In a city where it is far too easy to be unhealthy, vegetarian restaurants are inevitably popping up everywhere we look. Mum Veggie + Coffee + Sweet, a cute relatively new vegetarian café recently joined the throng, offering healthy and delicious food to the southsiders in Wong Chuk Hang.
As I’m sure you must by now be aware, the chance of me bidding adieu to meat is about as likely as me giving up food altogether; it simply will never happen. That said, I do appreciate a good veggie meal and was very happy to put Mum to the test.
On the ground floor of shiny One Island South building, Mum is a modern, cosy space with that ever-popular unfinished look – exposed ceiling, dusty stone walls and a hotchpotch of furniture. There is certainly something sweet and alluring about this little spot, further evidenced by the many curious faces we first saw cautiously peer in through the entrance and then slowly make their way to the brightly lit counter displaying fresh, colourful salads and cakes.
After a delicious refreshing juice (try the Super C, loaded with fresh orange, apple and lemon), we tucked into a burdock root salad. The combination of colours and textures from the burdock root, carrots, bean sprouts and salad leaves married beautifully together, lightly dressed in a more-ish sesame dressing.
Whilst we loved the idea of Mum’s style dumpling udon noodles, the vegetable dumplings were sadly a little lacking in flavour. Dipped in the chilli and sesame dipping sauce, they fared a little better, but would have benefitted from a little more seasoning. Thankfully, however, the perfectly doughy udon noodles were spot on.
Possibly the best of the three dishes we tried were the sesame somen noodles with wakame seaweed and assorted veggies. Again, the array of textures from the crunchy leaves and seaweed to the chewy noodles complemented each other and the sesame dressing (I think Mum likes sesame!) completed the dish.
Unable to resist the gorgeous looking cakes that had been staring at us from the moment we sat down, we ordered three to share: the vegan banana cake, tofu brownie and vegan toffee apple cake. Whilst we found the banana cake a little on the dry side, the toffee apple cake, served warm, was sweet and comforting, with a layer of fresh apple on top to keep it moist. The tofu brownie, however, by far outshone the other two. This was also served warm and was utterly heavenly; you would never tell it was made with tofu and it was hard to believe it wasn’t terribly bad for me!
Prices at Mum are as refreshing as the food, with main courses around $50-70 and desserts around $25. It’s not necessarily somewhere I would rush back to, given its slightly out of the way location, but if I happened to one day find myself in the area, there is no denying that I would stop by, even if just for a ‘healthy’ chocolate brownie.
Mum Veggie + Coffee + Sweet
G07, G/F, One Island South
2 Heung Yip Road
Wong Chuk Hang
Tel: +852 2115 3348