{product review} Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Prawns

Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Prawns

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.

From Wikipedia:

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.

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 …

Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Prawns

… well it kind of made me laugh a bit. They look like prawns!

Sophie's Kitchen Vegan 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.

Asian Buckwheat Soba Noodle Soup with Vegan Prawns

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.

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6 Responses to “{product review} Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Prawns”

  1. October 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I have purchased these before and I was not a fan. BUT I am loving your idea of fettuccine recipe or with a lot of vegan margarine and garlic. I don’t remember what shrimp tastes like since it has been close to 20 years for me. I bet these would taste great in a fresh/summer roll!

    • October 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      If you make any of those things please let me know how it turns out! I kind of viewed these as a platform to add flavor since there really isn’t much to begin with. I figure if you add enough garlic … well, that makes everything palatable, right?

  2. David
    October 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    I did find most of Sophie’s products rubbery when microwaved. That especially goes for the vegan calamari. Perhaps they would be better sauteed; but they are too expensive anyway.
    There are some fake burgers that are much more tender, but only a few are gluten-free.

    • October 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      I tend to agree with you David. The vegan prawns weren’t cheap, that’s for sure. Which fake burgers that are also gluten-free would you suggest? I’ve tried SoL Cuisine burgers which were okay in a pinch when I don’t feel like making my own.

  3. Tiina
    October 28, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Re: burgers – I buy organic Sunshine Burgers – gluten free, soy free, vegan. They are tasty. I’ve got to look for these prawns. Worth a shot for something different.

    • October 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks for the tip on the Sunshine Burgers Tiina. I’ll have to track some down and give them a try.

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