Six popular plant-based meat substitutes from all over the world
Abstract: Through the new technology and innovation of food research, meat substitutes on the market now no longer taste like cardboard. The following are some of the brands that produce meat substitutes around the world. Their products imitate the taste and texture of chicken, beef, pork, turkey and eggs, and they taste very similar.
Keywords: meat substitutes, soy protein, plant protein, meat, cooking, gourmet, innovation
Who created it: California-based Impossible Foods was founded in 2011 by Stanford professor of biochemistry, Patrick O. Brown, who is committed to eliminating industrialized animal farming because he believes it is one of the world’s biggest environmental problems .
What is it: The main ingredients of Impossible Burger include soy protein, potato protein, coconut oil and sunflower oil. However, the magical ingredient that gives this product the umami and bloody taste of “meat” is heme. Scientists at Impossible Foods extract this iron-containing, naturally-occurring molecule from the bean nodule protein in the roots of soybean plants. Impossible Burger is mainly made of water, plant protein and heme.
How it tastes: Impossible Burger can be cooked in many ways and can also be used in minced meat dishes. If it is grilled, its outer layer will have a smoky charcoal taste, while the inner layer will be tender and juicy. The meaty taste and slightly fishy taste are somewhat similar to real ground beef.
What products are offered: They offer “meat” in the form of patties and minced meat. In January of this year, Impossible Foods launched a new gluten-free recipe for Impossible Burger. According to reports, they are also working hard to create the pinnacle of alternative meat: steak.
Where to find it: The Impossible Burger made its debut in 2016 at Momofuku Nishi, a New York restaurant owned by renowned chef David Chang. Today, there are more than 5,000 restaurants in the United States that offer Impossible Burger. Impossible Foods was launched in Asia last year and is now available in restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.
Who created it: Beyond Meat was founded in Los Angeles in 2009 by its CEO Ethan Brown, and it was sold at Whole Foods Market in 2013.
What it is: Beyond Meat’s vegetarian meat substitutes are mainly made from beans, beetroot, coconut oil, rapeseed oil and potato starch.
How does it taste: “Meat” makes a “sizzle” when it is fried in a frying pan and forces the fat (canola oil and coconut oil) into the pan, with a mild, pleasant flavor and tender texture.
What products are on offer: Beyond Burger, which is a vegetarian meat filling, Beyond Sausage’s pepperoni, and Beyond Beef Crumbles, which can be used in minced beef recipes.
Where to find it: Beyond Meat can be purchased at supermarkets, restaurants and wholesalers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and has recently been launched in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Who created it: Quorn was launched in the UK by Marlow Foods in 1985 and is now owned by Monde Nissin Corporation. It is named after the village of Quorn in Leicestershire, where it was invented.
What it is: Quorn is a chicken substitute made from bacterial protein, produced by adding oxygen, nitrogen, glucose, and minerals to a fungus called Fusarium venenatum and fermenting it.
How does it taste: It has a solid, meaty taste like chicken, with a mild mushroom taste.
What products are on offer: In the freezer section of the store, you will find Quorn quick-cooking burgers, sausage patties, chicken nuggets, southern fried snacks, veggie slices, minced meat and breaded veggie chicken fillets
Where to find: Quorn products are sold in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.
Who created it: Omnipork was launched by Right Treat, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Green Monday Group. The founder Yang Dawei is an investor in Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat has developed plant-based vegetarian chicken and beef, but there are vacancies in the vegetarian pork market.
What it is: Omnipork is a mixture of shiitake mushrooms, soybeans, peas and rice.
How it tastes: fresh and juicy, Omnipork can be steamed, fried, and deep-fried. It is very suitable for making Asian dishes such as xiaolongbao and sweet and sour pork.
What products are offered: Vegetarian meat is packaged into minced meat steaks for sale.
Where to find it: Omnipork is available in restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, as well as in supermarkets and specialty grocery stores in Hong Kong and Macau. In March, he also made his debut in Taiwan.
Who created it: The San Francisco-based company was founded by Josh Tetrick and launched its flagship product JUST Mayo (an egg-free mayonnaise) in 2013 and JUST Egg liquid in late 2017.
What is it: JUST Egg is a liquid “egg” made from water, mung bean protein isolate and rapeseed oil.
How does it taste: The appearance and taste of JUST Egg is like scrambled eggs when cooked, and it will also form a fluffy look in the pan. It can be used for French toast, fried rice, cheese pies and fried eggs, but it is not recommended for baked goods.
What products are offered: In addition to JUST Egg in liquid and frozen quiche form, the company also produces vegetarian salad dressing, mayonnaise and cookie dough.
Where to find it: JUST Egg retails in the United States, and in 2018, it cooperated with the Italian egg leader Eurovo to produce and sell the product in Europe. JUST Egg also appeared in Singapore for the first time last year.
Who created it: Tofurky was launched in 1995 by Turtle Island Foods in Oregon, USA. Seth Tibbot founded the company in 1980 to make Indonesian tempeh.
What it is: This vegetarian turkey substitute is a blend of wheat gluten, organic tofu, corn starch, organic cane sugar and vegan natural flavors.
How does it taste: Tofurky is based on wheat gluten, just like the vegetarian meat widely used in Asian vegetarian food, so the taste and texture are also chewy, and the main taste will come from the seasoning used.
What products to offer: Tofurky produces a variety of vegetarian meat products, including stuffed roasts, sliced meat, sausages, burgers and minced meat.
Where to find it: Tofurky is available in selected supermarkets in the US, UK, Australia and Singapore.