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The Hungry Buddha is a gluten-free friendly restaurant and more

The Hungry Buddha caters for gluten-free diet and more. In this article, we talk about what we do to cater to our clientele.

One of the not so fun parts of dining out is when you have an allergy or intolerance and you are not sure if the restaurant you want to dine out can cater to that. But here at the Hungry Buddha, the staff and the management go above and beyond when it comes to serving customers with diet-related issues.

The menu has gluten-free and other diets clearly marked

Firstly, the menu is clearly marked if the meals are gluten-free (gf), dairy-free (df), contains nut (n) and vegetarian (v). The chef takes extreme care in the kitchen when preparing these dishes

Flexible Menu

The menu is very flexible and easily caters for diets. For instance, if you have a specific allergy – you can call the restaurant a day or so ahead and speak to the staff and sort out your allergy-related issues. Then when the day comes to dine with your friends in a big group, you don’t have to be bothered by the diet-related dilemma at all.

The restaurant comes with the main menu, special menu, banquet menu and the kid’s menu “mini buddha” all marked with diets. This makes very easy for diners to choose the meal they like.

If you have any questions about the diets / diet-related issues, please contact us here.

The Hungry Buddha

What makes Nepalese food unique?

Ammar Chef has been working with us for over two years now and has bolstered the Nepalese items we offer on our menu

Nepalese food is thought to have been originated from flavours and cooking styles of its neighbours – China, Tibet & India. Closest of them being India because of the religion, open border and most importantly the spices. While Nepalese food does have its similarities with Indian food, it is still very much a unique international cuisine.

Nepalese food is fresh, healthy and accommodates most diets. The Nepalese cooking is simple and that’s what makes it appealing to most people who are trekking in Nepal.

The Himalayan Spice Box

Let’s look at some key differences in Nepalese cooking

  • Nepalese cooking we chop and stir-fry the vegetables. Herbs and spices are simply added to give it extra flavour. There is no use of any kind of paste to complement the gravy.
  • Nepalese cooking does not use cream. Instead, its popular sauce is gravy, which presents a thinner and less heavy texture to the food. Nepalese is often considered healthier because of that.
  • Nepalese cooking (curry dishes) does not use sugar. There is only one real exception to this and this is if the dish is extremely sweet. Only then will Nepalese chefs add some cooking sugar.   
  • In Nepal, it is traditional to eat rice (Bhat) up to twice a day in a popular dish called Daal Bhat – a combination of steamed rice and a cooked lentil soup. Unlike Indian cuisine, in Nepal we do not eat as much naan or chapatti bread. Our broader menu does have choice of Naan/Roti for our customers at the Hungry Buddha.

At the Hungry Buddha, we use local vegetable suppliers to bring in our weekly supply of fresh vegetables. We prepare each dish on site with much care.

The Hungry Buddha caters for various dietary requirements. You can always email us or call us if you are unsure of our offerings.

The Hungry Buddha is open 7 days from 5 pm. You can also order online directly through our own platform and get it delivered straight to your home.

Visit Nepal 2020 – Experiences of a lifetime

The Visit Nepal Year 2020 official logo

The government of Nepal has announced the year 2020 as Visit Nepal Year in an ambitious aim to bring in 2 million tourists from around the globe. If you haven’t been to Nepal, this is the best time to help plan your next visit to Nepal.

There are many larger events planned throughout 2020 but for lifetime experiences, you can visit Nepal any time of the year and be spellbound.

Boudanath Kathmandu

Dancing with the Gods

You will come across stories of Gods and Goddesses as you walk the streets and alleys of Nepal. Where each day is a celebration of life, there are numerous festivals throughout the year. Nepal is home to the living Goddess, the Kumari – a manifestation of female divinity, who is venerated and worshiped by devotees across the country.

On the way to Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Adventure in the mountains

From the highest mountains in the world to amazing trekking trails, mountaineers, trekkers, and adventurers seek out the Himalayas every year during climbing season. Nepal also offers some of the best white water adventures – rafting and kayaking on thrilling waters and gentle rapids.

