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Peak ice cream season is among us and why should lactose tolerant folks have all the fun?! Thankfully, Hong Kong is home to a slew of the best dairy-free scoops around. From ripe, seasonal ingredients to luxurious, cosmopolitan popsicles, we set out to taste as many non-dairy ice creams as we could. Just in time for the next heat wave, here are the best vegan ice creams we’ll be eating all summer long!
The first scoop shop to introduce liquid nitrogen ice cream in Hong Kong, Lab Made creates custom flavors by transforming fresh ingredients and flash freezing each serving on the spot. Joining forces with Hong Kong social enterprise, Green Monday, the popular Tai Hang haunt offers a Vegan Thai Mango Coconut Sticky Rice for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
6 Brown Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, +852 9355 4476, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hong Kong’s premium dairy-free ice cream, Happy Cow, is locally made from scratch using coconut cream and other organic, plant-based ingredients. Low glycemic with zero cholesterol that is also free of egg, gluten and soy, these handcrafted vegan treats can definitely keep you cool while being kind and cruelty-free. Find your favorite flavors from any of their three locations.
HKU Campus: G/F, Shop G 05, Composite Building, Main Campus, HKUSU Cafeteria D, The University of Hong Kong, +852 2252 7773
The Wheel Central Harbourfront: Booth 3, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, +852 2252 7773
Tuen Man Town Plaza: 2/F, Phase 2, inside TASTE, 1 Tuen Shing Street, Tuen Mun, +852 2252 7773
I See I See
A locally-owned chain of handcrafted popsicles, I See I See, is a lot more sophisticated than your average ice pop. While not all their flavors are vegan, they do offer a wide range of fruit based icy desserts that fit the non-dairy criteria. We are quite partial to their Juicy Honeydew. Serving sweetness with a smile, visit any of their five locations to beat the heat this summer.
For a list of I See I See locations, click here.
Home of the famed rose gelato, Givrés is an artisanal gelato cafe that specializes in handcrafted rose-shaped Italian ice cream. Serving an assortment of vegan sorbets, the top row of their showcase mostly houses vegan-friendly scoops for you to choose from. Pop on by for a truly unique ice cream experience!
G38, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, +852 9659 0816, email@example.com.
Straight from Italy, Grom is an authentic Italian gelateria located at IFC mall. Churning out ice cream come una volta (“like it used to be made”), sorbets are made with 50% fruit picked fully ripe from the founder’s organic farm, Mura Mura, and absolutely no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or emulsifiers. Enjoy all the natural toppings like cinnamon, almond bits, chocolate and hazelnut chips!
1/F, Shop 1023, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, +852 2454 2777.
Doling out delicious gelato since 2001, XTC Gelato offers a variety of dairy-, gluten-, soy- and fat-free gelato and sorbetto to choose from. Sourcing responsible, natural ingredients from all over the world, each cone (no plastic, mm goi!) is made all natural and fresh daily in our fair city. Flavors continually rotate every four months at their three locations, or opt for a natural fruit ice pop!
KP-01 Star Ferry Terminal, Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2368 3602
Shop B, 45 Cochrane Street, Central, +852 2541 0500
B2, 500 Hennessy Road, Hysan Place, Causeway Bay, +852 2870 3029
Images courtesy of Pexels (lead), Lab Made, Happy Cow, I See I See, Givres, Grom, and XTC Gelato.