A vegetarian in Hong Kong? Try these places for a scrumptious meal
When you think about Hong Kong, the first thought that comes to mind is the delicious food. It doesn’t matter if you are visiting for the first time or the fifth, eating is an important part of experiencing Hong Kong. The city is teeming with wonderful surprises for travellers but if you are a vegetarian you might think there’s not much for you. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pack ready to eat meals with you on a trip to Hong Kong because unknown to most Hong Kong is packed with vegetarian dining options. With both locals and travellers demanding more sustainable and plant based foods, Hong Kong has embraced the vegan movement with vegetarian restaurants springing up in every area. All you need is a little planning and you will be surprised by the variety of vegetarian foods available and here are just a few.
Maxim’s Palace, Harbour
How can you visit Hong Kong without trying out dim sums! A Hong Kong classic, which is a must have in breakfast and lunch, dim sums are not just food but an essential part of the city’s culture. One of the best places to have them is Maxim’s Palace. Also called City Hall among, the restaurant is one of the last remaining dim sum halls. It is one of the few places where you can still find the dying art of serving dim sums on trolleys where there is no fixed menu. Instead you choose what you like from the trolleys as they pass by with over 100 signature dim sum dishes. You can pick vegetarian options like Bean Curd Rolls, Steamed Aubergine with Bean Paste, Vegetable Buns and Vegetable Dumplings among other options.
Chi Lin Nunnery, Kowloon
Made nearly 90 years ago, the Chi Lin Nunnery is one of the most amazing monasteries in Hong Kong. On top of Diamond Hill, this Buddhist temple complex also houses a vegetarian restaurant which lies hidden within the beautiful Nan Lian gardens. The restaurant is simple and elegant with large windows overlooking the garden and a waterfall. You can opt for the lunch meal which includes tea, soup, congee or rice, fruit and dim sums and delicious Cantonese dishes like braised soy dough with radish, deep-fried stuffed pumpkin, steamed enoki mushroom and much more. After lunch you can wander around the temple complex and garden premises to enjoy some of Hong Kong’s scenic beauty.
Nectar, Hollywood Road
It was founded by Chef Peggy Chan, one of the earliest practitioners of the concept of farm to table and a strong advocate of ‘conscious eating’ and vegan foods. The restaurant embodies a healthy, fresh feel with its clean, minimalist and homely decor and plant based menu. As soon as you enter you are instantly drawn in by the cool, unassuming vibe of the restaurant, a stark contrast to the busy Hollywood Road it is located on. When you glance through the menu you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety and creativity of the food items. The menu is concise with dishes are made with organic ingredients. The dishes represent a twist on modern and classic recipes such as Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes, Pulled Jackfruit Nachos, Dragon Maki Roll made of eggplant and avacado, Shitake Gnocchi and Plant Cheeseboard. Whether simple, healthy, organic foods are your thing or you are looking for an extraordinary vegetarian experience then this place is a definite must-try!
Leisurely Veggie, Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay has both traditional and Western food. With elegant pastel interiors and large windows, they serve everything from Japanese handrolls to dim sum and linguine, plus an extensive selection of delectable desserts to finish your meal with. You can order the dinner set here that comes with a trio of salads and a mouth-watering walnut, beetroot and apple combo dish. This set also includes a flavoursome double-boiled soup and an asparagus and alfalfa hand roll. For a delicious Asian twist to your veggies that’s also great value for money drop into Leisurely Veggie while vacationing in Hong Kong.