It is without a doubt the year 2020, and what better way to sink our teeth into the new decade with a month dedicated fully to the vegan cause known as Veganuary?
Not only has the plant-based lifestyle truly taken off in the public eye last year—with plant-based meat Beyond going public and Omnipork making a major move into China—there’s also an increasingly urgent call for veganism as it’s believed to help fight climate change more than ever.
Interested in going vegan but worried about the diet being “boring” or “tasteless”? Not to worry, here are 10 vegan-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong that are really changing the scene—and if you’re surprised that this list also includes non-vegan ones, don’t be: the plant-based lifestyle is so hip that everyone wants a piece of it. 🙂
Confusion Plant-based Kitchen
No list of vegan food in Hong Kong is ever complete without Confusion. This bustling place is always packed and for a great reason—the menu is always creative and ever-changing, as founder Lisa Terauchi is so effusive and passionate that these qualities shine through her food and her staff.
We recommend the hedgehog mushroom karage as well as tofu steak set for newcomers—and secretly hope she will bring back her Indonesian curry and shepherd’s pie someday!
Confusion Kitchen, G/F, 103 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2563 3699
VeggieSF’s old school American diner decor is reason enough for you to visit, but that would be sorely under appreciating everything great about this now-vegan restaurant. We love the menu here because it really does showcase comfort foods that are usually made with meat with some nostalgia—such as the Hainanese Chicken Rice as we knew it in the version of Soi Nam Chick’N!
Veggie SF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3902 3902
The newest addition to ZS Hospitality, Miss Lee is a true testament to how Hong Kong’s food scene winds are a-changing. The restaurateur best known for Lee Ho Sing and Lee Lo Mei has thrown open the doors to Miss Lee in late 2019, and the IG-worthy decor as well as fantastic, creative menu—a vegetarian and vegan menu of Chinese cuisine-inspired dishes—by Chef Daniel Tam is really turning this into a new favourite in the city!
PS: we asked and they listened—during the soft launch, there were lots of requests for more vegan dishes and they have made some new additions that are vegan-friendly!
Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2881 1811
Following a collaboration with Green Queen in 2019, BEDU has been inspired to keep the Green Monday theme going and have since been serving an all-vegan menu every week. This month, their mantra is “Exercise more, eat healthier, practice mindfulness, be present and cut the toxic energy from everyday life”, and to stick to their guns (so to speak), Chef Corey is dishing up a “multi-course feast” that uses organic produce that are in season, sourced from Lyfegreen. We can’t wait to see what plant-based goodies are coming from their kitchen next!
BEDU, 40 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2320 4450
With a few restaurants peppered around Hong Kong, it’s impossible to give Ahimsa Buffet a miss. We love the North Point branch but do also check out the ones in Jordan and Mong Kok. Not only is the food affordable, it also prides itself for low food wastage so even if it is served in buffet style they have gentle friendly reminders that customers should only take as much as they can eat. Delicious food and great staff who show gratitude for the customer’s patronage—thumbs up!
Ahimsa Buffet, Shop B, G/F, Wah Hai Mansion, 10-16 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2528 2368
Want real Sichuan spice? Look no further than Chilli Fagara. This Michelin-starred restaurant is truly a gem of a find—though they certainly did not start off as a vegan restaurant, they now have a vegetarian-vegan alternative to pretty much everything on the menu!
Chilli Fagara, 7 Old Bailey St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2796 6866
Mimi2Go has a really special place in my heart because when I first moved to Hong Kong three years ago when the vegan scene hadn’t quite exploded yet, the owner, Kimmy, was so kind to make vegan versions cleaner for me. I love the veggie jeon and the detox bibimbap—as it is not specifically vegan it must be applauded for making Korean food that prizes health as well as taste!
Mimi2Go, 15 Old Bailey St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2786 9228
If you’re planning to have some innovative plant-based food in a nice, chill setting, then we definitely recommend Pop Vegan! I mean, just look at that vegan scallop (made from mushrooms). It also has a strict no onion and garlic policy so the food is also Buddhist-friendly.
Pop Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, SOHO Central, Hong Kong, +852 2628 6211
Kind Kitchen by Green Common
An extension of Green Common in Nan Fung Place, you can expect dishes made with Green Common’s famous bestsellers at Kind Kitchen, such as the Beyond Meat and Omnipork. Check out the gyoza as well as this delicious White Dragon ramen with Omnipork dumplings.
Kind Kitchen, Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2110 0055
Sakti Elixir at Fivelements Habitat
With a wellness menu curated by Chef Arnaud Hauchon, who cut his teeth with many renowned chefs in the world before he landed at Fivelements in Bali, Sakti Elixir is all about seasonal produce as well as a truly plant-based menu that supports your health, beauty and mental well-being.
Sakti Elixir, Floor 13A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3106 2112