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Gong De Lin Vegetarian Restaurant

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58 Qian Men Dong Da Jie, Xuan Wu District, Beijing, China, 100050
Gong De Lin was established in 1922 as Beijing's first vegetarian restaurant. Its food is of the Buddhist "fake meat" variety – using vegetables, mushrooms and tofu to construct dishes bearing an uncanny resemblance to their animal product namesakes, but completely without meat. The shrimp balls, for example, taste astoundingly real. The "short chicken with crisp skin" (a more expensive dish) is also delicious. The finest dish is the silken pineapple: delicately battered, then caramelized and served very hot. The main dining hall is downstairs, with three private themed dining rooms occupying the upper level. Beer, wine and spirits are all available.
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