Wild Encounters

Explore the lush jungles of the national parks in Chitwan, Bardia and Rara on elephant backs or jeep safaris to spot rhinos grazing in the wild, crocodiles along swampy rivers, and tigers on the prowl.

Somewhere in the Himalayas of Nepal

Food Expeditions

Eating can be a joyful experience in Nepal. From multi-cuisine and specialty restaurants and bars about town to home-cooked meals from traditional kitchens, there’s a huge variety of street food to choose from too.

Journey Within

Nepal can be a journey of true self-discovery. The smell of incense, prayer flags in the wind, the chime of distant bells, butter lamps, the rotation of prayer wheels and mystical chants permeate centres of spiritual learning, monasteries, and temples. The birthplace of Buddha and the abode of Shiva, Nepal is a divine experience. Meditation, yoga, a temple stay or a spiritual sojourn, it draws believers and free thinkers alike.

A suspension bridge in Nepal

Crafts and Creations

Exquisite handicrafts flourish in Nepal. From handmade lokta paper to woven Dhaka shawls and pashmina, from artistic silver and metalware to stone carvings, woodworks, and paintings, there is something magical in the handcrafted products which carry skills that have been passed down generations to retain their authentic traditional roots.

The Nepalese Embassy in Canberra will be set up as a promotional center for the Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign.

If you are interested in traveling to Nepal and want to know more, please contact our team or the team through our sister company, Nepal Adventures. If you have a group who would be interested in traveling to Nepal in 2020, the experienced team at Nepal Adventures can help you plan every aspect of your trip.

Nepal Adventures specialise in organising group tours to Nepal from Canberra, Australia

The Nepalese festive season and why it’s celebrated

Nepalese Festive Season is a merry time in Nepal

Dashain Festival is one of the most important Hindu festivals which is celebrated all over Nepal and among the Nepalese diaspora around the world.

The Dashain Festival

This festival falls around September or October and is actually celebrated for 15 days. Hindu Goddess Durga is worshiped during this festival.

How is it celebrated?

This festival is a ceremony of reunion and fun. People living far away or overseas visit their home and celebrate with their close relatives.

Children are treated with new clothes, gifts from their parents and close relatives.

People enjoy delicious Nepalese food and playing a lot of card games. This is merry times, feast everywhere, kites are flown, and communities build bamboo swings and get involved in various entertaining activities.

10 days of Dashain

The festival starts with a day called ‘Ghatsthapana’. Then the next 9 days are spent worshiping Goddess Durga. The main day is called ‘Dashami’ which is also known as ‘Vijaya Dashami’, the day when Goddess Durga got victory over the demons. On this day the seniors of the family put ‘Tika’ and ‘Jamara’ giving blessings to their younger ones. The youngsters also receive ‘Dakchhina’ which is usually brand new notes of money released by the Central Bank exactly for this purpose.

Dashain not only reunites the families and friends but it also gives the working people time to relax and enjoy with family.

It is the best time to visit Nepal

Generally, the festival means the finish of monsoon and beginning of autumn in Nepal. Weather is favourable and is the best time to visit Nepal for natural and cultural experiences.

The festival is followed by Tihar (Diwali) – the festival of lights

Festival of Lights – Tihar

Tihar is another beautiful and dazzling festival for the Hindus. It is also the second greatest festival for Nepalese, after Dashain – the festival of lights. The cities and the surroundings look clean and light up during the night.

The festival is celebrated for five days worshiping 4 different animals – Crow, Dog, Cow followed by worshipping of Ox/ goddess of wealth ‘Laxmi’. The fifth day is marked by sister praying for their brother’s long life and progress.

The team at the Hungry Buddha wishes all a happy Dashain and Tihar.

What are the benefits of Nepalese spices?

Nepal is also well known for spices and when used correctly can have some amazing health benefits. Here at the Hungry Buddha, we are very serious how we use the spice the correct Nepalese way. Below are some of the spices we use and the health benefits it comes with –

Cinnamon (Dalchini)

Cinnamon has amazing health benefits and used in traditional medicine to control blood glucose levels and keeps diabetes under control.

