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Meat-free alternatives in Singapore: Impossible foods, Beyond Meat, Quorn, and more

Meat-free alternatives in Singapore: Impossible foods, Beyond Meat, Quorn, and more

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Text: Anna Aye


Whether you've recently seen a harrowing documentary on how chicken nuggets are made or discovered that Queen Bey is vegan, there's a good chance that you've seriously considered taking on a meat-free diet. And with World Meat Free Week that has just kicked in, (from 15-22 June) now might be a good time to rethink our diet choices.

Meat alternatives are the next best solution if you're innately carnivorous. While you can't exactly call them a heathier choice (based off how the other subparts nestled within), they make the switch a less painful process especially when they taste pretty much like the real thing. Here's where to start, and where to find them on our shores.

Impossible Foods

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Spearheading the meat-free movement, Impossible Foods' plant-based patties are made from soy-based protein. And they taste uncannily like the real thing. With a mind-boggling use of heme — a molecule found in all living organisms that helps carry oxygen and gives blood its red colour, reproducing it from the roots of soy plants through a fermentation process with its specially engineered yeast. It's just as meaty and juicy as the real thing when cooked, so you'd never be able to tell the difference.

Where to find it

Classic Fine Foods
Park Bench Deli
Fatboy's
Straits Chinese
Rubato Italian Kitchen (in-store purchases only)

Beyond Meat

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Staying true to its name, this brand goes above and beyond in replicating the taste and texture of meat. Founded in 2018, Beyond Meat contains protein derived from peas, as well as beet extract to give it a realistic red hue. While originally exclusive to Mezza 9 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, it's now stocked at speciality grocery markets now, so you can have your next Beyond Meat burger your way in your own kitchen.

Where to find it:

Little Farms
Sasha's Fine Foods
Lazada

Quorn

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If you're looking for a meat-based alternative to use in more than just your hamburgers, you've come looking in the right place. Quorn is made with mycoprotein, derived from fermenting a naturally occurring fungus, and one of the more popular meat-free alternatives that diners can now dig into. Quorn can be transformed into nuggets, sausages, meatballs — you name it, they do it. What's better? They're easily accessible in all major supermarkets, so you can conveniently try out your recipes with this popular meat-free alternative.

Where to find it:

Major supermarkets such as Cold Storage and Fairprice

Omnifoods

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Luncheon meat lovers, we hear you. It sounds impossible to find the perfect meat-free alternative that beats the authentic taste of good ol' greasy processed meat. But Omnifoods, also known for OmniPork, might just prove you wrong. Made with shiitake mushrooms, peas, non-GMO soy and rice, it mimics the look, texture and taste of real meat, without the guilt of leaving behind a large carbon footprint. Perfectly suited for Asian cuisine, Omnifoods is now available for purchase at most major supermarkets and Redmart, as well as by the end of August 2020 for its newest products.

Where to find it:

Major supermarkets such as Cold Storage and Fairprice
Lazada
Little Farms

Gardein

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Going vegan has never been easier with Gardein. It's been in business for more than 20 years now, and their spectacular selection of plant-based meat options, such as alternatives for chicken, beef and fish, provide for vegan meals that come up to scratch. Their meat includes beetroot fibers, potato starch, soy, wheat, pea, carrot fibers, modified vegetable gum, vinegar and canola oil, meaning that you're getting the best out of these all-natural ingredients.

Where to find it:

Ryan's Grocery

Su Mama

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Taiwan is well known for its delectable delights, such as their mouth watering street food, where perennial favourites include meat sauce rice (or, "lou rou fan") and grilled beef cubes. Now these masters of indulgence have come up with a range of vegan jerky that can be incorporated into your cooking, or simply eaten as a snack. Made from soy and wheat protein, this chewy vegan jerky comes in flavours like black pepper, hot and spicy, or barbecue — all available for purchase online.

Where to find it:

Friendly Vegetarian
Mahota Market (in-store purchases only)

Here are more tips on how to start on your plant-based diet.

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