Now you can enjoy this traditional Cantonese dim sum as a vegetarian, no more missing out
If you’re a fan of Hong Kong street food, yum cha or cute dim sum, then you probably fancy dumplings – think traditional Chinese steamed dumplings with shiitake mushroom and green vegetables, hmm… However if you’re following a meat-free diet, it may be hard to locate quality ones in the city. Don’t sweat it! Tried and tested by our team, here is your guide to the best vegetarian dumplings in Hong Kong. Now the hardest part will be deciding whether to have them steamed or pan-fried.
Where to find the best vegetarian dumplings in Hong Kong
Nom Nom Dumpling
Located on Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Nom Nom Dumplings serves an array of handmade dumplings, with our favourite being their vegetarian wild matsutake dumplings. There are two options you can opt for – boiled and fried. While we usually go for the healthier kind, their pan-fried dumplings have a deliciously crispy dumpling skin, which we can’t get enough of!
Nom Nom Dumpling, G/F, 44 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2873 6800, 灣仔莊士敦道44號地下
Shanghai Bao Jiao Dian
Shanghai Bao Jiao Dian is a family-run dumpling place in Hung Hom that specialises in “Bao” (buns) and “Jiao” (dumplings). Their dumplings have the softest, thinnest and most delicate dumpling skin, yet they won’t break apart when you lift them up with chopsticks. The vegetarian dumplings are filled with pak choi, big chunks of shiitake mushrooms, and Chinese fungus with a touch of sesame oil. Definitely a hidden dumpling gem in Hong Kong!
Shanghai Bao Jiao Dian, G/F, 6 Ming On Street, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, p. 2802 2266, 紅磡明安街6號地舖上海飽餃店
Featuring over ten vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menu, the vegetarian dumplings at Hometown Dumplings are definitely a must-try. Incorporating a bunch of fresh ingredients like Chinese cabbage, carrot and Chinese vermicelli, Hometown Dumplings delivers some of the most flavourful and satisfying vegetarian dumplings in Hong Kong.
Hometown Dumplings, G/F, 418 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2803 0887, 西環西營盤皇后大道西418號地下
Jane Bean Juice (CLOSED)
Jane Bean Juice is a vegan eatery in Wan Chai that serves a great number of dim sum and traditional Chinese dessert. Their signature food item – the olive leaf dumpling – is almost always sold out by mid-afternoon. Including carrots and marinated Chinese olive leaves, their vegetarian dumplings have a wonderful crunchy texture and are absolutely unique.
Jane Bean Juice, G/F, 181A Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2891 4823, 灣仔灣仔道181A地下
Northern Dumpling Yuan
Northern Dumpling Yuan is known for its noodle dishes and Northern-style dumplings. Their vegetarian dumplings consist of mainly Chinese cabbage and black fungus. If you fancy a refreshing bite, these healthy dumplings might suit your needs as they are comparatively low in fat and not overly salted.
Northern Dumpling Yuan, G/F, 1 Water Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2549 9001, 西環水街1號地下
As one of the most well-known dumpling chain restaurants in Hong Kong – with an interesting array of flavours such as Korean kimchi, corn and pork, and also vegetarian – Bafang Dumpling is surely the most convenient places to get vegetarian dumplings in Hong Kong. Their vegetarian dumplings contain a mixed bunch of vegetables and tofu shreds. They also offer both pan-fried versions and steamed versions. So if you’re down for a nice fried crispiness, give their pan-fried vegetarian dumplings a try.
Bafang Dumpling, various locations
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