Welcome to our new bi-monthly column about all things plant-based dining in Hong Kong. The city has become such an exciting destination for hungry herbivores of late, with openings and menu launches happening weekly. Omnis get roundups everywhere else so Green Queen thought it was high time for veggies to get a regular dedicated update of their own. Enjoy!
JOMO Coffe & Cake
JOMO Coffee & Cake is a new coffee shop with a dedicated vegan cake menu in Sai Ying Pun- on the weekends it’s pretty much impossible to get a seat (to be fair they only have about 10) and you will be waiting in line with Hipster Hong Kong’s finest to taste their dairy-free and egg-free creations (our fave is the Raw Cacao Tart). Get there as early as you can, by 3PM they are often sold out of most of their vegan fare.
JOMO Coffee & Cakes: Sam So Lane, 4 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun.
We’e a little late on this one but it’s worth nothing that the fairly new Old Bailey at Tai Kwun, which specialises in Jiangnan cuisine, has a vegan menu that everyone raves about. Go get your herbivore dumpling fill. Grab some Insta worthy selfies while you are it as the space is really gorgeous. No surprise there- it was designed by veteran architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Old Bailey: 2/F JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central.
Hong Kong now boasts its very own vegetarian hotel, the city’s first.the recently redone Ovolo Hotel on Arbuthnot Road celebrated the opening of Veda, a vegetarian eatery helmed by Australian Cantonese chef and best-selling cookbook author Hetty McKinnon of Arthur Street Kitchen fame where the focus is squarely on vegetables- no meat alternatives to be found here. McKinnon espouses.a plant first philosophy and Veda‘s menu is a testament to her love of bold flavours and comforting dishes which both veggies and meat eaters alike will love.
Veda Ovolo Hotel: 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central.
Omnipork & Verde Mar & Ho Lee Fook
David Yeung and his team have wasted no time getting their plant-based pork Omnipork on menus all over Hong Kong, so make sure bookmark this page that lists every place but here are a couple of highlights: Verde Mar in Wanchai (which we previously covered for its avocado menu) now has a full Omnipork menu (on their all-day vegan menu) and we’re told it’s the best vegan Mexican food in town. Also unmissable Ho Lee Fook‘s Omnipork Ma Po Tofu & Omnipork Cabbage Dumplings. The latter need to be reserved a day ahead.
Verde Mar: 24 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai.Ho Lee Cook: 1-5 Elgin Street, Soho, Central.
Joie Plant Based Bistro
There are many reasons to be excited about The Mills, Nan Fung Group’s new art & culture complex in Tsuen Wan but one of the key highlights for us is Joie, the just opened plant-based cafe. The menu fuses Italian pastas with Japanese Dengaku and hearty veg classes like tofu frittata and avocado quinoa rolls, and leans heavily on local farm produce.
Joie The Mills: 4/F, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan.
Nut milk bubble tea? We got it! Uber loved vegan bubble tea chain from Taiwan Nuttea has landed in Hong Kong. Make your way to Diamond Hill to taste their blended nut bubble tea drinks made with homemade nut milk (mostly almond and cashew). They also make their own hazelnut Just remember to bring your own cup and straw!
Nuttea: Shop D, 1/F, Maxgrand Plaza, 3 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong, Diamond Hill.
Infiniti C & Slowood
It’s all happening in Kennedy Town: we’ve already announced the grand opening of eco minimalist superstore Slowood, and we can’t wait for their vegan cafe corner to be fully open. We got a taster of the homey cafe fare (think kale salads with cranberries, homemade sourdough focaccia and quinoa beetroot burgers) and it’s winning. Around the corner, Infiniti C is a newish cafe that caters to the plant-based with vegan toasts, sandwiches and cakes. They also make their own freshly pressed cashew milk- perfect for their lattes, we recommend the golden milk.
Mar 6 Update: Slowood is not fully vegan- the menu does have one or two non vegan options.
Slowood: The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town.
Infiniti C: Shop 6, G/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town.
Leaves & Liberty
Beef & Liberty is testing out their vegetarian concept Leaves & Liberty at the inaugural Deliveroo neighbourhood kitchen in Sai Ying Pun- the menu features new salads, a couple of Impossible burgers and the return of their beetroot patty (available with or without feta). You can order on location for takeaway or online if you live in the neighbourhood (no dine-in).
Leaves & Liberty at Deliveroo Takeaway:, 58 High Street, Sai Ying Pun.
Bread & Beast
Bread & Beast, maker of mouthwateringly good sandos, has revamped their menu and more than a third of the offerings are vegetarian: think avo shroom wild rice bowls, beet & chickpea super salads and their signature roasted eggplant & hummus sandwiches & sides.
Bread & Beast: G/F 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai.Catch you next month for more exciting plant-based dining news!
Catch you next month for more exciting plant-based dining news!
Image Credits: Bread & Beast by Too Full For Food, Joie by The Mills, Nuttea by Chan Kitb, Leaves & Liberty by Beef & Liberty, Infiniti C by Social Vegan, Verde Mar Photos (including lead) by Open Rice, Veda from their Instagram profile, JOMO from their Facebook page and Old Bailey from their Facebook page.