Healthy Food Hong Kong: Guide to shopping & eating out

by SavvyinHK
February 07, 2021

Wanting to get your hands on healthy food Hong Kong? You’re in luck. The food options in Hong Kong are increasingly becoming more varied and healthy.

Whether you’re want to eat more ethically, have a restricted diet because of health, or following a particular diet, we’re going to tell you our favorite places to shop for healthy food and groceries in Hong Kong, as well as our favorite healthy restaurants.

It’s not always cheap to eat healthily, but we’ve scoured the city and the internet to bring you everything you need to know about nutritious and delicious food in this fair city.

In this article, we offer a rundown of everything you need to know about healthy food in Hong Kong, including:

  • What the keto diet actually is and how to do it on a budget in Hong Kong
  • Where to shop for gluten-free products in Hong Kong
  • How to find your vegan essentials, including protein powder
  • Dining out as a vegan or vegetarian in Kowloon and Central

 

Health food Hong Kong: how to follow a keto diet in HK

Healthy food Hong Kong: there are a lot of keto options when it comes to cooking at home or eating out.

Keto is all about high-fat and low- or no-carb food. The aim is to push your body into a metabolic ketosis state where you start to burn fats.

You knew that, right?

Doing keto in Hong Kong is perfectly possible. You can buy pretty much anything you want in terms of food here, but it ain’t always cheap.

That’s where we come in!

Our mission here at Savvy in Hong Kong is to bring you the best quality and value no matter your lifestyle. When you want to do keto and eat healthy in this city, you bet we’ve got it all figured out.

First, restaurants; they’re the lifeblood of Hong Kong, and you can’t avoid them. Know what you can and can’t eat and communicate your needs to your waiter – your needs should be met without an issue.

Our two favorite keto-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong are:

  • Mr. Korea Barbecue for great food that’s keto-friendly. The mainly meat meals will keep you burning fat – just avoid the noodles and sauces.
  • Maison Libanaise for wonderful Middle Eastern fare, pan-fried halloumi, and plenty of grilled meat (beef, chicken, and lamb).

For home cooking, source your ingredients from The Store HK.  Why is The Store HK our favorite health food store in Hong Kong?

  • Best health food pricing in Hong Kong (helped by the fact they don’t have brick-and-mortar stores so they can keep costs down)
  • Same day delivery
  • The best quality brands are sourced from all over the world; when it comes to high-quality health food brands, they have it.
  • A really easy-to-use website; if you’re looking for specific food types such as keto or gluten-free, it’s easy to see all the different products available in each category.

Cheese is another favorite for keto-eaters, with high fats and low carbs and some delightful flavors and textures. We love the Cheese Club, where you place a monthly cheese order to be delivered directly from France. These folk know their cheese, so don’t be afraid to ask about the fat and carb contents so you can stay on keto-track.

For a full guide to doing keto in Hong Kong and what local foods you should be seeking and avoiding, we’ve dived into the subject further. Although you might have to eschew some of the traditional fares such as noodle and rice dishes, and dumplings are off the menu, you won’t starve and indeed can eat rather well, doing keto in the city.

 

How do I do keto on a budget in Hong Kong?

Doing keto won’t be cheap anywhere in the world, and Hong Kong is no exception. Once you know how to do it and where to shop for it, you need to learn how to find the best value keto products in the city.

There are standard tips that will apply to doing budget keto anywhere in the world, such as:

  • Buying in bulk
  • Meal prepping
  • Working with cheap keto foods like eggs and pork

But there are plenty of other options around too.

The Store HK has some great keto foods like protein bars and soup powders that will keep you full when you’re time-poor. Their products are of great value, and they even have same-day delivery options, making it even more valuable when you’ve got to dash around the city living life.

For more snippets of insight into how to do keto on a budget whilst living in Hong Kong, including some product recommendations we’ve tried ourselves from The Store, read through our budget keto guide.

 

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I’m gluten-free in Hong Kong: which are the best places to shop for food? 

If you're following a gluten-free diets there are an increasing number of options; whether you are cooking at home or dining out.

As easy as keto is, gluten-free in Hong Kong can be a real challenge. So many of the standard foods in Hong Kong have gluten; you need to put in some effort to find food that really fits your needs.

Eating gluten-free is primarily a requirement for people with Coeliac disease, but many people just make it a diet choice. With this dietary choice’s growing popularity, things are getting easier to get hold of in Hong Kong, and restaurants are becoming more aware.

When it comes to shopping, we’ve got two solid recommendations for you:

  1. The Store HK – we love this online store for its pricing and a huge variety of top health food brands. They don’t have a brick-and-mortar store that keeps costs low, and they have loads of Gluten-free products certified in Australia, the US, and New Zealand.
  2. Little Giant supermarket – located in Causeway Bay, it’s a health and organic food shop that you can actually go in and check out the range.

There are also some delicious restaurants that are happy to cater to your gluten-free needs. We’ve picked out five of the best in our city – read all about them in our guide to being gluten-free in Hong Kong.

Along with food, it’s useful to know about gluten-free alcohol. Wine is very much gluten-free, along with spirits – it’s lager or other grain-based brews that will get your guts tied in knots. Wine can be expensive in Hong Kong, so we gather all the best places for wine shopping in Hong Kong – enjoy!

One last thing to remember – rice is gluten-free. It’s a huge part of Hong Kong’s diet, so it’s a good thing to note. Avoid noodles unless you’re in a place that makes them with alternative flours, though.

Soy sauce, another staple of Hong Kong food, is generally gluten-free, although if you’re super sensitive, you might react to some varieties, so ask to see the bottle if you get a plastic or glass refill on the table.

