Today is World Vegetarian Day, which marks the start of International Vegetarian Week, and Vegetarian Awareness Month. Whether you're trying to cut down on your meat intake for environmental or ethical reasons, or have been committed to a meat-free lifestyle for years, here are five places you must check out in Hong Kong for amazing vegetarian and vegan food.
Amitabha Vegetarian Restaurant
This restaurant, hidden away in Hung Hom, serves quality Chinese vegetarian food. From lunch sets that start at HK$68 for your choice of main dish with rice, to the famous (and generously portioned) stone pot tofu, this is a great destination if you're planning to share food with a group.
Price range: HK$68-HK$150
Must try: Stone pot crispy tofu (HK$88)
Venue: Exit A1, Ho Man Tin Station, G/F, 41-43 Station Lane, Hung Hom
Located conveniently in Wing On Plaza near East Tsim Sha Tsui, this Indian restaurant offers both northern and southern Indian cuisine so you're bound to find something you'll love. A must-try is the mini tiffin set, a platter of a range of different kinds of curries, rice, puri and indian sweets.
Price range: HK$20-HK$120
Must try: Mini tiffin (HK$75)
Venue: Exit P1, East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East
Three Virtues Vegetarian Restaurant
Looking for a restaurant that recreates traditional Chinese dishes with vegetarian ingredients? Located in Jordan, Three Virtues is a Chinese buddhist restaurant that serves delicious meat-free versions of many Chinese standbys such as cheung fun or sweet and sour pork. Don't miss out on their toon leaves fried rice (HK$68) and their lettuce wraps (HK$78).
Price range: HK$80-HK$200
Must try: Toon leaves fried rice (HK$68)
Venue: Exit C Jordan MTR station, G/F & 4/F, JD Mall, 233-239 Nathan Road, Jordan
Loving Hut Wan Chai
Looking for a quick but cheap lunch option? Loving Hut has HK$50 lunch set meals every day, with dishes ranging from tofu and eggplant curries to vegan dim sum, as well as HK$58 dinner set meals throughout the week. They even have vegan dessert options.
Price range: HK$50-HK$80
Must try: Set lunch (HK$50)
Venue: Exit A3 Wan Chai MTR station, 2/F, Luen Tai Building, 93-99 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai
Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Chinese Vegetarian restaurant
In the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kung Tak Lam serves the best vegetarian dan dan noodles and spicy black pepper sauce noodles in the city. It's also a perfect place to go with a big group and share a range of dishes, as the helpings are generous. If you have friends who aren't convinced by vegetarian food, order them the Shanghai-style sweet & sour deep-fried "fish" - it tastes just like the real thing.
Price range: HK$100-HK$250
Must try: Soup noodles in Sichuan style (HK$58)
Venue: Exit D4 Causeway Bay MTR Station, 10/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay