So you drank a little too much last night?
Don’t worry, we get it. After all, we are greedy vegans. We don’t always eat the healthiest things. Being vegan doesn’t necessarily mean doing yoga, eating kale, and lighting incense. You know how much we love our vegan beer. We also like our vegan pizzas, burgers, and ice cream. Sometimes we over-indulge, and that can be on alcohol too.
We all know that when you’re hungover, what you crave is greasy, carb-y, salty food — and a lot of it. We don’t mean a superfoods salad or smoothie bowl. We’re talking about hearty, delicious, cheap meals, where you can drip all the juices down your pyjama pants and wipe your mouth with the burrito wrapper.
So, when you’ve partied a little too hard the night before and are craving something substantial the next morning, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. These places aren’t super fancy, but the food you’ll get there will hit the spot.
Build-Your-Own-Breakfast from The Flying Pan
This 24-hour American-style diner is the hangover food of your dreams. Think of a classic fry-up breakfast, but veganized. There are so many side dishes to order: scrambled tofu, baked beans, spinach, avocado, mushrooms, lyonnaise potato, tomato, fresh fruit, spiced apples, several kinds of toast, and bagels. They also have a variety of fresh juices, tea, and coffee. Phew! The price is cheap, you can show up in your pjs, and the food will cure your hangover. Just make sure to ask for no butter on any of the items you order.
The Flying Pan Central, G/F 9 Old Bailey Street / The Flying Pan Wan Chai, 1F/L David House, 37-39 Lockhart Road
Vegan Cheese Dog from LN Fortunate Coffee
No, your eyes don’t deceive you. This vegan dog with all the fixings (mustard, ketchup, and vegan cheese) comes with potato wedges and a green salad (to convince yourself you’re being “healthy”). This place also has a variety of coffees and desserts if you aren’t fully energized after eating this meal. The staff are super friendly and won’t judge your dishevelled appearance in the slightest.
LN Fortunate Coffee, G/F, Altro, No.118 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
Vegan Pizza from Pizza Express
In the UK, Pizza Express is an average-rated restaurant chain that you can find on almost every street corner. In Hong Kong, however, people love it — and for good reason! This is one of the few places in the city where you can get real vegan pizza with cheese (Daiya brand). The Giardiniera has asparagus, pumpkin, basil, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and olives. The Trifolata has mushrooms, truffle, and rosemary. The only Pizza Express that seems to have the vegan cheese these days is the Sai Ying Pun location. And don’t worry, it’s perfectly acceptable to finish a whole pizza on your own… At least we think so!
Pizza Express Sai Ying Pun, No. 3, 5-6, 189, Queen’s Rd W.
Laksa Noodles from Loving Hut
What’s a better cure for a hangover headache than a huge, spicy, oily bowl of laksa soup? This dish has it all — mock seafood, chewy meats, crunchy veggies, thick rice noodles, creamy coconut, and refreshing lime all in a super hot broth. I’ve never actually been able to finish an entire bowl of this on my own, but I implore your empty hungover stomach to tackle this challenge. I’ve actually seen people slump against the window-facing tables and take short naps here, so nobody will notice how quickly you inhale this dish.
Falafel Pita from Falafel TLV
Everything in this pita is vegan (the white sauce is tahini!) and it’s a fantastic combination of hot, cold, sour, chewy, and crunchy. This pita is filled with fresh and pickled veggies, with a generous portion of homemade falafels. If you dine in, there’s a variety of delicious sauces to slather this in. It comes in a half or full size, and you can order fries with it if you’re feeling ravenous. The grease, the carbs, and the fermented veggies will help regulate your digestion, we promise!
Falafel TLV, G/F, 47 Graham St, Central
Fried Vegetable Dumplings from 八方雲集 (Bafang Dumpling)
I don’t know about you, but fried dumplings are definitely a comfort food. And when you’ve maybe gone a bit overboard the night before, this dumpling shop is here for you. There’s only one vegan dumpling option, and it’s quite good. You can order them fried or boiled, but we all know your tummy will appreciate the oil. You can get a set of 12 with fruit tea or soy milk for under $40, which is great if you spent too much money on cocktails the night before. Although there are several locations of this chain, the one in Kwai Chung is the one I frequent the most.
