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A new bilingual phone app called “soo where to eat” lists vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong. Free of charge for users to download, the app helps diners find plant-based restaurants nearest to them. The list of restaurants – which is in both English and Chinese – covers Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, making sure that vegan foodies can find dining options no matter where they are across the city. Conveniently, soo where to eat also feature vegan shops and grocery stores.
More people in Hong Kong are choosing vegan food due to environmental concerns and health-related reasons. This app will not only help committed vegan foodies to find restaurants serving plant-based meals, but will also be useful for Hong Kong’s growing “flexitarian” population.
Flexitarianism is a popular option for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint and reap the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods, but still want to enjoy an occasional meat or dairy dish. This predominantly plant-based eating regime has grown in popularity in Hong Kong due to greater awareness about the environmental impact associated with animal livestock farming.
Meat consumption has also been driven down because of the health benefits from increased fruit and vegetable intake. Replacing meat and dairy with plant-based sources of protein, such as lentils and beans, has been shown to reduce high cholesterol and the risk of cancer. Health Canada’s new food guide has also removed milk and dairy products from the list of “healthy foods”, and instead recommends opting for plant-based protein.
According to the latest 2018 survey commissioned by Green Monday, nearly a quarter of the Hong Kong population are now practicing flexitarians. The survey also recorded that 70% of the city’s population are willing to adopt a flexitarian diet. In line with global trends, these statistics indicate that more people are receptive to a plant-based diet than ever before.
The new app will come in handy for Hong Kong diners who are choosing to eat more vegan and vegetarian meals and want to stock their pantries with plant-based groceries. With comprehensive information about restaurants and retailers, it also helps provide practicing vegans with certainty about whether an establishment is fully plant-based.
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