SPIRITUAL COOKING

Buddhist monk Thich Thien Niem, right, head chef, makes summer rolls with Buddhist nun Thich Dieu Tanh, manager. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

(Los Angeles Times)If you’ve spent much time in Orange County’s vibrant Little Saigon community, you’ve likely been to Brodard Restaurant or Brodard Chateau, the Vietnamese restaurants run by Diane Dang. Dang recently opened Lotus, Orange County’s largest Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant, where the food is made not by high-profile chefs — but by a group of Vietnamese Buddhist monks and nuns.

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