Despite the challenging circumstances Hong Kong is currently facing, the plant-based food scene in the city isn’t showing many signs of slowdown. To help you keep up with the growing list of plant-based bites, we have highlighted the best in new menus, openings and more food news in our column. Here’s what’s new in plant-based dining this February.
BREAKING: MANA! Central Is Moving To Soho
After many years in the running, Hong Kong’s beloved fast casual plant-based chain MANA! will be closing up its Wellington Street Central location due to plans to demolish the building they have called home since 2011. But fans won’t have to fret – the café will be moving to the nearby Soho area on Staunton Street in May, right next to the escalator. Until then, MANA! Central will still be up and running until the end of March for you to grab your favourite zaatar-filled flat.
Address: MANA! Soho, 8 Staunton Street, Central.
Sai Kung’s Casa Tapas Bar Reopens As Plant-Forward 2084
Sai Kung’s favourite Casa Tapas Bar has just rebranded to 2084 – with a whole load of new vegan and vegetarian offerings. While the bar will still serve some omni dishes, you can expect a range of Asian-inspired plant-based tapas, from pan-fried momos to peking oyster mushroom wraps and a spicy mapo tofu to die for. They also have a good range of gluten-free choices on offer. What’s not to love?
Address: 2084, 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung.
Black Sheep Group Introduces More Plant-Based Menu Options
Hong Kong group Black Sheep Restaurants has just gone even more vegan-friendly with a host of new dishes that are entirely plant-based or even more that can be prepared/altered to vegan. Among their long list of delicious vegan hits both new and old is the Ma Po Tofu with Omnipork Shaanxi-style Scissor-cut Noodles and the Bamboo Salad at the uber popular Ho Lee Fook (currently available for limited edition home delivery until the end of March), the Vegan Red Curry with Tofu and Papaya Salad at Soho’s Soul Food Thai and Lebanese winners such as Eggplant Moussaka and Harissa-Roasted Cauliflower at Maison Libanaise (where we eat once a week and have covered before- hello garlic sauce!). There are even more options available across their other restaurant locations, including at Rajasthan Rifles (Dum Aloo Gunpowder and Chana Masala) atop the Peak, and Chôm Chôm (Summer Paper Rolls) and Hotal Colombo (Sambols and Spinach Mallum, Chilli Potato Fry), both in the heart of Soho.
Ho Lee Fook, 3-5 Elgin Street, Soho, Central.
Soul Food Thai, 26-28 Elgin Street, Soho, Central.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, Soho, Central.
Rajasthan Rifles, Shop G01, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road.
Chôm Chôm, 58-60 Peel Street, Soho, Central.
Hotal Colombo, 31 Elgin Street, Soho, Central.
SingaLings Updates Menu With Huge Plant-Based Selection
Though not technically a plant-based restaurant, SingaLings in Sai Kung deserves a shout-out for its range of vegan fare on its menu. We’re talking avocado on turkish toast, soy yogurt muesli, Mexican-style beans on sourdough, tofu scramble and vegan sausages – and that’s just their breakfast menu. In addition to 100% plant-based pizza among loads of vegetarian and vegan mains available for lunch and dinner, SingaLings even offers a range of vegan desserts, such as their moreish gluten-free chocolate mud cake.
Address: SingaLings, 60 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung.
Everyday Veggie (每日)
While Everyday Veggie isn’t exactly a newcomer to Hong Kong’s plant-based food scene, we thought that Kowloon’s ultimate all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet is the perfect pick-me-up for herbivores amid challenging circumstances in the city (plus we also JUST discovered it 😉 ). Expect a delicious selection of Chinese, Japanese and fusion Western vegan and vegetarian dishes (all clearly labelled!) and an impressive salad bar and dessert station too. Be warned – Everyday Veggie gets super busy at peak times, so it’s a good idea to reserve ahead.
