Healthworks Hong Kong (健康工房) – Modernised Chinese Herbal Tea shop

In this post, I would like to share another recommendation of a store that I like and would visit from time to time.  This store is called Healthworks Hong Kong (健康工房) and it is actually a health shop franchise with about 20 stores in Hong Kong (See address below).

Healthworks (健康工房) is a modernised Chinese Herbal Tea shop that offers ready made herbal tea, recuperating Chinese soup, and healthy dim sum snacks.  I quite like this store as I feel this store starts with the customer experience rather than making money.  Sometimes, I would go and buy one of the herbal teas when I go and grab some sushi for lunch in the ThreeSixty supermarket.

The kind of herbal teas that Healthworks offer are generic herbal tea.  They are not specifically targeted at eczema but sometimes they are still good for cooling the body after too much fried food or detoxing from too much junk food, etc.  You can purchase them cold or warm.  In the winter, I would also go and buy some Chinese soup from them from time to time to help build up health or warm the body.

For more information about the stores, you can visit their company website below:

http://www.health-wks.com

Store Addresses and Telephone Details

健康工房 [Entrance to the Oneness World] 分店
HealthWorks Entrance to the Oneness World Shops
1.
金鐘港鐵站大堂32號舖 (C出口)
Shop 32,Admiralty MTR Station (Exit C)
2861 2062
2.
尖沙咀港鐵站大堂TST3號舖(D出口)
Shop TST3, Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station (Exit D)
2377 1378
3.
九龍塘港鐵站大堂KOT14號舖(閘內)
Shop KOT14, Kowloon Tong MTR Station (Inside gate)
2337 0031
4.
觀塘港鐵站大堂 KWT26號舖 (C出口)
Shop KWT26, Kwun Tong MTR Station (Exit C)
2389 6280
5.
荔枝角港鐵站大堂9號舖
LCK9 Lai Chi Kok MTR STN, Cheung Sha Wan Kowloon
2959 2858
6.
青衣港鐵站TSY55號舖(近青衣城大門)
Shop TSY55, Tsing Yi MTR Station
2435 0556
7.
荃灣港鐵站大堂TSW6號舖
Shop TSW6, Tsuen Wan MTR Station
2891 8209
8.
天水圍西鐵站大堂5號舖
Shop 5, Tin Shui Wai Station, West Rail Line
2663 2400
9.
沙田港鐵站SHT39號舖
Shop SHT39, Shatin MTR Station
2312 2532
健康工房 [自然般若] 分店(設有堂座)
HealthWorks “PRAJNA NATURE” Shops (With Dining Area)
1
太古城道元宮閣地下G404號舖
Shop no. G404, Yuan Kung Mansion, No 20 Tai Koo Shing Rd,
Tai Koo Shing, H.K.
2560 1288
健康工房 [都會健康茶] 分店
HealthWorks “Chinese Urban Healing Tea” Shops
1.
中環港鐵站大堂W7號舖 (環球大廈A出口)
Shop W7, Central MTR Station (Exit A Worldwide House)
2840 0518
2.
佐敦港鐵站大堂JOR12號舖
Shop JOR12, Jordan MTR Station
2730 3003
3.
葵芳港鐵站大堂KWF 9 號舖 (D出口)
Shop KWF 9, Kwai Fong MTR Station (Exit D)
2422 6698
4.
黃大仙港鐵站大堂WTS 7-8號舖 (D出口)
Shop WTS 7-8, Wong Tai Sin MTR Station (Exit D)
2321 2682
5.
九龍灣港鐵站大堂 KOB11號舖 (B出口)
Shop KOB11, Kowloon Bay MTR Station (Exit B)
2305 3823
6.
香港中環置地廣場四樓ThreeSixty (Tea & Tonic Bar)
ThreeSixty, Shop 411-413 , 4/F, The Landmark,
Central, HongKong (Tea & Tonic Bar)
2111 5174
7.
九龍站圓方1樓1090號舖 ThreeSixty (Tea & Tonic Bar)
ThreeSixty, Shop No. 1090, First Level at Elements,
Union Square, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station,
Kowloon(Tea & Tonic Bar)
2196 8076
健康工房 [季節自然郵] 分店(設有堂座)
HealthWorks “Nature Post” Shops (With Dining Area)
1.
香港魚則魚涌康山道2號康怡廣場(南座)
康山吉之島地下020號舖
Unit 020, G /F, JUSCO Kornhill Store, Kornhill Plaza (South),
2 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.
2967 9943
健康工房分店(設有堂座)
HealthWorks Shops (With Dining Area)
1.
鴨月利洲海怡半島海怡路海怡西商場G20號舖
Shop G20, G/F, Marina Square West Comm.
Blk Comm’l Development South Horizons, Apleichau H.K.
2870 0880
2.
馬鞍山新港城中心2113-2114號舖
Shop 2113-2114, Level 2, Sunshine City Plaza, Ma On Shan, N.T.
2643 1777
3.
荃灣青山公路167-173號地下2號舖
Shop no. 2, G/F. 167-173 Castle Peak Rd., Tsuen Wan
2944 8292
4.
將軍澳欣景路8號新都城中心2期商場1119-1120號舖
Shop 1119-1120, 1/F, Comm Accommodation Metro City,
Phase 2, Tseung Kwan O,N.T.
3194 5091
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A snack option for eczema / allergy sufferers – Zing Bar

In this post, I would like to share with readers a snack that I have been taking from time to time for the last six months after my recovery of chronic eczema condition.

