These HK Restaurants Are Putting Plant-Based Meats On The Menu
Whether you’ve been a veggie for years, are looking to cut down on your meat intake, or just want to try something different, here’s where to find plant-based meats in Hong Kong.
It’s never been easier in Hong Kong to be a vegetarian, or even a vegan. As a city that is notoriously heavy on the meat, with favourite dishes on offer including pork dumplings, roasted Cantonese meats and the influence of Western culture seeing burger joints on every corner, traditionally HK hasn’t been deemed too “veggie friendly”. But things are changing. Not only is Hong Kong now home to numerous vegan and vegetarian restaurants, there’s now no need for those with different diets to seek out speciality restaurants. Instead you can dine at the same restaurants as your meat-eating friends due to the rise in plant-based meat alternatives. With products such as Beyond Meat, Impossible™ Foods and even Omni Pork now available in restaurants and shops, those who are vegetarian, vegan, or are just looking to consume less animal produce can enjoy meaty favourites, with none of the meat! Want to sink your teeth into plant-based burgers, dumplings, tacos and more? Here’s where to go in Hong Kong.
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With Hong Kong being Impossible™ Foods’ first location outside the US, the plant-based product has well and truly taken our city by storm. Made from wheat protein, potato protein, coconut oil, water and rheme (which is responsible for the characteristic of taste and aroma of meat), here’s where to find it in Hong Kong:
Three Blind Mice is helping us all to go a little more meat free, with its new “Green Mondays” menu. The three-course plant-based set is available every Monday from 5pm until close and is priced at $218. The menu will change regularly, but diners can expect items such as Impossible Spaghetti™ Bolognese, along with other veggie-friendly dishes, including BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Bao, Vegetable and Tofu Thai Green Curry with rice, and a Mango and Coconut Rice Pudding for dessert. If you’re wanting to treat yourself, the restaurant also offers up a Vegetarian Wellington ($698, serves two), which is made with Impossible™ meat, and is served with truffle mash, carrots and a red wine jus.
Sassy Tip: Just because we’re eating less meat doesn’t mean we’re not drinking! Diners can add on two-hours of free-flow beer, wine, prosecco and spirits for $198.
Three Blind Mice, 35 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.threeblindmicehk.com
Think you can’t enjoy spicy Sichuan cuisine if you’re veggie? Think again! One-Michelin Star Qi has recently launched a full Impossible™ menu, including items such as Dan Dan Noodles ($85), Mapo Tofu ($130), Sauteed Strong Beans ($135) and more.
Sassy Tip: Along with its Impossible™ menu, Qi also has a wide selection of other veggie-friendly dishes. We love the Vegetarian Bang Bang Wontons ($85), as well as the Kung Pao Tofu with Peanuts ($120).
Qi – House of Sichuan, Shop 12, 2/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.qi-sichuan.hk
With its “Leaves & Liberty” menu, vegetarians are more than welcome at Burger fave, Beef & Liberty. If you’re looking for a vegan burger, opt for The Impossible™ Thai Burger ($137) with an Impossible™ patty, spring onion, chilli, coriander, mint, basil, crispy shallots, garlic and vegan soya mayonnaise, and the restaurant also serves up Impossible™ Chilli Cheese Fries ($62).
With locations across the city, you’re never far from a Cali Mex, perfect for when hunger strikes! And now, along with its vegetarian offerings of mixed bean, spinach or mixed vegetables, the restaurant’s quesadillas, tacos, burritos, nachos and more can all be made with its very own Impossible™ meat filling.
Local burger joint, Honbo, is one of our favourite spots in the city for a juicy meat burger, but if you’re looking for a vegan alternative, you can have just that. Featuring an Impossible™ patty and homemade XO sauce, with the Impossible burger ($128) you certainly won’t be missing the meat.
Honbo, G/F New Sun House, 6-7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.honbo.hk
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As well as serving up its Sloppy Cha Bao ($78 – with braised shiitake tempeh, truffle mayo, sweet pickled daikon and fried shallot), Little Bao also offers up its own Impossible™ Bao ($98). Consisting of an Impossible™ patty, black pepper glaze, fuyu mayo and lemon kombu coleslaw, it definitely doesn’t scrimp on flavour.
Little Bao, 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
Little Bao Diner, Shop H1, G/F, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.little-bao.com
Another option for where to garb an Impossible™ burger in the city is at Green at Hotel ICON. Priced at $148, the burger is served with sweet potato fries and a special sauce, and diners can choose to up their burger game with the addition of a fried egg, avocado, American smoked gouda, or even an extra Impossible™ patty.
Green, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hotel-icon.com
Beyond Meat is another plant-based protein that has become very popular in Hong Kong. The burgers contains 20 grams of plant protein, no soy, gluten or GMO’s, and mainly consist of pea proteins, canola oil, and various seasonings. As well as its famed Beyond Burger patties, the brand has multiple other products (such as Beyond Chicken Strips and Beyond Beefy Crumble). You can find Beyond Meat at these restaurants and outlets in Hong Kong:
This all-vegan café can be found in Green Common in Central, and is the place to go if you’re looking for a wide variety of Beyond Meat and other plant-based protein products. The menu includes BBQ Beyond Striploin with sweet potato fries and coleslaw ($215), Beyond Sausage hotdog and fries ($88 – served in a vegan bun with lettuce, tomato sauce and mustard), as well as the famed Beyond Burger ($155), served with lettuce, tomato, vegan cheese and fries on the side.
