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5 must-try Hong Kong vegetarian and vegan desserts even non-vegans will love

by: Abegaile Legaspi
27 Sep 2019

Vegan treats have never been this tasty. Slowly but surely, Hong Kong’s plant-based food scene has been stepping up its game, and now the city’s heaping with animal product-free desserts to satisfy our sweet cravings. Here’s our pick of health-conscious and planet-conscious dessert spots for all types of dietary restrictions.

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The Vege Lab

Feast your eyes on the prettiest plant-based pastries in town. Since it opened in July 2018, The Vege Lab has quickly become the go-to for vegan desserts. Dedicated to redefining the modern dessert, proud Hong Konger and founder Chef Yuki only uses quality plant-based ingredients to create the most aesthetic, flavourful treats that are healthier than they look. Available to order online, choose your favourite treats at your own leisure and pick it up at their studio or get it delivered right to your door.

Try out their trans-fat and dairy-free Parisian Flan (HK$250) made with soymilk, Madagascar vanilla and homemade vegan butter, or their low-sugar vegan macarons (HK$288 for 12 pieces) made with vegetable protein, perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.

The Vege Lab, G/F, Everest Industrial Centre, 396 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, WhatsApp: +852 5332 6500; www.thevegelab.com/

Happy Cow

When it comes to one of the best vegan ice creams in town, just look for the Happy Cow. Delivering on their promise to create a healthier alternative for the people and planet alike, this Hong Kong born-and-bred brand offers dairy, soy and gluten-free cold treats, made with coconut cream and coconut sugar and containing no artificial preservatives or ingredients - and they’re just as delicious as any dairy alternative. At just HK$38 a scoop, you can enjoy some of their popular flavours like the salted caramel swirl with Himalayan salt, chai and pineapple coconut. No time to pop by their booth by the Central ferry piers? No worries! Happy Cow is also available in various supermarkets throughout Hong Kong. 

Happy Cow, Booth 3, Man Kwong Street, Hong Kong Observation Wheel, Central, +852 2252 7773; www.happycowhk.com

The Cakery

Satisfy your sweet cravings at The Cakery, a health-conscious bakery that serves guilt-reduced desserts from cakes to cookies made with all-natural and nutrient-rich ingredients. Take a bite of their signature vegan and gluten-free salted caramel popcorn cupcake (HK$22) or their all vegan, gluten-free Day Dreamer (HK$22) made with chia seeds, coconut milk and topped with dairy-free vanilla frosting. 

Also available at Causeway Bay’s well-loved patisserie is a Guilt-Free Series of gluten, wheat and dairy-free selections that are low in refined sugar, and the Organic Series with all-natural ingredients. The Cakery even has even a range of paleo products that are available upon request.

The Cakery, Shop 124, 1/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2816 1838; www.thecakery.com

Mana Cafe

Make the most out of your afternoon at the neighbourhood go-to when it comes to all things vegan, Mana. A pioneer of Hong Kong’s fast-casual plant-based and zero-waste dining scene, Mana might be better known for their salads and wraps, but their range of raw, vegan and gluten-friendly desserts shouldn;t be overlooked. Have a slice of their signature cake (HK$60) made with cacao and coconut while enjoying a cup of V-coffee, Hong Kong’s original vegan coffee, like the Koko ($50), a flat white/bulletproof hybrid featuring raw cacao butter, or the Loko ($45), a latte made with plant-based milk. 

Mana Cafe, 8 Tai On Terrace, Poho, Sheung Wan, +852 2347 8555; www.mana.hk

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Sweetpea Cafe

For a taste of gluten-free goodness, Sweetpea Cafe is the place to be. A firm believer in simple, straightforward and satisfying dishes, this cute patisserie on the Shin Hing steps delivers healthy but tasty treats made from quality produce. Heavily influenced by Japanese and French baking, Sweetpea’s signature Double Earl Grey Chiffon Cupcakes (HK$780 for 12 pieces) with rice flour and pink Himalayan salt is the best of both worlds. Feeling a little indulgent? Their Vegan Chocolate Cake ($880) made with coconut cream ganache and topped with dried flowers is oh so decadent. Their delicious range of cakes are also available by the slice, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up while watching the world go by.

Sweetpea Cafe, G/F, 4 Shin Hing Street, Central, +852 3689 7269; www.sweetpea-cafe-hk

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