Hong Kong is famous for its fine dining and nightlife experiences. It has some of the top most restaurants in the World with Michelin star chefs , most famous is Otto E Mezze , which has a waiting period of 6 months (yes you read right, book a table today for a meal 6 months down the line!!). But when I was planning for mysolo travel to Hong Kong, I was told many times by the husband that I would not get much to eat out, while in Hong as I am
I am happy to share that not only I had lots of eat when in Hong Kong, it was one of the best gastronomic experiences I had abroad. So sharing my vegetarian travelers’ food guide for Hong Kong, for all those fellow vegetarians who want to visit this fabulous ‘Asia’s World City”.
First things first – If you are looking to have Indian food/cuisine, then prepared to be disappointed (whether vegetarian or non vegetarian). There are few Indian restaurants in Hong Kong and none of them are any good (as per the Indian Origin Hong Kong residents there). The only Indian themed meal I had while sightseeing was at Disneyland Hong Kong and it was a big disappointment – horribly flavoured dal, thick hard naans and overly spicy & burnt aloo fry. If there were any vegetarian options in Disneyland Hong Kong other than the Indian Meal, I would have taken it any day!!
Having said that, Hong Kong has some of the most amazing restaurants serving both vegetarian and vegan items on their menu. As Hong Kong is a multicultural society with a large expatriate community from all parts of the world, there are restaurants & eateries serving all possible kinds of cuisine – Italian, Mexican, Ethiopian, Egyptian, Chinese (ofcourse), Japanese, etc.
On my first day in Hong Kong, I went out with my friends to Discovery Bay & Beach, which has 13 restaurants on the beachfront area. We had our lunch at the Mexican theme restaurant called ‘Zaks’ and I like the baked vegetarian nachos & grilled vegetable tacos there. The good thing about eating out in discovery Bay is that one gets free ferry ride back to Hong Kong Island on showing the stamped bill.
On my day trip to Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, I had vegetarian kebab roll at Ebeenezer’s Kebabs & Pizzeria in Ngong Ping Village food pavilion, which was decent. But the better and unique meal we had during this day trip was at the Po Lin Monastery run caferia which serves only vegetarian food. There are various set meals available here and we opted for the snack meal set. It was quite interesting and very ‘zen’ like having it in the peaceful environs of the monastery.
On my sightseeing tour of SOHO
, I came across many European and Continenal theme restaurants, which had vegetarian & vegan items on their menuI opted to have set 3 course lunch at a quaint Italian restaurant called ‘Antipasto’; liked the risotto and salad. One of the trends in restaurants in Hong Kong is that most of them offer a set course during lunch, with multiple options; it is both economical and also convenient to choose the items.
I had a blast at Hong Kong’s famed nightlife hotspot Lan Kwai fong
with my friends and the vegetarian burger I had at Hard Rock Café there was pretty nice.
On my day trip to Lamma Island in Hong Kong
, I carried granola bars and water, though my friends had told me there would be restaurants serving vegetarian food too. I was actually really surprised to find an Indian restaurant at the Island (but having had a bad experience in Disneyland Hong Kong
, I gave it a miss). As there are lot of Europeans living on Lamma Island, there are vegan restaurants here.
In fact wherever I went for sightseeing, be it Victoria Peak
, Central District, Mong Kok, etc, there were a number of restaurants & coffee shops serving vegetarian snacks/food. Also, there are lot of departmental stores in the city and also in the MTR stations, which sell baked breads, fruit items and patisserie items – all of them vegetarian (or at the best having eggs). Using my octopus card, it was easy to buy & eat out anytime during my solo travel in Hong Kong. I stayed with my friends in Kenned Town in hong Kong and this place has a very laid back yet cosmopolitan culture. There are many nice restaurants here and one of my best meals was at this quaint Italian restaurant called Bresola – lovely warm staff, nice food and drinks!! I lalso had the best (real not Indian style) coffee here at one of the joints in Kenney Town, in which the Barista personally came and explained how she had brewed the coffee. Oh! And I had my first ‘vegan’ food of my life at Hong Kong, at a Mexican restaurant in Kennedy town – Vegan enchiladas.
So, for vegetarian fellow travelers, I would say that if you leave ‘Indian vegetarian’ food preference, you will be pleasantly surprised by what Hong Kong has to offer you gastronomically.