Turmeric (Besar)

The yellow coloured spice and flavour that can be used to make a wide range of meals look and taste better. Turmeric is an antioxidant and has been known to fight and also manage cancer. The spice also comes with the benefit of keeping the liver safe by cleansing it from toxins that come with excess alcohol.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera)

Cumin seed is one of the most common spices in the Nepalese Kitchen. The health benefits of cumin seeds include a boost in the immune system, pain relief, relieving nausea, stomach pains and cramps, indigestion and diarrhea

Cardamom

Cardamom has healing properties similar to those of ginger. It is used to flavour foods ranging from sweet potatoes, pastries to squash. It also makes chiya (Nepalese tea) taste great.

Ginger (Aduwa)

Ginger has many health benefits including relieving colds, joint pains and regulating blood pressure.

Black Pepper

The health benefits of black pepper include curing illness such as constipation, diarrhoea, earache, gangrene and heart disease.

Cloves (Lwang)

Cloves are known for their uniquely warm, sweet and aromatic taste along with medicinal properties. Clove has lots of healing properties and used for upset stomach and as an expectorant.

Mustard Seeds (Tori)

Nepalese households use mustard seeds or its oil for various purposes. It can help control symptoms of asthma, packed with B-complex vitamins and help to relieves rheumatoid, arthritic and muscle pain.

Coriander (Dhaniya)

Coriander is used to spice up a wide range of foods and salads. The health benefits include treating diabetes and being an antioxidant.

We use range of spices on our cooking. Please read our recipe page for some recipe and how we use spice here at the Hungry Buddha.

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The Hungry Buddha now delivers food 7 nights a week

The Canberra Nepalese Restaurant is now delivering hot and delicious Nepalese, Indian and Asian meals right to your door step, 7 nights a week from 5 pm.

This local restaurant is Canberra’s top restaurant on Tripadvisor for the Northern Suburbs.

If you decide to pick the order up, you will also get a discount of 10%. The delivery orders attract a discount of 5%.

The Hungry Buddha Canberra delivers food to the following suburbs in Canberra’s north –

  • ARANDA
  • BELCONNEN
  • BRUCE
  • CHARNWOOD
  • EVATT
  • FLOREY
  • FLYNN
  • GIRALANG
  • HAWKER
  • HOLT
  • KALEEN
  • LATHAM
  • LAWSON
  • MACQUARIE
  • MCKELLAR
  • MELBA
  • SCULLIN
  • WEETANGERA

To place an order simply visit the restaurants own order online platform.

If you need to speak to us about specefic allergy or talk through your order you can always call us at 02 6147 7326 after 5 pm, and our staff will be able to assist you.

The Hungry Buddha – Best Nepalese Restaurant in Canberra

The Restaurant

The Hungry Buddha Nepalese Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Canberra.

This Canberra Nepalese restaurant is now into its 9 years of operation. Established in 2011, the restaurant started in the suburb of Curtin and moved to Belconnen in 2016.

Ambience and Service

This Nepalese restaurant boasts modern architecture and ambience. The fresh aroma of spices welcomes you and will make you fall in love with the place from the get-go.

Spacious teak tables, comfortable chairs & the relaxed ambience is further enhanced by Nepalese instrumental music playing softly in the background.

The experience is complemented by an all-round service from the knowledgeable staff.

The hours of operation

The Hungry Buddha Nepalese Restaurant is one of the top Nepalese/Asian Restaurants in Canberra.

Open 7 nights a week from 5 pm, the restaurant caters  for dine-in, takeaway and clintele looking for food to be delivered to their homes.

The Nepalese restaurant caters for vegeterian, vegan and other diets including gluten free, nut free & dairy free. All our meats are 100% halal.

BYO’s are welcome, wine only with $6 corkage.

The drinks menu includes local/interstate wines and also lager beers all the way from Nepal.

