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A Budget-Friendly Find for the Vegan in You

Ever wanted to try vegan meat patties? Now you can in up-and-coming trendy neighbourhood Sai Ying Pun. Opened just four months ago, LN Fortunate Coffee is an artisan vegan café with branches in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Taipei. If only they had opened up sooner, because it’s always a struggle finding light and healthy food around the university as an HKU student.

I’d known about LN Fortunate Coffee for a while but had never found anyone to go with since most of my friends aren’t grazers. Me, I’m not vegetarian or vegan (I do love my chicken breasts lol), but I do have an immense love of greens. Funnily though, the person I ended up visiting the café with turned out to be Jason! We were on a work date and initially we’d gone to Ethos, but just our luck, they had had a power shortage so their wifi was dead. That was when LN Fortunate Coffee popped up in my mind, and when I asked the staff there whether or not they had wifi and they answered yes, we settled down.

The Architecture

Vegan café - LN Fortunate Coffee in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Vegan café - LN Fortunate Coffee in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Vegan café - LN Fortunate Coffee in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

LN Fortunate Coffee occupies a very big space so the biggest advantage they have with their table arrangement is that they’re not crowded together, which means during lunch hours, you won’t be telling your neighbours about your latest sex escapades. Like most vegetarian restaurants, LN Fortunate Coffee is furnished with wooden tables (is that a marketing gimmick – that vegetarian automatically equals healthy?) that give off a very homey feel. And on the opposite side of the café, there’s also a large communal table for bigger groups, solo diners or simply those who like to people-watch.

The Food

Vegan café - LN Fortunate Coffee in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Vegan café - LN Fortunate Coffee in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Vegan café - LN Fortunate Coffee in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

Since it was late afternoon, Jason and I didn’t try out any of LN Fortunate Coffee’s main dishes, but the extensive menu offered a range of western vegan dishes from salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, a variety of vegan meats to pastas and dumplings. They also served sweet dishes – I gotta bring my baking-enthusiast Mum here next time to try out their dairy and egg free waffles and donuts! Anyway, Jason had a Cold Soy Milk Mocha, which he gave a thumbs up to, and I struggled between choosing a tea, a juice or an Assorted Fresh Fruit Cup. In the end I settled for the last since I wanted something to chew on. True to its name, the fruits were freshly chopped after our orders were made at the counter!

The Verdict

As far as western vegan eateries around Hong Kong go, LN Fortunate Coffee is a cheap choice with lunch sets under HKD$100 and no service charge. While I myself am not interested in the faux meats (vegetables or meat, I prefer my food to be as unprocessed as possible), I know they are a great option for the new vegetarian’s cravings – and for curious carnivores. It’d be interesting to go back next time with a friend for their verdict on the cafe’s “chicken” nuggets or black pepper “beef”… hopefully one of my friends are adventurous enough to be my experiment!

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