Hands down, last weekend's 1 ½ days spent in Hong Kong contained some of the best food I've eaten in my life. I was in plant heaven! I won't go into loads of detail, but everything I ate hit the spot and it was such a treat to have so many Western, vegan options. I'm already excited to go back!
(Oh, and sorry for all the horrible pictures. Hopefully you get the idea of how good all the food was!)
We got into HK around 3 PM on Friday afternoon and after getting to our hotel and resting a bit, we headed out into the city to walk around and find some dinner. While walking we came across a small juice shop called Genie Juicery that was super expensive, but happened to have some ½ off juices that were about to expire. Don't mind if we do! We got the Peppermint Slice, a dairy-free peppermint drink and the Hulk, a purely green juice.
Oh man, that Peppermint Slice was absolutely incredible! I actually already ordered some peppermint essential oil so I can recreate that amazing beverage.
After hanging out a brewery for a bit while Brett enjoyed his draft beer and we had a healthy debate on veganism (haha!), we headed to Mana! Fast Slow Food for dinner. It's a mostly vegan restaurant that has a few different locations throughout the city, each of which specialize in different entrees. At this location we ordered an amazing veggie burger and a huge falafel wrap that was also incredible. We split both the entrees so that we could try both of them and I don't think I could have chosen a favorite. I'll definitely be going back to this restaurant in the future.
I'm usually super picky about what store-bought granola bars I'll buy/eat, but when you live in China and have to make everything from scratch, you become a bit more lax about your nutrition when you're traveling to a city with lots of delicious vegan options. On Friday night we found a cute little health food store that sold all kinds of vegan products including cereals, breads, cheese, ice cream and lots of different brands of granola bars. I've heard about builder bars for a while now and when I saw them on the shelf I knew I wanted to give one a try. So I bought one to have for breakfast the next morning. It was so good and I ate it an a painstakingly slow pace while sipping on my favorite tea, Lipton! I ended up going back to the store the next day to buy another flavor. I gotta live it up while I can!
While out walking around Friday night, we came across a restaurant called Nood Food and decided to stop in to see what they sold. After a few minutes looking at their options, we were won over and decided that we would go there for lunch the next day. We ended up splitting a vegan sandwich that had avocado, tomato, kale and some other goodies on delicious multi grain bread. We also got their small box of salad, which allowed you to choose 4 of their pre-made salads. We ordered the kale salad with avocado dressing for me, the Caesar salad for Brett and the beet and white bean salads to share. This meal was incredible! Everything was so fresh, healthy and flavorful! I don't remember the last time I had kale. What a treat!
While waiting for our food, we also tried some bread and pumpkin seed pesto samples. YUM!
Since I choose the restaurant for dinner Friday night, it was Brett's turn to choose a place to eat. He choose Le Souk, a Moroccan restaurant, and we couldn't have been happier with his choice. First of all, the atmosphere was so colorful and lively. Upbeat Moroccan music was playing and it was beautifully decorated. I had already looked at the menu and was going to order the couscous and vegetable dish, but after talking with the waiter I found out they add butter to the couscous. So instead I ended up getting the Vegetable Tajine with figs that they made with olive oil instead of butter for me. I also got a side of their flat bread.
While we waited for our food I ate a few olives, even though they're still not my favorite. So salty, but I really want to like them, haha! The real star of the show was my main meal. Wow. It was such an flavorful meal. The vegetables in my Tajine, including carrots, potatoes, zucchini, etc. were cooked perfectly and the figs on top were so tender and sweet. The bread was also so soft and light. We were pretty full, but somehow I managed to finish almost everything.
On our way back to our hotel, we stopped again at the health food store to look at their dairy free ice cream options. I didn't even have dessert on my mind, until Brett mentioned wanting something. I am so glad I decided to have dessert, because the Happy Cow Pure Coconut Ice Cream I bought was maybe the best ice cream I've ever had. If you have access to this brand, you need to try it! It's so thick and creamy and is studded with real coconut pieces. It only contains natural ingredients too. I enjoyed the entire little container with two of my 5 Ingredient Adaptable Granola Bars which I turned into chocolate energy bites by adding some cacao powder and rolling them into balls. Ah, such a satisfying, amazing dessert to finish off a delicious day of food.
That's what I ate while in Hong Kong! It was a super quick, but overall restful and enjoyable time, full of delicious food.
Have you ever been to Hong Kong?
What's your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
Do you eat granola/protein bars?