Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time to plan your festive meals. Here’s our roundup of health-conscious festive goodies and creative caterers for vegan- and allergy-friendly dishes.
Vegan, gluten-free and free from refined sugar, Sweet Secrets has been baking for the city’s food allergy sufferers for more than seven years. For a touch of festive sparkle, their cupcakes this year come decorated with cute Christmas toppings and are available in red velvet ($660 per dozen) or Heaven’s Chocolate ($750 per dozen). We have also fallen hard for their “Mr. Ginger” gingerbread men, which are also free from refined sugar, gluten, egg, nuts, soy and dairy.
the vege lab
Hong Kongs’s newest plant-based bakery, the vege lab offers 100 percent vegan treats. For your festive dessert table, try the rum chocolate or blueberry vegan macarons, or the vegan cookies with edible flowers ($22 each). Alternatively, share the love with a matcha pumpkin chestnut cake ($500) or a sugar-free chocolate strawberry cake ($420) that will delight anyone with a sweet tooth.
Get your hands on these super yummy festive treats from Baking Maniac. Kids and grownups alike will go nuts for the Madagascar vanilla sugar cookies decorated with fondant and royal icing, which can be made eggless. Also try out their range of Christmassy cupcake flavours, including toffee apple, chocolate peppermint and chocolate gingerbread – or for something even more festive, their buttercream Christmas tree cupcakes can be made eggless, vegan or gluten-free. Cupcakes start at $28 and cookies start at $50.
In addition to traditional French-style cakes and hampers, Jouer patisserie is also offering a selection of low sugar and vegan nibbles, including vegan chocolate truffles, which come presented either in a bamboo steamer ($98 for six) or glass jar ($148 for six); and vegan almond snowball cookies ($88 for eight).
If you are planning an event this Christmas, make life much easier by ordering from a variety of restaurants and caterers through Caterspot, an online platform that allows you to filter according to your needs. Search by budget, cuisine or dietary restrictions to find the best caterer for your function, or have your dedicated concierge create a custom-made meal for you. Browse hundreds or vendors, including plant-based providers Confusion Plant Based Kitchen, Eat’s Delicious and Eatology (pictured), to name a few.
This year, award-winning caterers Invisible Kitchen is pushing vegan dining into a new era with the launch of their “Goodness Gracious Green” vegan canapes. These sustainable canapes are sure to please everyone’s palate, with homemade vegan cheese and pineapple jam tartlets, vegan “scotch eggs” and smoked tomato tartare – all 100% plant-based.