I’ve been to the Wudaokou and Chaowai SOHO branches, and Tianchu Miaoxiang (天厨妙香素食餐馆) never fails to impress with their artful presentations of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
The one thing that impressed me most about Tianchu Miaoxiang (aside from the incredible sugar sculptures) is their commitment to transparency on the menu. The first thing that greets you when you flip open the cover is a set of values and background information on their ingredients:
I was shocked when I looked up the five pungents 五辛 later and found out that it refers to scallions, leeks, onions, garlic, and chives. I would have sworn I could never enjoy my meal without onion and garlic, but I didn’t even notice they were missing until I sat down to write this blog post.
Many of the main dishes are reasonably priced between 20-40 RMB, although there are some more expensive choices as well. In addition to the black fungus dish pictured above, we also enjoyed the following:
I also enjoyed the decorative chia pet sculptures next to my table.
In short, this is a great vegan restaurant. Along with Pure Lotus, it’s a good place to impress your non-vegetarian friends in Beijing with how good meatless dishes can be.
The Wudaokou location is easy to find, just search for the Google office sign and it will be on the first floor of the building near there:
1/F, Chuangye Towers, Qinghua Science Park, 清华正门外, 清华科技园, 创业大厦一层西侧, Tel 电话: 6279-7078
For the Chaowai SOHO location, it is a little tricky to find. Take the stairway closest to Building D to the second floor, and it will be on the North side of the pedestrian bridge. If you approach the building from the northwest side of the complex, the staircase I’m talking about should be fairly obvious:
Rm 0260, 2/F, Bldg D, Chaowai SOHO, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, 朝阳门外大街乙6, 朝外SOHO, D座2层0260, Tel 电话: 5900-1288