The snack is called “Zing Bar” and it is essentially a “nutrition” bar that is made of organic certified ingredients with a good balance of protein, fibre and carbs.  There are a number of flavours, some are gluten-free, some are dairy-free, none have preservatives and all are made with 100% natural ingredients.  I have tried all the flavours, I think they taste good (so does my 5 year old son) and I think they are a good alternative to the typical over-the-counter savoury snack (chips/biscuits) or sugar-loaded snack (chocolate bars).

Nowadays, I often have a zing bar during a workout to replenish on my carbs and protein requirement and sometimes to satisfy my chocolate / sweet tooth craving.

Below is a screenshot of the available flavours.

Overview of Zing Bars

Overview of Zing Bars

For more information, you can visit their website:  http://www.zingbars.com

In the website, you will see that the Zing Bar is an American-based product and retails for about HK$20 per bar in the USA.  In some places, you can even get it by the box of 12 for about HK$12 per bar, e.g. Amazon.com.

In Hong Kong, I buy them from ThreeSixty at Elements Mall in Kowloon.  They go for HK$29 per bar (price as of Apr 2013) and if you buy 12, you get 2 free and so the price averages to HK$24 per bar if you buy 12.  Pricewise, it isn’t cheap and you probably thinking I can get 4 equivalent chocolate bars in a convenience store for that kind of money, but I think it is an good healthy alternative, especially if you want gluten-free or dairy-free products.

Additional note (as of May 2013):  If you purchase them bulk from ThreeSixty in Elements Mall, you can get HK$100 off by spending HK$1,000 in one go and join their wellness club for the first purchase.  Subsequently, you can get another HK$100 off for every HK$2,000 spent by accumulating 20 points on the wellness card (HK$50 per point).  This would take it to HK$22 per bar if you are willing to buy 48 bars in one go.  

To date, I haven’t seen the product being sold anywhere else in Hong Kong.  If any readers spot it in Hong Kong and for a cheaper price, do let me know and I will check it out and update this post.  Thank you in advance.

Greendotdot 點點綠 – Organic chainstore in Hong Kong

In this post, I would like to introduce a shop called “Greendotdot” to readers.  Greendotdot is a health and organic chain store with 18 stores located in Hong Kong.

Personally, I have not done much shopping in Greendotdot although I have done some window shopping and they seem to have a bit of everything.  Hence, I think it would be a useful reference for many people in Hong Kong, especially if you are finding it difficult to source organic / healthy food in your vicinity.  For more details of the locations of their stores, click here.

Greendotdot stock a range of goods including:

  • organic grain
  • organic honey, oil and seasoning
  • frozen organic meat
  • organic noodles, drinks and snacks

They have an online website with online shopping facilities, so users can also go and check out their products, pricing and shop online.  Their website is http://www.greendotdot.com/main.php.

I hope you find this post useful.

Local organic chicken in Hong Kong

In one of my prior articles, I mentioned switching to organic food to lead a more healthy lifestyle.  I also gave more information on the availability of local organic pork – Wah Kee pork in my prior article.  In this article, I will cover off the availability of local organic chicken in Hong Kong.

Ka Mei chicken is not only available at organic BB in Shatin but also at over 30 different sales point dotted throughout Hong Kong.  For more information, please click here (NB: in chinese).

As for more information on Ka Mei chicken, readers can visit their website by clicking here (currently in chinese only).  On purchasing Ka Mei chicken, my own experience is price can vary widely at different sales point.  I have seen a Ka Mei chicken going for HK$400+ at ThreeSixty (Kowloon ICC), HK$200+ at Organic BB (Shatin) and ~HK$150 at Sheung Shui market.  Hence, it is probably most economical to purchase it from the local wet market where I assume the lower cost of rent is keeping the price competitive.  However, readers do also need to be careful they are purchasing the chicken with their feet tagged. There have been newspaper stories of authorized sales point selling off non-organic chicken as Ka Mei chicken.  Somehow, the customer could taste the difference, made a complain to the farm, had leftover samples sent to a lab for testing to catch out the mischief.

Local organic pork in Hong Kong (Updated March 2013)

  1. In one of my prior articles, I mentioned switching to organic food to lead a more healthy lifestyle.  This included purchasing local organic pork (Wah Kee Pork) from Organic BB.  Since then, it has come to my attention that Wah Kee farm maintains an online blog in chinese.  To visit the blog, click here.

As a quick summary in english, wah kee farm is a local farm in yuen long with over 50 years of history.  In 1996, the 2nd generation of wah kee’s farmers started to focus on raising pigs/hogs and began to introduce modern hygiene management practices as well as UK’s Bath Berkshire hog raising best practices to run the business.  Wah Kee is now a iso 9001 certified farm.

