Water Drop Vegetarian Café, Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple
Water Drop is a day-time restaurant but definitely worth listing on Cheapeats. One of our friends suggested we visit the temple and we are so glad that we did. It has been some time since we were last out this way, and the development is amazing. You will not miss the temple, because it is located on 4 hectares of grounds on the corner of Stancombe and Chapel Roads.
This is a foodie discovery with a difference. The Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple is dedicated to ideals of humanistic Buddhism and anyone is welcome to visit. The Temple grounds are beautiful and tranquil, a world away from the industry and development happening in the area. It would be even more beautiful in mid-October, during cherry blossom time.
After our exploration of the temple, two special exhibitions and the grounds, we returned to the entry area and the Water Drop Café. There is a daily special, consisting of three vegetarian dishes and rice, but we opted to try three selections off the menu: Laksa Noodle Soup, Lohan Delight and Fried Organic Red Rice.
The winner was definitely the Laksa Soup – nice and spicey with tofu instead of any animal/fish protein. The red rice had a nice chewy texture and was stir-fried with frozen mixed veg. We were curious about the Lohan Delight, which was a mixture of mushrooms and fungus in a broth. Interesting textures but very bland flavours.
We accompanied our healthy meal with a pot of lotus tea. We felt that this was appropriate since the lotus is the symbol of Buddha. The tea was served in a small glass pot and had a mild flavour. You could also opt for rose, anoect and other teas, or take advantage of the espresso machine for a caffeine hit.
This is the place to visit when you need to take some time out in a peaceful haven. Enjoy.