Stock Your Pantry: The Lazy Hong Konger’s Guide to Eating Well

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Healthy eating is something many of us would like to adopt. But with our long work days and hectic schedules, the idea of eating right might not be on the top of your mind when you’re hangry for a midday snack or need something delivered pronto! We’re here to help. On those lazy days you just want to chill, we’ve found the best healthy foods and snacks that can be delivered right to your door. All made in small batches by local artisanal food makers, here are the things you should always have stocked in your pantry.

Gafell Foods

Hong Kong-based organic (and award-winning!) pasta company, Gafell has expanded its line of bean pasta and noodles to ready meals. With a dedicated line of plant-based vegan and vegetarian ready-to-eat dishes on the days you can’t be bothered in the kitchen, their creations are prepared using the best ingredients free of gluten, added preservatives, artificial flavors, enhancers or additives. From heartwarming soups, appetising sides, to filling mains, Gafell dishes an amazing gluten-free, low carb alternative to traditional ready meals- ideal to keep stocked in your freezer for easy post-work dinners. Gafell offerings are also well-priced, ranging from HKD 27 to 49, and the company delivers everywhere in Hong Kong, Kowloon, and most locations in New Territories and Outlying Islands for a nominal fee.

Green Queen Recommends: We love the Vegan Lasagne with Cashew Bechamel and the Sichuan Mapo Tofu.

Watch Green Queen’s video of the whole Gafell menu.

Order online here.

Püra Vïda Hong Kong

We’ve been huge fans of Püra Vïda since they debuted in Hong Kong last year. An online clean food delivery service of homemade overnight oats, the small female-led enterprise features nutritious and deliciously creamy oats in five flavours, some with vegan options! Packed with good carbs, healthy fats and protein, with zero added sugar, they are affordable, convenient, ready-to-eat options for breakfast, snacks, or meal replacement in a pint-sized 160 gram jar (ranging from HKD 40 – 45 each). Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance for delivery on Hong Kong island or Kowloon with a minimum purchase of HKD 200. Delivery dates are Tuesday and Thursdays from 9:00AM – 12:00PM; 12:00PM – 3:00PM; or 3:00PM – 6:00PM.

Green Queen Recommends: The Vegan Nutty Monkey and the Strawberry Cheesecake are hard to resist.

Email hongkong@puravidajkt.com to place an order.

Il Mattarello

If authentic, artisanal pasta is your thing, look no further than Il Mattarello. Specializing in traditional fresh pasta and sauce made the Italian way, they follow classic Italian recipes and their homemade sauces are carefully crafted from the highest ingredients they can source. Using the best flour from Italy, organic vegetables, free of preservatives, colourings, or MSG, every order is made fresh – just for you – the same day as the delivery date. Il Mattarello also offers an entire gluten-free fresh pasta line made with a mix of premium Italian gluten-free flours and free range eggs, the rich and tasty flavor is an option with any of their cappelletti, fettuccine or lasagne. Prices for pasta start at HKD 38 per 100 grams. Orders must be placed two days in advanced to ensure quality, with a 600 gram minimum order.

Green Queen Recommends: We are fans of the Porcini Mushroom Cappelletti paired with the Tomato & Mushrooms sauce; the Truffle Dough Lasagna sheets are delish.

Order online here or find a selection of their products at CitySuper stores. 

Nature’s Twist

Healthy snacks that are perfect for the whole family, Nature’s Twist handmade and nutritious creations are the perfect solution to the munchies. Made in small batches each week, less than six all-natural premium ingredients are used in each of their addicting snacks- an ingredient label we can get behind. Combining nutrient-dense superfoods like chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut and raw cacao, every product goes through a slow food dehydration process or is baked at low temperatures to preserve nutrients and maximize wholesome flavour profiles. A one-time purchase for each snack pack is HKD 35, or sign up for a subscription and save! With no minimum order necessary, Nature’s Twist delivers everywhere in Hong Kong for a small flat rate shipping fee- orders over HKD 150 get free shipping.

Green Queen Recommends: Not just for fall, the Pumpkin Pie is our preferred bite for all seasons.

Order online here.

Seedy Crackers

Healthy, handmade seed crackers free from grain, gluten, nuts, egg, yeast and dairy, Seedy Crackers are the perfect low carb, gluten-free cracker to have stocked in your pantry! With four flavours and organic options to choose from, these delicious, toasted vegan crisps go great with your favourite hummus (or any dip really), though we reckon they are make for a great nibble on their own. Seedy Crackers ships throughout Hong Kong for a small flat rate shipping with no minimum order necessary (free shipping for orders over HKD 400).

Green Queen Recommends: All the flavours are super yum, from Cumin to Rosemary to Nigella Seeds- we love them all.

Order online here.

Foodcraft

One of our favorite local health food manufacturers with their own line of fresh products, we have been addicted to Foodcraft‘s deli selections for years now. Our fridge is always stocked with their vegan coconut yogurt, fermented sauerkrauts, organic chickpea miso paste, raw walnut pesto and their delicious sourdough bread (they even do a gluten-free version). If you’re not close by a computer or laptop, download their mobile app and shop away. For orders over HKD 600, delivery is free of charge. Anything under will service an HKD 80 delivery free. Place your order before 7:00AM for same day delivery service.

Green Queen Recommends: Our fridge is packed with Foodcraft goodies but lately we are addicted to their Black Sesame Butter and their Raw Matcha Puddings.

Watch Green Queen’s video of the whole Foodcraft menu.

Order online here or download their mobile app (iOS only).

Coco Paradise

Specializing in healthy, delicious, clean and nutrient-packed goodies, Coco Paradise puts a spotlight on all things coconut. Their gluten- and dairy-free bites, bars, and chips are some of the best snacks around to hit that salty-sweet fix we love! Made in small batches, their bestselling Coco-Cashew Bar packs a nutrient dense punch without eggs or refined sugar and we love adding their Coconut Cashew Bites on top of our morning yogurt. Also, a majority of their snacks are vegan – a win win for everybody! Free delivery for orders above HKD 350 (use code SENDMORELOVE at checkout).

Green Queen Recommends: We are low-key obsessed with the cashew-coconut bars- it’s hard not to get eat three.

Order online here.


Images courtesy of Gafell Foods (lead) Pura Vida, il Mattarello, Nature’s Twist, Seedy Crackers, Foodcraft, and Coco Paradise. 

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