Normally at the Caffeinated Vegan we like to focus on the great work that vegan restaurants and café’s are doing all around the world. However, once and a while an omni restaurant will do it’s part by providing a solid vegan offering on their menu.
Hong Kong is fairly light on 100% vegan restaurants, but HK vegans shouldn’t worry because a solid number of places are starting to throw vegan options on their menu, and soy milk is an option at most of the cities café’s – which are increasingly excellent. Enter Cali-Mex in Hong Kong, they have gone above and beyond the standard token vegan option.
The Venice Beach Vegan is available as a burrito, taco, and quesadilla and it doesn’t let down. The price is up there but the portion size is very generous. I would describe this as the perfect vegan hangover food.
The main component of the VBV is a delicious saucey mixture loaded with soy-based fake chicken and mixed vegetables. You then get your choice of mixed or refried beans (vegan), lettuce, rice, and pico-de-galo.
Once your mountain is created it is then generously topped with vegan cheese (they use Daiya here) and Tofutti sour cream, which melts nicely through the burrito once it’s folded or, if you order the quesadilla (and ask for extra vegan cheese), it crisps up nicely and pops with cheesy flavor when you bite into it.
If you’re after something a little less epic, then Cali-Mex also offer simpler options with a mixed bean burrito and spinach burrito, which can be veganized.
Cali-Mex has enjoyed a rather quick expansion and there are now ten outlets on Hong Kong Island and a new one on the Kowloon side near Mong Kok.