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Vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters…listen up and rejoice! Everyone’s favorite British fast-casual chain, Pret A Manger, has launched a new, delicious meat-free campaign with a wide new range of salads, sandwiches, hot foods, and sweet treats. After the unprecedented success of Veggie Pret, an experimental pop up in London last year, which was so popular that is has now become a permanent shop in Soho, Hong Kong is getting its own Veggie Pret in the form of its Lee Garden Two location and the city’s 20 other Pret outposts will now feature some of the most popular items from its new plant-focused line, along with brand new recipes in dedicated bright green veggie fridges across the city.
With bold and distinctive flavors sure to satiate veggies, vegans, and those looking to cut back on their meat intake, the aptly titled ‘Not Just For Veggies’ is an initiative that Yumi Lee, Commercial Director for Pret A Manger Asia, told Green Queen is a natural progression towards including meat-free options at Pret stores. “Hong Kong is seeing a growing demand from customers for fresh, healthy, naturally-made food which doesn’t contain meat,” said Li. “They want vegetarian food so delicious that it can be enjoyed by anyone… not just veggies.” It’s certainly telling that Hong Kong is the first market outside of the UK that Pret chose to launch Veggie Pret in, before Paris and New York, cities where they have a significant number of outlets.
Known for offering affordable, freshly-prepared food made from natural ingredients free of additives and preservatives, Pret is leading the way among its fast peers with its ‘Not Just For Veggies’ menu boasts ten new vegetarian recipes, with the majority of them vegan-friendly. Below, Green Queen gives you a full preview of new menu items and the scoop on what to order!
Veggie Pots & Salads
Green Poke Pot, HKD36 – Vegan
Filled with avocado, peas, edamame and mustard cress sprinkled with mixed sesame seeds with a side of poke dressing, this is the perfect side salad during our lunch.
Rainbow Veggie Pot, HKD36 – Vegan
One of our favorite snacks! This Grecian delight is zesty with tahini, lemon juice and chickpeas topped with baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and mustard cress.
Sandwiches, Wraps & Baguettes
Chargrilled Peppers & Parmesan on Pumpernickel, HKD 42 – Vegetarian
This dark and hearty open-face sandwich came with a spread of Greek yoghurt underneath loads of chargrilled mixed peppers, rocket, parmesan cheese and toasted pin nuts. The slightly sweet wholegrain, wheat-free rye bread was a delectably filling surprise. Available only at selected shops.
Chargrilled Peppers & Pesto Baguette, HKD44 – Vegetarian
An Italian take with a Pret spin! Made with chargrilled mixed peppers, rocket and green pesto, this freshly baked baguette is topped off with parmesan cheese in a Greek yoghurt spread.
Classic Egg & Cress Sandwich, HKD19 – Vegetarian
Back by popular demand, the modest egg mayo and mustard cress sandwich is back from across the pond.
Hummus & Chunky Veg Salad Wrap, HKD40 – Vegan
Basically a Rainbow Veggie Pot with added caramelized onions, fresh red peppers, cucumbers and rockets, this crunchy veggie-filled hummus wrap is satisfying and tasty.
Spicy Falafel Hot Wrap, HKD42 – Vegetarian
Our favorite healthy lunch choice, the spicy falafel wrap is filled with sweet potato falafel, red peppers, onions, sliced Emmental cheese and coronation sauce with hints of curry spice. Simple and flavorful, the wrap is filling for anyone who’s craving a big bite but can do without the calories.
Healthy Bowls & Soups
Chia Strawberry & Coconut Yoghurt, HKD 42 – Vegan
This creamy compote is made with dairy-free coconut yoghurt with chia strawberry syrup, topped with gluten-free, dairy-free granola and toasted coconut flakes. This healthy vegan dessert pot is the ultimate post meal treat or afternoon pick-me-up. Available only at selected shops.
Pret’s Cacao Mousse, HKD32 – Vegan
Our newest gluten-free, dairy-free obsession! This little pot of heaven includes rich cacao coconut mousse sprinkled with cacao nibs and toasted coconut flakes. Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you! Available only at selected shops.
Souper Tomato, HKD35 – Vegan
A classic British recipe made with tomatoes, tomato puree, vegetables and herbs. Gluten-free and dairy-free, this nutritious and satisfying is comforting to everyone. Available only at selected shops.
Ed. Note: Not all items are available Hong Kong-wide at the moment. For a full list of Pret locations in Hong Kong, click here.
All photos courtesy of Pret A Manger.