When I was in Hong Kong a few years ago, I actually had a bit of a hard time finding vegetarian food on my own. Maybe because I didn’t know where to look or have the right resources? Either way, this post has some awesome helpful hints from the InterContinental Hotel Group on where to find great vegetarian options in Hong Kong. Wish I had this information when I was there! Read on….
Hong Kong is a city loaded with surprises for travelers, and one of those surprises is the amount of unique and flavorful dishes served at healthy vegetarian restaurants spread throughout this vibrant Chinese city.
The vegetarian lifestyle is becoming more popular amongst locals, and thanks to them, when your travels take you to Hong Kong, you’re no longer limited with your vegetarian-friendly dining options. So for all of you vegetarian dieters, you need to try these six craveable vegetarian dishes at these local-favorite vegetarian restaurants during your stay in Hong Kong.
Curry Pumpkin Stew With Okra Served With Baguettes – Pure Veggie House
Blending Chinese and fresh organic vegetables, Pure Veggie House is a strictly vegetarian restaurant cooking up unconventional vegetarian cuisine. Well known for its “18 Luohans” menu that includes 18 signature dishes centered on the Buddhism concept and its dim sum lunch, a must-try chef’s specialty is the curry pumpkin stew with okra that’s served with baguettes. This could be the best stew your lips have ever tasted, and its presentation — served inside a pumpkin bowl — puts this stew over the top.
Palak Paneer With Mushrooms – Grassroots Pantry
When you arrive to Grassroots Pantry, you’ll immediately sense a quaint, cottage-like setting that’s completely inviting. The setting only enhances the taste of the menu, which is ever-changing because it reflects in-season organic produce. Eastern and Western dishes are offered, but the one to order is the Palak Paneer with mushrooms. Created with organic spinach, garam masala and homemade whole-wheat chapati, you may want to order one to take back to your hotel room it’s so good.
Paneer Tikka Masala – Khana Khazana
Just because you’re in Hong Kong doesn’t mean you can’t find good Indian vegetarian food, and Khana Khazana is where you’ll find just that. This restaurant and bar provides patrons with a very upscale experience and authentic vegetarian dishes. Khana Khazana uses a special and unique blend of spices with its cuisine, which you immediately smell and taste with its paneer tikka masala. Marinated cottage cheese dipped in spiced curry, paneer tikka is this restaurant’s staple during its weekday lunch buffet but can also be ordered separately. It’s an easy Indian dish but is one of the most delightful and delicious out there.
Shanghainese Cold Noodles- Kung Tak Lam
Kung Tak Lam is revered as a simple Shanghainese restaurant, but its menu is the farthest thing from simple as it offers more than 200 delectable dishes. With all there is to choose from, your decision could be a hard one. Luckily it doesn’t have to be because what you want is the Shanghainese cold noodles. Cold noodles might not seem like your first choice for a lunch or dinner option, but you’ll learn why it’s such a great-tasting choice with each and every bite you take. The view of the harbor is another reason why locals and tourists frequent Kung Tak Lam.
Sesame and Lemongrass Ice Cream Burger – The Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Hotel Hong Kong
It’s not just the restaurants; even the Hong Kong hotels are getting in on the craveable vegetarian action. The Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental Hong Kong boasts a selection of ice cream burgers. Yes, you read that correctly. Ice cream burgers! Twists on dessert that you won’t soon forget, these delicately flavored, artistically created “burgers” are a trip for the taste buds. Served alongside cinnamon “fries,” these just may be your new guilty pleasure. The views from the Lobby Lounge are about as outrageous as the desserts. Visitors can partake in their ice cream burgers while taking in the nightly “Symphony of Lights” laser show on Victoria Harbour.
Eggless Tiramisu – Heavenly Bites
Heavenly Bites has a little something for everyone in your party. It’s a small restaurant, only seating about 18 guests, but the environment is totally welcoming and you get your choice of vegetarian dishes ranging from Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Italian and Mexican options. Even with all these options, the menu item locals always recommend is the eggless tiramisu. So trust the locals and find out for yourself why it’s such a highly recommended dessert choice. And word to the wise — as a smaller place with a loyal following, call in advance to ensure you get in to taste that scrumptious eggless tiramisu.
Whether work or fun lands you in Hong Kong, don’t go one day during your stay without trying one of these craveable vegetarian dishes from these well-liked vegetarian-friendly eateries.
Please Note: This article was written by Rob Spangenberg on behalf of InterContinental Hotel Group and part of a paid promotional partnership for IHG.