The Vegan Food
Our room type gave us the choice of eating in the Club InterContinental or heading down to the main restaurant, ‘Café on M’, for breakfast. We ate in both, enjoying Western and Asian favourites alongside steaming pots of green tea and coffee as well as a whole variety of fruits, berries and freshly squeezed juices.
We loved the Asian dishes on offer that were already vegan, like traditional vegetable filled dumplings. Tasty diced vegetables encased in a thick, steamed gelatinous rice wrapper, dipped in soy sauce with fresh chillies. We’ll openly admit that we ate a steady stream of these because they were just so moreish.
The helpful restaurant staff also went out of their way to make us some other dishes that were free from animal products as many of the traditional Hong Kong breakfast items had something we couldn’t eat (pork, lard and oyster sauce being common non-vegan ingredients to watch out for). This is a frequent problem for vegans wanting to eat in Hong Kong with these hidden ingredients popping up in places you might not usually expect.
Luckily for us the staff at the InterContinental Grand Stanford pulled out all the stops and made giant bowls of fried rice or noodles with tofu and vegetables.
Our final ‘go to’ breakfast was a traditional plain congee, or rice porridge. Topped with indulgent pieces of fried Chinese donut, nuts, spring onions, and liberal dashes of soya and chilli sauce; this was a delicious vegan way to start the day.