Happy new year! Thank you all JENIUS readers for your friendship, support, emails & comments, and for making 2010 a fabulous year!
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

Nan Tien Temple - lanterns

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.

Nan Tien Temple dining hall

Nan Tien Temple - pho chay

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).

Nan Tien Temple - vegetarian food fair -  Chinese radish cake

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).

Nan Tien Temple - vegetarian food fair - deep fried goodies, curry puffs, wontons, spring rolls

And to finish, a cup of milk tea with tapioca pearl balls ($4) which was a great thirst quencher in the 40 degree heat.

Nan Tien Temple - vegetarian food fair - pearl milk tea

The vegetarian food fair was available today 10am – 4pm and will be open tomorrow 1:30pm – 3pm.
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Shrine at Nan Tien Temple

Incense burning at Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien Temple - vegetarian food fair


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Nan Tien Temple
180 Berkeley Rd, Unanderra NSW (Wollongong)
Phone: (02) 4272 0600
Web: www.nantien.org.au
Open 9am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
14 comments
Kym
Kym

I visited Nan Tien temple sometime during this time and it was great! I liked the bean curd cakes (in the same picture as the radish cakes) the most.

foodie and the chef
foodie and the chef

I didn't even know this place existed - it looks incredible. Must visit soon :)

Jen
Jen

Thanks so much! Happy new year!

Jen
Jen

Pssst - the temple visit was to counter the night before, LOL!

Jen
Jen

Haha, I love my mock meats!

Jen
Jen

Cheers Helen! I was so tempted to grab a bag full for the drive home but I thought about all the painful jogs I've been putting myself through, so just settled with only 2 curry puffs & a spring roll :-P

Jen
Jen

Thanks Sara! :D

Jen
Jen

Yup, a gorgeous day out!

JasmyneTea
JasmyneTea

Just stumbled over your blog, and love it! The photography, layout and style of writing are all really refreshing. Look forward to reading more of your posts! Happy New Year :)

Moya
Moya

Happy New Year, I like the idea of a cleansing and spiritual start to the New Year, so much more sensible than the usual Western one of getting hammered to celebrate a new start!

Mark @ Cafe Campana
Mark @ Cafe Campana

I love the look of the Vegetarian Beef Noodle Soup. The concept that something is both vegetarian and beef at the same time is kind of nifty. Have a happy new year.

Helen (grabyourfork)
Helen (grabyourfork)

Happy New Year Jen. So many deep fried goodies - looks like a great day out.

mademoiselle délicieuse
mademoiselle délicieuse

Happy New Year! Although hot, at least it was nice weather to drive down to Nan Tien Temple for a day of vegetarian goodness and prayers.