Okay, no need to panic, I didn't really eat pork. Not the kind that once had a beating heart anyway.
I had my first, real, proper "fake meat" experience! And....oh Lord....was it an experience.
I went to one of Brooklyn's many Vegan havens: "Wild Ginger" yesterday for lunch. Very excited. I've been there once before and had a Pad Thai that blew my mind. Also - the atmosphere is lovely too. So many Vegan restaurants have this shitty, dodgy vibe that pisses me off. Just because I'm Vegan, doesn't mean I don't want nice food and good service. Come on people, we have to compete! Luckily Wild Ginger totally competes. They have a brilliant menu, friendly staff and lovely ambiance. This is somewhere I can take my meat-eating companion and feel proud.
But yesterday I went alone and being someone who doesn't miss meat at all, I never order fake meat or have even tried it. I observed the overwhelmingly lovely menu and decided on Pumpkin soup and steamed dumplings. Yum.
It arrived, but no dumplings. In place of my lovely steamed spinach dumplings was this interesting looking dish you see on the left. I thought....hmm...vegetable skewers? In....sauce? Interesting. I thought about asking her to take it back, but then decided against it. I know it's Vegan, so who cares: let's try something different. Upon closer examination I realised it's a version of fake meat with some grilled capsicum and onion between. Interesting. After a few safe mouthfuls of soup and a lot of looking...I took a big bite into a hunk of "meat".
It TASTED SO MUCH LIKE PORK I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU!!!! Oh my lordy lord. I nearly gagged I had to spit it out. Interestingly enough: it tasted good and yummy and saucy and juicy and all the things I know are meant to be "delicious" and I would have thought were a year or two ago, but now of course I just don't want that flavour in my mouth, it makes me think of pain and dead flesh and suffering.
But, the good news is: now I truly believe that ANYONE could be converted to Veganism with fake meat. This tasted so much like Pork, I have no words. The place for fake meat is finally clear to me now - if you miss these flavours, you can still have them.
I don't think they've mastered a fake steak yet, but if and when they do, if it's anything like as realistic as this was - we can save a lot of cows.
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