While I’m in HK, I’ve been staying at my sister’s place in Sheung Wan which just happens to be a pretty trendy spot in HK. It’s a bit quieter (relatively) than most other neighborhoods I’ve been to, and there are a number of nice cafes and veggie eateries tucked away in various alley ways. Going in search of small, independent coffee shops and bakeries is my way of exploring neighborhoods, and lucky for me, a lot of the places I’ve been wanting to check out are within walking distance from my sister’s apartment. Yay!
Getting some blogging done at the Cupping Room, home of HK’s two-time barista champion. It wasn’t on the menu, but upon request, they were able to make a soy cafe latte! The portion was small, but it was a really good cup of coffee. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay long because my butt was sore from the hard seats and there were no outlets to recharge my laptop.
“The Dirty” at Cafe Deadend. This was my first time trying ‘The Dirty,’ which is a shot of hot espresso between layers of cold milk, or in my case, soy milk. I guess it doesn’t quite look the same when it’s made with soy milk because with regular milk, the layers are more distinguishable. Doesn’t matter. It looked dirtier and still tasted great.
Went to this small health food store ‘Just Green,’ up one of the many hills of Sheung Wan. Considering the tiny size of the shop, they somehow managed to fill it with quite a decent selection of goodies, from energy bars and vegan cheese, to raw snacks, and gluten free flour mixes.
I bought a mini tub of ‘Happy Cow’ icecream which is all vegan, gluten and soy free. And produced here in HK! So cool~~ I got the Cherry Almond Fudge flavor and sat on a bench by the street to enjoy it before it melted. Sooooo amazingly creamy and delicious. Better than Purely Decadent, IMO.
Fresh produce market in Sheung Wan. I was probably happiest walking through this market. So many gorgeous fresh fruits and veggies, for great prices, and I love the feeling of shopping with the locals.
Lunch at O Green cafe. I went with the organic fusili pasta green salad with pesto sauce. It was one of the better salads I’ve had in a really long time. First of all, it’s hard to go wrong with pesto sauce, but then they also included crushed nuts, dried fruit, lightly pan-fried fusili pasta, plenty of greens, and a small wedge of whole wheat bread. This picture doesn’t do it much justice, but it was delicious and exactly what I wanted.
Veggie Pho at Noodle Mi, by Central. Not the best vegan pho I’ve had, but pretty good.
Last but not least, I also ate at ‘Mana! Slow Fast Food’ restaurant. It topped my list of places to check out, and so many other blog readers recommended it too. As a veggie blogger, I knew I wouldn’t hear the end of it if I went all the way to HK and didn’t eat here. We went for dinner but the place was so packed that we ended up getting the food to-go. I wish I had gotten some interior shots, but the lighting was too dark (could barley see anything) that I just gave up. But it seemed super hip, eco-friendly, and relaxing.
After a bit of indecision over what to order, we got the Mana Classic Flat with za’atar and added roasted veggies and hummus. The whole thing was simply amazing. It was pretty big too~ loved every bite. We also got a burger (not pictured) which was super tasty too. Gosh, they make good food!
Mana’s large salad. I was in love with everything in the box. The kale, the other mixed greens, the roasted veggies, and the hummus all came together to create the best salad I’ve had in a long time. I wouldn’t mind eating Mana’s salads every day. Sigh~~ I can only imagine a place like this one day opening in Seoul. Everything about Mana is so intentional and thoughtful, from the almost all-vegan menu, to the eco-friendly packaging (no plastic whatsoever!). It runs one of those business models that I think we should all strive for. It makes me want to be a more responsible business owner and a better friend of the animals and the earth.
While I’ve been here, I’ve realized how veg-friendly HK is… definitely more than Seoul! There are so many veg-specific restaurants as well as places that just have vegetarian options included. Plus, a lot of cafes have soy milk, and there are more health-food shops with a wide variety of vegan, gluten-free products. In general, I think it’s less stressful because almost everyone speaks some level of English, so they can understand what you need. So yea~ I’ve definitely been eating very well here. And there’s still more to blog about, but I’m really behind on the blogging. I’m heading back to Seoul soon, but I’ll try to blog about the rest of my trip from there. See you soon, Korea!