When you think “Hong Kong,” you may not immediately think “vegan.” But it turns out that the city’s meat-free dining options are on the rise. Check out a few of our favorites:
Want local ingredients? Check out Fresca, where dishes are made with produce from a local Hong Kong garden. The make-your-own salad ingredients are unlike anything you’re likely to find in the U.S., including Korean Bean Paste Tofu, Green Papaya Pandan Curry, and Sichuan Veggie with “Soy Chicken” Mix. Fresca also offers many gluten-free and vegan options, including these Chocolate Tofu Steamed Muffins:
Unless you know how to read Chinese characters, you’ll have to order from the picture menu at Gaia Veggie Shop. Luckily, the entire menu is meat-free, and it features a ton of vegan-friendly options. Try the vegan dumplings—a must-have while you’re in Hong Kong—or spoil yourself with some sushi. We recommend the Vegan Soft Shell Crab Roll:
At Grassroots, you’ll find raw, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and even Buddhist-friendly menu options—and they’re all next-level. Dishes include Koji Smoked Carrot Crepes, Lotus Root Kofta, Raw Spicy “Tuna” Hand Roll, and Raw Bergamot Cheesecake for dessert. Cue the drooling.
If you need to do a bit of grocery shopping while you’re in Hong Kong, Green Common is the place to go. There are multiple locations, each one offering tons of vegan items—including Beyond Burgers! Many of its stores also have a café, where you can order clearly labeled vegan items, such as Beyond Chicken Yaki Udon, Beyond Bao, or a classic Beyond Burger.
While Mak Mak isn’t entirely vegetarian or vegan, the restaurant does devote an entire menu section to vegetarian options. Vegan-friendly dishes include Tofu Phad Hed, Tom Yum, and Khao Neaw Ma Muang—aka “Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream”:
Not only does MANA! serve delicious vegan meals, snacks, and coffee beverages, companion pups are also welcome to sit with their guardians in the large outdoor area. You’re welcome.
If you’re in the mood for traditional Chinese food—sans meat—check out Pure Veggie House. Choose from dishes like Kung Pao Mushroom, Sichuan Style Wild Bamboo Pith Stew, and this “Ma Po” Tofu:
Looking for vegan Cantonese food? Tamjai Samgor has you covered. Vegan options are available at all Hong Kong locations—just be sure to specify when you’re ordering.
Diner food with a Chinese flair? No, really. VeggieSF is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant in the Central District of Hong Kong, and its burger menu alone is epic. The China Town—a vegan burger with a classic Chinese sweet vinegar glaze, portobello mushroom, and pineapple—sounds absolutely divine.
Charcoal bun, black bean patty, vegan cheese, truffle sauce, mushrooms, and kale? Sold. If you need us, we’ll be at Veggi Monster.
Animals have personalities. They play, learn, and think, and they don’t deserve to be served for dinner—in Hong Kong or anywhere else.
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