You asked for it – now it’s here! Kong II, the new offshoot of the popular Friedrichshain restaurant that puts vegan drinks front and center. The founders of the original Kong, Tong Liu and Ling Madas, came up with their tasty beverages as a way to serve takeaway customers during the onset of the pandemic. Customers came in their droves, and so when the pair came to open the second venture – located next to the imposing Immanuel Church in Prenzlauer Berg – they decided to focus on drinks. Their homemade creations are not classic milkshakes, but made from a variety of plant-based alternatives. The “Tofu Concubine”, for instance, is a mix of soy, caramel tofu and fermented rice, while the “Coconut Princess” (the owner’s favorite drink) comes in a natural purple color thanks to the rice and sweet potato puree. All drinks come with a snack on top in the form of three sesame rice balls and if it’s warm you can also order your drink on ice for subtle, cool refreshment.
While the focus is on drinks, Kong II also serves treats to eat, with small Sichuan tapas such as spicy edamame and another speciality: Baozi steamed dumplings. They come filled with tofu and vegetables or meat and homemade roasted pepper sauce for the perfect spicy kick. Since opening in May 2022, Kong II has been more of a daytime place, but a little bird has told us you’ll be able to sip evening cocktails here very soon. We’re looking forward to it.
Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Arundhati Shenoy & Kong II