Raise your hand if you enjoy food. Now, Raise your hand if you have always heard about vegetarianism and wished to explore it, but always found the same vegetarian restaurants whenever you googled “vegetarian in Hong Kong”.
Being a vegetarian is hard sometimes because we all have friends or people to share a meal with that are meat eaters. It is even harder in HK because our eating culture is so deeply rooted in meat consumption.
There is an increasing trend of going vegetarian and veganism. People globally seems to be understanding that eating less or no meat could be better for our health. Being a vegetarian also does not signify compromising on the enjoyment of food for both you and your friends, and certainly it does not mean you are only eating salad like a herbivore.
For our LocalHood readers I share below my 4 favorite hideaways that will indulge your tastebuds with a great meal or if you're still hesitating, will lead you to a easy & happy veggie foodie path :
Isoya: Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant - 9/F, 83 wanchai, 83 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai
Let's admit it - Most of us admire Japanese food. That warm miso soup before the aroma from a hot bowl of Japanese rice, that delicate art of sushi plating, or just a quiet evening experience with bamboo utensils and a matcha teapot.
Chilli Fagara - 7 Old Bailey Street, Central
Sometimes we just have this craving for hot spicy food, especially the savoury kind that smells with a hint of Chinese herbs. It is also great for insta if you wish to flash to your followers how you are cracking on with the Chinese life. They have a separate menu that caters for vegetarians, which replace the meat usage with different veg ingredients. You would definitely be able to share a meal that both you and your non-vegetarian friends enjoy. Be sure you make room for some traditional dessert to wrap up the evening!
LN Fortunate Coffee - G/F, 118 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
Surely your favourite cafe that you spend the morning at offers nice coffee and avocado toast. But what about some vegan scrambled egg or soy sausage for a change? LN offers a fusion of hot noodle soups and burger options that are all vegan. They bake their own vegan whole grain loaf as well as pistachio “cheesecake” desserts, and their extensive coffee menu brings you to a new world of vegan beverages.
Veggie Spinner - G/F, 144 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay/Tin Hau
Looking for some raw ingredients and fruity vibes? Let Veggie Spinner take you for a spin. They are innovative and considerate in putting lightly seasoned ingredients together, from creating their signature Turkish wraps to blending fresh juice. It also offers a mini grocery section where the owner shares with you his carefully selected ingredients.
So those are a few semi-beginner vegetarian eat out tips in different neigbourhoods. Star them on your maps because you would want to visit them more than once to explore different options on the menus. It's a guarantee😉!!
Once again please remember that being vegetarian does not mean having to say goodbye to delicious meals, but rather an easy alternative way of eating that satisfies both your stomach and your conscious animal-friendly mind.