Originally published by Inés Fung. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
Kombucha is a fizzy drink made out of fermented green or black tea that’s chock-full of probiotics and antioxidants—all thanks to its essential component, the SCOBY. An acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, the SCOBY acts as the “mother” that encourages yeast and bacteria growth during the fermentation process. And kombucha isn’t just another passing health fad, either: the drink has roots in China, Japan, and Russia, and had long been known as a health booster prior to its resurgence in popularity in the Western world.
Kombucha is particularly good for anyone with digestive issues, or simply as a healthier alternative to booze and fruit juice. There’s an abundance of choices when it comes to imported booches (which we will also list for your convenience), but if you’ve ever wondered how you can support local businesses while getting healthy, here’s where you can find a bottle of Hong Kong-made kombucha.
Probably the most recognisable kombucha brand in Hong Kong, Taboocha uses organic Chinese tea and organic raw cane sugar to create their small batch of probiotic elixirs. Their fun and unique flavours are injected via cold-pressed juices, fresh herbs, and spices. There are six signature year-round options, as well as three seasonal flavours, our favourites being Geung, a bold infusion of goji berry and ginger green tea, and Woof-Long, a rich oolong sweetened with osmanthus flower and orange peel.
Help save the earth and some cute pooches and return your booch bottles to any of Taboocha’s outlets, and they’ll donate $1 to a dog charity. You can buy Taboocha online, get it delivered to you via Deliveroo, and more.
The perfect counterbalance to their barbecued and deep-fried delights, Commissary cold-brews and ferments loose leaf tea to create three variations of their bubbly kombucha: Natural Black ($40), Earl Grey ($40), and Jasmine Green Tea ($40). There’s also an ever-changing Seasonal Expression option for the more adventurous drinkers, and if you want an after-work tipple with benefits, try the Kombucha Mojito ($100), made with Nusa Caña rum, lemon, mint, green tea kombucha.
Commissary, Level 4, Pacific Place, Admiralty | (+852) 2602 0707
Kushta’s kombuchas are made to order in the heart of Hong Kong. They may possibly have the widest range of unique flavours, and they love making your booch fantasies come true with custom brews. Kushta uses locally-grown ingredients when possible, as well as sustainable packaging. Past popular flavours include Passionfruit Hibiscus, Chai Masala, and Custard Apple, and they have rotating weekly specials available to order. Make sure to follow their Instagram page, send a DM, and join the ranks of all the wellness experts and fitness gurus who have given Kushta’s kombuchas their vote of confidence.
Foodcraft Hong Kong hosts monthly kombucha-making workshops at their HQ in Kennedy Town. For just $680, you’ll get a complete home-brewing lesson, including how to flavour your creations and how to maintain the SCOBY, a ready-to-drink flavoured kombucha, and your very own starter kit. Already know what to do? Order a SCOBY or a starter kit from the Foodcraft site and get your booch on! No time to make your own? Foodcraft also produces their own line of kombucha, called Equinox, available in five crisps flavours.
Foodcraft Hong Kong, Room A, 21F Yiuga Factory Building, 62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2884 1299
Not to be outdone, our neighbours over in Macau have been busy fermenting their own kombucha as well. Blissful Bombooch makes Kombucha ($80) in twelve fantastic flavours, with our favourites like immune system-boosting Turmeric, refreshing Thai Iced Tea, sharp and sweet Pineapple Lemongrass Ginger, and so many more. No need to hop on a ferry to get a taste of these babies; both MANA! and Spicebox Organics in Hong Kong stocks different varietals, and MANA! even does an exclusive Organic Gin & Kombucha ($58) made with Kew Organic Gin for their happy hour. You can even bring your used glass bottles back to MANA! for recycling!
If a bottled and imported option will do the trick for you just the same, City’Super stocks a healthy collection of kombuchas from brands across the world. Multiple flavours of Health-Ade ($58) are available, like the fruity Pink Lady Apple and Ginger Lemon, as well as different varieties of Wonder Drink ($18), like Green Tea & Lemon and Asian Pear & Ginger. You’ll also find Captain Kombucha ($42) in Original, Coconut, and more. Similarly, Feather & Bone offers Remedy ($28.5) in various flavours, such as Apple Crisp, Lemon & Mint, Cherry Plum, and more, both in glass-bottled form and larger plastic bottles.