An advocate of sustainable tourism, Hmlet Member Jaclyn Yost wants more people to be responsible travellers (and eaters). She shares her favourite places in Hong Kong for plant-based foods.
If you’re wondering, why are plant-based foods or plant-based diets getting popular? Here’s why. With the increase in awareness over environmental and social-related issues, and also the recognition that the choices we make in our everyday lives can have an impact on our planet, consumer movements towards ‘going green’ are gaining traction. Enter, plant-based.
As a major Cantonese cuisine capital, it is not always easy to find dining spots that offer plant-based foods in Hong Kong. So, if you are looking to implement more plant-based foods into your diet or just looking for a new restaurant to try out this weekend, here are several great places to start.
G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street
As one of the only fast-casual vegan restaurants to hit the heart of Central, Treehouse strives to be ‘one with nature’, proving that natural, vegan-friendly, wholesome and plant-based food can be equally delicious and satisfying.
And the best part? Treehouse composts and recycles all excess waste, supports sustainable agriculture, sources from local farmers, and makes all their cold-pressed juices, kombucha and in-house.
1/F, Port 33, Tseuk Luk Street
Ever heard of plant-based foods that are also high in protein? At Loving Hut, you’re able to hit your macros sans the animal by-product without breaking the bank. Get your fill on Hong Kong classics like dumplings and char siew burgers at Loving Hut. Other than that, remember to sneak a few vegan egg tarts into your meal. These treats sell out almost daily and to guarantee you’ll get one, it is recommended to visit as early as possible.
Ohms Cafe & Bar
Hollywood Building,192 Hollywood Road
Enter this cosy nook in Sheung Wan and you’ll be in for a tasty adventure. Ohms Cafe & Bar only uses organic, vegan, plant-based, and fair-trade ingredients. While they serve savoury and hearty dishes like truffle pasta, they are most notable for their wide dessert range and alternative-milk drinks.
P.S. Your vegan diet will not be affected as even the alcohol served at Ohms Cafe & Bar is verifiably vegan, so cheers to that!
The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street
A hip restaurant by day, and club by night, this cool spot is the perfect place to be if you have a bunch of friends with different dietary needs. Instead of picking salads, Dragon-i incorporates the usage of plant-based protein like Omnipork to serve up some Cantonese classics like mapo tofu and ‘beef’ fried rice.
Shop 01-G07, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road
Experience Hong Kong’s art, culture, and heritage in one dining experience. Lock Cha is a premier teahouse whose philosophy is to provide good tea that does not harm the environment or climate, taking every step possible to make certain that each tea leaf going into their product is of the highest quality.
With numerous tea shops around the city, the outlet in Admiralty is the only one which offers delectable and healthy plant-based foods.
Leaves & Liberty
This new Deliveroo kitchen concept is great for lazy Sundays when you can’t leave home and crave for some takeaway. Operating out of Sai Ying Pun, this sustainable, plant-based food joint and sister of Beef & Liberty serves a wide variety of alternative dishes from salads to Impossible Burgers.
Bonus: When you order select menu items (such as, the Falafel Burger), part of the proceeds are donated to local environmental protection campaigns.
Jaclyn Yost, our Hmlet Hong Kong Member, is originally from the United States but has lived in the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and has journeyed to 38 countries (so far)! She is the founder of Ecomadic — a trusty bookings and reviews platform for sustainable tourism enterprises.
Jaclyn is undergoing a PhD programme with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she focuses on green-washing within the hospitality and tourism sector.
With plant-based restaurants as cool as these, why wouldn’t you want to live in Hong Kong? Find your next home with Hmlet today!