Juicing in Hong Kong

Everywhere you look… there is a blog post about new juice cleanses, juice bars opening and juice deliveries. Everyone is talking about juicing in this town. There are so many companies and bars selling juice now, I think I lost track! There is Be-Juiced, Pure Swell, Punch Detox, Genie Juice and every time I go into Pure Fitness I pass a wide selection of Nood Food drinks. It has become such a hype, that Pret a Manger carries smoothies – including a special green vegetable one!

I like the idea of eating more fruit and vegetables every day – but I do actually eat a lot of fruit anyway. I can easily munch my way through one banana, two apples, a bag of grapes or cherries and then have some apricots, peaches or mandarins (depending what is in season) for after dinner. But I struggle to eat enough vegetables – especially with all my beloved noodle soup lunches!

So when I had read about the health benefits of juicing – as opposed to making a fruit smoothy that’s rich in cream or milk – I became intrigued. But it was not until I read this blog post by Joy the Baker that I finally got my act together and investigate the different options in Hong Kong. Buying vegetable juices is not an option, not if you want to spend around 55 HKD per bottle (that’s more than I would pay for a lunch – which often includes a coffee/tee besides the main dish!).

Green juice 1

Clearly I needed a slow juicer system – there are cheap offers on Groupon every now and then, but I invested in an expensive Omega Juicer from Sogo. I’ve had it since January 2013 and I’ve had a fresh juice on 4-5 days every week. It is a bit of a hassle, but with some planning and preparing vegetables in batches, it is doable. In fact, it is so doable that I had to increase my production – Patrick asked for a regular supply too!

Green juice 2

While I do like a mix of juices, Patrick only wants green ones – even though he says he hates celery. But that’s one of my main ingredients! I always use celery and cucumber in green juices, because it’s difficult to find Western-style spinach and kale without paying a fortune (and some of the Chinese vegetables can have quite a bitter taste).

Green juice 3

So without any particular order, here are my three favourite juicing recipes that I’ve used over the last 18 months:

Green juice 1
5-6 celery sticks
1 cucumber
1 green apple
1 juice pear
2 kiwis
1 lemon (if the kiwis and pear are sour, only use 1/2 lemon)

Green juice 2
2 handful of spinach
5-6 celery sticks
1 cucumber
2 handful of sweet green grapes
1/2 lemon

Orange juice
4 carrots
2 oranges
1 beet root
5cm Ginger
1/2 lemon

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7 responses to “Juicing in Hong Kong

    • That’s the case for all the juicers! You spend more time preparing the fruit and vegetables, and then cleaning up afterwards than actually juicing! But I do have perfected my routine, it does not take me that long to clean it anymore and because I use it almost every day, I don’t need to be too thorough – I won’t dissemble all the tiny parts, I only do that every other week when I deep clean the juicer. So far this has worked well for me.

  1. How do you find the Omega juicer overall? Is it easy to clean – the little corners and pulp getting stuck? The opening looks quite small, therefore you would have to cube and cut up all your fruits and veggies correct?
    Thanks!

    • I find the Omega juicer fairly easy to clean – but there are a few things I figured out: (1) I can only make about 1 to 1.5 litres of juice in one go (maximum) after that there is way too much fruit pulp stuck inside. Especially celery strings get stuck everywhere (2) I need to clean the juicer immediately after using it, not wait till after breakfast – then it gets all stuck to the different parts and harder to clean (3) Best to finish juicing, and then rinse all parts with water. I don’t need to give them a deep clean every time I use them, just after every 4-5 times of using I use some kitchen cleaner with bleach and attack some of the smaller parts too.

      Yes, you will need to cut up fruits and veggies – some can be pretty large junks (pears, cucumbers) but others need to be smaller (celery stalks, oranges, carrots). The celery stalks get stuck everywhere, the smaller you cut them, the easier the juicer can press them. Carrots are very sturdy, so don’t cut larger sizes then you’d put in a soup or stew, I noticed that they can clog up the juicer plus the sound of the carrot pieces getting pressed sounds a bit harsh…I fear that too large pieces will need to much pressure and then this could damage the juicer.

      • Thanks so much for all the info! I have gone ahead with a Kuvings whole fruit slow juicer! Appreciate your insights. Cheers.

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