Health is wealth after all…
Do you ever find yourself eating out in Hong Kong because of its convenience when all you are really craving is a nice wholesome dinner at home? But you just don’t know how to source good quality, nutritious, organic foods? We get it, you want to make sure that you’re feeding your family the best produce you can find, and ideally, fruit and veg that is from a good source and not wrapped in thousands of layers of plastic. The good news is that there are actually numerous companies readily available in Hong Kong, that can provide you with fresh, wholesome, organic produce and the vast majority will also deliver straight to your door! Here are some of our favourites go-to organic spots around the city.
WHAT’sIN should be the first stop on your grocery list. Featuring a wide assortment of seasonal tropical and western organic fruits that have been sun-ripened in French Reunion Island or in the Mediterranean basin and selected by the finest HK chefs, it curates fresh, delicious fruits and brings them straight to your door in a practical sized box. We’re especially impressed because its produce is all organic or free from harmful chemicals. Compared to fruits of similar quality, WHAT’sIN is 30% to 40% cheaper than those from retail, which makes it perfect for families who have several hungry mouths to feed. Plus, as an added bonus, WHAT’sIN will also deliver fruit boxes on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, ensuring you always have fresh fruits in the house – we love that it strives to use eco-friendly packaging for its deliveries, too!
All Sassy Mama readers who use the code “FRUITS4SASSY” in the check-out page will receive 25% off their first order!
WHAT’sIN, Unit 3B, 13/F, Cable TV Tower, No.9 Hoi Shing Road, New Territories, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, 2178 2229, www.whatsin.hk
Offering a wide selection of healthy goodies, from food to bevvies to supplements and whatnot, Just Green is the place to be if you simply cannot get enough organic products. Though it started off as a small shop, Just Green is now spreading its values of a healthy lifestyle through eight locations across the city. Browse its extensive range on their user-friendly website to see what’s in store!
Whether you’re looking for some extra nutritional support, have cholesterol problems, or need sleeping aids – Redwood Nutrition House has got you sorted. With stores in Kwun Tong and Wan Chai, you can find almost everything healthy and organic that your heart desires, from holistic health bites to nutritious snacks (always be sure to stock up on those)!
Redwood Nutrition House, Shop 9B, 164 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Room B2, 4/F, Wing Cheung Industrial Building, 109 How Ming St. Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, www.redwoodhealth.com.hk
This one’s for the eco-friendly gods and goddesses! Because not only is it completely environmentally friendly, but it is also a socially conscious company that sources everything ethically. Aside from providing a wealth of spices (with the option to create your own herbs and spice box), Spice Box Organics ensures health for the mind, body, and soul with its selection of traditional meds, household and body care products.
Spice Box Organics, multiple locations across Hong Kong, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Central Farmer’s Market
Twice a week, the Central ferry pier’s second level transforms itself into a farmer’s market – offering local and organic fruits and veggies! Organised by the Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden and SEED, you can be rest assured that the produce here is as natural and fresh as it gets!
Central, Ferry Pier, Hong Kong
Mei Foo Market
If you’re living on Kowloon side and finding it hard to purchase organic produce, head to the farmer’s market in Mei Foo on any Sunday between 11am to 5pm. Take MTR exit B and right next to the wet market, you’ll find fresh veggies ready to be stirred up into a salad!
Mei Foo, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Fellow Gold Coasters, don’t worry about having to cause a dent in your wallet at Marketplace for organic veggies – head to Crossroads instead! Every Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, this charity organisation provides visitors a range of produce to purchase from. If you’re in the mood for some extra shopping, visit the Global Handicrafts shop for fair-trade edible munchies!
Crossroads Foundation, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2272 9333, www.crossroads.org.hk
Sai Ying Pun Market
If you’re in the area, check out Organic Veggie Express in Sai Ying Pun’s local market. Hand pick locally grown superfood veggies while they’re fresh and ripe. Not only will it benefit your health, but will also support the local economy!
Organic Veggie Express, 45 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Local organic online store, Jou Sun, enables its customers to buy affordable groceries that are fresher and of better quality by sourcing directly from 35 farmers and speciality importers around Hong Kong. You can easily find sustainable and organic produce, from fresh meat and seafood to dairy products to rice and other grains! With seasonal promotions and next day delivery, your online healthy food shopping is made easier with Jou Sun! Delivery fee is waived if you spend a minimum amount.
If you’re the type that’s allergic to various foods or has specific dietary restrictions, opt for user-friendly Nutri Alley, where shoppers are provided with a range of “free-from” products to pick from. Whether you’re looking for caffeine-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan or kosher items, you can easily find it with its filter search!
Sure, it’s got organic food, but this store even has organic pet food and shampoo! With a range of skincare and household items, One Vegan Shop has all things vegan, as well as a large selection of healthy food like vegetarian meat, dairy-free desserts, supplements and more.
Certified organic online store, Organic Taste is stocked up on a range of products such as superfoods, detox supplements, healthy munchies, energy bars and plenty more. They all carry certifications from around the world such as the USDA Organic, EU Organic and others. What’s more is that these products are all at pretty friendly prices, what would otherwise be quite pricey at any other ordinary retail store!
Organic Taste, WhatsApp: 9138 235, www.organictaste.com.hk
Dragontail Farm dedicates itself to harvesting organic foods for locals from locals. Located in Lantau Island, it sells in-season foods and hopes to expose more people to unique and little-known veggies like the angled loofahs, silk gourds, and water spinach, but it also has a lot of the common veggies like tomatoes and cabbage. There is a wide variety of herbs such as mint, oregano, parsley, basil, and rosemary depending on the season. Although it has very few fruits available, bananas, mulberries, and passionfruit are occasionally available.
Dragontail Farm Ltd. Luk Tei Tong, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 5422 2844, www.leoying.wixsite.com/dragontail-farm
Originally created by three mums, Naoko, Annamaria, and Charlotte, Eat FRESH provides organic foods that are all HKORC-certified and undergo annual testing. The produce is farmed in New Territories by organic farmers. Currently, two health coaches help run the organisation and regularly produce articles about health and sustainable healthy living, as well as recipes for dragonfruit vegan gelato, minestrone, homemade sauerkraut, and eggplant parms. There is a subscription plan available as well as a la carte selections.
Eat FRESH, 9786 9053, www.eatfresh.com.hk
A government-run platform helping local farmers right here in the 852! Ordering vegetables grown locally is the best way to give back to Hong Kong. You can either visit the wholesale vegetable market or choose your order online and wait for it to be delivered. Vegetable Marketing Association changes its selection of vegetables every other season. In winter, the vegetables include flowering Chinese cabbage, pea shoots, radishes, Irish potatoes, and Chinese kale, amongst others. During the warmer months, you can find an assortment of gourd, cucumbers, string beans and eggplant.
Vegetable Marketing Association, 2387 4164, www.vmo.org
This article was originally published on 25 April 2012 and was updated in November 2018.