Season’s eatings! We’ve got all the sweets, treats and delicious vegan eats you need for a very merry plant-based Christmas, all wrapped up with an (upcycled) bow. From vegan catering options, to the best festive menus in town, to where to stock up on cruelty-free groceries, food gifts and pantry must-haves, we’ve done the work so you can get on with the merriment and joy part.
Hong Kong’s Best Vegan Festive Menus
Spare yourself the hassle of washing up with these delicious vegan seasonal sets.
MA… And The Seeds Of Life: Central’s hottest new dining destination is dishing up a vegan and gluten-free Christmas set menu from December 15th, with pre-booking required for lunch, which costs HK$688. Top tip: leave space for a vegan cheese board. Thank us later. PS – MA also has a gorgeous gift hamper of vegan fermented nut cheeses with rpo, which we personally would love to receive!
Miss Lee: Enjoy a traditional Chinese winter twist on your festive feast with Miss Lee’s four-course lunch and seven-course dinner menus (HK$368 and HK$598, respectively), featuring delicious braised winter melon, warming claypot rice and moreish roasted yam fries with truffle vegan mayo.
The Globe: Pie-and-pint purveyors The Globe will be dishing up a delish artichoke and hazelnut roast set menu for HK$495 including starter, all the sides and a vegan drunk plum crumble for dessert. Just let them know you are vegan when ordering… and maybe wear stretchy pants.
Pop Vegan: This dairy-, egg-, meat- and allium-free vegan restaurant always delivers the goods at Christmas, and this year’s menu includes warming celeriac soup, comforting pan-fried pumpkin risotto cake and an indulgent white chocolate and berry pudding. Priced at a very reasonable HK$999 for two, pre-booking and a deposit is required.
Kind Kitchen: Green Common’s in-house restaurant will be dishing up a mouth-watering plant-based two or four-course menu (HK$438 or HK$838) that include a choice of Beyond Beef steak with mixed veg and a vegan red wine sauce, Christmas “turkey” and a crab-less garlic and olive oil spaghetti.
Bedu: Bedu’s mouth-watering vegan Christmas mezze is priced at HK$420 and includes a generous selection of hummus, flatbreads, pickles, tabouli, salads, grilled veggies and a tempting pineapple mille-feuille with dairy-free caramel. Available for pre-order 48 hours in advance throughout December with a HK$150 deposit.
Uma Nota: Bedu’s sister restaurant will be serving Brazilian-Japanese dishes such as Wakame ceviche with vegan Nikkei tiger milk, mushroom and eggplant Coxinhas (croquettes) with homemade chilli sauce, roasted cauliflower skewers with vegan herb mayo, along with a fresh selection of salads and delicious dessert all throughout December too. Also priced at HK$420 with 48-hour advance order and a HK$150 deposit required.
Oolaa: comfort cafe Oolaa has a special Christmas menu on offer and it includes a vegan meatloaf main served with roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, parsnips and gravy. The menu includes a spicy roasted butternut squash soup as a starter and a vegan dessert too, so herbivores can go home happy and stuffed. All 3 Oolaa locations (Soho, Wan Chai, Tung Chung) will serve the menu from December 1-25 for lunch and dinner. Booking strongly recommended and the menus start at HK$600 per person including 2 hours of free flow drinks.
The Best of Plant-Based Festive Food Catering
Prefer to host? Enjoy these mouth-watering catered menus from the comfort of your own home.
Ali Oli: Order à la carte specifying that you require vegan options to enjoy an antipasto platter with beetroot hummus, crudités and pita, a hearty bean and nut roast with cranberry and port sauce and a range of veg sides, and a very merry mulled wine kit for a vegan tipple or two. A vegetarian set is also available for any lacto-ovo friends.
Green Common: For a traditional, but cruelty-free take on your C-Day dinner, head to Green Common where a vegan Christmas “turkey” with all the trimmings awaits. The dairy- , gluten-, egg-, soy and peanut-free set also comes with an appetiser platter of delish nibbles and a rich vegan chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Order at least 48 hours ahead.
