Note: I worked at HK Magazine from December 2015 to April 2016 as an editorial writer. This article was published in the January 2016 issue of The List.
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Sustainable Food Shops
Eat clean and ethically sourced foods
Beauty and Juice
If you live on Kowloon side and you’re looking for a juice cleanse that won’t break the bank, newly opened Beauty and Juice is located in Kwun Tong and offers a range of juices freshly made from fruits sourced from the Yau Ma Tei fruit market, for half the price of what it costs in Central, including juice cleanse sets for $300. Aside from beverages, they also make salads—offering salad, sandwich and juice combos for just $68. As a plus for those who prefer warm drinks, Beauty and Juice will gladly warm up your bottles for you without compromising the nutritional content. Glass bottle return is available at the shop.
Shop G60, E Plaza, 7 Shing Yip St., Kwun Tong, 5202-8803, facebook.com/beautyandjuice
Hong Kong-based online shop Foodcraft offers something for anyone with dietary restrictions or who suffers from allergies. Apart from groceries and snacks, household items and appliances, what they are known for is actually handcrafted healthy foods: Think organic, raw, vegan and gluten-free snacks such as dairy-free coconut yogurt, raw granola, zoodles (zucchini noodles), dehydrated fruits, raw flaxseed crackers… the list goes on. For your cooking needs, they stock homemade almond and coconut butters too. Be sure to check out their Facebook for the newest locally made offers.
Flat A, 21/F, Yiuga Factory Building, No. 62 Victoria Rd., Kennedy Town, 2884-1299, foodcraft.hk
Now that “Green Monday” is a widely known concept in Hong Kong, the social enterprise behind it has opened Green Common, its all-vegetarian grocery store that provides sustainable and responsibly-sourced goods to its customers. Green Common focuses on promoting plant-based products with the goal of reducing carbon footprint, due to the heavy impact on the environment from the livestock industry. The Central branch also holds regular events with a focus on green living, including free seminars from experts and cooking classes.
Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, 2263-3153, greencommon.com
The farmers behind Dragontail aim big: they want to combat climate change and fossil fuel depletion, and you can help them out by supporting local produce. Dragontail offers a range of seasonal vegetables and fruits—check back on the website for the latest news and prices. If you’re wondering about the farm itself, day tours (complete with kid-friendly activities) are provided all week. Delivery is free throughout Mui Wo.
Luk Tei Tong, Mui Wo, Lantau, 5422-2844, leoying.wix.com/dragontail-farm
Erickson Organic Farm
Apart from fresh produce, this humble little farm located in Yuen Long also sells organic jams, their signature snake jasmine tea, and organic fertilizers if you’re looking to try your hand at a little gardening too. Erickson Organic Farm is open for day trips, and is popular for corporate events and barbecues. Erickson does deliveries and participates in farmer’s markets around Hong Kong regularly. Keep checking their website and Facebook for updates.
17A, Zone 3, Sung Shan New Village, Yuen Long, 2352-3710, ericksonorganic.com.hk
Worried about the use of machinery and petrochemicals even in organic farms? Evergreens Republic is one of the largest aquaponics greenhouse farm in Southeast Asia, in Hong Kong. A major benefit of their farming process is that crops that may not be easy to come by locally can be grown year-round right in our land. Get your fresh greens picked within 24 hours of your order being placed online. If you’re strapped for time even to shop on the internet, Evergreens Republic offers subscription boxes and the delivery is free of charge.
With their retail shops widely distributed citywide, you can’t miss Farm Direct. Their pesticide- and contamination-free produce is grown in their own hydroponic farm in the New Territories. And it’s not just fresh and organic vegetables and fruits on for offer—you’ll find a wide selection of organic grocery items, including not only the typical condiments and drinks but also quirkier finds such as lettuce-flavored ice cream. What’s more, they offer healthy sandwiches and salads made daily using their own greens.
Various branches including G/F, 429 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 2431-1088, farmdirect.hk
Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm
One for the kiddies, Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm is just as its name states—it’s a Hello Kitty themed farm in Yuen Long. Fresh produce is offered for sale and regular farming workshops and educational activities are held at the site. The farm is well known throughout Hong Kong and as its name would suggest, caters to families with its frequent visitation hours. Go grocery shopping and check out the solar energy station while keeping the little ones entertained as they pick their own fruits in the organic strawberry field and meet the farm animals.
Sze Pai Shek, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, New Territories, 5579-2178, gogreenlife.com.hk
The health food shop HeyHome stocks mainly vegetarian and vegan goods. You can find a wide range of grocery products, most of which are gluten-free, organic and contain superfood ingredients. The customers range from plant-based eaters to protein-loving gym rats—there is something here for everyone.
3/F, 26 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, 2866-6095, heyhome.asia
Want to eat sustainably, but sick of finding imported goods in stores for at least double their prices of what they’d be selling for in their origin countries? iHerb may just be the answer. Their web store retails almost every brand you can think of and stocks everything that is needed for a healthy lifestyle. In addition to your typical organic, gluten-free, superfoods, vegetarian or vegan food items, there are also supplements, herbs, beauty goods, home goods, baby items and fitness items. You’ll surely find what you’re looking for—at super cheap prices too, and this is including the shipping fees.
SpiceBox Organics is a one-stop-shop to do all your health food shopping, especially if you live in the Western district. As Hong Kong’s only USDA certified organic store, they offer over a whopping 800 types of products suiting all your needs, ranging from local produce to imported superfoods to herbal supplements—all sourced from socially conscious organizations. Also up for sale are body care and household items. Home delivery and special product requests are also available.
Shop 1, Golden Valley Mansion, 137 Caine Road, Central, 2559-9887, spiceboxorganics.com
Allowing you to conveniently shop at multiple organic farms at the click of a button, Helloqube is an online platform for ORC certified organic goods grown locally in Hong Kong. As the produce is sourced from many farms, a wide range of fruits and vegetables are available for sale, so you don’t have to search around for that one particular food. Currently, Helloqube only provides fresh greens but they are preparing further groceries items including beauty and health products, as well as maternity and baby care essentials. Delivery is free of charge to Hong Kong Island.
Wild Roots Organic Farm
Started by Fai Hui, who has racked up the many titles of rooftop farming specialist, certified horticulturist and organic inspector, Wild Roots Organic Farm is known for their “farm to table” produce. They operate in Sheung Shui and specialize in salad greens. Seedlings and vegetables alike are available for purchase directly from the farm (with a minimum spend of $150 per person). With a large clientele from eateries to schools to banks, you’ll be delighted to know that you are cooking with the same ingredients as your favorite sustainable restaurants such as Grassroots Pantry and Bijas Vegetarian Restaurant.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about buying vegetables. San Uk Tsai, Tan Chuk Hang, Fanling, 9731-9120, wildrootsorganic.com.
Zumufi is a play on the pronunciation of “smoothie” (get it?) and that exactly what the little store in Sheung Wan offers. Opened late June of last year, Zumufi has a menu of smoothies tailored to suit just about anyone—from easily quaffable fruity drinks to the denser varieties which contain handfuls of superfoods for the passionate. As an environmentally friendly bonus, everything is served in compostable cups.
Shop D, G/F, Willy Commercial Building, 28-36 Wing Kut St., Sheung Wan, 2949-9829, zumufi.com