Have you ever dined in a private kitchen? Me neither. I’ve never had the opportunity to have a meal catered specifically to my tastes, cooked up by an outside chef who knows all my ins-and-outs. In the last few years, private kitchens have been popping up all over Hong Kong. These range from luxury meals to more affordable options. While they all sound dandy, none of them really captured my interest… with the exception of Sow Vegan, a private kitchen dedicated to vegan cuisine.
Sow Vegan hosts monthly pop-ups where visitors can experience a taste of their cooking in their studio. The previous pop-up open house in April coincided with my trip to Nha Trang, but luckily, I was in Hong Kong for July’s pop-up. I made sure to save the date when it was announced – and when I finally went, I was not disappointed.
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Located a few minutes away from the MTR Kwun Tong Station, Sow Vegan boasts a cosy little studio room with a corner kitchen off to the side. July’s pop-up open house welcomes a collaboration with Nutty Buddy that incorporates all-natural nut butter handcrafted locally in Hong Kong. Stepping in, you’re greeted with a shelf of Nutty Buddy’s speciality flavours, as well as a selection of freshly baked sourdough to take home should your appetite call for it.
The minimal interior of Sow Vegan consists of two permanent wooden tables and for the pop-up, two additional fold-out tables covered in neutral coloured cloths. All around, the private kitchen is decked with an abundance of greenery that brings a refreshing atmosphere to the otherwise small space. There is also a shelf of magazines available for flipping through. It’s reminiscent of vibes similar to Be Tabula Rasa Studio and Feed Your Nerves, and makes a great place for chilling out in the hot summer afternoon.
The great thing about the monthly pop-ups that Sow Vegan offers, apart from an introduction into their speciality vegan cooking, is that the menu changes with each occasion. July’s menu features four distinctive food options and three drinks. It only took a short deliberation before I decided on the Kimchi Summer Rolls and the Guava Lemonade Float.
Paired with Nutty Buddy’s Sea Salt Almond Butter as a dipping sauce, the raw vegan Kimchi Summer Rolls are a fresh twist on the Vietnamese rice roll. The sour taste of the kimchi is enhanced by the slightly sweeter flavour from the pickled radish and carrot, then finished off with cooling rice noodles. A small smear of the butter adds a bulky, meatier texture. Perfect for kimchi lovers like me!
The Guava Lemonade Float proved to be an ideal pairing to the spicy kimchi rolls. Fizzy and sweet with a dollop of sorbet on top, it is the go-to companion for washing the tongue off after the tangy kimchi aftertaste. It definitely cooled me down after my long hike to locate Sow Vegan’s pop-up.
My first visit to Sow Vegan left me with no regrets. I just wish I’d attended their previous pop-up open houses too. It’s definitely something to look out for if you’re out of the budget or unwilling to splurge for a private kitchen session, but still want a taste of chef-curated dishes. The studio’s attention to design and decor is fantastic, and the food will not disappoint – even if you’re a meat-eater.
Room 1102, Hung Tat Industrial Building, 43 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
+852 9029 3009
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