Hong Kong’s newest vegan-burger craze, Impossible Burger launched here in May 2018. If you haven’t already heard, this isn’t your standard veggie patty, but a realistic twin to our beloved beef burger. Made 100% with plants, it’s been engineered by a team of scientists, using about 74% less water and 87% fewer greenhouse gases and needing 95% less land to create.
EDIT, JANUARY 2019: The gluten-free Impossible Burger 2.0 has just been released at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. Reviews are very good, and the 2.0 is made from soy protein instead of wheat. Hong Kong should be getting the new recipe by mid-March 2019. Find the details here
EDIT, 2 AUGUST 2019: Impossible is going retail! Having just received FDA approval for its GMO heme from soy (which makes the product ‘bloody’) to be used as a colour additive, and partnering with OSI Group (an enormous supplier of food products) products will be on the shelves for consumer in the US in September. Stayed tuned for the first HK retailer.
We’re proud to say that Hong Kong is the first city outside the US that’s got a taste of the Impossible Burger. Here’s a list of the places that serve the Impossible patty in HK – gobble them up before other countries catch up!
Related: Where to find Omnipork in HK
Beef & Liberty
Beef & Liberty is currently offering the Impossible Chorizo($148). Expect punchy flavours of chilli, coriander and jalapenos with chorizo flavoured Impossible meat, served with vegan cheddar cheese and sour cream. Pair it with an order of Impossible Chilli Fries ($62) – you can’t go wrong with fries, vegan Cheddar, sour cream and minced Impossible beef! If you order via Leaves & Liberty on Deliveroo the Impossible Black Pepper Burger ($152), Hamburger ($109), Cheeseburger ($139) and el Cabron Burger ($149) can also be yours for the chomping.
Central: 3/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, 2450 5778
Stanley: Shop G04, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, 2563 2798
HK International Airport: Unit 7E138, Departures East Hall, Terminal 1, HKIA, Lantau, 2152 1966
Adding to their hip bao burgers and crispy ice-cream bao, May Chow’s Little Bao in Causeway Bay is serving the Impossible Bao ($98), pairing the Impossible patty with the eatery’s well-known steamed buns, black-pepper teriyaki sauce, salted-lemon kombu salad and fermented-tofu sauce… and it’s SO GOOD.
For a limited time only: Get a Szechuan Pineapple IMPOSSIBLE Bao & Hennessy VSOP Sunset Lime Cocktail combo for $148. Until Jan 31st 2019 – Facebook post here
Shop H1, G/F, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, +852 2555 0600
Little Bao’s sister restaurant, Happy Paradise is all about Chinese food reimagined. The creatively designed space is presenting a fun twist on the Impossible patty with its Impossible Xinjiang Hot Pocket ($88), seasoned with pickled daikon and Xinjiang spices.
UG/F, 52–56 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, 2816 2118
GREEN at Hotel ICON
Hotel ICON is the first hotel in Hong Kong to serve up the Impossible Burger. Using classic ingredients such as onion and pickle in a vegetarian bun, the ICON Impossible Burger ($148) is flavoured with a special sauce and served along with sweet-potato fries at café-brasserie GREEN. Make it your own by adding additional ingredients such as fried egg, avocado and smoked Gouda.
Lobby, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, TST East, 3400 1000
Yes, the launch of Impossible at nood food means that you can grab a Impossible nood Burger ($128) and indulge in some wholesome Impossible chilli with garlic bread ($128) without feeling the guilt after your workout at PURE!
2/F, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, SOHO, Central, 8199 8189
Continuing their commitment to being a green-takeaway pioneer, Cali-Mex is now offering Impossible options for their tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, salads, enchiladas and Mexican lasagne (+$20) at all of their Cali-Mex locations. This is in addition to their sustainably sourced seafood options and use of only stainless-steel straws.
Available at Lan Kwai Fong, Sai Ying Pun and TST branches – click here for addresses
Grand Café & The Grill, Grand Hyatt
Impossible has joined the Grand Hyatt at two of its dining outlets. At The Grill, the Impossible Burger is served in traditional style in the Impossible vegan meat and cheeseburger ($210), whilst at Grand Café it is served as a vegan meat cheeseburger ($240).
