Vegan/vegetarian Asian restaurants are an interesting breed. For some reason, they’re mostly obsessed with replicating the texture and appearance of original meat dishes. Despite the concept of mock meats being utterly confusing, I actually love the taste of it all!

Due to the large Buddhist population, Cabramatta is home to some of the best vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney. Loving Hut is one of my faves.

Loving Hut is actually part of the world’s fastest growing vegan restaurant franchise, and dining here requires you to look past the religious propaganda broadcasted throughout the restaurant. It’s all a bit bizarre but if you’re curious, this forum unravels part of the mystery.

Food-wise, everything is simply delicious. The menu contains over 50 options and there are some great sharing options on the ‘yum cha’ and appetisers menu, mostly $5 – $10. Think along the lines of prawn dumplings, peking duck, mushroom congee, soy chicken and salad.

Loving Hut Cabramatta - vegetarian summer rolls

The summer rolls are 4 for $5. They’re tightly rolled parcels of soy meat, with all the usual suspects of herbs and vermicelli. Dipped into the hoisin and peanut sauce, it’s hard to even remember that what you’re eating is vegetarian!

The fried seaweed rolls ($6) are as scrumptious. Lightly battered, the seaweed adds a depth of flavour to an otherwise simple deep-fried treat.

Loving Hut Cabramatta - vegetarian fried seaweed rolls

Heartier main courses include two pages of noodles! The vegetarian pho ($8) is worth trying, but I also love the vegetarian bun rieu ($9) which is the tomato and “crab” meat noodle soup. The broth is fragrant and nourishing and the crab meat has been cleverly replaced with all sorts of tofu.

Loving Hut Cabramatta - vegetarian bun rieu

The vegetarian banh canh chua ($10) is slightly less exciting. The thickened soup is aromatic but a little bland in comparison to the bun rieu which has a great balance of flavours and textures.

Loving Hut Cabramatta - vegetarian banh canh cua

Vegetarian restaurants such as Loving Hut makes it so easy to go meatless!

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Loving Hut
227 Cabramatta Road West, Cabramatta, NSW
Phone: (02) 9755 4410

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, 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.

I love the restaurants at Nan Tien Temple!


You'll be surprised by all the creativity!


I've become a part-time vegetarian lately and really enjoy it! Wish I had a balcony garden like yours though!

Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy

YUM! I'm really getting into the idea of vegetarian restaurants (and meatless Mondays). This looks good - though like you, I also find mock meat...odd.

Amanda @ Gourmanda
Amanda @ Gourmanda

I remember visiting the Buddhist temple down in Wollongong last year when my parents visited me, and being absolutely blown away by how they created things like Chinese BBQ Pork out of vegetarian subsitutes! It's really quite remarkable what they can do...