 

I’m vegan in Hong Kong: which are the best places to shop for food? 

thinking about becoming vegan? Read our in-depth review of the crucial vegan essentials for your new vegan diet

Being vegan – not eating anything at all that’s derived from animals – is becoming increasingly common.

As we’ve noted, there’s a growing market of vegan-friendly restaurants in the city, and the concept is understood through the lens of Buddhism.

When you cut out meat, eggs, and dairy from your diet, you may not realize straight away the nutrients that you need to replace. Many people believe that the vegan way of life is healthier, but you need to put a little extra effort into some things.

Vegans can oftentimes struggle to get enough:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Iron

But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Knowing that the struggle is real to get the right balance of healthy, nutrient-packed, and tasty, we brought in a vegan to go through everything you need to be vegan and healthy in Hong Kong.

Some of the essentials that you can pick up relatively easily in the city are:

  • Maranatha peanut butter from The Store HK, our absolutely favorite health food store in Hong Kong. 
  • Jackfruit, when young, makes a great meat replacement before it gets sweet as it ripens. Pick it up from The Store or fresh from local markets.
  • B12 supplements can easily be sourced in Hong Kong and can be a useful addition to an omnivore diet. Check out the symptoms of a B12 deficiency and see if you might supplements.
  • Nutritional yeast is a staple of vegan cooking and can be added as a topping to almost anything savory – think of it as a vegan parmesan cheese in terms of taste.

 

Where can I buy the best quality protein powders in Hong Kong?

A great vegan staple to have in is vegan protein powder

Another issue that comes with being veggie or vegan is getting enough protein. This is especially true if you’re a gym-goer and need to build muscle and increase your recovery speed.

There are plenty of protein-packed vegetarian and vegan foods out there, for example:

  • Tofu – popular in Chinese cooking and easy to get hold of in Hong Kong
  • Chickpeas – whizz up a hummus, make a channa masala, add them to your salads.
  • Lentils – also great in curries or added to soups, stews, salads, or risottos
  • Dark, leafy greens – lots of veggies have more protein than you’d think

But sometimes, this just isn’t going to cut it when you want to ensure you’re getting enough protein.

Traditional protein powders generally get their proteins from eggs or milk. Clearly, as a vegan, these are off-limits, so you need to be using vegan-friendly protein powders.

Some of the best in terms of quality and value that you can source in Hong Kong include:

We have an article dedicated to plant-based protein powders; read all about this here.

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Healthy food Hong Kong: Which are the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Kowloon?

We put together a list of our favorite vegan and veggie lunch spots in Kowloon, perfect for your break from the office or a leisurely weekend treat. Everywhere we cover will give you a good feed for under $100. Good food and good value is a combination we always love!

Kowloon is one of the cool places to hang out in the city. It’s been home to vegan and veggie restaurants aplenty since veganism is a big part of Buddhism.

You’ve always been able to find traditional vegan food in Kowloon, but recently the area has really stepped up its game.

Whether you’re on a plant-based diet or not, there are some delicious vegan and vegetarian restaurants around Kowloon. Use our guide to help you know where to head for lunch or where to take your vegan friend for a delicious treat.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the places we adore for healthy food in Kowloon:

  • T.H.E. Deli BlenditBagels with a twist is what this deli is renowned for. You can get your New Your-style bagels in a range of slightly sweet flavors such as matcha, moringa, and black sesame, ready to be flavored with your fave veggies or hummus.
  • Woodlandsevery good vegetarian and vegan will know the wonders of Indian food. This mouth-watering restaurant brings you delights from the subcontinent, with dishes like chili paneer. There’s nothing like a bit of spice at lunchtime.
  • NizenJapanese food, although healthy, isn’t usually associated with plant life. This coffee shop will challenge your ideas, with Japanese cauliflower rice curry among its great and varied menu. They’ve even worked to rid the menu of heavy carbs and offer lighter alternatives.

 

Healthy food Hong Kong: Which are the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Central? 

MANA! Fast Slow Food is a great option for healthy food Hong Kong.

Photo courtesy of MANA! Fast Slow Food Facebook.

Central is the buzzing, bubbling hub of Hong Kong. Even if you don’t work here, you’ll be in the area for shopping, meeting friends, and soaking up the city life.

Here, and across the rest of Hong Kong Island, you have thousands of food options. Included in the mix are vegetarian and vegan cuisine that doesn’t have to break the bank.

Whether you work in the area and are looking for inspiration for lunch or want to explore the different culinary offerings on the island, we got you. We put together a guide with our top picks for healthy food in Hong Kong island, and we’re going to give you the potted highlights right here:

  • Fete Up offers a range of bowls filled with bright veggies, nutritious grains and topped with lean and lovely proteins. They have wonderful menu options, or you can even create your own bespoke bowl to make sure you get the nutrients and taste your diet requires
  • Pop Vegan is a fun and funky restaurant on Elgin Street. You need to walk up a flight of stairs, but you will enter vegan heaven once you enter the restaurant. The atmosphere is cool and trendy, and you will be greeted with a full, extensive menu of super tasty vegan food to choose from. Non-vegans will love this restaurant!
  • MANA! Fast Slow Food has been making a name for itself in the plant-based community since 2012. They do a delicious range of vegan and veggie flatbreads, and their vegan burgers are well worth it at just $90 with a choice of patty and sauce.

 

Finally

It can be challenging to have special dietary requirements, but hopefully, you know just how many healthy food Hong Kong options are available. 

We frequently marvel at how much Hong Kong is changing and evolving in terms of healthy food options. Hong Kong might not be the absolute perfect place to be vegan or to eat gluten-free, but it’s getting better all the time.

Have we missed any tips on healthy food Hong Kong? Please let us know in the comments section below. 

 

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