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As always, we’ve got loads of exciting news coming up in the city’s thriving plant-based food scene, so despite the ban which at the moment limits dine-in to 2-person tables and a pre-6PM curfew, there’s lots to discover. So many new vegan bites and eateries to try out across the city this month, and as always, we’re happy to guide you! Here’s what’s new in plant-based dining this August.
Editor’s Note: Please do support restaurants as much as you can, especially independent businesses and plant-based outfits. They are suffering and we must vote with our dollar and our forks or we will lose the momentum of the burgeoning cruelty-free and planet-forward dining scene. If dining in feels scary to you, go for takeaway or delivery- most of the below establishments offer one or both.
Veggie Korean restaurant Soil to Soul arrives in K11 Musea
In what we can safely say is the city’s first dedicated Korean temple food restaurant, new vegetarian eatery Soil to Soul in K11 Musea is serving up delicious “soul-phisticated” temple-inspired artisanal dishes. Their entire menu is vegetarian, with many vegan options available, such as pan-fried burdock with tofu, sweet and sour shiitake mushrooms and perilla seed soup.
Address: Soil to Soul, Shop 704, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Green Cravings launches in Hong Kong to offer 100% vegan meal delivery service
Green Cravings is a new meal service offering Hong Kong residents healthy, 100% plant-based meals that are freshly made and delivered straight to your door. Dishes include chickpea curry and rice, vegan nasi goreng, roasted vegetable buddha bowls and delicious penne pasta topped with cashew-based parmesan – practically any plant-filled dish you could crave!
Hkveganshop returns as Vego Coffee in TST
Vego Coffee is the revival of the formerly Hkveganshop in Wanchai, which closed its doors last month. Fans will be glad to hear that many of its 100% vegan menu favourites will still be around at this new location, from plant-based cheesy pizzas to its highly acclaimed dessert selection, all made in-house.
Address: Vego Coffee, Shop 7B, G/F, Garden Mansion, 154-156 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
VW Vegan lands in Tai Po
Recently opened VW Vegan Café is the newest 100% plant-based coffee shop to arrive in Tai Po. Located on a quiet street corner, the café’s delicious vegan lemon donuts, blueberry cheesecake tarts and mochi brownies are absolutely not to be missed! They also make amazing drinks, from plant-based lattés to protein-packed smoothies.
Address: VW Vegan Café, 2/F, Plover Cove Garden, Tai Po New Territories.
Folded JUST Egg is now available for retail in Hong Kong
San Francisco food tech JUST revealed its new frozen plant-based folded egg product earlier this April, and herbivores have been on the lookout for when it will be made available in Hong Kong. Well good news is here – thanks to Green Monday, the mung bean-based vegan egg substitute can now be purchased at Green Common stores across the city. Each pack containing four “eggs” retails for HK$65.90.
Vegan croissants arrive in Hong Kong
Would you believe that two healthy food chains now serve 100% vegan flaky pastries? Pure’s NoodFood and Pret are now offering plant-based croissants – yes, completely dairy-free! While Nood’s version is made from spelt and quinoa, Pret’s is a “very berry” take on the French classic. Both dairy butter-free items are available at all of their respective branches.
Plant Bonus: Pret has also added a vegan smashed avocado gluten-free bread to their menu offerings.
Green Common is coming to Tsuen Wan
Despite the pandemic-induced downturn, Green Monday is confident that Hong Kong residents want plant-based and expanding yet again, this time in Tsuen Wan. The new Green Common storefront is slated to open later this month and just like its other locations, it will double as a vegan café and a plant-based supermarket, where shoppers can pick up all their meatless pantry staples as well as seasonal goodies, such as 100% vegan mooncakes (yes it’s that time of year again, everyone!).
Other Exciting News For Herbivores:
Bien Caramelise: A little birdie told us that a protege of Chef Peggy Chan (of Grassroots Pantry and Nectar success) is launching Hong Kong’s first plant-based patisserie (hello, vegan choux!) called Bien Caramelise, and we’re over the moon about it.
Plant-based bubble tea: We have also heard whisperings about a new plant-based bubble tea shop opening very soon – we will share more as soon as we can. Stay tuned!
F&M afternoon tea: Fortnum & Mason’s Hong Kong location, Fortnums 181 at K11 Musea, has a fantastic plant-based afternoon tea set (HK$588), available upon request. From pickled celeriac and kale pesto cucumber finger sandwiches to vegan scones with Fortnum’s strawberry preserve, this scrumptious set is not one to be missed for our herbivore high tea fanatics out there!
Power plant burgers at Nood Food: Nood isn’t just serving up vegan croissants- the healthy café chain is now offering two new vegan burgers – Beet It and Truffle-Shroom, both power packed with protein, topped with homemade 100% vegan mayo and plant-based buns. Both will be available at Nood’s Soho location.
14 South Lane: Though an omni restaurant, 14 South Lane in Shek Tong Shui deserves a special mention for their 80% vegetarian menu and 100% plant-based drinks menu! From broccoli dairy-free lattes to vegan breakfast bowls to wholesome hearty dishes, this adorable new café is definitely worth a visit.
Lead image courtesy of VW Vegan Café.