For information of authorized sales points to purchase wah kee’s pork, click here. (NB:  in chinese).  Below is a translation of the sales points in English for those who cannot read Chinese.

New Territories

  1. Yuen Long, Liu Lok Square, Yuen Long Government & Tai Kiu Market, Ground Floor, Shop M29/30
  2. Tai Po, Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po Complex, Ground Floor, Shop M37/38
  3. Tai Po, Tai Po Tai Wo Road, Tai Po Mega Mall, Yata Supermarket
  4. Fo Tan, 1 Tsun King Road, Ascot Plaza, Shop G31 – Organic B (Telephone is +852 2104 1000)
  5. Shatin, Pak Hong Ting Street, New Town Plaza, Yata Supermarket
  6. Shatin, CityOne, Ngan Shing Commercial Centre, Shop 108 – Organic B (Telephone is +852 2683 1333)
  7. Tseung Kwan O, Po Lam, MetroCity Plaza Phase 3, 1st Floor, Shop 151 – Organic B

Kowloon

  1. Hung Hom, 11 Ma Tau Wai Road, Hung Hom Municipal Services Building, Hung Hum Market, 1st Floor, M13
  2. Cheung Sha Wan, No.863 Lai Chi Kok Road, Banyan Mall, 1/F, Shop 14 – Organic B (Telephone is +852 2802 3283)

Hong Kong Island

  1. Sai Wan Ho, 111 Shau Kei Wan Road, Sai Wan Ho Market, Ground Floor, Shop M12 

Remark:  Please click here to goto the prior post for more information on Organic B.

Eczema and snacks

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Since my eczema has taken a turning for the worst 2 years ago and spread to every part of my body, I have been progressively very careful with my diet and try to only eat nutritious and healthy food so that I am not further intoxicating my body. For the last 3 months, I have now completely switch to organic food only, cut out grain 90% of the time and haven’t had any junk food. However, I am a sweet tooth and love my chocolate indulgence. I bought some ice lollies I saw in green at heart lately and just tried one. It was delicious and comforting…chilled coconut dipped in chocolate…no additives, preservatives, colouring, gluten…just basic ingredients…if only I can get these in 7-11.

Frozen meat store in Luen Wo Hui Fanling 曾記環球凍肉

I had been searching for a while to find a place that sells grass-fed organic beef in Hong Kong. Yes, it is probably available in higher-end supermarkets like ThreeSixty, Olivers or CitySuper, chilled and air flown from overseas but it would cost at least HK$400 to 500 for a small piece in those places which is not something I can afford on a everyday “grocery shopping” basis. Luckily, I came across a frozen meat store in Luen Wo Hui Market while doing some BBQ shopping. In the market, there is a frozen meat store called “Tsang Kee” that stores some higher end frozen meat including frozen grass-fed organic steak from Australia at ~HK$100 a piece. Choice of sirloin and rib-eye is available. Additionally, organic pork loin and pork chops is available from the US. Below is the Chinese address to the market and facebook page of Luen Wo market:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/聯和墟街市/127414080664968

曾記環球凍肉 粉嶺聯和墟新街市1樓M9號舖 2676 0737

Green at heart 綠色心意

Green at heart is a shop in the e-max mall in Kowloon Bay. Free parking is available with purchase from HK$100 upwards. This shop stocks a lot of goods from Taiwan, Korea and the US. Their website address is

www.greenatheart.com.hk

This shop also does online shopping with free delivery and they also have another shop in Yuen Long. However, I have not tried their online shopping nor their shop in Yuen Long.

The things I buy at this store includes:
1. Large jar of organic coconut oil from Thailand/Philippines (good value)
2. Preserved prunes
3. Dried seaweed snack
4. Frozen fruit lollies
5. Black sesame snack

Other interesting products in this store that I can see include:
1. Organic food for cats/dogs
2. Preserved figs
3. Manuka honey

Compared to shops like CitySuper and ThreeSixty, the prices are a lot cheaper at Green at heart.

有機仔仔 Organic BB

Organic BB is a small shop based in Shatin in the New Territories. This shop was recommended to my wife when she was shopping at an organic product counter and she was discussing my condition with the sales lady. We now do a weekly shopping routine at organic BB where my wife would place an order and I would pick it up after work on Tuesday. Parking is quite convenient and I always park outside on the pavement road near the shop.

More recently, they have set up a online ordering system with free delivery for orders over HK$400. Other fellow HK’ers may want to check it out. Below is their website link, Facebook link and Blog link:

www.organicb.com.hk
Facebook page
Yahoo Blog

Personally, my family would buy the following groceries:
1. Local organic vegetables
2. Local organic ka mei chicken
3. Local yuen long monkshood fish
4. Local wah kee bath premium pig meat
5. Dried banana snacks

I also notice the following produce is available that is interesting:
1. Dried seaweed
2. Local organic honey
3. Braggs apple cider vinegar
4. Rocksalt (aka himalaya salt)
5. Local fresh milk
6. Limited local seasonal fruit produce

Anyway, healthgoers should check it out themselves and make their own judgement of the shop.