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“Beyond Vegan–Spring” Afternoon Tea Celebrates Spring at Contemporary Korean Vegetarian Restaurant ‘Soil to Soul’ in Collaboration with Homegrown Vegan Skincare Brand SKIN NEED

March 20, 2021 Dining No Comments Email Email

Contemporary Korean vegetarian restaurant Soil to Soul is welcoming springtime with a “Beyond Vegan – Spring” afternoon tea set in collaboration with natural, vegan, cruelty-free Hong Kong skincare brand SKIN NEEDThe delightful spread of signature and new savoury and sweet vegetarian delicacies inspired by Korean temple food is launched in the run-up to Mother’s Day from 22 March to 10 May 2021, priced HK$498 for two.

One of the very few Korean afternoon tea experiences in town focuses especially on plant-based seasonal spring ingredients and colourful presentations, featuring both signature favourites and completely new creations, available daily from 3:30 pm to 6 pm.  The treat for mums also includes a gift of SKIN NEED’s California-made CAREFREE Light Hand Cream (40 mle) in original size, valued HK$98.

New savoury recipes of the “Beyond Vegan – Spring” afternoon tea set include Rice Paper Roll Wrapped with Fresh Veggies and Deep-fried Japchae Roll, along with popular ‘Kimbap’ Korean Seaweed Rice Roll and Rice Ball with Assorted Jangajji.

Among sweet treats, Sticky Rice Cake with Chestnuts and Red DatesKorean Mochi and Walnut Tart are all new recipes, with signature favourites Korean Rice BiscuitWalnut & Dried Persimmon RollSoy Bean Paste Madeleine and Sesame Crackers.

The “Beyond Vegan – Spring” set includes complimentary Korean herbal tea or hand-crafted Korean-themed mocktails for two, with a choice of Duyu (strawberry, pear, soy milk), Sinsunhan (fresh berries, lemon juice, soda), Guaba (guava juice, apple, lime, soda water) or O-yee (fresh cucumber, apple juice, mint).

For an extra HK$38 upgrade, Baekmidang coffee is also on offer, from an internationally renowned Korean brand famous for its exceptional constellation of fresh, natural desserts.

In collaboration with Hong Kong skincare brand SKIN NEED, diners who order the “Beyond Vegan – Spring” afternoon tea set for 2 will receive a gift of SKIN NEED CAREFREE Light Hand Cream (40 mle), along with a coupon for spending HK$500 to enjoy a HK$100 discount on SKIN NEED retail purchases at STORiES at K11 MUSEA.*  SKIN NEED customers purchasing at retail store STORiES or at sister brand website can receive a HK$100 coupon for spending at least HK$200 on lunchtime dining at Soil to Soul.

The independent Hong Kong skincare label has become a social media sensation celebrating Hong Kong skincare individuality, formulated especially for local skin type, climate and conditions, with environment-friendly formulas from natural, organic, USP-grade approved ingredients rather than mass market chemical beauty products.

“The DNA of Soil to Soul and SKIN NEED is wellness and sustainability, this is an exciting collaboration of kindred spirits, promoting natural green beauty,” said SKIN NEED founder Christal Leung.

With hand creams available until stocks last, only ten servings of the afternoon tea set are available daily.  Reservations are recommended, mentioning the promotional offer on booking.

Continuing the spring surprise designed especially for mothers, a 9-course Mother’s Day Tasting Menu is also served between 1 – 9 May 2021, priced HK$1,188 per person, combining Executive Chef Gu Jin Kwang’s signature favourites and brand new seasonal dishes.

Four completely new dishes are on the menu – Barley Risotto and Kimchi, served with assorted green pepper, cucumber and Kohlrabi kimchiFried Japchae RollRoasted Deodeok with Seasonal Greens and Beetroot Carpaccio with Celeriac.

A seasonal specialty is Grilled White Asparagus with Smoked Paprika, Porcini and Portobello Mushroom, served with truffle mayonnaise, and signatures completing the menu are Radish DumplingsSweet & Spicy Assorted MushroomBlessed Tofu Skin Pocket Stuffed with Sweet Potato Noodle, and iconic Perilla Seed Taro Soup with Tofu and Jang-Ajji Wrapped Rice.

Soil to Soul is delighted to celebrate our first Mother’s Day since opening last August with this afternoon tea set in collaboration with SKIN NEED, for extraordinary experiences bringing two premium vegan brands together to encourage healthier green living,” said Soil to Soul Executive Chef Gu Jin Kwang.

Internationally-experienced ‘World Master Chef’ Gu introduces a contemporary interpretation of temple-style cuisine to Hong Kong at the helm of Soil to Soul.

 Similar to the ‘Farm to Table’ process, from growing and gathering to preparation of dishes, all natural characteristics and flavour of ingredients are retained, with temple food philosophy also encouraging a minimalistic diet – “eating only as much as you need, for minimal waste and environmental pollution.”

In accordance with monastic principles, five pungent ingredients believed to distract minds with impure thoughts are avoided – garlic, green onion, leek, chive and onion.  Soil to Soul also adheres to a righteous natural order with a ‘humble, grateful heart’ without polluting or harming nature, mindful that just as the body and mind, humans and nature are one.

Soil to Soul offers discounts of up to 40% on takeaway special orders after 6 p.m., for stay-home celebrations, including Mother’s Day.

Seating 106, the refined 3,380 sq. ft. restaurant and bar incorporates elements of wood and earth inspired by the Chinese philosophy of “Wuxing” – the five phases of fire, water, wood, metal and earth.  Using wood flooring and seating as foundation, a spacious interior stimulates air circulation and glass enhances space, encouraging interaction between light and air, and an overall ‘soul to roots’ concept bringing peace of mind.

An oblong-shaped bar with spectacular harbour view is the key focus, styled as a contemporary Korean oasis blending traditional and modern with a touch of theatrical intimacy.  Three VIP rooms, including one with harbour view, offer ultimate privacy and exclusivity.

Soil to Soul is located next to the Avenue of Stars at 704, 7/F, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong – operates daily from 12noon – 10pm with car parking at K11 MUSEA car park.

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