If you haven’t already heard, a vegan lifestyle can reduce green house gas emissions by half in comparison to meat eaters. And while eating vegan at home is a breeze, the real test is eating out, whether it be at home or abroad. I’ve compiled a list of note-worthy restaurants in Hong Kong which offer plant-based meals.
Loving Hut (Vegan)
Loving Hut is an international chain of vegan restaurants but each restaurant is tailored to the local cuisine. Hong Kong is no exception offering local dishes comprising super-convincing mock meats such as barbecued pork and pork cutlets. What’s more is it’s dead cheap for how much you get, and set lunch menus will only cost HKD$60. Definitely one of my favourites in Hong Kong.
How to get there: There are two Loving Hut restaurants available in Hong Kong. One in Wanchai (Loving Hut Wanchai, Luen Tai Building, 號 聯 泰 大廈 2 樓, 93-99 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) and one in Kowloon Bay (Loving Hut Amoy Plaza, 號 淘 大 商場 二 期 地下 G242-245 號 舖, 77 Ngau Tau Kok Rd, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong). For the Wanchai branch, take exit A3 at Wanchai MTR station and walk straight for 3 minutes down Johnston road, there should be a Loving Hut sign on the 1st floor of Luen Tai Building). In Kowloon Bay, take exit B and cross the road via the walkway to Amoy Plaza. This branch is trickier to find as it’s located outdoors in a shopping complex.
Lok Cha Tea House (Vegan)
Set in the idyllic Hong Kong Park, Lok Cha Tea House offers a small sampling of vegan dishes over lunch hours. As the name suggests, the restaurant has an extensive selection of Chinese teas and each guest is required to order one tea from the menu. In terms of the food, the dishes are small and relatively inexpensive ranging from rice rolls to turnip cake. Recently they added an excellent siu mai dish (typical Cantonese pork dumpling) to the menu. The restaurant is popular for the city’s workers during lunch hours so either book in advance or wait an hour or two after lunchtime.
How to get there: Hong Kong Park can be accessed from Central or Admiralty via the city’s extensive walkways and side paths. Alternatively you can take the MTR to Admiralty and exit at Pacific Place (exit C1). Walk from one end of the shopping mall to the other, and near Star Bucks there should be a set of escalators which take you outside the building. Cross the road to Hong Kong Park and walk down the path to Lock Cha. Lock Cha Tea House, Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong.
Mana! Slow Fast Food (Vegetarian/Vegan)
If you’re looking for a break from Cantonese cuisine, then Mana! in Central is your best bet. A cosy take-out/eat in, they offer a variety of wraps and salads (which you can tailor to your own needs), raw cakes and smoothies. Although the restaurant offers vegetarian choices, veganising your meal is super easy and there is no compromise on taste whatsoever. Wraps will set you back around HKD$50-100 which is reasonable considering Central’s typically hefty price tag.
How to get there: Leave Central MTR and head to Wellington street. Mana! is easily missed so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Mana! Slow Fast Food, G/F, 92 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong.
Grassroots Pantry (Vegetarian/Vegan)
Nestled in the up and coming Sai Ying Pun district, Grassroots Pantry offers a variety of semi-gourmet organic veggie fusion dishes. It is perfect for coffee and brunch dates as the store also serves delicious drinks and snacks. If that isn’t enough, the restaurant is clad in rustic decor and has wondrously high ceilings.
How to get there: The restaurant is best accessed by foot from Central, Sai Ying Pun or Sheung Wan, all with respective MTR exits. Grassroots Pantry, 2-14 Fuk Sau Lane, Hang Hing Court, Sai Wan, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong.
Veggie Family (Vegetarian/Vegan)
Located in the bustling Mong Kok district, Veggie Family serves Cantonese-style cold appetisers and cooked mains. Most dishes are vegan, though you might want to ask the staff which dishes contain egg as the menu doesn’t make things particularly clear. Though relatively pricey, dishes such as the sweet and sour pork are hard to beat and its exceptional location makes it worth the price if you’re wanting to escape the crowds.
How to get there: Veggie Family is best accessed from the Mong Kok KCR (exit A). Alternatively take Mong Kok MTR exit A1 or Prince Edward MTR exit B2 and walk 10-15 minutes by foot. Veggie Family, 143 Sai Yee St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
Kung Tak Lam (Vegetarian/Vegan)
Situated on the 7th floor of Peking One, Kung Tak Lam offers a mixture of exclusively vegetarian and vegan Cantonese style dishes. Though pricey, you’re essentially paying for the view: the restaurant overlooks the iconic Victoria harbour from the Tsim Sha Tsui side. Admittedly, the vegetarian selection is a lot better than the vegan choices available, however at lunchtimes restaurant also offers dimsum which allows for greater choice.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui and leave at East Tsim Sha Tsui exit L5 (the two stations are interconnected and well-signposted). Kung Tak Lam, 1 Peking Road Shopping Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Crystal Jade (Vegetarian/Vegan options)
Crystal Jade is a popular chain of restaurants found all over the world providing Cantonese and Shanghainese style cuisine. Although the restaurant is not exclusively plant-based, they have a decent selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes in a ‘green’ section of the menu. The prices are extremely reasonable and the food is easily some of the best you can get as a vegan in Hong Kong. I highly recommend the tofu rolls, soy noodles and vegetable dumplings.
How to get there: There are many Crystal Jade outlets all over Hong Kong which can be readily accessed by MTR. See the website below for more details.
If none of the above interest you, why not look at Happy Cow which provides a comprehensive list of all the vegan/veggie eateries in Hong Kong (and elsewhere!).