People of Box Hill - Let's Go Vegan at Blissful Station

28 Jul 2016

The People of Box Hill

Let’s Go Vegan!

Blissful Station

Veganism is on the rise in Australia. You can find vegan options available in many restaurants across the country. Last year Australia ranked #1 in the world for searching “Vegan” on Google. The Vegan lifestyle advocates a healthy and environmentally-conscious diet. Australians are increasingly adopting this way of life.

Blissful Station (situated next door to Magic Cuisine) have recently opened their doors in Box Hill Central. Blissful Station is a purely vegan store taking the initiative in providing quality vegan fare within Box Hill and Melbourne. Cathy – the shop owner – has been a devoted lay Buddhist since she was 18 years old. Her family all holds belief in Buddhism. They do not eat meat and avoid the killing of animals. As far as Cathy can see, there are three main groups of vegans: Buddhists, health conscious, and those concerned with the heavy ecological footprint that meat consumption creates.

Apart from holding compassion for animals, Cathy has done extensive research and is well versed on the negative effects that raising and eating animals causes to the global environment. The methane produced by livestock is the chief culprit of global warming. It is 20 times more detrimental than automobile exhaust. In this sense, by eating less meat people could contribute more significantly in reducing the impact of global warming than they could by riding bikes.

To help protect the environment as well as provide convenience for fellow vegans, Cathy runs Blissful Station vegan takeaway according to the disciplines of Buddhism. The food contains no animal products or ‘five pungent spices’. This means no: meat, seafood, milk, egg or honey; scallion, garlic, leek, allium bakerior onion. The lunch cases and water cups provided by Blissful Station are made of plant materials which biodegrade naturally to limit the pollution of the environment.

You can’t go to Blissful Station without trying the dumplings - boiled or fried. The three main fillings are carrot, zucchini and shepherd’s purse; often combined with tofu, mushroom, agaric and cellophane noodles. It’s a true art to create delicious vegan food, keeping true to the precepts of Buddhism, Cathy does not use any pungent herbs or spices; but with meticulous care and attention Cathy and her team have succeeded in creating a delicious, healthy, vegan takeaway. Besides their signature dumplings, Blissful Station also serve rice and vegetable rolls, turnip cake, pumpkin cake, carrot cake, deep-fried dough sticks, soy milk and sweet potato chips. Every day during lunch time, the shop will also serve rice and vegetable combos. With such variety you are sure to be satisfied.

Cathy may already be a familiar face to many Box Hill Central customers as she has been doing business here for 11 years. There is a slogan printed on the bag of every shop run by Cathy: ‘If we cannot do great things, we do small things in great ways.’ Whatever you fancy, the staff at Blissful Station will always serve you with utmost sincerity and warmth.

 

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民以食为天 素食助环保

——同福蔬食

 

就在上周二的719日,Box Hill Central又有一家新店红红火火的开张啦——同福蔬食(Blissful Station),位置就在天天熟食的隔壁。同福蔬食是一家纯素食外卖店,店主Cathy介绍说,她的店铺是Box Hill地区乃至墨尔本地区的首创。

Cathy是一位虔诚的佛教居士,受到家庭环境的影响,她从18岁起信仰佛教,开始吃素,信奉不杀生的理念。墨尔本吃素的人群主要有三类:一是主要来自亚洲地区的佛教徒,二是出于健康考虑吃素的西人,三是关心环保事业的人士。除了对动物本身的怜悯,Cathy在畜牧业和肉食生活方式对地球环境造成的破坏方面也是颇有研究。她在阅读了许多资料后发现,牛、羊、猪等家畜排泄所制造的甲烷,其实是造成温室效应最大的罪魁祸首,比汽车尾气的危害要高20倍以上。所以从这个意义上来说,人们少吃一块肉比出行骑自行车对于减缓温室效应的意义还要大。

由于想要为保护环境做点什么,同时也考虑到佛教的戒律、为素食人群提供方便,Cathy便开了这家严格的纯素食外卖店。同福蔬食供应的食物中不含有任何动物制品:肉、海鲜、牛奶、鸡蛋、蜂蜜;而且还不含“五辛”:葱、大蒜、小蒜、韭菜、兴渠。店里提供的外卖餐盒、水杯等也是用玉米皮等植物成分制作的,可自然降解,对环境污染降低到最小程度。

同福蔬食主打的菜品是水饺和锅贴,有胡萝卜、荠菜和西葫芦三种馅儿的,并佐以豆腐、香菇、木耳、粉丝等配料,味道非常不错。在不加常见调味料的情况下想要做出美味的素食其实是有难度的,比如南瓜粥中如果放了洋葱就会比较香,水饺中常见的韭菜也十分提鲜。Cathy和她的团队在这方面着实下了一番功夫,试制了几个月,才调出了令人满意的口味。此外,店里还供应饭团、萝卜糕、南瓜饼、胡萝卜饼、油条、豆浆、红薯薯条等小吃;每逢中午还会推出素菜+米饭套餐,种类繁多,任君选择。

CathyBox Hill Central开店多年,对许多顾客来说已是一张熟悉的面孔。她经营的所有店铺的手提袋上都印着一句口号:“If we cannot do great things, we do small things in great ways.”(如果我们不能做伟大的事情,就用伟大的方式把每一件小事做好。)无论您是前来惠顾或只是路过,同福蔬食的员工们将以最真挚的诚意和最热情的态度为您服务。

 

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