Hong Kong consumes a greater proportion of meat than most other nations, including the US and UK. In fact, it has been mentioned that Hong Kongers consume 5.5 times the international average meat and fish consumption. Flexitarianism is growing in the city, which is giving us more food choices and alternatives.
Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, or simply looking for family meal ideas, here are some fabulously tasty plant-based meat alternatives that are sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.
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A market leader in meat alternatives is Impossible; they started making Impossible burgers back in 2011 and continue to expand today. The protein is created from soy and potato, mixed with heme made from a yeast extract. It is the heme that gives both meat and Impossible meat the unique and tasty flavor. The Impossible range includes burgers, sausages, and mince and is now available in most supermarkets in Hong Kong or purchase directly from their website.
Beyond has fantastic meat alternative products, including sausages, burgers, mince, meatballs, and crumbles. All the products are completely vegan and are cholesterol-free. Beyond uses a variety of plant-based ingredients with no GMO, soy, gluten, or synthetic ingredients. Beyond Meat has been approved by the youngest family members and can be used in a variety of dishes or even on the BBQ. Available in a variety of stores in Hong Kong, in-store and online.
The New Zealand company Food Nation has a great range of plant-based food items, including Happy Patties, Amaze Balls, and Magic Mince. The Magic Mince is a fantastic family-approved meat alternative that is easy to add to a dinner. The Mexican corn and red pepper are perfect fillers in numerous Mexican meals. The Mushroom and Hemp Magic Mince are great for lasagna, non-sausage rolls, and pies. You can purchase the magic mince at Eat The Kiwi and other Food Nation products at ParknShop.
Gardein has a huge range of plant-based meat alternatives that can be added to nearly any meal you can think of. The US company has been creating alternatives since 2003. Included in their large variety of products are Beefless Sliders, Chick’n Nuggets, Fishless Fillet, Crabbless Cakes, Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites. Gardein also makes simple ready-made meals to remove any hassle. Most products are available in supermarket freezers all over Hong Kong.
Jackfruit has recently become a trendy alternative. It is versatile, tasty, and has a great texture. Nature's Charm Young Green Jackfruit Confit is inspired by traditional French cuisine and confit duck. The jackfruit comes in a small can that can be readily added to many different dishes such as risotto, quesadilla, salad and even works well in a sandwich. Also worth trying is the Banana Blossom by Nature's Charm, as an alternative to fish, and make sure to check their other wonderful plant-based products!
This Hong Kong-based company has been a game-changer in the plant-based world and was founded by food technology company Omni Foods, a food innovation company launched by its parent company, Green Monday. Omnipork has now secured a place in many Hong Kong's restaurants and fast-food chains, including McDonald's and Starbucks. The OmniFoods offers a wide range of plant-based meat-alternative such as mince, strips, luncheon, tuna, dim sum and more. You can find various Omni products at the stores listed below.
Another American company has created the chicken-free nuggets that kids love. The soy protein is filled with protein made from non-GMO ingredients. Alpha Foods have recently teamed up with KFC here in Hong Kong as part of their plant-based offering. Aside from the Chik’n nuggets, Alpha Foods also has a wide variety of plant-based alternatives and easy meals, including burritos, pizza, and pot pies, and you can purchase these plant-based items in various stores across Hong Kong.
Quorn is a British product that has been steadily growing since 2015. The soy-free and gluten-free meat alternatives come in various options, including mince, sausages, burgers, filets, and many easy meals. The main source of protein comes from an ancient form of fermentation made from fungi or mushrooms. The products are high in fiber and low in saturated fat. It is worth mentioning that Quorn is not vegan as the ingredients include egg white.
Simeon Van der Molen founded moving Mountains®. In 2014, he was diagnosed with high cholesterol and was forced to either cut out meat and dairy or go on statins. He was uninspired with the available plant-based options, so he decided to create his own. It all started with the now-famous burger, and they now offer a range of plant-based meat alternatives, including mince, burgers, sausages, fish fingers, hot dogs, beef tender strips, and more! All their products are packed with plant protein, vitamins and other great natural ingredients. Make sure to check out their delicious recipes too!
Danish company Naturli' has created a fantastic mince alternative made from pea protein. The pea mince is high in protein and fiber plus full of complex B vitamins and vitamin C. The umami taste has been created from porcini mushrooms, almonds, and tomatoes. Other ingredients include beetroot for the color and coconut for fat. Naturli has also created a plant-based burger that is great for a BBQ, and make sure to check out their other great products too! Check out Naturli's recipes here!