Finding Vegan Food in Local Eateries
BY Jennifer Lai 花花
Jennifer Lai is a 15-year Hong Kong vegan who cares about animal well-being and environmental protection. She is the author of “Exploring Jennifer’s Vegan World” and is Facebook page owner of FaFa Vegan Travel.
I went overseas to Australia to study when I was 16. I was Buddhist then, so I was on a vegetarian diet for eight years. One day, I came across an internet video about the production of eggs and milk, and saw the baby chicks getting thrown into a blending machine and shredded into pieces. That broke my heart. I also saw how the milk manufacturers made the poor cow mothers suffer in dairy farms. It was then that I was determined to go further in my diet to not harm any animals.
I enjoy going to different restaurants to try vegan food, take pictures and check-in, and then share to my Facebook page. Finding vegan meals in Hong Kong is not easy, especially during tea time. I did not know of any restaurants in Wan Chai that served vegan meals. Fortunately, I downloaded a local mobile app that helps find vegetarian and vegan restaurants. It suggested Tamjai Samgor Noodle House at 205 Wan Chai Road. They serve vegan soup with rice noodles. You can see their original vegan rice noodle soup on the menu.
These vegan options are served every day from 3pm. There are four veggie soup bases to choose from. I just had to try the delicious and sweet tomato soup. There are ten choices of ingredients. I chose my favourite, tofu and fresh mushrooms.
Soon after ordering, the bowl of noodle soup came. The soup base was cooked with fresh tomatoes with lots of tomatoes, and the amount of tofu skin was also quite decent. There were four pieces of fresh mushrooms. The portion of the noodle was quite big, so I began to feel full even before I finished it. The service was good and the price was economical for such a satisfying meal.
The Missing Piece Café at 35 Sai Ying Pun East has many vegan options as well. I ordered the grilled vegetables platter, which comes with various vegetables such as cauliflower, tomatoes and yellow peppers, topped with herbs and almond slices. The pumpkin soup is made with pumpkin and cashew nuts, which is very smooth and delicious.
Finally, of course, I had to try the vegan desserts- matcha and chocolate cakes made with cashew nuts, and the super-soft orange cakes.