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, 2588 1234
At ALTO, Chef Mike Boyle gives classic Cuban picadillo an Impossible twist, serving Impossible beef and spinach picadillo in a butter-lettuce cup ($128). That’s right, plant-based meat at a steak restaurant.
31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2603 7181
Chef Todd Williams gets creative with an American classic at BIZOU, turning Impossible meat into achilli topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream ($108)– dairy alert – and it’s also available as a burger.
EDIT: Bizou now offers a flexible ‘Impossible Meat Substitute’ for free – so go ahead and swap it into your favourite Bizou burger.
Shop 132, 1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Admiralty, 2871 0775
This grassroots burger restaurant takes it’s burgers very seriously. On the menu now is the Impossible Burger ($148) with pickles, onion, lettuce and vegan X.O. sauce.
K-Town Bar & Grill and Wagyu
Castelo Concepts have introduced the Impossible Burger to two of their restaurants. Enjoy the brand new Impossible Sausage Pizza which comes with a Pure Blonde beer ($198), or the Impossible Kung Fu Kick Burger, also served with a Pure Blonde Beer ($198). #cheatonbeef
K-Town Bar & Grill, G7 & G8, G/F Sincere Western House, 44 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, 28551368
Wagyu, Unit 3, G/F Centrium Building, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, 25258805
Enjoy Impossible with a view! Dear Lilly has a Dear Lilly Impossible burger ($168) served with spicy mayonnaise and fries.
Shop 4010, 4/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2771 6060
Pirata Group’s lovable Madame Ching is offering Impossible Potstickers ($120) with sesame and fine herbs sauce.
G/F, No.5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2577 7227
At Indonesian-style restaurant and bar Mama San, Chef Budiana adds an Asian touch to the Impossible by incorporating it into dendeng balado ($198), caramelising the plant-based meat and topping it with pounded chilli, kaffir lime and lemon basil. It also serves Crispy Impossible Meat ($178) with black vinegar, caramelized pickled yellow chillies and greens with nam pla tamarillo. YUM!
1/F, 46 Wyndham Street, Central, 2881 8901
The loveable Mrs Pound, your neighbourhood speakeasy restaurant, is serving a unique Yuba Bolognese ($88) for dinner, with Impossible meat, Tofu skin, tomato and basil.
G/F, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, 34263949
We rejoiced when we heard Chef Que was opening Nhau – his latest restaurant centered around the Vietnamese ritual of feasting & drinking with friends. Nhau offers bánh mì rice tacos with Impossible meat, and is mindful to use vegetarian fish sauce. Good to know!
12 Circular Pathway, Central, Hong Kong, 3612 4568
Urban Bakery Works
Created by renowned TV chef Hilda Leung, Urban Bakery Works at LANDMARK is the first bakery-café in Asia serving up the Impossible plant-based meat croissant they have dubbed the croissandwich ($88), accompanied by homemade sriracha, corn salad and rocket. A mini combo set ($68) is available between 3–6pm, perfect for the curious to try with a friend.
Shop 322, 3/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3565 4320
Private Clubs in HK (LRC, HKCC, American Club, Country Club)
Whilst they are not open to the general public, if you score an invitation to one of these private recreation clubs, keep an eye out for Impossible on the menus.
Plat du Jour
Both the Pacific Place and Quarry Bay outlets of charming French bistro Plat du Jour are offering a decadent Impossible Burger ($195) with caramelised onion, mushroom fricassee, tomato, Gruyère cheese, truffle mayonnaise and classic frites on the side.
Admiralty: Shop 007, LG1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 2715 0511
Quarry Bay: 17–21 Hoi Wan Street, Taikoo Place, 2789 4200
In addition to offering a tempting Beyond Burger option, Porterhouse is putting its money where its mouth is in the vegan burger stakes, also serving up an Impossible Burger ($168; available as part of set lunch – $248 for 2 courses; $288 for 3 courses) with smoked aubergine, dairy-free cheese, lettuce, tomato, smoked paprika and roasted corn mayo on a quinoa bun. We love the two options so much, we’d considering ordering both.