八方雲集 (Bafang Dumpling), G05 Hang King Shopping Arcade, 9 Wing Fong Rd., Kwai Chung
Tandoori Hedgehog Mushroom Quesadilla from Confusion Plant Based Kitchen
Please try to refrain from eating this whole thing in two bites! This quesadilla is loaded with chewy, meaty hedgehog mushroom and gooey vegan cheese, toasted to perfection. Dunk it in homemade salsa and guacamole. Maybe your night out was a haze of confusion, but they’d no confusion about this place: the food is hearty, satisfying, and filling.
Confusion Plant Based Kitchen, 103 Jervois St, Sheung Wan
Anything from Hemingway’s By the Bay
If you can survive the ferry journey to Discovery Bay without hurling, then we literally suggest ANYTHING from Hemingway’s. Their vegan comfort food — pizzas, burgers, potato skins, curry, chilli, etc. — will soothe your hangry self. Pictured here is the BBQ Jackfruit Burger, but not pictured here is everything else we devoured before remembering to take photos. And if you’re a fan of “hair of the dog,” well they have booze to heal you. The fresh sea air will do you wonders too.
Hemingway’s by the Bay, Shop GO9, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza
Beyond Wu Tang from The Butchers Club
The burger in this photo might look scary, but what’s even more scary is how delicious it is. With a vegan scotch bap, JUST mayo, tempura sweet potato, vegan kimchi, Daiya cheese, the Beyond burger fried in sriracha, and a slice of tomato, this burger might clog your arteries but it’s all worth it. Although this restaurant is definitely not vegan, they have 2 vegan burgers and cook all vegan items on a separate grill. Every time I’ve visited, most of the customers are ordering vegan burgers instead of the meat ones. Score!
The Butchers Club Burger Hong Kong, 82 Stanley St. Central
Poutine from POP Vegan
Poutine is the national dish of Canada, and as I Canadian, I can attest that this version does not taste like real poutine. Is it delicious, however? Yes! Real poutine is hard to imitate as it’s traditionally made with chunky cheese curds and salty beef gravy. POP Vegan’s version is on the sweet side, with stringy vegan cheese and herb-y seasoning. The portion is huge and the warm, greasy, cheesy goodness may cause the buttons in your jeans to POP. Worry about it later.
POP Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Soho, Central
Venice Beach Vegan Burrito from Cali-Mex
I have a love-hate relationship with this restaurant, just like I do with alcohol. Cali-Mex is a great place for hearty Mexican eats, and although they have many vegan ingredients, there’s only one vegan meal option. They have the Impossible burger filling (vegan!), but sadly they use regular cheese and sour cream with it (not vegan!). The Venice Beach Vegan, however, is soy chicken with your choice of beans, veggies, Tofutti sour cream, and Daiya cheese which can be made into a burrito, tacos, nachos, or bowl. Be aware that at some locations they’re quite stingy with the “expensive” vegan toppings! When you’re hungover, however, customer service doesn’t matter and filling up your stomach as quickly as possible does.
Spicy Wok-Fried Rolls from Yum Cha
My favourite street food, Cheung Fun, comes to save the day. These steamed rice rolls are a local snack, but at Yum Cha, they’re taken up a notch. Fried in a savoury sauce with bean sprouts, green onion, and chillies, you’ll feel your hangover drift away with every bite. Chewy, salty, and spicy, these fried pieces of heaven will forgive you of your sins from the night before.
Vegans can get hangovers too. As you can see, Hong Kong has many hearty, hangover-curing comfort foods, if you know where to go. Don’t suffer in silence — eat something yummy, inexpensive, and cruelty-free and you’ll feel better in no time.