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.
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.
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Another market leader in meat alternatives is Impossible. They started making Impossible burgers back in 2011 and continued to expand today. The protein is created from soy and potato, mixed with a product called heme made from a yeast extract. It is the heme that gives both meat and Impossible meat the flavor. The Impossible range includes burgers, sausages and mince and is now available in most supermarkets in Hong Kong.
Park n Shop, various locations, www.parknshop.com
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 a perfect filler in numerous Mexican meals. The Mushroom and Hemp Magic Mince are great for lasagna, non-sausage rolls and pies.
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, 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 Nature's Charm Banana Blossom as an alternative to fish.
This Hong Kong based company has been a game-changer in the plant-based world. Founded by food technology company Omni Foods which Green Common has created, Omnipork has now secured a place in many of Hong Kong’s restaurants and fast-food chains, including McDonalds. The Omnipork range includes mince, strips, luncheon and dim sum. These products are available in freezers all over Hong Kong.
Another American company has created the chicken-free nuggets that kids love. The soy protein is filled with protein and has been 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 have a wide variety of plant-based alternatives and easy meals, including burritos, pizza and pot pies.
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 tomato. Other ingredients include beetroot for the color and coconut for fat. Naturli’ has also created a plant-based burger which is great for BBQ.
Alternative Meat Co is an Australian-based company with a range of plant-based meat alternatives, including mince, burgers, sausages and chicken tenders. The protein is soy, wheat, pea and hemp-based. Their Alternative Burger is a great patty for the BBQ and their new product, the Alternative Crumbed Burgers, adds another dimension to an alternative chicken burger.
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.
Wellcome, various locations, www.wellcome.com.hk