7/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 2522 6366
Qi – House of Sichuan
This Michelin Starred Sichuan restaurant favourite has gone all in – choose your favourite numbing peppery dish and have it with Impossible. We would go with Impossible Sauteed String Beans ($135) , Impossible Mapo Tofu ($130) and Impossible Eggplant in Fish Fragrant Sauce ($140)
Shop 12, 2/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 25277117
Roomsbar at Emperor Cinemas
Perhaps the best value Impossible Burger you will find at $90 is at Emperor Cinemas in Entertainment Building in Central. Be warned though, they serve it will a tremendous amount of relish and mustard, and you will be wearing it if you try to eat it during the movie. (We highly recommend the Nachos here though! – Naked $65)
Our favourite Sichuan eatery in SoHo Chilli Fagara has added some fiery meat-free options to the menu. Experience tongue-numbing dishes like Impossible sizzling platter of eggplant in sour chilli-garlic sauce ($148), Impossible ma po tofu ($128), Impossible dumplings with house-made garlic-infused chilli sauce ($128) and Impossible Sichuan-style string beans ($138).
7 Old Bailey Street, SoHo, Central, 2796 6866/2796 6766
Photo credit: Confusion
The Asian- and Middle Eastern-influenced menu at Confusion rotates depending on the availability and freshness of the ingredients. Impossible appears regularly in the eatery’s much-requested gyoza with Sichuan dipping sauce ($80 for 6). Confusion is also working with JUST to put vegan eggs on the menu and serves the Beyond Burger on a rye sourdough bun.
103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 2563 3699
After a number of pop-ups, Please Don’t Tell finally settled at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental as one of our December 2017 new openings. The menu is curated by Chef Richard Ekkebus, so you won’t be finding everyday burgers here. The PDT cheeseburger ($328) comes with a hefty price tag and is served with waffle fries while the PDT Sliders ($168) sound like the perfect sharing snack over a civilised drink.
Mezzanine, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2132 0110
The Phoenix Bar & Kitchen
This gastro pub on the escalator has stood the test of time – a tough test in Hong Kong. We are so pleased to share they are now serving the Impossible Burger ($138) with jerk vegetables and bloody mary sauce.
G/F, 29 Shelley Street, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, 2546 2110
OVOCAFÉ is now serving an Impossible burger ($128) two ways: with nachos and sour cream or the vegan-friendly version with mixed salad.
1 Wan Chai Road, Wanchai, 2527 6011
Namo Avant Thai
If it’s Thai food you’re craving, Namo Avant Thai in TST East is a good bet, now offering three Impossible-based dishes on its contemporary Thai menu. These include The Impossible Meat Lollipop in Panang curry dip ($98), The Impossible Mini Burger with fries and salad ($138) and The Impossible Meatball with red or green curry ($148).
Shop G18, G/F, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, TST East, 2739 1133
When in Macau and craving some Mexican, drop by CHA BEI for The Impossible Tex-Mex Tacos (MOP108) – or indulge in The Impossible 853 Burger (MOP158),a Macanese twist on the original Impossible Burger. This burger patty is marinated in pepper and piri-piri mayo and comes on a brioche bun. It sounds just as scrumptious as the original beloved Impossible Burger.
Shop 1047, 1/F, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, +853 8883 2221
At The Apron, you can indulge in the bold flavours of Mediterranean and Mexican dishes but still keep it healthy and meat free with the Impossible chipotle croquettes (MOP98) and Impossible vegetable millefeuille (MOP128).
Shop G108, G/F, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, +853 8883 2221
The Noodle Kitchen
Although there’s been an influx of Impossible dishes to Macau, it’s still hard to find an Impossible dish that sticks to our Chinese roots – until the arrival of The Noodle Kitchen, that is. The Impossible seared meat buns (MOP98) are stuffed with mushroom and cabbage and injected with mushroom stock for a burst of umami goodness in your mouth. The Impossible tossed noodles with spiced eggplant (MOP128) are also a winner, combing Impossible meat with the eatery’s signature freshly hand-pulled noodles, topped with spicy aubergine sauce.
Shop G084, G/F, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, +853 8883 2221
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