Nood Food: The centrepiece of Nood’s “Vestive” vegan set is the 2lb Impossible meatless loaf with new potatoes, ginger-glazed carrots, brussels sprouts and cranberry compote, 5lbs of spaghetti with cashew ricotta, zucchini and olives and a zesty kale salad with green apple and walnuts. Optional add-ons include cold-pressed juices and a vegan banana loaf cake for dessert.
MA… And The Seeds Of Life: If you prefer to dine chez vous, then Chef Tina has you sorted with a fully vegan stuffed butternut squash with homemade stuffing (HK$680, feeds 6 people), available now with delivery starting week of December 20th, WhatApp +852 6751 7882 to order.
14 South Lane: This charming Shek Tong Sui cafe is offering a selection of herbivore-friendly family-style festive dishes including whole roasted cauliflower, a mezze platter (think Impossible Foods shikh hebabs and spinach pea falafel) , mushroom conghlicelli with almond kale pesto and beets borani toast canapes, with lots of vegan sides too. Available throughout December, order three days in advance via WhatsApp at +852 5744 8390.
The Ultimate Cruelty-Free Sweet Treats & Foodie Gifts (Incl. A Locally Made Advent Calendar)
Because what’s Christmas without a few treats?
The Cakery: Indulge those sweet cravings over at The Cakery, where gluten-free, vegan, organic or keto Christmas cupcakes (HK$45-48) have all made to Santa’s nice list. Other standout options include the spectacular Christmas Log Cake (HK$720-HK$1,280) and the takeaway Christmas afternoon tea (HK$598), which comes in a bow-wrapped picnic basket for perfect gifting.
Conspiracy Chocolate: What could be better than a handcrafted vegan chocolate paired with a refreshing cup of herbal tea? Dairy-free bean-to-bar brand Conspiracy Chocolate have tea-med (!) up with French herbal tea brand Tisarôm to create a tasty advent calendar (HK$375) packed with celebratory goodies to enjoy throughout advent.
Nuteese: What’s Christmas without a cheese board? Happily, Nuteese has found a way to satisfy your cravings with its Christmas Cheeze box. Each box contains six distinctly different cheezes – Hot N’ Smokey, Truffle Hunter, Somerset Noble, Tuscan Sun, Coeur de Figues and Merry Cranberry. HK$695; order by December 10th.
Tai Tai Pie Pies: Tai Tai Pie Pies have not one, but two flavour-packed vegan pie treats that are great for the festive season. The Impossible meat Aussie pie (HK$300) is packed with meatless mince and topped with a delicious pastry crust, while the vegan sausage rolls (HK$198 for six) use Ominpork mixed with sage for an authentic flavour.
Food for Life: Pana Chocolates and sustainable, ethical jeweller Niin have joined forces to create a “Chocolates & Jewellery For A Cause” range. Priced at HK$640, this special edition range donates 10% of profits from its raw vegan chocolate and bracelet sets to WWF, highlighting issues such as climate change, ocean pollution and coral bleaching.
Where To Stock Up On Vegan Festive Groceries
Stock your shelves with all the essentials for a plant-based Christmas.
One Vegan Shop has a great selection of vegan chocolate – perfect for your pantry or last-minute stocking fillers. Shop online.
Green Common is an online hub for all kinds of plant-based grocery shopping – we love the Christmas snack packs. Shop online or in store (multiple locations).
Spicebox Organics have created a plastic-free festive hamper full of handy sustainable essentials- plus they can always be relied on for vegan staples like good chocolate, spreads and cheeses. Shop online or in store (two locations).
Marks and Spencer Food is a go-to for classic Christmas fare with a vegan twist – think mince pies and plant-based festive ready meals as well as vegan truffle boxes. Shop in store (multiple locations).
Mayse Artisan Bakery have you covered for healthy and fresh plant-based sourdough, along with some festive season specials like spice-infused breads and cookies. Shop in store, or by special order.
Kiir’s vegan Christmas recipe kits take the guesswork out of festive dishes such as baked cauliflower with spicy lentils, hot cherry pepper hummus and luscious sticky date pudding. Shop online.
Lead image courtesy of The Cakery.