Now that dining restrictions are getting lifted, it’s time to enjoy all that Hong Kong has to offer. If you’re looking to stay on the healthy bandwagon, here are six dishes to mix into your menu:
Club Rangoon’s Tea Leaf Salad
Also known as Lahpet Thoke in Burmese, Club Rangoon’s Tea Leaf Salad is a must-try for the adventurous foodie. Opening its doors last month, the authentic Burmese restaurant curates a set menu using the freshest, cleanest ingredients – just as they do in Burma. Club Rangoon is already hot on the radar, attracting customers from all over to try the exotic cuisine.
Lahpet Thoke (Tea Leaf Salad) is as intriguing as it sounds, taking salads to a whole new level. The dish is a healthy and delicious delicacy, comprising pickled tea leaf with fried legumes, toasted sesame seeds, shredded cabbage, and yellow split peas.
Club Rangoon, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2503 3077
2084’s Peking Tacos
Feeling peckish? Go for the Peking duck tacos at 2084 – bonus points for being vegetarian and a much healthier alternative. In fact, all of the plant-based food at this Sai Kung hotspot erases any preconceptions of vegan food being bland.
So, if you’re heading on a day trip to Sai Kung (perhaps for a hike or a beach day), be sure to stop by at 2084 for a post-workout snack. We highly recommend the Peking tacos to go with some of their other dishes including the momos and curries – completely guilt-free.
2084, 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 5246 4622
Maison Libanaise’s Roasted Cauliflower
Whisking you away to 1960s Beirut, Maison Libanaise serves distinctive Mediterannean cuisine in a modern setting. The menu features a mix of hot and cold mezze, traditional style, for customers to taste the best salads, falafels, and grill dishes, to name a few. A true standout, however, is the Roasted Cauliflower – perhaps a surprising choice, too.
Some may say that cauliflower isn’t the most flavourful of vegetables, but they’ve probably never had the one at Maison Libanaise, which sprinkles the typically-mild veggie with a clash of Mediterranean spices and ingredients (harissa, zhoug, tahini, sumac, and dried lime). It crunches perfectly and brings an abundance of taste to every bite.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 2284
Chi Lin Vegetarian’s Steamed Zucchini Dumplings
Who’s to say that dim sum isn’t healthy? Perhaps the regular fried dishes aren’t the healthiest, but there are nutritious variations. Chi Lin Vegetarian is situated within Diamond Hill’s Nan Lian Gardens, featuring a stunning waterfall backdrop from the restaurant. The whole menu is vegetarian and mostly steamed, with dim sum options including steamed buns, and hot soup.
A popular amongst tourists and locals alike, the eatery is also famed for its Steamed Zucchini Dumplings, a delicious concoction of your regular local dish. Come here with a friend to try the best of vegetarian dim sum in an intimate, nature-bound setting.
Chi Lin Vegetarian, Nan Lian Garden, 龍門樓地下至二樓, 60號 Fung Tak Rd, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong, +852 3658 9388
Fete Up’s Flutter Chicks Salad Bowl
Taking a healthy spin on Asian-inspired dishes, Fete Up offers healthy salad bowl for the health-conscious. One of our favourite bowls is the Flutter Chicks, which is made up of chicken patty, brown rice, chickpeas, and garlic soy sauce. Each bowl comes with an additional five veggies for the base, which includes kale, pumpkin, cherry tomato, jicama, and red onion, to tick off your greens for the day.
Fete Up, various locations, +852 5200 2268