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Chicken-Free Chicken

ShoshinShoshin No one in particularNowhere Special Veteran
edited 8:43AM in Diet & Habits

At the supermarket today I came across "Chicken Free Chicken" (at first I thought it was just a company using a different approach/wording for free range chickens)


(Reality TV)...

but to my surprise it was actually "Chicken Free Chicken" ...Being vegetarian I've tried many different types of mock meats ( not because I miss animal flesh, I just like to see how well it compares to the real thing) I first came across 'mock meat' in a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Bondi Sydney back in the early 1980s (I think it was the first "Chinese' vegetarian restaurant to open in Australia....Anyhow .... I bought a pack to try...



I found it quite tasty...

lobsteryagrBunks

Comments

  • I can not tempt you to the dark side? >:)
    https://www.estherthewonderpig.com/the-dark-side

    ;)

    I am watching a documentary 'The End of Meat'. As a hypocrite I love animals, especially curried. However I admire the Jains, Vegans and Cabbage Heads. :p

    I am finding more delicious substitutes for chicken. I can cook tofu. I will be good eventually but ... yum ...

    Good find. Be Kind to the hypocrites, we are animals too :3

    ShoshinKeromeyagr
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    I eat a lot of soy and other plant based products... lots of beancurd/tofu & TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein)

    To date I've tried 'mock'
    Sausages
    Savoury mince pies
    Duck
    Chicken
    pork
    Bacon
    lamb
    Beef
    Fish
    Shrimp

    ;) ;)

    lobsteryagr
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    In Italy - The land of Style, Culture, Avant-garde a la mode - they're big on selling "Eco-Quoio" (pronounced echo quwoy-oh) goods (Eco-Leather).

    Kind to animals.
    Recycling? Not so much.

    Eco leather is - plastic.

    Heck, call it what it is.

    I suspect your chicken-free chicken is quorn.
    The flavour and texture are extremely similar, and to the untrained palate, virtually indistinguishable. Quorn is a big thing here....

  • seeker242seeker242 Zen Florida, USA Veteran

    What I find interesting that "mock meat" was basically invented by Chinese Buddhists a thousand of years ago.

    @federica said:
    I suspect your chicken-free chicken is quorn.
    The flavour and texture are extremely similar, and to the untrained palate, virtually indistinguishable. Quorn is a big thing here....

    Similar in that they are both protein. Chicken free chicken is pea protein while quorn is "Mycoprotien" AKA protein derived from fungi. Similar to a mushroom, but technically not a mushroom. :)

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Peas are also full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, although whether that content is compromised through the processing, I couldn't guess...

    Shoshin
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Quorn is the only decent fake meat I have been able to find at the supermarket thus far.

    Shoshin
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    Fake meats are getting better and lots of effort is being put into it. I'm excited about the prospect of the impact a price and taste competitive alternative will have on society.

    lobsterLincShoshin
  • RojehoRojeho CT Explorer

    Why fake meat? Obviously you desire meat. Just get the real thing and eat it. We're all going to die from something. I'm saying, why not meat? Chicken free chicken!? Nah jack. Please put chicken in my chicken, but keep that ridiculous Chick'filet pickle off of it.

    Shoshin
  • LincLinc Community Instigator Detroit Moderator

    @person said:
    Fake meats are getting better and lots of effort is being put into it. I'm excited about the prospect of the impact a price and taste competitive alternative will have on society.

    I strongly agree. If you haven't checked them out in the last few years, your ideas are probably out of date. I've been very surprised.

    @Rojeho said:
    Why fake meat? Obviously you desire meat. Just get the real thing and eat it.

    Lots of reasons. My husband is pescatarian (vegetarian + fish) and we cook together. It's easier to prepare recipes you grew up on with meat substitutes. And sometimes, the substitute is legitimately better. Notice none of those reasons is because I have an aversion to eating meat.

    I often say I eat vegetarian when the options are at least equal to the meat-based fare. Field Roast "breakfast sausages" and "kielbasas" are better than their real-meat equivalents (to my taste, of course). I get vegetarian burritos at the neighborhood pub that are better than their chicken-based variant, no competition. In fact, with the exception of al pastor, I almost always prefer vegetarian fare at Mexican restaurants.

    KundoShoshinperson
  • I tried vegan ice cream this summer just to try it and thought it was great.

