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A vegan pâtisserie has become the first of its kind to open in Hong Kong.

Bien Caramélisé, whose products are all free-from dairy, eggs, gelatine, and refined sugar, offers an array of classic French-style pastries including mille-feuilles, éclairs, and tartes au citron.

‘Better for you’

According to Time Out, Founder and Chef Jessica Chow said: “We are healthier not in the sense of our products being low in fat or calories, but more in using a wider variety of nutritious ingredients, which makes our pastries better for you and the environment.”

Speaking about the company’s pâte à choux, which roughly translates to cream puff dough, Chow explains how she uses brown rice and chickpea flour, as well as olive oil and psyllium husk.

She added: “You wouldn’t notice it when you eat it… The texture and appearance are almost identical to the egg and butter-rich choux puffs.”

‘Sustainable food systems’

On its website, Bien Caramélisé says it uses a ‘range of different natural ingredients’ to help keep a ‘more sustainable food systems and reduce the harmful impact on our planet’.

“Many of our ingredients are of organic origins and, as much as possible, we aim to support local small businesses, sourcing produce from our network of local farmers,” the eatery said.

“Being on a plant-based diet is only one way to help the earth. We also work hard to minimize wastage in our cooking, daily operations, and packaging.”

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.