Address: Everyday Veggie, G/F Diamond Court, 10-12 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Unlimeat Launches At Green Common & Kind Kitchen
Unlimeat, a 100% plant-based beef product made from upcycled grains, oats and nuts that would be otherwise thrown away, has just launched across all Green Common locations and Kind Kitchen. The Unlimeat Satay Beefless Toast is a take on Hong Kong’s classic cha chaan teng dish: the satay beef sandwich. Green Common and Kind Kitchen’s chefs will be dishing out the signature bite using Unlimeat’s beef fillets, seasoned with satay sauce and topped with stir-fried onions.
Address: Kind Kitchen, 1/F Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central.
Find your nearest Green Common location here.
Green Monday Launches OmniEat Vegan Ready Meals
More news coming from the Green Monday team to the delight of Hong Kong’s herbivores – Green Monday has just launched OmniEat, their brand new collection of frozen ready-to-eat meals. Using ultra-low temperature “flash freezing” technology to minimise nutrient loss, OmniEat meals are the perfect convenient go-to for a delicious and healthy meal when you’re pressed for time. Currently, there are two options: Spicy Thai Basil Omnipork with Jasmine Rice and Thai Omnipork Stir-Fried Noodles.
OmniEat meals are now available across all Green Common stores and their online shop.
Raw Chefs Café
Raw Chef’s Cafe has recently popped up on our radar for its completely meat, egg and dairy-free homemade menu! Here, you can feast on colourful salad bowls, hearty pasta dishes, plant-based sushi and even a vegan version of Hainan chicken rice and Korean bulgogi. As everything is prepared fresh on the day and according to demand, customers do have to make a reservation a day in advance.
Address: 14B, Yip Win Factory Building, 10 Tsun Yip Lane, Kwun Tong, Kowloon. Reserve via Whatsapp +852 94733412.
Ovolo Central To Host A Veg-Off This March
Ovolo Central’s much-lauded vegetarian fine dining restaurant VEDA will be hosting a “Veg Off” pop-up alongside Sydney’s Alibi Bar & Kitchen. Taking place for a limited time from the 11th to 14th March next month, guests will be treated to a 4-course plant-based menu showcasing 2 bespoke dishes for each course created by renowned vegetarian chefs Matthew Kenney and Hetty McKinnon. We double-checked with the restaurant to confirm that the entire menu is 100% vegan-friendly, so it is the perfect pop-up bound to impress all parties – both plant-based folk and omnivores!
Address: VEDA, Ovolo Central Hotel, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central. Tickets available here.
New Impossible Dishes Available For Delivery On Foodpanda & Deliveroo
With working remotely becoming more common in Hong Kong due to the current coronavirus epidemic, more restaurants are offering new vegan and vegetarian options using Impossible’s plant-based meat, now available for delivery straight to your door. From vegan pizza and bolognese pasta to burger katsu rice and curry, there an Impossible dish for every herbivore at home! Check out the plentiful Impossible options from Alvy’s, My Meat Run Laboratory, Little Bao, Chilli Fagara and Leaves & Liberty on Deliveroo, Cali-Mex on FoodPanda, and Ruby Tuesday‘s menu on both platforms.
Order Impossible Food dishes from Deliveroo or Foodpanda.
New Plant-Based Add-Ons At All Beef & Liberty Restaurants
While Beef & Liberty‘s menu already boasts a number of vegan and vegetarian options, they have recently added even more to answer all of our hungry herbivore (and omnivore) dreams. On top of a number of new vegetarian salads exclusive on the menu of its plant-based sister concept Leaves & Liberty, which is available through Deliveroo editions, all Beef & Liberty locations will now serve 2 new 100% vegan burgers: the Falafel topped with vegan harissa mayo and salsa, and the Quinoa patty with vegan mayo, mustard pickles, peppers and lettuce.
Find your nearest Beef & Liberty location here.
Update February 2020: This article has been updated to reflect that VEDA’s Veg-Off Pop-Up is suitable for vegans upon receiving new information from the restaurant.
Lead image courtesy of VEDA.