Hong Kong has always been familiar to me. My dad is from there, my grandma still lives there, I’m a permanent resident, and I’ve been going there almost every year since I was a child. However, the first time I really appreciated the visit was only last year when my parents started to explore the vegan scene of the city with me. In the past it was always me going to typical Cantonese restaurants my family wanted to go and eating plain rice with some veggie morsels so small I could barely see. But ever since my parents became open to the idea of adopting a plant-based diet, my life became a lot easier and even much more enjoyable whenever I visit Hong Kong.
This year I had originally planned to go to as many new vegan and vegetarian restaurants as possible, but I ended up liking some of the restaurants too much, going there multiple times (I’ve heard this is a typical Virgo syndrome), and having serious FOMO.
I’ve put together this list of restaurants that I really enjoyed when I was there, and hopefully it’ll be helpful for you. For more information on vegan food in Hong Kong, visit Happy Cow.
GreenWoods Raw Café (vegan)
Okay, I have to admit I’m not a big fan of raw food. But I did enjoy the food at this restaurant. There’s a fixed menu from Monday to Sunday, with some side dishes that you can order on any day. My parents and I tried the Shanghai Style Cauliflower Rice, Veggie Wrap and Green Smoothie and Seasonal Green Salad, which were all really nice.
In addition to providing delicious raw food, this restaurant also has a vegan store, and organizes spiritual courses and retreats. You can get detailed information on their Facebook page.
Phone # +852 3428 2416
Address: 13F, 2 Carnarvon Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station D2)
HOME Eat to Live (vegetarian)
HOME just opened a few weeks before my visit so I’ve had the privilege to try out their vegan burgers, wraps and cakes. The first time I went there I sat for 4 hours straight and ate so much that I almost wanted to join a gym for the next few days. Recommended: White Rhino Burger, Strawberry & Coconut Cake, Hazelnut Chocolate Cake.
Phone # +852 2777 4777
Address: Shop G01 & 101, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, Central (MTR Central Station C)
Green Common Central (vegetarian)
Green Common is a vegetarian grocery store that carries a plethora of vegan options, including Follow Your Heart salad dressing, Gardein and Toforky meat-free protein products, vegan Chao Cheese, coconut milk powder, Happy Cow ice cream and so on. I was ecstatic when I found products I used to take for granted in the US and the many snacks and sauces from Taiwan. My routine during the time I was in Hong Kong was to get Happy Cow ice cream with Abbie or Joan and eat outside the store. Salted caramel, strawberry and coconut were 3 of my favorite flavors.
Phone # +852 2110 1711
Address: 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road C, Central Sheung Wan (MTR Sheung Wan Station E3)
Loving Hut Wanchai (vegan)
When I was in Hong Kong I had to force myself not to come to Loving Hut too often so I could try other places. But I still ended up coming here 3 times within a week. Not only is this place all vegan, it’s affordable compared to other vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong.
The staff has been super friendly over the years (I started coming here in 2013). Once my mom arrived at the restaurant with acute pain in her knee from walking the whole day, and one of the staff even helped massage around her knee so she could walk again.
I have to say I love every single dish I’ve tried, and there’s even a corner in the restaurant that sells vegan ingredients, frozen food and ice cream. Live music is performed every Sunday night. Recommended dishes: Vegan Barbecued Pork Noodle, XO-Sauce Fried Rice, Soy Milk Tea, Vegan Tarts, Crème Brulee.
Phone # +852 2574 3248
Address: 2/F Luen Tai Bldg, 93-99 Wanchai Road, Hong Kong (MTR Wanchai Station A3)
LN Fortunate Coffee (vegan)
This is a cute and quiet café with a cozy atmosphere, plenty of natural light and friendly staff. I went to that area specifically for this restaurant, but it was a pity that I didn’t have room for dessert anymore after having the Mushroom Grilled Vegan Burger with Italian Bread, Salad and Potato Wedges. I will definitely go back and try more options next time. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to stay here for a while, enjoy their vegan drinks and ice cream, and read a book.
Phone # +852 2858 3898
Address: G/F, 118 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong (MTR Sai Ying Pun Station B2)
Maya Café (vegetarian)
Maya Café may be small, but there’s a huge collection of options on the menu. The Pasta with Marinara Sauce with Meatless Balls was nice, but the Organic Tofu Steak my friend ordered was seriously amazing. The portion was also pretty big. The café focuses a lot on raw cuisine, so give it a try if you’re interested in raw food!
Phone # +852 2111 4553
Address: G/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road C, Central Sheung Wan (MTR Sheung Wan Station E3)
OVOCafe Central (vegetarian)
I really enjoyed the atmosphere and food at OVOCafe, even though I wish there were more vegan options. It’s also right next to vegetarian grocery store Green Common, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stop by and get some supplies after enjoying a delicious dinner. I loved all three dishes that my friend and I tried: Spaghetti with King Oyster Mushroom, Avocado Fries, and Cream Tom Yum Sliced Noodles.
Phone # +852 2527 6077
Address: Shop1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road C, Central Sheung Wan (MTR Sheung Wan Station E3)
A commonly heard misconception non-vegans have about plant-based food is that vegans only eat salads. If you asked me, I would tell you I can’t think of the last time I ordered a salad or make one at home. Don’t get me wrong – salads are good and we should definitely eat more, but I’m just saying you don’t have to give up burgers, pizzas, pasta, donuts, cakes and other stuff just because you care about animals and the environment.
At VeggieSF, a San Francisco-themed restaurant that just turned vegan this year, you can get the most amazing burger I’ve ever tried in Asia, as well as plenty of vegan drinks and desserts. The burger I had was made with homemade soy basil mayonnaise that dripped over the vegan fillet. Space is limited, so be sure to make a reservation first. Recommended dishes: Fisherman’s Wharf Burger, Thai Soy Milk Tea
Phone # +852 3902 3902
Address: 10/F No.11 Stanley Street, Central (MTR Central Station D2)
What really surprised me was that I basically ate nonstop for 7 days without gaining any weight. I suspect that it’s because there’s an insane number of stairs everywhere in the MTR system, and also the fact that vegans are on average less likely to be fat if you don’t eat fried stuff all the time. I’ve experienced it myself – when I was vegetarian, I ate a bunch of cakes and ice cream and gained a lot of weight, but the first few months after I went vegan and started cycling, I lost 20 pounds. Losing weight was never my intention or goal, but I certainly wouldn’t mind such a magical “side effect”! ☺
Of course my trip wasn’t just about eating. I visited my grandma, joined an evening of meditation practice at the Su Bong Zen Monastery, and also visited Long Ke Beach at Sai Kung with 8 other vegan friends and fellow activists in Hong Kong. It was down pouring when we got to the beach, but since we were already there, we went into the water anyway and had some nice swim.
This trip reminds me once again that sometimes the people closest to us may not understand why we chose to adopt a plant-based lifestyle at first, but with time, compassion and patience, they’ll eventually understand and even support us. It happened to me with my parents and many of my friends. So if you’re feeling unsupported at the moment, don’t give up what’s right for you. The people who truly care about you will accept you the way you are, but it takes time and effort from both sides. I’m very grateful to my friends and family.
And what about all those other restaurants I didn’t get to try? Well, I guess I just have to go back to Hong Kong soon! ☺