Living in Hong Kong, many of us barely have the time to have three meals a day, let alone eat healthily. Thankfully, a variety of health-conscious cafés, eateries and restaurants have been popping up all around Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan and Central to offer us more than just salad leaves and greens.
From hearty quinoa pastas to sliders that are actually good for you, ahead are our favourite healthy lunch spots in Hong Kong that will make you feel a lot less guilty about indulging in a massive meal come midday.
New healthy eating café, Kale, has arrived just in time to give your body the nutritious super food it really needs without compromising on taste. The menu features a choice of falafel, beef, tofu or chicken sliders (HK$38 each or HK$98 for three), sweet potato or taro fries (HK$35), a choice of kale, beetroot or quinoa and couscous salad (HK$48 for a 250 gram box) with toppings such as grilled tofu, mushrooms, slow-roasted tomatoes, avocado, hummus, grilled beef and more. The great part? The dressing, unlike most, is super light and healthy.
Aside from the standard freshly-made juices, Kale also offers invigorating shakes made with dates, banana, avocado and coconut as well as mini health-boosting shots of kale (HK$15), wheatgrass (HK$38) and spirulina (HK$45) in case you’ve missed your five-a-day.
Kale, Room 1301, Cheung’s Building, 1-3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2320 5808, www.facebook.com/kaleinternational
If you’ve yet to make a trip to Pololi, dear readers, we give you the poke (read: POH-keh) bowl. A incredibly comforting yet healthy Hawaiian staple that is pretty much like a hybrid between your much-loved burrito bowl and sushi. Each bowl consists of fresh ahi tuni that is cut into cubes and seasoned (think: spicy mayo, ginger, garlic and the like) and a choice of salad, rice or both. Pololi offers a variety of flavourful pololi poke bowls and Hawaiian beers that you can take away or enjoy on site — though seating is limited.
Pololi, 35-39 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2755 8099, www.pololikai.com
Paleo-friendly restaurant, The Awakening, is the place to go for guilt-free meals. Nestled away in the Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood, chef Mike Boyle designs sugar-free and gluten-free menus that incorporate grains and legumes where necessary. The seasonal menu changes every two months and only incorporates whole natural ingredients such as Himalayan salt, grass-fed beef and nut oils.
Think South African Ostrich steak with roasted potatoes and courgette (HK$138), barley risotto with roasted butternut squash, sage and walnut (HK$108), cauliflower hash with cajun spice, bell peppers and red onion (HK$40) and coconut cake trifle with pumpkin seeds and vanilla butternut squash (HK$40).
The Awakening, G/F, 1-6 Ying Wa Terrace, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2858 0005, www.theawakeninghk.com
Fancy something that you can grab on the go? Opt for the Mandarin Cake Shop’s brand new “Salad in a Jar” menu. Customers can choose from a variety of homemade salads including Greek (bell pepper, cherry tomato, onion, cucumber, feta cheese and lemon dressing), Prawn salad (mango, prawn, bell pepper and mango dressing), Chef’s salad (chicken, smoked salmon, ham, egg, cheddar cheese, lettuce and balsamic dressing) and Rocket salad (rocket leaves, cherry tomato, parmesan cheese and balsamic dressing) to take back to their desk.
Each jar costs HK$98 and is available Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Return your jar on your next purchase and receive HK$10 off.
The Mandarin Cake Shop, M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4008, www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong
Where better to get your super food fix than at Prune Organic Deli and Workshop? Specialising in wholesome and organic fairtrade ingredients and vegan and gluten-free snacks, salads, sandwiches, soups and fresh-pressed juices, Prune is a health junkie haven.
Highlights include the lemon chia seed waffle with homemade almond condensed milk, seasonal fruit compote and organic maple syrup (HK$108), Prune’s Signature Salad made with local organic mixed salad, sprouted seeds and nuts, cranberries, avocado, flax dukkah and your choice of dressing (HK$90) as well as the Honestly Kaled Salad of curly kale, quinoa, broccoli, seaweed, walnuts, tahini-zaatar dressing and dehydrated buckwheat crackers (HK$98).
Prune Organic Deli & Workshop, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.prunedeliworkshop.com