Mar 14, 2018

Being Vegan in Hong Kong


As some of us know, ‘veganism’ has taken the world by storm in the recent years. A study conducted globally showed that 40% of respondents are trying to accommodate vegan food in every meal… a trend that will continue to grow in years to come.  In America alone, nearly 6% of the population or roughly 20.0million people were identified as vegan in 2014, and in Hong Kong only 2-3% of the population or just over 200,000 people were considered vegans.  However, this eating practice is rapidly growing. China’s vegan market is expected to grow by more than 17% by 2020, let’s see where Hong Kong vegan market grows to!


Who is a ‘vegan’?  The Cambridge Dictionary describes a vegan, “as a person who does not eat or use any animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, or leather.”



The vegan lifestyle stems from a deep empathy towards animals and as an attempt to end human cruelty against them. Hence, vegan foods are all plant-based and try to fulfil protein, vitamin and other nutritional requirements with plant-based foods. Soya-based meats or fake meats, tofu, milk of non-animal origin like soya milk, coconut milk and almond milk, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, are on a vegan’s food list.


Can you live a normal life if you are a pure vegan?



One of the biggest concerns regarding the vegan lifestyle and diet is practicality. On the face of it, it may seem that pure, dedicated vegans may have to give up eating out. However, the meet-up group, Meat Free Hong Kong, come together most weeks for a shared dinner at one of the 200 vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong.  They have over 5,000 members and promote the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets.



Meat free foods are, in fact, much more accessible and available than you might think. For example, did you know that the commonly available Lindt Excellence chocolate, Ritz Crackers, Hershey’s chocolate syrup and even Fritos corn chip are all vegan?




The same is true of vegan restaurants too. There are many pure vegan dining-out choices in Hong Kong. The city prides itself on keeping pace with international trends. This is just another example of how Hong Kong has embraced the world’s latest life choice with open arms. Over 200 vegetarian and vegan restaurants are open around the city.



So if you are vegan, or you ask someone out and they turn out to be a proponent of the lifestyle, don’t fret. Here are a few suggestions on where to enjoy a sumptuous vegan meal in Hong Kong.


Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan 


Drawing its influences from European, Japanese and South Asian cuisines, Grassroots Pantry is an upscale restaurant that has an extensive plant-based menu. The dishes are home-made and prepared with the utmost care under the watchful eye of owner and chef, Peggy Chan. The restaurant keeps updating its menu regularly, to provide a wide variety of options to its patrons.


Zumufi, Willy Commercial Building, 28-36 Wing Kut St, Central


A health cafe with the inspirational motto of ‘Wellness Made Tasty’, Zumufi impresses its customers with its superfood-inspired smoothies, sandwiches and a healthy range of paninis. The health teas and fresh veggies served in the restaurant also make it stand apart. Get to Sheung Wan before the crowds do and enjoy a health-filled meal in the afternoon. Best for the morning after the night before… it also provides great options for nursing a hangover!



Veggie SF Café, 10/floor, 11 Stanley Street, Central



The Veggie SF Café is a retro 1950s San Francisco themed diner that delights its customers with healthy vegan options. Everything from lip-smacking burgers to their Sashimi-101 can be enjoyed in this Central-based joint. Not only does it give an excellent choice of burgers, wedges and all the old American favourites, but it also has a variety of exceptional cakes!


OVO Café, ground floor, OVOMarket, 1 WanChai road, WanChai



The OVO Café chain supports eco-living. Their green, organic, healthy food and drink options will make you want to visit the place again and again. The numerous OVO cafés spread across the city ensure that your visits never get monotonous! Best known for its soup of the day, salads and sandwiches, this is a café that will become an instant favourite with you… whether you’re vegan or not!



Loving Hut, 1/floor, Luen Tai Building, 93-99 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai


Recent vegans, vegan food connoisseurs, and even non-vegetarians – this vegan restaurant appeals to all kinds of patron! Loving Hut prepares everything from their signature Singaporean Laksa to barbeque cha-siu with rice and beef noodles. Beef at a vegan restaurant?! Loving Hut’s mock meat delicacies are delicious, and inspire the most enthusiastic non-vegetarians to reconsider their life choices! Since it is an all-vegan restaurant, you won’t have to worry about any of the ingredients.


Pure Veggie House, 3/Floor, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels

Offering organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine in the mid-levels is a sure bet for locals or tourists wanting a delicious plant-based meal.  They praise nature and harmony and serve unconventional vegetarian cuisine with no added spices, MSG or dairy products.



Now that you are equipped with the knowledge of some of the best vegan places in Hong Kong, impressing your next vegan date should not be a problem. Happy Dating… and Happy Eating!


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