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.
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 …
… 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.