    KundoShoshin
  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran
    edited September 6

    @Shoshin said:
    I first came across 'mock meat' in a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Bondi Sydney back in the early 1980s (I think it was the first "Chinese' vegetarian restaurant to open in Australia....Anyhow .... I bought a pack to try...

    Bondi has a large Orthodox Jewish community so meat alternatives have been a thing there for years, long before veganism took off due to Kosher requirements in Judaism. But you probably already know that if you lived there :)

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @Rojeho said:
    Why fake meat? Obviously you desire meat. Just get the real thing and eat it. We're all going to die from something. I'm saying, why not meat? Chicken free chicken!? Nah jack. Please put chicken in my chicken, but keep that ridiculous Chick'filet pickle off of it.

    @Rojeho

    When it comes to eating animal flesh it's a case of...

    Different strokes for different folks ...each to their own...

    For ethical reasons I've been an ovi lacto vegetarian for over 40 years...I have no desire to eat the "flesh" of dead animals ...

    However I do like to try out different things, hence why when something new comes on the market ( a new vegetarian or vegan alternative meat produce) I'll try it...

    A change is as good as a holiday so they say and I'm all for change :)

    KundoBunksperson
  • seeker242seeker242 Zen Florida, USA Veteran

    @Rojeho said:
    Why fake meat?

    If you really want to know, there is a documentary out there called "Earthlings".

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited September 6

    "Earthlings" Looks like an interesting doco @seeker242 :)

  • Please put chicken in my chicken

    I don't like quorn. I like Linda McCartney sausages. Chickens and other animals would prefer to be alive. I am an omnivore and flexitarian
    https://greatist.com/eat/flexitarian-diet

    I want to eat a more healthy diet to save the world
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowspiracy

    My palette has changed. Less need for sugar, salt and processed food. I agree with @Kundo don't be a food fanatic, Buddhist fanatic or chicken fanatic ...

    Welcome to zootopia?
    https://vegansamurai.org/tag/animal-rights/

    Shoshinperson
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    I like Linda McCartney sausages

    I'm having some for dinner this evening they are baking in the oven this very moment ...I also like the Linda McCartney pies :)

    Bunksperson
  • kandokando northern Ireland Veteran

    A dash of zany zen -
    someone once asked Issan, "tenzo! We are vegetarians, so we don't kill animals. But we eat carrots and potatoes. What do you think about killing vegetables?"
    Issan replied' well, I definitely think we should kill them before we eat them. "
    From 'essential zen' edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi.

    lobsterShoshin
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    My niece turned me on to these guys You Tube channel. I'm sure they're not for everyone but they did a veggie burger taste test tournament.

    The hands down winner was

    https://beyondmeat.com/products burger with a follow up test with the impossible burger which is only available at restaurants currently. Which was about a tie.

    Basically they were saying that it was shocking how meat like they are.

    Shoshin
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Brian has tried the impossible burger, and was relatively impressed....

    person
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    I'm about to try some Linda McCartney vege burgers......

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Oops ...Not Linda McCartney's (I pick that brand up at first but decided again it)...I thought I'd try something different so I bought Gardein "The Ultimate Beefless Burger"


    It was nice with capsicum mushrooms in garlic pita bread cheese and salad....

    lobsterKundo
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited September 19

    For the short time I was vegan, we used to make nut loaf. It was delicious.

    I am only 50% vegan ( yesterday had 50% beans and 50% non vegetarian chicks :3 ) However I am discovering that a flexitarian, meat free days, trying veg samosa, felafel, veg burgers etc is delicious for us ahimsa hypocrites ...

    and now a message from our sponsors:

    Shoshin
  • seeker242seeker242 Zen Florida, USA Veteran

    @Shoshin said:
    so I bought Gardein "The Ultimate Beefless Burger"

    All of their other stuff is good too, I've had it all, hehe =)

    Shoshin
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    I'm going to try one of my favorite recipes with fake chicken and bacon this week, I'll be interested to see if it holds up or not.

    https://www.spendwithpennies.com/chicken-club-pasta-salad/

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Let us know your thoughts after your taste test :)

    person
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I find that a lot of meat alternatives don’t taste exactly like meat, but they do taste pretty good. I’m a 95% vegetarian btw, just sometimes when I’m eating out I will have a hamburger or something.

  • seeker242seeker242 Zen Florida, USA Veteran

    @Kerome said:
    I find that a lot of meat alternatives don’t taste exactly like meat

    Probably on purpose. If they did, a lot of vegetarians would not eat it.

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