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2018 is already shaping up to be another incredible year for Hong Kong’s healthy food world. From innovative foodtech news launching right here in our hometown to our favorite local haunts adding a second venue, new openings and projects are sprouting up all over the city all celebrating the wonders of veggies and health-forward menus! If you can’t keep up with all the news, rest assured, we got you. Here’s everyhing that’s happening in Hong Kong’s healthy & plant-based dining scene, just in time for summer!
Asian Food Tech Startup Right Treat 100% Plant-Based Pork Global Debut
New foodtech startup, Right Treat, from global environmental advocator David Yeung (founder of Hong Kong social enterprise, Green Monday, and vegan/vegetarian health food shop and cafe chain, Green Common), unveiled Omnipork, a plant-based pork analog free of cholesterol, antibiotics, hormones or GMO. Made from a proprietary blend of pea protein, soybeans, peas and rice, the all-purpose pork is tender and juicy that can be cooked in a variety of ways. Select restaurants (including Michelin-starred resto Ming Court and soon to open vegan restaurant Kind Kitchen) will feature the buddhist-friendly and cruelty-free pork come June, while Omnipork will hit retail shelves by the end of the year.
Follow Right Treat on Facebook to stay tuned for restaurant and retail launch updates.
Pizza Express Celebrates New Sai Ying Pun Location, Food For Thought Menu and Vegan Pizza
Doubling down on their commitment to sustainabiltiy, Pizza Express Hong Kong has launched a seasonal Food For Thought Menu featuring increased vegetarian options, sustainanly sourced seafood and in an Asia first for a global pizza chain, three new vegan cheese pizzas (note: they are only available at Sai Ying Pun location). The company has also installed a clothes donation service in colalboration with Redress and a collection point for donated food which will be given to local food bank Feeding HK at the new location as part of their #dineandonate campaign.
100% Gluten Free Sweetpea Cafe Kicks Off Second Location in Jordan
Kowloon cake lovers, rejoice! The gluten-free bakery we all know and love, Sweetpea Cafe, is has opened a station at the new Eaton Food Hall, part of the trendy Eaton HK hotel. Be on the lookout for owner Angel Hon’s famed fluffy and flavorful creations like the dairy-free Double Chocolate cake, Banana Salted Caramel and also special selections like her new vegan Coconut Vanilla cake with sweet purple potato frosting. Grab a friend and come for a slice of gluten-free goodness!
Lower G/F, 380 Nathan Road, Eaton Hotel, Jordan, email@example.com.
New Plant Based Dining Concept Kind Kitchen Opens in Central From Team Behind Green Common
The team behind Green Common and Green Monday have debuted a new 100% vegan F&B concept: the Kind Kitchen takes over the space that was previously the Future Bar and OVO Cafe at their Nan Fung Green Common digs and opens beginining June (exact date TBC). The menu features an array of Omnipork dishes (vegan banh mi, vegan dan dan meen, vegan gyoza to name a few), two iterations of the Beyond Meat burger and some fun JUST Scramble menu items. Another bonus: the Kind Kitchen hsowcases a dedicated vegan KIDDIE menu so your little tykes can stuff their faces the plant-based way.
1/F, 173 Des Voeux Road, Nan Fung Place, Sheung Wan, +852 2110 1711.
US FoodTech Startup Impossible Foods Debuts Plant Burger Patty in at Beef & Liberty & Little Bao
Hailing from the US, Impossible Foods just debuted their first international foray into Hong Kong with a bang! High on taste, low on impact, the burger that bleeds has partnered with famous local chefs in the city for a variety of dishes with a distinct Asian twist. Check out the Impossible Bao and Impossible Xinjiang Hot Pocket that Asia’s Best Female Chef, May Chow, whipped up specifically for the occasion. If burgers are your thing, you need to make your way down to Beef & Liberty to taste the hype that Executive Chef, Uwe Opocensky, created. It’s game-changing.
Click here for list of where to find Impossible in Hong Kong.
The Cakery Revamps Menu With Superfood Lattes, Vegan Smoothies Bwls & More Dairy-Free Cake
Settling into their new digs, popular baked goods shop, The Cakery, has revamped their Landmark location into a wellness corner. Offering a wide range of nutrient-rich sweets like their renowned cakes and cupcakes that are low in refined sugar with gluten-, wheat-, and dairy-free variations, both Landmark and Lee Garden Two locations will tout new menu items like superfood lattes and vegan coffees, while Landmark will serve delicious smoothie bowls perfect for an afternoon snack or pick-me-up. Their Blue Ocean smoothie bowl is so refreshing and tasty, you’ll be craving it all day long!
