Is there anything better than slurping up a big bowl of hot & steamy soup filled with silky noodles? Given Hong Kong’s penchant for bone broth soups, we know how hard it is for a plant-based eater to find a veggie version in Hong Kong that wasn’t meat-based. Which is why we took one for the team and scoured the city to find the best vegan and vegetarian noodle soups in town featuring aromatic, fresh, and unbelievably tasty flavors. Don’t believe the myth that vegetable-based soups isn’t enough to satisfy; we found some amazing eateries that is good enough to satisfy even the carnivores at your table. Soupy, slurpy and full of gorgeous flavor, here are the spots to get the best vegan noodle soups around town!
Vegan Ramen: Ippudo
Finding vegan ramen in Hong Kong is akin to searching for the holy grail. There’s really very little on offer. Luckily, Japanese ramen chain Ippudo has debuted their Veggies Ramen (HKD 78) dish exclusively at only two branches in the city: Lab Concept in Admiralty and Century Square in Central. This Hong Kong-only recipe features their signature ‘Golden Vegetable Herb Broth’ and comes with with mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, rocket leaves and red onions – what vegan ramen dreams are made of! Shimmering with promise, this hearty bowl of vegan ramen definitely hits the spot.
Veggie Ramen from Ippudo is available only at:
Central: 3/F, 1 – 13 D’Aguilar Street, Century Square, Central, +852 2537 1829.
Admiralty: 1/F, Shop F04 – F06, 93 Queensway, Lab Concept inside Queensway Plaza, Admiralty, +852 2527 3525
Vegan Ramen: Isoya Japanese Vegetarian
Another plant-based ramen option is Isoya Japanese Vegetarian, a vegetarian private kitchen featuring gorgeously delicate Japanese food. The menu changes frequently but they do sometimes offer vegan ramen, both for dinner (more of a fine dining experience) and for lunch (very well-priced set menu). Because of the rotating menu, we don’t have exact dish details but call ahead to find out when the ramen is making a return appearance.
9/F, 83 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, +852 5500 8812.
Vegan Udon: LN Fortunate Coffee
A popular coffee shop in Sai Ying Pun, LN Fortunate Coffee serves some of the best plant-based udon around, they don’t just feature one or two types, they have a whole vegan udon menu! While we personally are fans of the Dumpling & Enoki Mushroom Udon (pictured above, HKD 78), we’ve heard rave reviews of the Vegan Black Pepper Slice & Faux Meatball Udon (HKD78). Served in ample portions, their affordably priced menu ranging from HKD 78 – 98 are perfectly vegan and perfectly delicious!
G/F, 118 Second Steet, Sai Ying Pun. +852 2858 3898, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vegan Pho: Green Common
There are few better comfort foods than Vietnamese pho. For those looking for a plant adaptation, Green Common’s vegan version is just as delicious. Featuring a flavorful broth with a medley of fresh vegetables, lots of noodles, spices and Gardein beefless strips, Good Pho You (HKD 79) is fragrant and filling without being heavy. Without sacrificing their lust for flavor, be warned, this vegan champ is available only at select locations. The perfect plant-based twist on a classic noodle soup, you need to come and this out for yourself!
Good Pho You from Green Common is available at:
2/F, Shop 1&2, 202 Queen’s Road East, QRE Plaza, Wan Chai, +852 3586 1968.
G/F, Shop OT G61, 17 Canton Road, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3102 1220.
1/F, Shop 110, 17 Nelson Street, The FOREST, Mongkok, +852 2110 0194.
G/F, G05, 9 Tong Tak Street, Park Central, Tseung Kwan O, +852 2110 0158.
Vegan Pho: VeggieSF
In Vietnam, pho is a breakfast tradition. So it seems appropriate for VeggieSF to whip up their famous Vietnamese rice noodle soup only on weekends and holidays when the rest of us don’t have to rush morning meals. Cali-Pho (HKD 158), their West Coast take on this popular street food is filled with soy protein, tofu, onion, chilies, basil and bean sprouts. Be warned that this weekend-only vegan dish comes in limited quantities that often sells out so be sure to catch it before they’re gone! Remember, it’s cash-only so come prepared.
10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Stanley 11, Central, +852 3902 3902, email@example.com.
Vegan Tom Yum Noodle Soup: Thai Vegetarian Food
One of the most popular recipes of all the Thai soups, we can’t get enough of tom yum goong. Hot and sour, it’s so refreshing to know we can get our plant-based fix in Kowloon City at Thai Vegetarian Food. A small Thai Buddhist vegan establishment that features no garlic, leek, onion, shallots, or spring onions, their Tom Yum Soup With Noodles (HKD 50) is packed with so much flavor, exuding fragrant spices, herbs, chilis, and fresh lime juice generously used in the broth. While traditional tom yum relies on animal protein to enhance the flavor, you’ll see Thai Vegetarian Food’s meatless version can coax just as much flavor without it. This spicy broth based soup is possibly more healthy than the traditional version, and we love it.
G/F, 28A Nam Kok Road, Kowloon, +852 6153 7421.
Images courtesy of Pexels (lead), Ippudo, Liying Lim, Green Common, VeggieSF, and Thai Vegetarian Food.