By LUXE City Guides
Not only is Peggy Chan a glowing advocate for a nutrient-rich, plant-based, organic diet, but she’s an environmental activist who championed conscious consumption long before it became a hashtag.
The Hong Kong-born entrepreneur, chef and vegetarian clocked up experience in some of the city’s starriest restaurants before founding Grassroots Pantry in 2012. The lofty-chic restaurant on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan attracted a stylish fanbase with its diverse, wholesome menu that blended Asian and Western influences. Although Grassroots Pantry has closed, the space is now transformed and Peggy’s eagerly anticipated new venture, Nectar, opened in July 2019. As the vegetarian and vegan trend continues to set pace, we invited Peggy to share her favourite veggie-leaning eateries in Hong Kong.
- 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- +852 2873 3353
This family-run place is reminiscent of how we started Grassroots Pantry: it’s half shop, half restaurant although it’s become so popular they’ve had to expand recently. I love it because it’s down to earth and run by a husband and wife. I’m moderately intolerant to onions and garlic and I know the restaurant doesn’t serve any of those so it’s a great place for me to go. The raw mango salad and ‘prawn’ cakes are very good.
- G/F, 28 South Wall Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon
- +852 6153 7421
Healthy Indian food is quite difficult to find. Most Indian restaurants use lots of oil but not here; although they use ghee, garlic and onion, the food doesn’t taste fatty or oily. It’s also a staple in Hong Kong and one of the must-go places. I would recommend the dosas with curries and pickles.
- 4/F, Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
I recently found out about Chuen Koon through a delivery service and have started to order it more regularly. It’s not vegetarian, but they’re very accommodating and the dishes can be easily tweaked for my dietary restrictions. I always order the spicy potato thread, cabbage and spicy rubber band noodles.
- G/F, 2 Lion Rock Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
- +852 2382 0107
I specifically go here for the mango mochi, a popular local Hong Kong dessert. Fresco is a local bakery on Gage Street; we sometimes pass by on our way to the market and pick up a few mango mochi for afternoon tea with the team. The mangoes are super fresh and the dough is very moist.
- G/F, 28 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2581 1718
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