Exclusive “Veggie Lao Lao” Campaign Redefines 4 Shanghai Dining Classics
Hong Kong – Plant Sifu™, Hong Kong’s first locally established and produced plant-based meat brand, is collaborating with xiaolongbao and hand-pulled noodles expert Shanghai Lao Lao Lao to launch a plant-based meat menu to have a good time the Shanghainese bistro chain’s inaugural enterprise into new-age Chinese cuisine. The Plant Sifu™ “Veggie Lao Lao” collaboration is offered across Hong Kong in any respect 14 outlets until 30 April 2023.
Shanghai Lao Lao has chosen 4 of its all-time best-selling dishes to be recreated using Plant Sifu™ plant-based pork as a delicious, healthful alternative to meat, including its artisan xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings). “We would like to popularise the thought of a plant-based lifestyle through this collaboration with Plant Sifu™, showing that Shanghainese cuisine might be light, with less meat, but taste equally good,” says Stanley Wong Yiu Man and Chan Kim Fung, Assistant Executive Chefs of Shanghai Lao Lao. “Offering a plant-based choice to our signature dishes gives customers, loyal and newcomers, a comforting sense of familiarity when trying something ‘latest’.”
“Our collaboration with Shanghai Lao Lao represents the primary ever plant-based menu for this authentic Shanghainese label under the Café de Coral Group. Because the brand is understood for its exceptional craftsmanship, authenticity, and quality, its endorsement is a significant testament for Plant Sifu™ as the popular plant-based option for Chinese and Asian cuisines,” says Joshua Ng, co-founder of Plant Sifu™ parent company Good Food Technologies. “The debut menu features a plant-based version of xiaolongbao, the globally renowned Shanghainese dim sum staple, which can also be Shanghai Lao Lao’s number-one selling item.” The plant-based pork promotion provides nourishing satisfaction and a healthy respite from overindulgence through the festive winter season.
4 Shanghai Lao Lao signatures are reimagined, headlined by the handmade Steamed Pork Dumplings with Plant-based Meat (HK$43 / 4 pieces), which feature Plant Sifu™ GROUND pork. Perfect for steamed dishes, plant-based GROUND pork exemplifies the corporate’s patented AROMAX™ technology of a 100% plant-based high-fibre and low-calorie konjac that emulates “pork fat” for next-level tenderness and aroma. The dumplings are made in-house on the restaurants’ open kitchens, with each little parcel enriched with tailored vegetable broth, and a strict standard of hand-folding the skinny skin 22 times at the highest to seal within the goodness. The brand new Plant Sifu™ version will equal the juiciness and flavour of the standard meat dumpling recipe.
The opposite three special dishes showcase the zero-fat Plant Sifu™ MINCE. Noodles in Spicy Sesame & Peanut Soup with Minced Plant-based Meat (HK$68) highlights one other Shanghai Lao Lao speciality – toothsome hand-pulled noodles. The noodle soup is a fiery indulgence of chilli oil and fragrant nutty sesame sauce, served with generous helpings of plant-based pork and savoury fermented vegetables.
Stir-fried to order, Sautéed String Beans with Minced Plant-based Meat (HK$80) is the Shanghainese bistro’s go-to vegetable dish. The green beans are deep-fried first to lock of their lovely crunch, then stir-fried with plant-based pork and lots of ‘wok breath’. As every family’s favourite dish, Braised Bean Curd & Minced Plant-based Meat in Spicy Sauce (HK$78) is a healthy concoction of tongue-numbing chilli-laced bean sauce, silky tofu and lean plant-based pork mince, which is best served with a big bowl of hot white rice.
All Plant Sifu™ plant-based pork products are wealthy in protein and made with high-quality non-GM soybeans with no added MSG, preservatives, additives or colouring. The brand is beloved by Hong Kong’s leading chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants, especially in Chinese cuisine, for the versatile cookability and mild flavours that provide free rein for the creation of luscious traditional and inventive dishes.
Like Plant Sifu™, Shanghai Lao Lao has risen to develop into a dominant force in its sector. Growing from a single outlet at Hong Kong International Airport, the burgeoning budget-friendly restaurant chain delights diners with its unique renditions of Shanghainese delicacies, vibrant range of cooking techniques, and handcrafted dumplings and noodles.
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