Seriously? Vegan Prawns? Yup. Made by Sophie’s Kitchen.
So first things first. I am not normally a fan of faux meat products at all. I’ve mentioned it before on the blog. I feel like it’s a weird thing to make fake meats or anything because it’s something I gave up willingly. I also find that generally speaking the fake meats on the market are loaded with so many chemicals (oh, and gluten!) that it negates any healthy choice I made to give up meat in the first place.
That aside, I have come across a product that is surprisingly healthy with limited ingredients and they seem to be healthful plant-based ingredients.
The main ingredient in this faux seafood is konjac or elephant yam. It’s something I’m unfamiliar with.
[quote style=”boxed”] Konjac is grown in China, Taiwan, Japan and South East Asia for its large starchy corms, used to create a flour and jelly of the same name. It is also used as a vegan substitute for gelatin.
It is a perennial plant, growing from a large corm up to 25 cm in diameter. The single leaf is up to 1.3 m across, bipinnate, and divided into numerous leaflets. The flowers are produced on a spathe enclosed by a dark purple spadix up to 55 cm long.[/quote]
I didn’t understand all that spathe, bipinnate, spadix mumbo jumbo. It doesn’t matter.
Buying fake seafood is not something I ever expected I’d do. I never knew such a thing existed until I had a ‘crab’ cake at Lakeside at the Wynn in Vegas. It was so realistic I still to this day worry that I was given a real crab cake by mistake.
I have to admit opening the package and seeing these …
… well it kind of made me laugh a bit. They look like prawns!
It’s slightly unnerving how prawn-like they appear, right? (In a fake sort of way.)
I decided it would be perfect for the Asian Buckwheat Soba Noodle Soup that I created for a guest post I did. It was a good fit.
They taste like … kind of like nothing actually. I suppose real shrimp or prawns kind of taste like nothing too, right? And the texture of these are eerily a lot like real prawns. Not rubbery or anything. It was really freaky, to be honest.
I caught myself wondering what these would taste like sauteed in vegan margarine, with tons of garlic, and a splash of lemon juice – scampi style – and decided I’d have to buy another package and try it out. Then I started thinking about shrimp in a fettucine alfredo (using cashew cream) dish. One of these days I might even give those ideas a try.
So I guess it’s safe to say that these weren’t totally so outside of the box that I wouldn’t buy them again. I think I probably would if I ever had an insatiable craving shrimp or prawns. Since that has yet to happen since cutting animal products out of my diet I can’t imagine buying these on a regular basis or anything.
In summary, Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Prawns were surprisingly good. I would buy them again if I ever wanted something prawn-like.
I also bought Vegan Crab Cakes which I haven’t opened yet. I’ll write a review on them too.
Disclaimer: I went to the store and bought this product myself because I wanted to try it. I did not receive this product for free. This is not a sponsored post and I was not provided any compensation for writing a review.