A short story of Chay Long
We make make you happy with our food! This motto of our Chay Long team brings out all the important aspects that belong to the history of the restaurant. As a Buddhist who has been practicing for years, the Buddhist principles are deeply rooted within me, Hien Dinh-Graf, founder and director of Chay Long.
The search for happiness
is our constant endeavor and such an individual's happiness cannot last when his surroundings and those around him suffer from his behavior. The creation of bad kharma prevents us from attaining the state of happiness.
Monday - Sunday
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM (winter)
12:00 PM – 11:00 PM (summer)
The consumption of meat and the associated killing of animals produces bad Kharma. Thus, according to Buddhist opinion, the renunciation and the consumption of meat and thus the killing of animals is one of the basic prerequisites for the attainment of human happiness. For centuries, Buddhist monastery kitchens have cultivated the art of preparing meatless dishes. In the course of time this art was perfected. We have dedicated ourselves to this tradition and combine traditional monastery cuisine with elements of modern cuisine.
Every year we travel several times to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam to meditate together with nuns and monks in the temples of our Buddhist community. This was also the case in 2016 when we visited the temple complex near Phnom Phenh in August. On the day of our arrival, the monastic community in Phnom Phenh opened a vegetarian restaurant. The community sees it as its task not only to feed itself without meat but also to help other people to renounce the consumption of meat, to convince people that the renunciation of meat is not a lack, but on the contrary, an increase in enjoyment. Thus one helps one’s fellow men on their way to happiness, not by prohibitions, but by pointing out alternatives.
Inspired by this idea and supported by the monastic community in Phnom Phenh, we opened our restaurant - Chay Long - in May 2017. Chay means “meatless for life”; in Vietnamese, Long is the Chinese word for dragon. Transferred the name means that meatless nutrition gives the strength to be a dragon.
We are happy about the regular exchange with our partner restaurants in Chang Mai, Thailand, Phnom Phenh, Cambodia, Vientiane, Lao and Ha Noi, Vietnam.
Our food comes from the heart, we prepare it out of our love for life and the desire to make you happy.
We look forward to your vist.
Hien Dinh-Graf and the Team of Chay Long