Heard of the Impossible Burger? Well – it’s not quite the burger burger you think it is. Started in 2011 by Impossible Foods (the brainchild of Stanford biochemistry professor and former paediatrician Dr Patrick O Brown that makes meat, fish and dairy directly from plants), the Impossible Burger is a 100% vegan burger patty made entirely from plants that cooks, smells and tastes like ground beef. It’s been served in more than1,400 outlets in the United States – and last June, it made its debut in Hong Kong, the first city outside of USA.
Which makes perfect sense because Hong Kong has one of the most dynamic restaurant scenes this part of the world. The Impossible Burger was first launched in three restaurants – Michelin-starred Uwe Opocensky’s Beef & Liberty, and Asia’s Best Female Chef 2017 May Chow’s Little Bao and Happy Paradise. Since then, these vegan burgers have been literally flying off the stoves. Now, aside from the three, the Impossible Burger is available in two more restaurants – nood food and Mama San and many more in the rest of the 852.
Here’s what’s cooking at these five Impossible Burger restaurants in Central.
Beef & Liberty
Award-winning chef and owner Uwe Opocensky earned his reputation in the kitchen from working in restaurants such as Spain’s El Bulli. He started Beef & Liberty as the Group Executive Chef in 2016, which has been dubbed Hong Kong and Shanghai’s best hamburger. Beef & Liberty’s Impossible Burger is a Thai burger served with chilli, coriander, mint, basil, spring onion, a vegan soy mayonnaise, crispy shallots and garlic all a vegan sweet potato bun for HK$137.
Lan Kwai Fong, 3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, Tel: 02-2450 5778
Little Bao’s May Chow was named Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2017 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. She’s also the owner of Happy Paradise, which also serves the Impossible Burger. Her take on the vegan burger at Little Bao – a Chinese street-food inspired version with black pepper teriyaki sauce, salted lemon kombu salad and fermented tofu sauce between two steam buns for HK$118.
66 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 02-2194 0202
Over at Chow’s Happy Paradise, the Impossible Burger gets a street snack treatment as the Impossible Xinjiang Hot Pocket served with pickled daikon and Xinjiang spices served with or without the egg yolk dip. This goes for HK$88.
UG/F, 52-56 Staunton St., Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 02-2816-2118
More places in Hong Kong now offer the Impossible Burger and nood food is one of them. This one-stop shop for “healthy-licious” salads, soups, wraps, sandwiches, cold-pressed juices and superfood smoothies came up with two versions of the Impossible Burger – the Impossible nood Burger (HK$128), a classic juicy “burger” with lettuce and tomatoes, and the Impossible Jalapeno Burger with Guacamole (HK$138) dressed with the classic Mexican trimmings.
Pure Fitness Soho, 2/F, 32 Hollywood Road, Kinwick Centre, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 02-8199 8189
At the Indonesian-style restaurant and bar Mama San, the Impossible Meat gets an Indonesian treatment in the form of a traditional Indonesian dish known as dendeng balado where the vegan patty is caramelised before being topped off with pounded chilli, kaffir lime and lemon basil. Try it now for HK$198.
1/F, 46 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 02-2881 8901
The restaurant and lounge bar has an Impossible Burger on its menu but it is the other option that you should really check out. In this Parisian-inspired restaurant, the Impossible Meat is paired with curried quinoa, baby asparagus and beetroot puree (HK$108) for a flavour bomb in your mouth.
Shop 4010, 4/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 02-2771 6060