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No doubt the F&B industry has been hard hit due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the plant-based food scene in Hong Kong hasn’t come to a standstill. There are still new plant-based bites to try out across the city, and to help you keep up, we’ve highlighted the best in new menus, openings and more food news in our column. Here’s what’s new in plant-based dining this May.
SpiceBox Organics serving new plant-based bites
Hong Kong’s specialty organics store and café SpiceBox Organics has recently upped their in-store menu with a range of new signature dishes. Created from their homemade organic fermented soybean tempeh, their Tempeh Burger is topped with Tahini and coleslaw to form the perfect combination of sweet, sour and spicy. Make sure to try their Chickpea Fries too, as well as their range of raw, vegan-friendly and refined sugar-free desserts.
Address: SpiceBox Organics Market & Café, 137 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central.
SpiceBox Organics Store & Café, Hau Wo House, Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town.
MANA! Poho closes, Soho opens
After many years in the running, Hong Kong’s beloved fast casual plant-based café MANA! has closed the doors of its original Poho location. But no need for MANA!’s large fan base to fret – there will be a new location in the nearby Soho area on Staunton Street (yes, bang on the escalator) set to open in late May. Until then, its flagship location MANA! Starstreet in Wanchai will be running to fulfil Hong Kong’s zaatar-filled plant-based dreams.
Address: MANA! Soho, 8 Staunton Street, Central.
MANA! Starstreet, 8-10 Queens Road East, Wanchai.
Little Bao dishes new vegan menu
Little Bao, the city’s famous bao-burger restaurant, has just revealed a brand new all-vegan menu loaded with delicious Asian-inspired small shares from vegan truffle mayo loaded fries to fried mushrooms drizzled in Szechuan peppercorn oil, and 100% plant-based baos such as the “Sloppy Chan” bao with braised shiitake tempeh and sweet pickled daikon. If you’re feeling a “meaty” bite, they serve two options of baos made with the famous bleeding patty by Impossible Foods.
Address: Little Bao, Shop H1, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay.
Lan Kwai Fong welcomes Soulmate Ramen
Newcomer to the Lan Kwai Fong block of eateries is Soulmate Ramen, an all vegetarian and vegan ramen joint. While some of their noodles and toppings contain eggs or dairy products, they have plenty of vegan options and all of their soup bases are plant-based. Prices start from HK$88 and up and they are currently offering 30% off for takeaway!
Address: Soulmate Ramen, 16 Wo On Lane, Lan Kwai Fong, Central.
Treehouse launches virtual brands Origin and Burgers
Treehouse, Soho’s go-to for “accidentally” vegan and vegetarian bowls, burgers and flatbread wraps, has just opened its new virtual brand Origin. The menu features mouthwatering dishes inspired by North African, Lebanese and Egyptian home cuisine favourites – all made from scratch using fresh fruit and vegetables, organic whenever possible and housemade sourdough wholewheat flatbreads. Treehouse has also announced their new Burgers online brand, which will offer loaded plant-based burgers from Tofu & Tempeh to Roasted Pumpkins & Grains. Origin will deliver via Deliveroo in Wanchai and Causeway Bay, while Burgers will deliver to North Point and Quarry Bay.
Order Origin by Treehouse via Deliveroo here.
Order Burgers by Treehouse via Deliveroo here.
Agave introduces Impossible menu
Mexican restaurant and bar Agave has just launched its new edition menu featuring a range of plant-based specials made from Impossible Foods’ vegan meat. From nachos to quesadillas and their famous 6-pepper chilli, you can now get almost all your favourite Mexican dishes veganised!
Address: Agave, Shop C-D, 93-107 Lockhart Road, Wanchai.
New OmniEat ready meals & dim sum by Green Monday
Green Monday has recently debuted a new product line of frozen ready-made vegan meals such as rice dishes and pad thai, as well as dim sum dumplings, called the OmniEat series. All of the meals are made using their popular plant-based pork mince analogue Omnipork, and are crafted to retain local Asian flavours while being far less carbon-intensive, healthier and reaching close price parity with mainstream frozen meal products. So if you don’t feel like cooking one night, you can easily reach for an OmniEat meal.
Miss Lee debuts 5-course veggie tea set
Modern Chinese vegetarian restaurant Miss Lee has created Let’s Partea, a new 5-course tea set available daily from 3.00pm to 5.30pm. featuring vegetarian and vegan favourites. While not all dishes are vegan-friendly, a fair few of the options are 100% plant based, including the Fried Bean Curd with Vegan Sesame Dressing, steamed mushroom dim sum buns loaded with a traditional Cantonese barbecue sauce, and their Purple Rice Coconut Udon with Mango Puree.
Address: Miss Lee, G/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central.
SO COCO vegan ice-cream hits shelves
Spanning two years in the works, Hong Kong brand SO COCO is now ready to debut their brand new vegan ice cream. With no artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives, the new organic coconut milk-based ice-creams will be available in 6 flavours, including original coconut, chocolate, matcha, Thai tea, strawberry and passion fruit. For a limited time, SO COCO are offering bundles of their new ice creams and existing product line of puddings and drinks with free delivery – just in time as the summer heat begins kicking in!
Sushi Sooshi unveils new plant-based sushi line
Sushi lovers, rejoice! In the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the stand-up sushi restaurant Sushi Sooshi has just launched its new plant-based sushi line featuring a range of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options for diners. Their Veggie Sooshi Set includes pickled radish, black lotus root, taro wasabi, cherry blossom and avocado hand rolls and more – all crafted using a mix of different Hokkaido rices.
Address: Sushi Sooshi, 17B Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
The Cakery announces new locations & new vegan desserts
Hong Kong’s healthy bakery and dessert shop The Cakery has just announced their 4th shop opening in Times Square’s City’super following their recent launch at Central’s ifc mall City’super location. Just in time for the new openings, The Cakery has launched a range of new vegan-friendly superfood PETIT collection of cakes, which include Avomango, an avocado and mango-based filled cookie, a creamy dark chocolate tart dubbed the Blackout, a tangy lemon tart called Rise and Shine, and finally, Cocoa ‘N’ Dream, a gluten-free chocolate and vanilla dessert. To celebrate their opening, they are offering a 10% off on their new PETIT collection for a limited time.
Find your nearest The Cakery location here.
Pure Veggie House moves to TST
Pure Veggie House, Hong Kong’s beloved vegan and vegetarian dim sum restaurant, is closing their Central location and moving this time over to Kowloon side. The new Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant will launch its soft opening on May 6 this week, serving up veganised Cantonese favourites from plant-based black fungus and veggie steamed dumplings to fried taro balls, noodles, rice dishes – you name it. Plus, over the trial period all dishes will come at a 20% discount!
Address: Pure Veggie House, 27 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Lead image courtesy of Miss Lee, other images courtesy of respective brands.