Hong Kong is famed as a gastronomic capital of the world. Numerous restaurants and small eateries litter the SAR’s culinary landscape serving up almost every cuisine known. This fact sometimes appears daunting for those who follow a restricted diet for health or religious reasons. If you are a vegetarian or even a vegan, you have no reason to be apprehensive about your dining-out choices in Hong Kong for the territory has a number of excellent restaurants that serve diverse vegetarian fare.
This charming café located in the up and coming neighborhood, Sai Ying Pun is adorned with luscious plants, vintage-looking furniture and many tchotchkes. At Grassroots Pantry, Chef Peggy Chan and her team are devoted to serving a healthy menu and thus have a constantly changing vegetarian menu crafted with only the freshest, seasonal ingredients.
On offer at the café are wholesome dishes like Thai green curry with mushrooms and brown rice, Palak Paneer and chapatti bread and more. Fresh juices and delectable gluten-free deserts round up the menu.
Address: Grassroots Pantry, 12, FukSau Lane, Sai Ying Pun Tel: +852 2873 3353
Mana Fast Slow Food
Mana, which occupies a small spot on Wellington Street in busy Central aims to cater to a variety of dietary requirements. A favorite with the lunchtime crowd, this small café’s Middle East inspired menu features an assortment of flat breads, salads, burgers, juices, deserts and more. The eats on offer can be customized to suit a vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free or even a raw diet.
Address: Mana, 92, Wellington Street, Central Tel:+852 2581 1611
Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine
Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian restaurant has three outlets in Hong Kong. The chain’s restaurants in Causeway Bay (10F World Trade Center) and TsimShaTsui (7F 1 Peking Road) offer diners the chance to savor delicious vegetarian eats while soaking in stunning views of Hong Kong’s landmark Victoria Harbor. The menu at Kung Tak Lam features a variety of mock meat preparations along with a good selection of vegetarian noodles and dumplings. Popular choices on the menu include Shanghai cold noodles and sweet n sour ‘Pork.’
Address: Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine- 10/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Tel: +8522890 3127 - Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine -7/F, 1 Peking Road, TsimShaTsui, Kowloon Tel: +852 2312 7800 - Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine- 701, 7/F, New Town Plaza Phase 1, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, ShaTin Tel: +852 2362 1911
Pure Veggie House
Situated in the heart of the Midlevels, the Buddhist restaurant Pure Veggie House serves a menu of organic vegetarian fare featuring much mock meat and tofu. The restaurant has an old-world Chinese décor and is adorned with dainty calligraphy etchings and artworks. The restaurant offers a Buddhist menu featuring 18 signature dishes in addition to an extensive vegetarian dim sum menu of steamed vegetable stuffed buns, dumplings, turnip puffs and rice rolls.
Address: Pure Veggie House, 3 /F Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central Tel:+852 2525 0552
Branto and Woodlands
Branto and Woodlands are two well-established restaurants in Kowloon that have long served the dining needs of Hong Kong’s Indian community. Both restaurants offer a vegetarian menu featuring various Southern Indian eats like dosas(rice and lentil pancakes), idlis(rice and lentil dumplings), chaat(Indian small eats) and more. While Branto occupies a space on the first floor of a residential building, Woodlands is located on the second floor of Wing On Plaza in East TsimShaTsui.
Address: Branto Pure Vegetarian Indian Food, 1/F, 11, Lock Road, TsimShaTsui, Hong Kong Tel: +8522366 8171 - Woodlands, 16-17 Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd., TsimShaTsui, Tel :+852 2369 3718
Light Radiant Food
The aptly named colorful, plant littered Light café, serves a healthy, organic, and vegetarian menu at its premises located in up and coming Sai Ying Pun. On offer at Light are western style vegetarian eats like a black bean burger, Rainbow salad, Penne with artichokes and sage and more.
Address: Light Radiant Food, 1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun Tel: +852 2559 9098
Also included in the list is the renowned LockCha teahouse set in the midst of Hong Kong Park, which has been covered by us in a separate post.
In addition to the above-listed restaurants, are a slew of top-notch Hong Kong restaurants like Gaddis and Petrus at the Peninsula Hotel, Nadaman at the Island Shangrila hotel, celebrity hotspot Sevva and others that offer a substantial amount of vegetarian dishes on their menus. Faced with all these wonderful choices vegetarians in Hong Kong don’t need to struggle to find veggie delights to meet their needs.