Hong Kong's first vegan cheese shop has opened its doors today, selling handcrafted dairy-free raw cheeses.
The plant-based scene in Hong Kong has grown exponentially recently, with vegan ice-cream shops, bakeries and bubble tea popping up across the city.
But until now, there has been one thing missing: vegan cheese.
Le FroMAge is the first vegan cheese shop in Hong Kong and will be a welcome addition to the existing vegan offerings.
The shop will sell handcrafted vegan cheeses created by jewellery designer turned raw vegan chef Tina Barrat.
Barrat uses nutritionally dense ingredients such as cashews and almonds to create her cheeses, and with over 20 to choose from Hong Kong will be spoilt for choice.
On the cheese menu is a truffle-flavoured Shamembert, a pink peppercorn studded Cheddar Smoked Brie, and a creamy Gorgonzola.
As all the cheeses are raw vegan, none of the ingredients are warmed above 40 degrees.
Instead, Barrat creates her cheeses in small batches and gently soaks, sprouts and dehydrates them.
By sticking to the principles of raw veganism, Barrat can retain the ingredients original nutrition, and ensure her cheeses are a healthy plant-based alternative.
Not just cheese
While Barrat’s cheeses will deservedly take centre stage, the vegan cheese shop will also sell artisan products from other small businesses in Hong Kong.
Some of these include sourdough crackers from Mayse Artisan Bakery, vegan butter from Garden Hill, and a range of additive-free jams from Nicole’s Kitchen.
Moreover, Barrat will also feature some of the signature dishes from her restaurant Ma and the Seeds of Life such as vegan Faux-Gras, fish-free Sans-Salmon and Chiaviar which uses chia seeds instead of fish eggs.
We wish Le FroMAge was setting up a vegan cheese shop in the UK!
Speaking of cheese… isn’t it about time for a pizza night?
Read our guide to the best vegan takeaway pizza to order from major UK pizza chains.