Kind Kitchen by Green Common, 1/F, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.greencommon.com
Green Common is your one-stop shop for all things plant-based. Stocking the full Beyond Meat range, you can take home products such as Beyond Burger Patties ($79 for two), Beyond Chicken Strips ($65.90 for 255g) and Beyond Beefy Crumble ($63.90 for 255g).
Sassy Tip: Selling all things plant-based, Green Common is a great place to know if you’re starting your vegan journey in Hong Kong. We head here to stock up on products such as Oatly milk and vegan cheese, along with a whole range of egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free groceries.
Serving up only 100% plant based dishes, Confusion in Sheung Wan also uses the Beyond Burger patty in its Grilled Beyond Burger ($125), served on a toasted rye sourdough bun and topped with onion, tomato, Dijon, fermented sauerkraut, smoked paprika ketchup, garlic vegan mayonnaise and “cheddar” cheese.
Sassy Tip: Make sure to also check out the specials board (which changes regularly), which can feature dishes such as Beyond Bangers and mash with onion gravy, Spicy Beyond Meatballs with toasted multigrain sourdough bread rolls, Impossible Philly Cheesesteak and more. Look out for the Confusion egg tart (made with Just Scramble vegan eggs) which is also occasionally available.
Confusion Plant Based Kitchen, G/F, 103, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.confusion.hk
Not only does The Butchers Club Burger offer up a vegan version of its Classic Burger – The Beyond Classic Vegan ($120) with a vegan bap, vegan special sauce, pickled beetroot chips, vegan cheddar cheese, homemade pickles, tomato and a Beyond Burger patty, but it also offers up a vegan version of its popular Wu Tang-Style burger. Complete with a Beyond Burger Patty fried in sriracha, vegan bap, vegan mayo, tempura sweet potato, vegan kimchi, vegan cheese and tomato, the Beyond Wu Tang-Style ($120) is a must-try.
A steakhouse may be the last place veggies would think to dine out, but Porterhouse is welcoming in plant-based diners with its Beyond Burger ($168). Complete with guacamole, dairy free cheese, gherkins and smoked paprika in a brioche bun, you’re sure to not miss the beef.
Porterhouse, 7/F, California Tower 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.porterhousehk.com
For a luxurious take on the Beyond burger, head to The Lounge & Bar at The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. Priced at $265 for the set, the hotel’s “Veritably Vegan” Beyond Burger comes complete with kale-cashew pesto, beetroot hummus, avocado dip and red onion and balsamic marmalade, served with quinoa, organic mixed green salad and sweet potato fries.
The Lounge & Bar at The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong, 102/F, Ritz Carlton Hotel, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ritzcarlton.com
This ocean front bar and restaurant is dedicated to serving up veggie and vegan food to the people of Discovery Bay. Not only does it offer plant-based offerings (and live music!), but those on the hunt for a Beyond Burger can find it here. The Beyond Burger is served with sweet potato fries or fat chips ($138), or diners can opt for the three mini Beyond Burger Sliders ($138).
Hemingway’s, Shop GO9, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/HemingwaysDB
Where Impossible™ Foods’ and Beyond Meat focus mainly on alternatives to beef products, Omnipork is all about helping out those who are missing pork from their lives! Made using a combination of shiitake mushrooms, peas, non-GMO soy and rice, 100g of Omnipork boasts 70% less saturated fat, 333% more calcium and 53% more iron than ground pork, and also contains no cholesterol and 4.4 grams of fibre! You can find Omnipork dumplings, patties and more at these Hong Kong spots:
This Wan Chai Mexican eatery is going a step further when it comes to plant-based eating by offering a full vegan all-day menu! Along with the likes of avocado fries ($79), chargrilled cactus ($119) and more, the restaurant offers a selection of Omnipork dishes. Diners can indulge in everything from Omnipork nachos, tacos and quesadillas, along with the option to add Omnipork to any burrito or burrito bowl.
Verde Mar, 24 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.verde-mar.com
This Korean bistro is putting Omnipork on its menu with its all-you-can-eat K-Veggie Mondays (not available on public holidays). For $198 per person, diners can enjoy 90-minutes of veggie delights, with dishes including Grilled Vegan Omnipork Patty Vegetable Wrap, Baked Cheese Tomato Omnipork Dumplings and Vegan Kimchi Omnipork Fried Rice. Diners can also add on free-flow Korean cocktails, house red and white, beer and non-alcoholic drinks for $88.
The Joomak, Shop 34, LCX, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui , Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.tjm.co.kr
This specialty coffee shop and roastery has multiple locations across Hong Kong, and surprisingly, along with a decent brew, it also serves Omnipork dishes. For pure (plant-based!) comfort food, opt for the Omnipork Pattie Rice with Onsen Egg ($118).
As well as offering up Beyond Meat products, this DB spot has just started serving Omnipork products, too! The omnipork pot sticker dumplings are a hit with veggies and meat-eaters alike.
Hemingway’s DB, Shop GO9, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/HemingwaysDB
Kind Kitchen & Green Common both serve up Omnipork products in store and to take home and enjoy. At Kind Kitchen, diners can enjoy Omnipork Tan Tan Noodles ($98), Omnipork Spaghetti Bolognese ($88) and Omnipork Gyozas ($62 for six), and Green Common offers Omnipork meat to buy instore and take away.
Kind Kitchen by Green Common, 1/F, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.greencommon.com
Author: Annie Simpson