Way before the Chinese made fake watches and bags, they made fake meats for vegetarians. That art has since been perfected by food producers in Malaysia and so we now have many alternatives to choose from to appease our demanding Malaysian tastebuds.
KKMOI tracked down one elusive stockist tucked inside the Penampang industrial heartland who carries just about every imaginable mock meat you can think of. Here are some shots we stole from our “very covert” operation to share with you.
#1 – Fake Roasted Pork, Char Siu & Steak!
Steaks, siu yoke, char siew, and fake pieces of organ meats made from soy, gluten, or konnyaku. The knock-off artistry on the roasted pork belly is especially impressive. Click to pic to see it up close!
#2 – Vegetarian Seafood
From chewy vegan squid for your blackbean stirfry to prawns for your tom yam goong, you can enjoy cholesterol-free seafood without worrying about mercury levels.
Vegetarian fish is made from soy, and usually wrapped in nori seaweed to give it that bit of seafood taste. That goes really well in fish noodle soup broths that Malaysians have become accustomed to at coffee shops.
Instant Noodles Without the Animal Stuff
Most instant noodles may have not have meat in them, but the seasoning usually have animal-derived flavorings. These don’t!
Fake Minced Meat
Oh yes… bits of chewy minced stuff to make sauces with. Hmm, it does make us wonder if they’d work in a Bolognaise sauce or lasagna?!
Everything from vegan sambal to vegetarian oyster sauce, who said you have to give up on your favorite flavors when you go veggie? Know your bottles!
Curry Pastes and Sauces
There’s even meat-style curry sauces. Amazing!
Duck, Chicken, Mutton, Ham, Meatballs and more!
Really wish we could buy the whole store, but they have so many types it’s really hard to know where to start experimenting. Nonetheless, now we both know where to go for vegetarian meats, seafood and sauces.
New Edge Marketing Sdn Bhd
Lot 2, Blk 17, Bandar Baru Penampang,
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 88300
Map directions here.
You can also try the freezers at Giant, LTS supermarket and Servay for a smaller, but still helpful collection. Try getting some vegetarian ham that’s made from soy. That stuff really tastes like real ham.
Lastly, with all that talk about how evil shark-finning is, isn’t it time to switch to shark’s fin made from
agar mung bean? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.