Sunday, May 3, 2009

Don't you miss...?

I get a lot of the same questions when people find out I'm vegan. One of them is, "But don't you miss x? I simply couldn't live without x." In the secret, dark, vegan closet, I might miss x a little bit, but I know that I have a severe allergy... to oppresion, so I rarely ever think about consuming x.

A few months ago, my friend Timo picked up a can of mock abalone from a sketchy asian shop.
"What's that?", I asked him.
"I dunno," he answered. "Let's try it."
We made a stir fry with the gluten-ous vegetarian meat and it was delicious. After dinner, a quick wikipedia search revealed that abalone is some kind of shell fish.

I found another can of abalone at the aforementioned sketchy shop yesterday, only this time it's a curry version. It was next to cans of mock duck and mock chicken. And then the mock abalone.... It makes you sardonically wonder, "Oh, cool! Mock abalone! I've been wondering when they'd create a substitute for this!"

I made a curry with it for lunch today (and heated it up again for dinner). It was delicous.


Regina said...

A cynic would say, "If you're substituting a taste of meat with vegetable protein, then aren't you missing the taste of meat?" That's the philosophical question of the day.

Rachel said...

i think something important to note is that i'm not looking for mock chik'n, bacon, or... abalone. tvp and seitan are excellent protein substitutes and their textures allow one to create tradiotional foods, foods i grew up with (winkey face), that are tastey and cruelty-free. it's not about the taste of pets that i'm searching for. ask any omni who's tried just about any fake-meat out there and they'll say it tastes nothing like what it's trying to substitute (with a spare few exceptions). i'm sorry, but i don't think it's a very philosophical question; more of a short-sighted one.

Mandie P said...

yo dude! i was totally there too! not gonna lie- was a bit skeptical of that mock abalone but it was pretty tasty!

ps- hopansa

Tim said...

Abalone are weird creatures. They grow in the kelp forests off the northwest coast of America and apparently live off of the detritus of that ecosystem. I think they're protected, which is why they're usually grown on farms nowadays.

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Rachel said...

zomg tim. i heart you so much.