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For World Vegan Day, head to one of these Hong Kong vegan restaurants

by: Abegaile Legaspi
30 Oct 2019

Friday 1 November is World Vegan Day - and it also marks the start of World Vegan Month. Whether you’re considering a diet shift or just interested in eating fewer animal products, it’s never been this convenient to eat plant-based in Hong Kong. From meat-free patties to vegan cart noodles, here’s our pick of animal product-free eats in the city.

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Confusion Plant Based Kitchen

Rest assured that you’ll find only quality meat-free eats at Confusion. Since its doors first opened in June 2018, this Sheung Wan plant-based diner has been serving straightforward vegan burgers, wraps and tacos with flavours that pack a punch. Don’t miss out on their signature grilled Beyond burger (HK$145) with handmade rye sourdough bun, vegan cheddar and tofu chipotle mayo or the hedgehog mushroom quesadilla (HK$80) in wheat-flour tortilla with tandoori-spiced mushroom slices, fresh salsa and guac. Top it off with a dairy-free cheesecake with vegan chocolate-caramel sauce (HK$50) because why not, tbh.

Confusion Plant Based Kitchen, 103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2563 3699; www.confusion.hk

Treehouse

When it comes to the best vegan eats in town, WOM favourite and eco-warrior Christian Mongendre’s Treehouse at H Code is a sure thing. Featuring a selection of fully customisable and meat-free flatbreads, grain bowls and more, the menu reflects Mongendre’s mission to push the boundaries of fast healthy eats. Don’t miss out on their signature Banyan flatbread (prices start from HK$60) with eggplant and turmeric soft eggs or their Forest burger (HK$90) with beet and mushroom patties in vegan sourdough buns that are like a taste of Home (see what we did there?).

Treehouse, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, +852 3971 2277; treehouse.eco

Pop Vegan

For vegan eats with a trendy twist to feed your ‘Gram, look no further than Soho’s Pop Vegan. This plant-based joint offers a wide range of vegan cuisine that are dairy-free, egg-free and allium-free. Pop right in for lunch and try their signature vegan ‘fish’ and chips (HK$158) with deep-fried banana blossom and chips with green peas, or the wellington Beyond burger steak (HK$238) with braised red cabbage, broccoli and mustard mash.

Pop Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, +852 2628 6211; www.popvegan.com.hk

Nectar

From the site formerly known as Grassroots Pantry, celebrated chef Peggy Chan continues her journey of sustainable eating with new vegan venture Nectar. Through innovative tasting menus, the progressive plant-based restaurant showcases refined and sophisticated vegan fare. The five-course OG tasting menu (HK$680), for example, features hits from Grassroots Pantry like the coconut squid with tahini-miso, and tagliatelle with Maiitake and summer truffles. Elsewhere, the 12-course Edible Solutions tasting menu (HK$1380 per person) includes dishes inspired by different ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, like the Plant Rich Diet, sprouted dal with walnut milk and brown rice puff, and Plastic, Shimeji mushroom bisque with eggplant.

Nectar, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, +852 2873 3353; nectarexperience.co.

Mirror and Vegan Concept

There’s no need to give up ultimate comfort foods, thanks to Mirror and Vegan Concept’s offerings of plant-based Italian fare. Translating the notion of ‘you are what you eat’ into their menu, only the freshest and healthiest ingredients and are used in every dish. Highlights include classics like their spaghetti aglio olio e pepperoncino (HK$158) and the creamy truffle risotto with asparagus (HK$148).

Mirror and Vegan Concept, 9/F, 118 Queen's Road Central, +852 2868 0810; @mirrorveganconcept.

VeggieSF

Since VeggieSF went completely vegan back in 2016, it’s become even more popular as a favourite go-to for dishes that are meat and MSG-free. Inspired by the fabulous 1950s San Francisco, this quirky (mostly) all-American diner features plant-based plates with flavours from all over the globe. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not Take A Trip to Bali (HK$148), a generous serve of gado-gado salad loaded with tofu. Other highlights include the duck-free Peking wrap (HK$98 for 6 pieces) and the Laksa Cha Cha Cha (HK$148), a peanut and coconut curry with cashew nuts and assorted veggies over rice. 

VeggieSF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, +852 3902 3902; www.veggiesf.com

The Recipe

For plant-based Cantonese cuisine, look no further than cosy Kwun Tong spot The Recipe. Their vegan twists on all-time local favourites includes highlights like sweet and sour ‘pork’ with monkey mushrooms (HK$55), and meat-free and 100 percent customisable cart noodles (HK$38 for 3 toppings).

The Recipe, Shop 57, G/F, Legend Tower, E Plaza, 7 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, +852 5539 4088; 素食譜 The Recipe

Vegan Seven Days

Go around the globe with Vegan Seven Days’ menu featuring Italian, Chinese, Indonesian, Turkish and Japanese flavours. For a quality dinner that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, the Hung Hom eatery’s four-course dinner set (HK$88) is a solid option. Mains include signatures such as kimchi and pear pizza, and fish-free fingers with tofu.

Vegan Seven Days, 11 Sung Kit Street, Hung Hom, +852 5409 7189; www.facebook.com/vegansevendaysHK

All images are courtesy of the respective restaurants.

 

Confusion Plant Based Kitchen

Address   103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan