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 and chef clocked up experience in some of the city’s starriest restaurants before opening the original Grassroots Pantry store and eatery in Sai Ying Pun in 2012. Today, her lofty-chic restaurant on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan attracts a stylish fanbase with its diverse wholesome menu that blends Asian and Western influences in dishes like Popcorn ‘Chicken’ and GP’s Signature Salad. As the vegetarian and vegan trend hits the mainstream, we invited Peggy to share her favourite veggie-leaning eateries in Hong Kong.
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
If you Google ‘vegetarian food in Hong Kong’, Pure Veggie House will pop up – it’s a staple. I normally don’t eat a lot of Chinese food other than what my mom cooks, because Chinese restaurants tend to use lots of additives and oil. Pure Veggie House is one of the places where I don’t feel thirsty after eating the food. They do good dim sum and don’t use too much mock meat – it’s clean food and you feel healthy afterwards. I also love going to Chi Lin Nunnery if I have more time.
- 3/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2525 0552
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.
- 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 mangos 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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