They say the abs are made in the kitchen, but just walking to the kitchen can feel like a forest of temptation. Some homemade pho on the stove, shrimp crackers on the kitchen island – if it was easy, everyone would have solid eight packs. With the social season coming up its become even harder to keep your diet in check and to stay away from unnecessary sugars.
We’re no stranger to different diets from vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, plant-based, fruitarian and even flexitarian (to name a few). While to each their own has their opinion of what constitutes as healthy eating, one thing we can all agree on is that greens are good for you – and the more the better! The term slow food can be said as an umbrella term for healthy eating and is used to represent dining concept made with whole foods with health in mind. Having said that, here are some of our go to slow foods in Hong Kong to help kickstart your clean eating regime.
Located in the bustle of Central district is Veda. Juxtaposed to its busy neighborhood is a vegetarian restaurant styled with floor-to-ceiling window, lush greenery and modern interior design. Veda is cooking up a storm inspired by Eastern and Western culture and ingredients to serve comfort vegetarian food. With menu designed by Australian chef and food writer Chef Hetty Mckinnon, who knew eating clean could look and taste so good. Made with fresh seasonal vegetables paired with their specialty drinks menu and diverse selection of wine, you could easily convert your carnivore friends to get their five a day!
Veda; 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3755 3067
Located in the quaint neighborhood of Sai Ying Pun, Locofama has been long part of the health conscious culinary community. Offering food packed with nutritional and palatable value, you won’t be able to resist their mouth-watering dishes. Using the freshest ingredients, all produce are organic and sourced from local farmers brought straight to your table. They take into consideration every dietary restrictions in mind with options ranging from vegan, dairy free, nut-free and pescatarian dishes as well as swappable options such as their gluten-free pasta.
Locofama; 11,13 Fuk Sau Ln, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong; firstname.lastname@example.org; +852 2547 7668
Confusion Plant Based Kitchen
Taking sustainability into consideration as well as our physical and mental wellbeing is Confusion Plant Based Kitchen. Serving food that are vegan, Confusion is on a mission to shift the paradigm in which we may view veganism. Going plant based doesn’t mean always snacking on nuts and leaves, it can be a way to adventure on the different flavours mother nature has to offer. With their ever-changing menus, you can expect them to bring you the most powerful flavours all around the world! From Japanese to Thai inspired, Confusion surely teaches us going plant based isn’t as mundane as we may think. As much as Confusion cares about our health, another ethos Confusion holds dear is to take care of our planet through producing zero waste by reducing carbon footprint.
Confusion Plant Based Kitchen; G/F, 103, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 2563 3699
Protein & Plants
The first thing that pops into mind when we say ‘clean eating’ is salad. While initial reactions may be somber, eateries has been glamorizing and customizing the notorious dish with colors, flavours and superfoods. It’s no joke when say the salad has made a great comeback. Protein & Plants offers customizable salads and wraps to grab and go perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle. What we love most is how you can choose ingredients based on your macronutrient needs. If you’re looking for a protein boost, why not choose their protein bowl and you can pick up to two portion of protein (your choice from chicken breast, leg or salmon fillet) accompanied by your choice of rice and salad portion. If we still can’t convince you enough, their impossible burger will sure top off your protein requirement for the day!
Protein & Plants; 87 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; email@example.com +852 6460 6338
Treehouse is what we’d call slow fast food. It combines the health and mindful consideration of slow food while also fulfilling our needs of constantly being on the go and needing our fuel ASAP. Treehouse offers a quick solution to your nutritional needs and is exclusively plant based. Simply choose between flatbread or bowl and choose a green base. Pick your choice of toppings and sauce and you have your meal ready in no time, almost as fast as getting your burger at a fast food joint. If you’re felling indecisive go with their signature bowls or burger!
Treehouse; Shop 1, H Code, 45 Pottinger St, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3791 2277