Hsi Lai Temple

Cheap Eats: Chinese, June 2012

A Buddhist monastery contains a spare dining hall, which prepares a daily lunch buffet for monks, nuns, and laymen. A $7 donation entitles you to prime versions of chow fun, braised tofu, and sweet-and-sour pork. Buddhist clergy eating pork? Of course not, but these house-made imitation meats taste like the real thing.