Our Menu

The Nepalese restaurant comes with an extensive menu. To complement this we have the banquet, specials, kids & drinks menu that includes famous cocktails such as the Tipsy Buddha and the round Annapurna.

The restaurant is fit for any occasion whether it be a family dinner, a night out with the boys/girls or even impressing that special someone.

We recommend reservations for the night especially towards the weekend. The restaurant does take walk-ins too.

We look forward to seeing you at The Hungry Buddha.

Namaste

 

Kids eat free at The Hungry Buddha, every Mondays!

The Hungry Buddha, Belconnen is launching the kids menu & every Monday, the kids eat for free.

There are limited usual conditions like with adult dining, one meal per kid and so on.

Amin, the business manager got together with head chef Ammar and came up with the menu after trailing for some time.

This is going to be a delight for the parents wanting to dine at the Hungry Buddha. The kids eat free and also will have something to choose for themselves.

The menu comes with simple chiken tikka with naan. And if you they are not willing to try the spices, there is always the “mountain pizza”

All the menu items are marked to cater for dietary requirements.

Bookings are essential.

Namaste

Five things you need to know about Nepali Food

In this article you will learn about what are the five things that make Nepali food different to its closest rivals.

Nepali people love their food; it’s healthy, nourishing and fresh. Since Nepali food always get compared with Indian or Sub-continent food, here are few things that might get you to think otherwise.

So here are the five things you need to know about Nepali food

1. It’s not all Daal Bhat

Daal Bhat (Rice with lentils and curry) is the dish in Nepal which most households eat at least twice a day. Most travellers visiting Nepal are introduced to Daal Bhat in Kathmandu or trekking in the Himalayas. However, the thing to remember is Nepal has other delicacies too like Choyala, Bara, Sekuwa, Chowmein, Mo:Mo: and the taste varies depending on where you are from.

2. Nepali food is not like or similar to Indian Food

It is a major misconception that Nepali Food is another version of Indian Food. And most probably I spent the first couple of years at the Hungry Buddha explaining that it is not. We do share some similarities but each cuisine is unique and the spice mix is different. Nepali food tends to be light in spices and not overly hot. Its fresh and the spice complements the vegetables or meat it’s cooked with.

3. Dhindo

Dhindo is a traditional food of Nepal, sometimes referred to as national food of Nepal.  It is prepared by bringing hot water in a pan to boil and adding flour while continuously stirring the mix. It is the main meal in various parts of Nepal. Dhindo is traditionally prepared from buckwheat or millet but wheat, corn flour is common as well. The food is high on nutrition level and satisfies the taste buds when eaten with Gundruk soup (another delicacy cooked with dried & fermented green vegetables leaves)

4. Mo:Mo:

The steamed dumpling is available at each street corner and is the favorite lunchtime snack for most Nepalese or visitors in Nepal. Mo:Mo: can be made with vegetables, chicken meat or buffalo meat, and when cooked with traditional spices & served with homemade tomato chutney, is sure to impress your taste buds. Every time I go to Nepal, I go to my favorite place in Thamel for mo:mo:’s.

5. Pressure Cooker is your best friend

As we grew up as kids, ovens/microwaves were almost non-existent but the trend is changing now. However, the whistle of pressure cooker meant, mum had just cooked a nice delish curry or lentils.

A pressure cooker is almost available in every Nepali kitchen which could cook a delicious & tender goat curry, authentic Nepali way.

If you have any questions about Nepalese food or this article please write us here.

The Hungry Buddha, Belconnen – Opening Late Oct 2016

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The Hungry Buddha coming to Canberra’s north!

If you live Northside and love Nepalese food, you’re in luck. You’ll soon be able to enjoy The Hungry Buddha‘s fresh chicken mo:mo’s, gently spiced daal bhat and village-style goat curries a little closer to home.

The Hungry Buddha restaurant is expanding to Belconnen in October 2016. Watch this space for more news and updates.

We are now open in BELCONNEN [8/9 Luxton St Belconnen ACT 2617 ] (02) 6147 7326  🙂

Namaste