, topped with a handful of coriander and Vietnamese basil and some fresh ground chilli.
We also try the radish cake ($4 for four pieces).
The fried foods stall was extremely popular with trays and trays of crunchy golden morsels. I couldn't resist the curry puffs ($3 for two) and the spring rolls ($1 each).
And to finish, a cup of milk tea with tapioca pearl balls ($4) which was a great thirst quencher in the 40 degree heat.
The vegetarian food fair was available today 10am - 4pm and will be open tomorrow 1:30pm - 3pm.
Nan Tien Temple
180 Berkeley Rd, Unanderra NSW (Wollongong)
Phone: (02) 4272 0600
Open 9am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays