For Plant-Based Fusion Food: Confusion (Sheung Wan)
Confusion’s food is globally inspired, with everything from wraps and burgers, to Indian platters, spring rolls and 1,000 layer tofu on the menu. Expect a vibrant selection, all 100% vegan, dairy free, egg free, and cruelty free. A plant-based diet has never been quite so appealing and accessible. The range of healthy, yet hearty lunch offerings will please even the most stead-fast carnivores. Our favourite dishes include the Tandoori Hedgehog Mushroom Quesadilla, with Salsa and Guacamole ($80), Confusion’s take on the Beyond Burger served with Tofu Fries, the Hedgehog Mushroom Karage ($75), and the petite caramel vegan cheesecake ($50).
Bonus points: Confusion is also working to be as waste-free and sustainable as possible. All packaging used is biodegradable, and you’re invited to bring your own containers.
How much: $
Confusion, G/F, 103, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.confusion.hk
For Quality Mock Meat: Kind Kitchen (Central)
Kind Kitchen is Green Common’s full-service cafe in Nan Fung Place, serving 100% vegan food and drinks. The menu features a selection of exciting Asian dishes like vegan dan dan meen, vegan Gyoza, vegan banh mi, and HK Milk Tea made with oat milk. We had a chance to try the “Amazing Omnipork Ball”, a deep-fried plant-based pork ball, seasoned with the chef’s secret recipe, and served with homemade tomato sauce. Bursting with rich, savoury flavours of tomato and rosemary, these “meatballs” even keep meat lovers satisfied! Kind Kitchen also offers a grocery store, event space and experimental centre.
Top tip: Keep an eye out for the health talks hosted by Green Monday’s in-house dietitians, new product launches and cooking demonstrations. As one of Hong Kong’s most popular plant-based health stores, it’s great to see the chain expanding into new (and necessary!) plant-based concepts.
How much: $
Kind Kitchen by Green Common, Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.greencommon.com/kind-kitchen
Didn’t think authentic Italian food was possible on a vegan diet? Mirror & Vegan Concept will make to think again! With items like White Truffle Risotto, and a Tomato and Sheese platter, it’s no surprise that this relaxed, local spot is our favourite for cheesy vegan comfort food. We had the pleasure of checking this quaint little spot out, and we’d recommend the Mushroom Soup, Pesto Pasta (both the baked, and classic), and the Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese. Each dish brought a unique mix of flavours – sure to leave those cheese cravings at bay. It’s a relief to find vegan cheese options that aren’t pasty or synthetic. Though the atmosphere is stripped back and simple, it’s a place that prioritises homely dishes and comfort food.
How much: $
Mirror & Vegan Concept, 9/F, 118 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/mirrorveganconcept
For the Budget Buffet: CS Vegan (Tin Hau)
At $68 for an all-you-can-eat buffet, CS Vegan may just be the best value for your money. Run as a non-profit Buddhist initiative, this small and lesser-known restaurant boasts a unique, homey feel. Although it’s a slightly tricky find in Tin Hau (follow the directions closely), it’s well worth a visit. If you’re looking for some tasty, home cooked, Chinese vegan grub – this one is for you.
Top tip: There are plenty of great Buddhist restaurants that serve vegan Chinese food. One of our favourites is the Chi Lin Vegetarian Restataurant (located under a man-made waterfall in the Chi Lin Nunnery).
How much: $
CS Vegan, 1/F, Potek House, 9 Tsing Fung St, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
(Directions: from Tin Hau MTR exit A. Turn left along Kings Rd. Then take the third street on left (directly under the flyover). Inside doorway number 9, press the big buzzer for access past the metal gate. CS Vegan is then on the first floor), www.facebook.com/csvegan111
Gourmet vegan food is hard to find in Hong Kong. Grassroots Pantry is a chic, upscale restaurant that offers refined vegetarian and vegan dishes. Though the menu is almost 100% vegan, all dishes are clearly labelled – it even outlines when items are Buddhist friendly. With quick breakfasts, sumptuous set lunches and light dinners, you can head over any time of day. Happy Hour and vegan chocolate cake is always a good idea.
Bonus points: Wherever possible, ingredients are sustainably sourced, local and organic.
Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2873 3353, www.grassrootspantry.com
Known for wholesome lunches, handmade flatbreads, and rustic vibes, this contemporary spot sets the standard for eco restaurants by operating at zero food waste. Featuring a vegan, vegetarian, raw, and gluten-free menu, it has something for every dietary need. Pick between healthy wraps, tempting veggie burgers and the ready-made salad bar. The organic, fair-trade, vegan coffees are worth trying.
Bonus points: MANA! only uses biodegradable and compostable packaging for takeaways and deliveries. The packaging is even printed with positive, proactive messages to inspire environmental shifts.
MANA! Fast Slow Food, 92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2851 1611, www.mana.hk
For Smoothies and Salads: FruitDay (Sheung Wan)
FruitDay serves up vegan smoothies, cold-pressed juices, fresh salads and quick bites. On-the-go bites start at $26, and you can pair it with a refreshing drink for an ideal midday grab. The weekly rotating salads come with your choice of complimentary fruit tea or soup of the day, and there is a selection of seasonal combinations to choose from.
How much: $
FruitDay, Shop 4, G/F, Teda Building, 87 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.fruitday.hk
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For Indian Food: Sharmajii (Hung Hom)
The dishes at Sharmajii are fresh and ridiculously good value. You can order traditional sets with curry, rice and naan bread, or choose from a larger menu. Each dish is clearly marked with a V for vegans to request a vegan option, including vegan banana pancakes. Make sure to order a few appetisers and try the veggie samosas.
How much: $
Sharmajii, Shop A, G/F, Block 2, Hung Hom Garden, 3 Tsing Chau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
(Directions: from Ho Man Tin MTR, take exit A1 and follow the main road into the town. It’s about a 10-minute walk), www.facebook.com/Sharmaji.HK
For Japanese Food: Zen Eat Cuisine (Sheung Wan)
Taking veg dining to whole new level, Zen Eat Cuisine has a minimalistic and specially curated space that aims to convey traditional Japanese values of meditation and intuition through plant-based meals. Head to this cafeteria for a fresh take on Japanese food, with vegan set lunches ($98) prepared to suit your dietary needs. The relaxed space is complemented by the well-presented selection of farm-to-table dishes.
How much: $$
Zen Eat Cuisine, 5/F, Cheung’s Building, 1 – 3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Zen-Eat-Cuisine
This quaint restaurant is a Thai Buddhist establishment, serving plant-based dishes aplenty. It features no garlic, leek, onion, shallots, or spring onions, but manages to keep the authentic flavours of Thai food on the tip of your tongue. Dishes are bursting with flavour and fragrances, with spices, lime juice and lemongrass generously used. Fresh mango salad, steaming red curry and fresh coconuts await…
Thai Vegetarian Food, G/F, 28A Nam Kok Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 6153 7421, www.facebook.com/Thai-Vegetarian-Food
Dim sum is a Hong Kong staple, and thanks to Lock Cha Tea House, vegans and veggie lovers don’t have to miss out. Lock Cha offers a variety of friendly twists on this Chinese tradition, from pickled bean curd skin to vegan siu mai and plenty of veggies. The only requirement is that all diners order a pot of their own individual tea – which is easy, because the tea menu is triple the length of the food menu. The helpful staff will then show you how to best brew your particular pot! It’s a great tea house to bring visiting guests.
How much: $$$ (slightly pricier because of the amount of dishes ordered)
Lock Cha Tea House, Hong Kong Park, Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong
(Directions: Nearest MTR is Admiralty Exit C1. Follow the signs to Hong Kong Park. You will find the restaurant on your right just after the fountain.) Closed every second Tuesday of the month, www.lockcha.com
For Local-Approved Chinese Food: Happy Veggies (Wan Chai)
Whether you’re vegetarian or not, this restaurant is worth checking out. As a non-profit social enterprise, Happy Veggies actively recruits staff who have hearing-impairments, striving to provide equal job opportunities in Hong Kong. The restaurant is run in a similar style to a canteen, where you can select two dishes plus rice, soup and a dessert. Though 90% of the dishes are vegan, you may have to double check some dishes don’t have egg. The lunch is particularly well-priced and absolutely delicious.
Bonus points: On top of being meat-free, dishes have less salt, less sugar, less oil and no MSG.
How much: $
Happy Veggies, 1/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2529 3338 www.facebook.com/happyveggies
With its Instagrammable interior and friendly staff, LN Fortunate Coffee offers an entire plant-based udon menu. Think huge, steaming portions of dumplings, vegan meatballs and mushroom varieties. The reasonable menu features plenty of options under $100. It also serves pasta, burgers, hotdogs and baked potatoes. The best bit? This spot is never short on vegan desserts. Vegan waffles and fresh fruit tarts are two we’d recommend.
How much: $$
LN Fortunate Coffee, G/F, 118 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
(Directions: from Sai Ying Pun MTR exit B2, turn right, and it’s on the left just before Pok Fu Lam Road), www.facebook.com/LN-Fortunate-Coffee-HK
For a Grab-and-Go Lunch: Fresca (Central)
This vegetarian neighbourhood café serves fresh, healthy food using personally selected, privately farmed ingredients. The ready-to-go meals are healthy and tasty, and you can mix-and-match to create your ideal lunch box. With options ranging from curried pumpkin and taro chickpeas ,to Korean tofu and raw Pad Thai, Fresca is a favourite of ours. Simply choose a base of rice, salad (or both), and either a small or large box. Each is piled high with your favourite extras. Though a couple of the items (like the Greek Salad) do have cheese, the staff are well experienced to cater to various dietary requirements.
Top tip: The gluten-free cupcakes and cookies are made in-house. Try the salted caramel cupcake for a healthy sugar kick!
How much: $
Fresca, 54A, Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.frescahk.com
For Asia-Meets-America: Veggie SF (Central)
Decked out with 1950s memorabilia and vintage souvenirs, stepping into Veggie SF will make you feel a thousand miles away from Central. With a varied vegan menu, you can take your pick from vegan fish fillets and beetroot patties, burgers or noodles. For dessert, we’ve heard great things about the plant-based ice-cream sundaes and brownies.
How much: $$$
Veggie SF, 10/F 11 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
(Directions: nearest MTR – Central exit D2. Head straight up D’Aguilar Street and take a right onto Stanley road), www.veggiesf.com
For a Vegan Burger: Veggi Monster (Sheung Wan)
Editor’s Note: This business is now closed.
Veggie Monster is a green take-away joint in Sheung Wan, with a selection of key options. The Burger in Black ($78) which is made entirely from scratch, is a favourite of ours! The bun is made with soft charcoal, and consists of a heap of mushrooms and veggies, on top of a black bean patty covered in soy cheese and black truffle sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? If you’re feeling something lighter, opt for one of the salad boxes or quinoa wraps with a kombucha drink to grab-and-go.
How much: $$
Veggi Monster, G/F, Shop 1B, Cheungs Building, 1 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (closes at 8:30pm), www.facebook.com/pg/veggimonsterhk
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For Fair Trade Goodies: Ohms Cafe and Bar (Sheung Wan)
As advocates of fair trade and organic produce, Ohms prides itself in being a healthy conscious café. It serves a variety of drinks, including coffees and tea with vegan soy, almond or cashew milk ($38), and light food including gluten free pasta ($78) and more. The main draw is the selection of desserts – including caramel cake, brownies, and cashew tarts. And before you leave, try the vegan-approved alcoholic beverages!
Bonus points: Ohms Cafe and Bar is also great for gluten-free dining.
How much: $
Ohms Cafe and Bar, G/F, Shop A, 192 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ohmshk2017
For Outdoor Dining: Green Veggie (Central)
Green Veggie believes in fresh and cruelty-free food – something we can definitely support. The chef matches the ingredients to the four seasons, and communicates his care for all living things through his authentic Chinese dishes. The meals are prepared to perfection, and the buffet-style lunch menu is a regular favourite of ours. The homely feel, is paired with a quaint balcony area overlooking one of the busiest streets of Hong Kong. The attentive service offers a quick, convenient dining experience.
Bonus points: Green Veggie partners with different communities and charities to distribute over 200 lunch boxes each week to those in need. Once a month, it invites the elderly to dine together for free. Contact Green Veggie you’re interested in supporting the initiative.
