• Jenni Lien

Agave | New dishes featuring Impossible Meat

I’d been curious about Impossible meat for a long time but had never gotten around to trying it. In Hong Kong, it’s not cheap and seemed like a big commitment to order a whole Impossible burger (e.g. at Beef and Liberty) or something. What if I really didn’t like it … $150 down the drain!



But Impossible meat in Mexican food sounded interesting. I’d been Agave, a cheap and cheerful Mexican spot on Hollywood Road (also in Wan Chai), a few times and liked their food. Even if I didn’t turn out to like Impossible, I figured the other flavours might balance it out. So I recruited my favourite Costa Rican buddy to join (she knows her Latin food!) and off we went to try Agave’s Impossible chili, quesadillas, and nachos gringos.



Impossible Meat Chili ($148)

Agave’s chili is intense and flavourful, using six Mexican spices: ancho, colorado, chipotle, anaheim, cayenne and guajillo. There’s also a nice salty-sweetness from the stewed tomatoes. On the side, guests can choose between flour tortillas or cilantro rice. I’d go with the latter which is wonderfully moist with good chew. This was my favourite of the night.



Impossible Meat Quesadilla ($148)

This tasted like a standard quesadilla. Impossible meat and cheese sandwiched between homemade flour tortillas and served with sour cream, guac and salsa. This was my friend’s favourite of the night.




Impossible Nachos Gringos ($266)

While this plate of nachos is pricey, it is absolutely massive and could easily feed four. In addition to Impossible meat, it’s topped with jalapenos, fresh Serrano peppers, beens, cheddar and Oaxaca cheese, and guac. Eat this one while it’s hot, before the chips become impossible to break apart…


Verdict

Personally, I didn’t think Impossible meat tasted very beef-y. But I did like the texture and considering environmental reasons (they say it uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions than beef) would order it again especially in the chili and quesadilla. Impossible or not, Agave’s a solid spot for some Mexican comfort food.


Central: F, G, 26 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2523 1988

Wan Chai: 93 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, 2866 3228

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