What it is: The main ingredients of the Impossible Burger include wheat and potato proteins and coconut oil. But the magic ingredient that gives the “meat” its umami, bloody taste is heme, an iron-containing, naturally-occurring molecule that Impossible Foods’ scientists derived from leghemoglobin in the roots of soy plants.
What it tastes like: The Impossible Burger can be cooked in any number of ways and works in ground meat dishes as well. Grilled, it develops a smoky charred crust and juicy pink interior with a meaty texture and slightly gamey flavor not unlike real minced beef.
Products: They offer "meat" in patty and in ground form. In January this year, Impossible Foods launched a new gluten-free recipe for the Impossible Burger and is reportedly working on creating the pinnacle of alternative meat: the steak.
Where to find it: The Impossible Burger debuted in 2016 at David Chang's Momofuku Nishi in New York, and now, more than 5,000 restaurants in the United States are serving the Impossible Burger. Last year, Impossible Foods launched in Asia and its burgers are now served in restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.
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What it is: Beyond Meat’s vegetarian meat substitutes are made mainly from pea, beetroot, coconut oil, canola oil and potato starch.
What it tastes like: The “meat” sizzles and oozes fat (from the canola and coconut oils) into the pan and has a mild, pleasant flavor and tender texture.
Products: The Beyond Burger, which is a plant-based patty, Beyond Sausage in original and hot Italian, and Beyond Beef Crumbles, which work well in a variety of ground beef recipes.
Where to find it: Beyond Meat is available in supermarkets, restaurants and wholesalers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and recently launched in Hong Kong and Singapore.
What it is: Quorn is a meatless chicken-alternative made from mycoprotein which is produced by adding oxygen, nitrogen, glucose and minerals to a fungus called Fusarium venenatum and fermenting it.
What it tastes like: It tastes like chicken in terms of its lean, meaty texture and mild mushroomy taste.
Products: In the frozen aisle, you’ll find Quorn ready-to-cook burgers, sausage patties, nuggets, Southern fried bites, meat-free pieces, ground meat and breaded fillets.
Where to find it: Quorn products are available in many parts of the world including the U.K., U.S., Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.
What it is: A blend of shiitake mushrooms, soy, peas and rice.
What it tastes like: Succulent, tender and juicy, Omnipork can be steamed, pan-fried and deep-fried, lending itself well to Asian dishes like xiao long bao and sweet-and-sour pork.
Products: The plant-based "meat" comes frozen in ground patty form.
Where to find it: Omnipork is being served in restaurants throughout Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, and can be purchased from supermarkets and speciality grocers in Hong Kong and Macau. It also just made its debut in Taiwan.
What it is: JUST Egg is a liquid “egg” is made from water, mung bean protein isolate and canola oil.
What it tastes like: JUST Egg looks, cooks and tastes just like scrambled eggs, forming fluffy curds in the pan. It can be used to make French toast, fried rice, quiches and omelettes but is not recommended for use in baked goods.
Products: Other than JUST Egg, which comes in pourable liquid form and frozen patties, the company makes vegan salad dressings, mayonnaise and cookie dough.
Where to find it: JUST Egg is available for retail in the U.S. and partnered with Italy-based egg leader Eurovo in 2018 to produce and distribute the product throughout Europe. JUST Egg also just made its Southeast Asian debut in Singapore last year.
What it is: The vegetarian turkey replacement is made from a blend of wheat gluten, organic tofu, corn starch, organic cane sugar and vegan natural flavors.
What does it taste like: Tofurky is wheat gluten-based, like the mock meats commonly found in Asian vegetarian food, so the taste and texture is similarly chewy and takes on the flavor of whatever it is seasoned and sauced with.
Products: Tofurky makes a whole range of meatless products including whole roast with stuffing, deli slices, sausages, burgers and mince.
Where to find it: Tofurky is available in the U.S., U.K., Australia and at select supermarkets in Singapore.