I’d been curious about Impossible meat for a long time, but I had never gotten around to trying it. In Hong Kong, it’s not cheap, and it seemed like a big commitment to order a whole Impossible burger. What if I really didn’t like it… that’s $150 down the drain!
But Impossible meat in Mexican food sounded interesting. I’d been to Agave, a cheap and cheerful Mexican spot on Central’s Hollywood Road (also in Wanchai), a few times and liked their food. Even if I didn’t turn out to be an Impossible fan, I figured the other flavours might balance it out. So I recruited my favourite Costa Rican buddy to join me (she knows her Latin food!), and off we went to try Agave’s Impossible chilli, quesadilla and nachos gringos.
Impossible meat chilli ($148): Agave’s chilli is intense and flavourful, using six Mexican chilli peppers: ancho, colorado, chipotle, anaheim, cayenne and guajillo. There’s also a nice salty-sweetness from the stewed tomato. On the side, guests can choose between flour tortillas and cilantro rice. I’d go with the latter, which is wonderfully moist with a good chew. This was my favourite dish of the night.
Impossible meat quesadilla ($148): this tasted like a standard quesadilla to me, with Impossible meat and cheese sandwiched between homemade flour tortillas and served with sour cream, guac and salsa. This was my friend’s favourite of the night.
Impossible nachos gringos ($266): while this plate of nachos is pricey, it is absolutely massive and could easily feed four hungry people. In addition to Impossible meat, it’s topped with jalapeños, serrano peppers, refried beans, Cheddar and Oaxaca cheeses and guacamole. Eat this one while it’s hot, before the chips become difficult to break apart…
Personally, I don’t think Impossible meat tastes very meat-like. But I did like the texture, and considering environmental reasons (they say it uses 95% less land and 74% less water and creates 87% less greenhouse-gas emissions than beef), I would order it again, especially in the chilli and quesadilla. Impossible or not, Agave’s a solid spot for some Mexican comfort food.
Central: 26 Hollywood Road, 2523 1988
Wanchai: 93 Lockhart Road, 2866 3228
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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