Between 2015 and 2020 China’s vegan market is expected to rise by more than 17 percent! Whether you’re vegan or not it is hard not to be amazed by that number and in CHINA of all places! Somewhere very close-by I have experienced firsthand the movement and seen the potential that will no double creep onto the mainland very soon! That place is of course HONG KONG.
Though Hong Kong is actually a part of China it operates autonomously and is often dubbed the gateway between the east and west. It is perhaps not so surprising that a transformation like this is taking place given the western influence in this cultural hotspot.
While in Hong Kong in late February I visited some absolutely fantastic vegan restaurants, some that failed to live up to expectations and an emerging vegan ‘casual fast food’ chain. One thing is for sure, leaving Hong Kong I was renewed with a sense that the world is changing and changing quickly for the better.
Without further ado, my Hong Kong Vegan experience.
Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine
Coming from Melbourne Australia my girlfriend and I were so pleasantly surprised when we found this place! It is just like Gong De Lin or Enlightened Cuisine for anybody familiar with these restaurants. Unfortunately the price is similar (read expensive) and for our budget we could only visit one time. We opted for the eggplant and spare-rib clay pot and confirmed it was vegan. It was delicious! The spare-rib are made from mock meat and the eggplant is tenderly prepared, sticky from being baked in the clay pot.
We only had one dish so cannot speak for the rest of the dishes. If the quality of the dish we had is any indication I would say you can’t really go wrong. One thing to note is for the budget conscious be prepared to order small as we were. One other thing, Tea is absurdly expensive, forego it unless you are loaded.
Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
How to get there: It is inside ‘One Peking’ a massive building with a cocktail bar on top that has spectacular views. Once inside the building it is quite easy to find taking the elevator to the 7th floor.
Note: The bar is on top of the building, not related to the restaurant however a recommended visit if you are there – also quite expensive.
CS Vegan Cafe
Getting to and finally getting into this place was an experience in itself! It is actually a restaurant in an apartment, however people come and go and it has a restaurant-like atmosphere. It is hidden and you need to buzz you’re way in, if it even works – it didn’t when we were there but someone luckily was leaving while we were trying to get in.
Once finally in you are greeted with a delicious all you can eat buddhist vegan buffet! It is amazing, the lady who runs the place charged very little and is constantly replacing the dishes as they run out. The food is fresh and the dishes apparently rotate, so whatever the lady feels like making is on for that day. There are tons of options including some dim sum – highly recommended!
Don’t skip the dumplings or wontons if they are available when you are there, they are amazing. Honestly though, everything is so fresh that we were pleasantly surprised by everything we ate. If you are afraid of oil there may be limited options available, this is Hong Kong after all!
As noted it is not the easiest to get in to, but quite easy to find on street level. Address below. Once there if you don’t get an answer from the buzzer just wait a little bit and someone might be able to let you in, then you go up. You buzz number 9. Good luck!
Lock Cha Tea House
Blogs online love this place, it is highly recommended and to be honest I don’t entirely see why. I don’t want to beat it down too much having only been there once and as such I’m including it in this guide and you be your own judge. We visited on a lovely sunny day and we pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere inside. It is very nicely decorated with oriental ‘tea’ objects throughout, plus a wall of tea and teapots!
Lock Cha is actually lacto vegetarian and as such vegans should ask the staff to confirm their selection is vegan and not vegetarian. We had 4 different dishes, 1 spring rolls and 3 different types of dim sum. Though they were all good though none blew me away. The general flavours are subtle and understated however the red-bean cakes were very worthwhile trying. The tea although expensive was very nice, we opted for a Pu-erh.
Try the red-bean cakes with some tea, it is unique setting and the tea is enjoyable. Maybe try the dim sum if you like however note that the portion sizes are small, you’d need quite a few to fill up. We had 4 portions and were not full afterwards.
Note: They charge a service charge that is not included in the price, something like 10% on top of your meal, it was unexpected and for an already overly expensive place this seemed unnecessary.
Located near Admiralty Metro Station this place is quite easy to find in the park nearby, trust google maps.
This place is… INCREDIBLE! We loved the food here! I cannot overstate the deliciousness and reasonable price for this food. For us as Australians it was slightly cheaper than Vegan food in Melbourne and the quality of faux meat (including the holy grail…the Beyond Meat Burger!!!) is unbelievable!
They use Gardein products throughout many of their meals. Most stores also have a space to purchase take home items including, Gardein Range products, Beyond meat, a massive range of cheeses and products I’d never heard of imported from around the globe.
Though not completely Vegan I’m fairly confident they will phase out their use of eggs in the not to distant future, if they haven’t already! There is something for everyone here including Salads, Burgers, Western mains, Smoothies, Juices and Asian Fusion options. If on a budget and hungry the HK Pork Chop is a must! It is depending on how hungry enough for two if you get a side as well. Check out their amazing menu HERE.
For flavour and a must taste is the Beyond Burger, pick whichever suits your taste, they change the menu often so keep an eye out for the special of the moment.
There are multiple locations throughout Hong Kong and a simple google search will point you in the right direction. No specific ‘how to get there’ instructions needed. Note: Some stores have larger stores than others, the one at Harbour city is massive!
We went to the Green Common ‘THE FOREST’ Branch a couple of times here: