於 1999 年的國際素食聯盟第 33 屆議會在泰國清邁舉行，鑑於歐洲素食聯盟和北美素食聯盟已經成立並存在多年，亞洲各國素食團體領導決議亞洲素食聯盟成立，香港純蔬食會（Hong Kong Vegan Society）也於同年成立。
雖然素食文化在華人社會有非常獨特的優良傳統，鑑於宗教文化主導了素食文化，一直未能與世界不同信仰的素食文化互動。而這個情況從參與國際素食交流活動開始有所改變，2006 年首屆亞洲素食議會於印度哥亞 Goa 舉行，中國派出代表參加。
同時亞洲推動蔬食文化開始於東京的民間社交活動以及代代木公園的蔬食嘉年華大型活動，2009 年香港開始將模式引入，發起週一無肉日（Meat Free Monday）與台灣及亞洲世界各地蔬食團體一起推動，同時適逢互聯網絡社交媒體開始興起，剛好利用這個契機，運用了一些社交媒體平台推動全城朋友加入，舉辦每星期的社交活動，將蔬食文化植根香港輻射至亞洲各地，2013 年香港開始舉辦與東京蔬食嘉年華同類型的大型活動，然後亞洲各地陸續開始舉辦同類活動，讓蔬食文化在亞洲成長。
2014 年首本亞洲蔬食雜誌面世，介紹世界各地蔬食流行情報。亞洲素食展開始舉辦成為香港與亞洲的素食產業界展覽的先河，同年蔬食文化開始在中國內地以健康為主體的生活方式開始萌芽，尤其以美國責任醫師協會的華人專家接受國內不同健康文化團體邀請在全國各地舉辦了過千場健康蔬食公益講座，中國傳統文化機構與組織紛紛以推廣素食文化為重點，各地省市的蔬食組織紛紛建立，至 2019年中國蔬食人口增長至 5000 萬人，成為一個有待開發的龐大市場。
In 1999, the 33rd Congress of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In view of the establishment and existence of the European Vegetarian Union and the North American Vegetarian Union, the leaders of vegetarian groups in Asian countries decided to establish the Asian Vegetarian Union. Hong Kong Vegan Society was also established in the same year.
The culture of following a plant-based diet has been a very unique and excellent tradition in Chinese society, given that religious culture has dominated vegetarian culture in many Asian countries. It differs in any ways from vegetarian cultures in other parts of the world.
In 2006, the first Asian Vegetarian Congress was held in Goa, India; China sent representatives to participate. This allowed representatives to meet other members from numerous countries.
Promotion of plant based diets started to be done throughout Asia. In 2006 there were also social activities in Tokyo and the large-scale Vegan Festival in Yoyogi Park. In 2009, Hong Kong started organising weekly Meat-Free Monday gatherings. Advocates were taking advantage of the early social media platforms to promote the vegan lifestyle worldwide. In 2013, Hong Kong's first large-scale event -- Hong Kong VegFest -- was held; it was similar to the Vegan Festival at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Since then other regions of Asia began to organize similar activities, one after another, allowing the plant-based lifestyle to grow in Asia.
The first Asian plant-based magazine was published in 2014, introducing worldwide vegan trends. Vegetarian Food Asia started the first vegetarian food exhibition for plant-based food entrepreneurs in Hong Kong for Asia. In the same year, the plant-based diet began to sprout in mainland China, as a health-based lifestyle, especially when the Chinese experts from PCRM were invited to lecture nationwide.
To date, over a thousand lectures have been given by PCRM representatives in China. Traditional Chinese cultural institutions and organizations have started to really focus on promoting vegetarian culture. Vegan organizations have been established in various Chinese provinces and cities. By 2019, China's vegetable population had reached to 50 million people. This is a huge market to be developed.