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Hong Kong Food Guide

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In March, I went on a quick 5 day trip to Hong Kong with a couple of my girlfriends. It was such an amazing holiday and I was pleasantly surprised with the vegan / vegetarian food options over there I thought I would share some of my favourite spots to grab a bite. These are probably old news for anyone who gets to Hong Kong regularly but handy for newbies planning a trip, especially if your vegan or vegetarian.

Finding places to eat on holiday can be tricky for anyone but we were travelling with 2 vegetarians and 1 gal with a nut allergy. Yikes! Chinese food is typically meat heavy and doused in peanut oil so naturally, I was a little sceptical about eating out. But it was a breeze eating pretty much anywhere. It was harder trying to find somewhere to grab dinner without a booking than it was finding veggie options. All of the restaurants we ate at had loads of vegetarian options and were happy to make the dishes nut free. There were even a few places that were completely vegan. We didn’t get to eat much traditional Chinese cuisine which is a bit sad because dumplings are life. I’m sure if you do your research you’ll be able to find some traditional vegetarian Chinese options.

Hong Kong is brimming with places to eat, our list of cafes, restaurant and bars were extensive and I feel like we only scratched the surface. Wherever you do end up eating you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Cupping room 
There are so many great places to get coffee in Hong Kong the only problem is most of them don’t open until 11am! The cupping room has a couple of locations dotted around the CBD. This one was 1 min away from our accommodation so we went there every morning. They serve speciality coffee as well as standard milky coffees, breakfast & pastries.

Elephant grounds 
If you’re looking for an Australian style brunch spot this is it. These guys have 5 locations to choose from around Hong Kong. We stopped at the cafe in central for brunch. The menu is a small selection of staple meals like a big breakfast, pancakes, egg benedict and avo toast. Most of the meals could easily be made vegan if needed.

Grassroots Pantry
I wasn’t going to recommend this cafe because the service was so terrible and it was pretty expensive. I only ate here once so I hope they were just having an off day. This venue is really cool and is completely vegetarian with loads of vegan options, hence the recommendation. They do a delicious breakfast and are also open for dinner.

Fresca
We came here after a hike and loaded up on fresh salads. Which was so refreshing usually travelling and eating out for every meal you don’t get in as many veggies as you would at home. The salads are really well priced you can get a small or a large depending on how hungry you are. The spicy cucumber and lotus root salad was my favourite!


Be juiced 
We stumbled across this little juice shop while we were roaming the streets and I’m so happy we did. They have a huge selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, matcha lattes made with fresh almond milk and raw treats. My favourite juice was the namaste greens – spinach, honeydew, kiwi, lemongrass & cilantro.


Burger Circus 
This was another happy accident. We walked past during the day and decide to come back for dinner. The fit is styled like a 1950s American diner and they serve classic cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings and thick shakes. The veggie burger was out of this world good and could easily be made vegan. If you stop by make sure you get the pie for dessert.

Ho Lee Fook 
If you only go out for one dinner while you’re in Hong Kong make sure you go here and make a booking. You don’t want to miss out. The food here was incredible, a mix of modern dishes with Asian twists. They had a huge selection of vegetarian meals and delicious cocktails and the service was amazing.

Mrs pound 
This was another great dinner spot serving up delicious vegetarian food and yummy cocktails. The star of the meal for me was the avocado chips but we also had delicious sriracha street corn and a vegetarian bibimbap. Make you get the São Palo Samba to drink.


Markets
I always check out the local markets when I’m travelling. They’re a great place to stock up on fresh fruit and veg. I usually book accommodation that has a kitchen so I can cook a few meals with the amazing local produce. There are lots of markets around the island, we went to Yau Ma Tei fruit market in Mong Kok and the Wah Kee Fresh vegetable market in central. I’ve heard the Temple street night markets are worth a visit as well.

 

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