3/F, Shop 303, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 6683 3833.
‘Booch On Tap Popping Up All Over Hong Kong
We know that beer on tap is so much better than beer in a bottle, if given the option. The same can be said for fermented tea super drink kombucha. Draft kombucha has more going for it from a scientific standpoint (i.e different carbonation level, mouthfeel, etc). Which is why we are so stoked to see book popping up all over town, including:
- Local cult fave kombucha brand, Taboocha will be sold on tap at Hong Kong’s first zero waste bulk food store, Live Zero. Feel free to fill up your old bottles with the naturally bubbly, deliciously sweet and tarty gut-loving elixir in either Ginger Goji Green Tea or Grapefruit Sage Green Tea – 24 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Aussie-style coffeeshop Winstons is also stocking Taboocha on tap at their brand new Kennedy Town location in the OG gentle floral green tea flavor – Shop 8, 11 Davis Street, The Hudson, Kennedy Town, +852 5219 4633.
- Sai Kung family restaruant Momentai is also debuting kombucha on tap at their Sai Kung digs, this time brewed by Macau based Blissful Carrot in their Traditional Green Tea variety (available from June 1, 2018) – Kiosk 1, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road
Sai Kung, +852 2792 8991.
Crate & Casa Offer Vegan Comfort Food in Lamma’s Sok Kwu Wan
Created for the community, by the community, Crate & Casa provides cozy comfort food on the Sok Kwu Wan bay of Lamma Island. Serving vegan burgers, nachos, tacos and sweet potato fries, the cash-only establishment will also feature live music on select days. Come for the delicious food, stay for the amazing sunsets!
28 Sok Kwu Wan Street, Lamma Island, +852 6086 1673.
Confusion Plant Based Kitchen Opens 100% Vegan Fusion Cafe in Sheung Wan
A brand new vegan restaurant, Confusion Plant-Based Kitchen is on a mission to clear up any confusion about what healthy, plant-based eating looks and tastes like by offering daily and weekly specials of Asian and western cuisine (think everything from veggie curry, healthy wraps galore and Indian-inspired sampler platters). The Sheung Wan eatery alos has their own version of the Beyond Meat Burger with custom rye sourdough buns made exclusively for Confusion by father-daughter duo, Mayse Artisan Bakery. While that news alone is enough to get us riled up, we’re also very excited about their selection of vegan wines (hooray!) and organic craft beers (woo hoo!).
103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan.
Hemingways DB Awarded Top Honor By PETA
Hemingway’s DB wins PETA Compassionate Business Award, first restaurant to do so in Asia and goes 100% vegan with their food menu, vegeterian with bar drinks.
G09 Discovery Bay Rd, Discovery Bay
MORE GREEN QUEEN HEALTHY FOOD NEWS
+ New fresh pasta startup led by veteran Chef Attagirl HK now offers whole wheat and buckwheat pasta in bulk at Live Zero in Sai Ying Pun.
+ Just launched artisan food startup The Nutty Concept HK stocks freshly cold-pressed almond milks made to order.
+ Beyond Sausage, Beyond Meat’s new vegan bratwursts will be available for retail in Hong Kong (first in Asia) on Green Common shelves very soon! We tasted it at the Gourmet Asia show last week and it’s really delicious, check our Insta for the video.
+ In collaboration with Green Monday, liquid nitrogen ice cream Lab Made now has a 100% vegan flavour on their menu: refreshingThai Mango Coconut Sticky Rice!
+ Alky Ma, China national certified Tea Sommelier launches Moonlight Tea, a new brand of ethically sourced cold brew tea & teabags, currently available at Interval Coffee Bar.
+ Food Folk healthy lunchboxes featuring sustainably-sourced meat, wild seafood, locally farmed, non-GMO veggies and pastured poultry ingredients have launched at Just Green Soho with 4 different options available.
+ We tasted cold-pressed juice & healthy takeaway concept 12 Noon‘s new food menu and we loved it! Lots of new vegetarian options including veggie nuggets, four different soups and a range of vegan desserts.
+ Crossfit Asphodel is launching a new F&B concept: the Asphodeli, and a little birdie told us they are collaborating with Grassroots Pantry Chef Peggy Chan on the menu so expect some seriously delicious plant-based grub! More details to come.
Images courtesy of Crate & Casa, Sweetpea Cafe, Impossible Foods, The Cakery, Live Zero, and Confusion Plant Based Kitchen (lead).