South Korea, TRAVEL, Veganism

VEGAN EATS AT SINCHON LOVING HUT

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I’m so happy I finally made it to Loving Hut in Sinchon! Back when Busan was my home and meat was not my friend, I used to frequent a Loving Hut at least once a week. Since becoming an uber carnivore I sadly lost my appreciation for a well-made, animal product-free meal and so one day I decided to rectify this by going few stops further than planned on the subway to track down the elusive Loving Hut. Good news is that it isn’t too elusive!

I walked in and was immediately hit by the trippy zen that resides in all Loving Hut restaurants. Founded by Supreme Master Ching Hai, who dabbles in everything from spiritual enlightenment to fashion design, the restaurants have her zany music videos playing on a flat screen and her slightly radical books available for customers to read.

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A great feature of Loving Hut restaurants is the vegan products available for sale. As speciality items, they are quite pricey but definitely invaluable for vegans living in Korea.

I took quite a while deciding what to order as it had been so long that I wanted to try a bit of everything! I settled on the fried vegetable dumplings and Loving Hut burger. The dumplings were crispy and and really tasty but the burger was a tad disappointing. It was a McDonalds situation where the burger in the picture doesn’t quite match the real thing. Where were my pickles? my lettuce? my onion? my sauce?? The vegan patty was good quality though so I couldn’t complain too much over the $3 price.

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I will definitely make more of an effort to go to Loving Hut in future as their menu is very inexpensive while being very good quality. Tried and trusted items on the menu are the soy steak and soy cutlet, the stir fry vegetables, and the vegan meat stew.

How to get there: Take subway line 2 to Sinchon station. Come out of exit 2 and walk straight for a while. Loving Hut is by Starbucks on your left.

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