Being a health-conscious foodie can be a tricky balancing act, but it’s a sign of the times that Hong Kong’s biggest food festival, Taste of Hong Kong, has an abundance of health foods, meat-free dishes and wellness retailers. With 60 dishes from more than 20 Hong Kong restaurants, you’re spoilt for choice whatever your diet – and that’s not even counting the other wellness offerings. There are veggie delights, guilt-free desserts and even alcohol-less spirits galore, so whether you’re watching what you eat, looking for superfoods or training for your next race, this is what not to miss at Taste of Hong Kong 2018.
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Experience the Hong Kong debut of the first alcohol-free spirit
Making it’s Hong Kong debut, Seedlip is the world’s first distilled, non-alcoholic spirit. Running with the tagline, “What to drink when you’re not drinking,” those who want to skip the Monday hangover can enjoy the zero-calorie, sugar-free, sweetener-free drink. Also making a guest appearance is Seedlip founder Ben Branson, who will lead cocktail masterclasses for fans of the sober spirit.
Eat the world’s most Instagrammed cake
You read that right. Black Star Pastry’s gluten-free Strawberry Watermelon Cake has become something of a sweet sensation, tagged in over 9,000 Instagram posts – and it’s coming to Hong Kong in a Taste exclusive. Consisting of layers of juicy watermelon slices, rose-scented cream and meringue-like almond dacquoise, the cake is topped with strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals. It’s a lighter and fresher option that most desserts, so we can’t wait to try – and get our own Insta-snap – of this famous fruity dessert.
Chow down on more than 14 vegetarian dishes
Vegetarians often get the short end of the stick when it comes to food festivals – however, Hong Kong’s restaurants have upped their meat-free game with many offering not one but two veggies dishes. Restaurants featuring veggie – and some even vegan – dishes include Blacksalt, Chachawan, Haku, Okra, Zuma and the New Punjab Club. Check some of our favourite mouthwatering vegetarian dishes from the menu above.
Sample organic wine at La Cabane
It is the weekend after all, so if you’re treating yourself, head to La Cabane’s stall and enjoy natural, biodynamic wines. Free of preservatives, these wines won’t leave you with a searing headache or that next-day heaviness – you have a glass or two on a Sunday afternoon without worrying about the working week ahead.
Get sustainable sushi from Zuma
Sushi often comes with a side of guilt in the current climate of overfishing: but not with Zuma. Their sustainable Kumamoto Tuna Omakase trio will leave you feeling satisfied, and safe in the knowledge your tasty treat isn’t hurting the ecosystems
Order guilt-free cakes with YYY
Launched in 2017, boutique bakers YYY House of Cakes not only have stunning and creative cakes, but also cater to dietary requirements including gluten-free, low sugar and lactose-free. Look them up at Taste of Hong Kong this year, and put in your order for your bespoke dessert.
Go matcha mad with Chef Tiff
While we can’t speak to the health benefits of pastries, we do know that antioxidant-rich matcha has been linked to increasing metabolism, slowing ageing, and lowering blood pressure, making Chef Tiff’s special tea-tasting menu and croissant-collaboration with innovative bakers RISE a must on the quest for superfood fusions.
Cool Down with icy vegan treats
We’ve got our fingers crossed for a sunny day – as if we really needed an excuse to grab a N*ice Pop. Handmade with natural ingredients, the fruity ice lollies are bridge the gap between health-conscious juicing and decadent desserts – finding a middle ground that is fresh, delicious, and occasionally boozy.
Get your gourmet goods at the market
Taste of Hong Kong’s gourmet market is always fit to bursting with incredible organic products and delicious imported goods – but this year, there’s also a few delectable drinks that everyone can enjoy, guilt-free. KWOON by The Woods will be serving up artificial preservative-free cocktails in recyclable cans, while Bless Juices has you covered for that mid-afternoon energy boost of mineral-rich, antioxidant-loaded cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. And for those who can’t resist a cheeky weekend tipple, New Zealand brand Naturally Good has a selection of all-natural Kiwi Makuna Honey Liqueurs and Manuka Honey Wines.
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