How much: $
Green Veggie, 3/F 238 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 27713260, www.greenveggie.com.hk
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For Hidden Dining: Soland (Central)
The healthy food at Soland is fresh and delicious… the only problem is finding it! Hidden away on the third-floor of Gillman’s Bazaar, it’s not somewhere you’re likely to come across by chance. The low-key, petite spot offers homemade vegan food for super reasonable prices (lunch sets for $40 and up). Expect colourful plates of veggies, fresh soups and healthy smoothies.
Soland, 3/F, 6 Gilman’s Bazaar, Central, Hong Kong
(Directions: 5 minute walk from Sheung Wan MTR Station, Exit E1), www.facebook.com/pages/Soland-HK/1770645556552480 – no official Facebook page or website available.
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Additional Vegan Restaurants in Hong Kong:
Pure Veggie House: Locally/organically sourced healthy dim sum with quality ingredients and a relaxed vibe.
Olive Leaf: As part of PlateCulture, Olive Leaf offers a private dining experience of Middle Eastern and Israeli food on Lamma Island. You can request an entirely vegan menu.
Veg 6: Japanese, Italian and Western vegetarian food fuse, with mock meats taking a solid place at the table. Any dishes containing egg or dairy are marked.
Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant: Veg sushi, noodles and dessert in the heart of Wan Chai.
Rawsoever: Healthy and creative raw vegan dishes on Lamma Island. Expect colourful combinations and a relaxed vibe.
The Vegvolution Kitchen: Italian-Asian inspired vegan cafe with a regularly rotating menu of pizzas – plus plenty of pastas, risottos, burgers and desserts.
Hemingway’s by the Bay: Vegetarian bar and grill by Discovery Bay beach. The live music on weekends is a bonus. The vegan nachos are crisp, cheesy and piled high.
Loving Hut: You’ll find mock meat in the form of barbecue char siu, chicken noodles and more. The Kowloon Bay location also carries vegan baked goods – including vegan egg tarts!
Gaia Veggie House: This is a favourite of ours. Order from the picture menu, and you won’t leave hungry. You’ll have meat-lovers swearing it can’t be mock meat!
InnoVeggie: A well-known lunch spot. The buffet features a spread of Asian and Western dishes.
ChangLe: Taiwanese fare supporting cruelty-free dining. The majority of the menu is vegan-friendly but items that include egg are marked.
Supabowl: Hong Kong’s first dedicated Acai café, using only the finest veggie ingredients. Think goji berries, chia seeds, flax seeds and coconut.
The Cakery: Gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo-friendly goods are all available. Try “Rabbit Food”, a carrot cupcake with dairy-free cinnamon cream.
Top tip: Whilst many restaurants are confused by vegan requests, we’ve found that more and more places are happy to accommodate. If nothing else, asking for no fish sauce at your local Thai restaurants is a great way to spark a conversation. It’s particularly exciting to see well-known meat restaurants like Beef & Liberty, Little Birdy, The Butcher’s Club, Honbo and Porterhouse starting to put more plant-based alternatives on the menu.
Where to shop for plant-based groceries:
This store is Hong Kong’s only plant-based retail chain and boasts a wide selection of groceries. Stocking everything from fake eggs, Beyond Burger meat, oatly milk and (arguably) the best vegan cheese, it’s a Hong Kong favourite. Green Common also serves plenty of dishes at its locations.
Green Common, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.greencommon.com
This is a go-to for vegans and vegetarians in Hong Kong. Some of our favourite treats include Happy Cow’s non-dairy ice-cream, Coconut Grove’s coconut milk yogurt and the wide selection of healthy, raw snacks.
Just Green, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.justgreen.com.hk
SpiceBox Organics, a USDA certified organic store, is an easy place to find health food, environmentally friendly household products and natural body care products. The socially conscious company ensures that products available are sourced from sustainable organisations, and you can even find traditional medicine and Ayuverda products here.
SpiceBox Organics, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Corner Block stocks a whole range of certified organic produce, including organic baking brand Arrowhead Mills and gluten-free snacks from Dr. Schaer. There are plenty of new brands to choose from, too.
Corner Block, G/F, Shop A, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, www.cornerblock.com.hk
Supermarkets like ParknShop and citysuper also offer corn, soy, tofu and tempeh; and places like Yata have started supplying beyond meat and Gardein alternatives.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and was updated in June 2018 by Tania Shroff.