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post #1 of 24
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There is a huge vegetarian meat analog store near my home: May Wah Vegetarian Markert. I am not generally a big fan of meat analogs, but I am intrigued by the variety.

 

Has anyone tried these?

 

Any thoughts on meat analogs in general?

post #2 of 24

I've heard of them! I've been thinking about trying them myself. I miss the taste and chewiness of seafood like squid, so I'm tempted to try their imitation squid. The vegan prawns look good too.


Edited by 4everaspirit - 7/10/13 at 1:13pm
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post #3 of 24
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The prawns do look good. If I try anything, I'll keep everyone posted. 

post #4 of 24
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The prawns do look good. If I try anything, I'll keep everyone posted. 

Please do, and since you're close to them you can maybe go down and ask for a sample!!

 

I'd have to buy online so yeah, I'd like to know what other people think.

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post #5 of 24

OMG I just saw they had squid "strips" omg...those used to be my fav. So tempted to hit the buy button right now!

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post #6 of 24

So funny, I was *just* taking a look at their website since the "Betty Goes Vegan" author mentioned one of their items in a recipe!  They have reviews on Yelp if you take a look ... someone mentions to just be sure you read the labels (dairy in some products, MSG also)

 

I think I might give it a try next time I am in the city ...

post #7 of 24
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So funny, I was *just* taking a look at their website since the "Betty Goes Vegan" author mentioned one of their items in a recipe!  They have reviews on Yelp if you take a look ... someone mentions to just be sure you read the labels (dairy in some products, MSG also)

 

I think I might give it a try next time I am in the city ...

Do you have a link to some of the reviews?

 

Nvm I got it http://www.yelp.com/biz/may-wah-vegetarian-market-new-york-2


Edited by 4everaspirit - 7/10/13 at 1:29pm
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post #8 of 24

http://www.yelp.com/biz/may-wah-vegetarian-market-new-york-2

 

These reviews are for their original NYC market, but the reviews are pertaining to the foods so it is helpful!
 

post #9 of 24
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Thank you for the MSG reminder! I get migraines, and I try to avoid MSG at all costs!

post #10 of 24
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Thank you for the MSG reminder! I get migraines, and I try to avoid MSG at all costs!

I haven't seen the labeling of monosodium glutamate on any of their products. o.o Is it maybe hidden in the soysauce?

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post #11 of 24
I also looked at a few labels on their website and didn't notice it! Will have to look in person :-)
post #12 of 24

I live in Chicago and have seen these products in Chinatown, but I've never bought them. I'm trying to get myself away from consuming meat analogs, but they are nice for the occasional treat. Let us know how you like them, nyneoma, should you get some.. I'm planning a trip to Chinatown next week and may be tempted to pick up some. 

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post #13 of 24
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I stopped by May Wah Market on the way home. They didn't have many gluten-free options (I'm mainly GF), but the prawns are GF. 

 

They also told me that none of their products have MSG. 

 

I bought two packages of prawns. 

 

I can't imagine that this is something that I will want to eat on a regular basis (too processed -- I really try to make healthy choices), but, like Aristede said, if they're good, they'll be "nice for the occasional treat."

 

I plan on cooking them sometime this weekend. I'll keep everyone posted! 

post #14 of 24
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I've heard of them! I've been thinking about trying them myself. I miss the taste and chewiness of seafood like squid, so I'm tempted to try their imitation squid. The vegan prawns look good too.


If you miss squid, then see if you can find king oyster mushrooms. It's more stalk than anything else and the taste and texture is just like squid. We tried them sliced up and on the bbq and they were too squid-like for my tastes (I was never a squid fan).

post #15 of 24
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If you miss squid, then see if you can find king oyster mushrooms. It's more stalk than anything else and the taste and texture is just like squid. We tried them sliced up and on the bbq and they were too squid-like for my tastes (I was never a squid fan).


interesting

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post #16 of 24
There's a blog called the Vegan Zombie which I quite enjoy (for reasons of which I'm not entirely sure.)

The reason I'm telling you this is that he did a review of May Wah's mock chicken legs which I hoped may be enlightening for you.

http://youtu.be/IWln0GVk--E
post #17 of 24
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There's a blog called the Vegan Zombie which I quite enjoy (for reasons of which I'm not entirely sure.)

The reason I'm telling you this is that he did a review of May Wah's mock chicken legs which I hoped may be enlightening for you.

http://youtu.be/IWln0GVk--E

 

That was fun actually. I've glanced at one of Vegan Zombie's videos in the past, but didn't give it much thought. At first I felt like he was trying too hard, but his style and mannerisms are somewhat engaging and entertaining. The "chicken" legs he made do look quite like the real thing. thinking.gif

 

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post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rinchen View Post

There's a blog called the Vegan Zombie which I quite enjoy (for reasons of which I'm not entirely sure.)

The reason I'm telling you this is that he did a review of May Wah's mock chicken legs which I hoped may be enlightening for you.

http://youtu.be/IWln0GVk--E

That was amusing! Thank you for sharing the link. I just subscribed to his channel.

post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Rinchen View Post

There's a blog called the Vegan Zombie which I quite enjoy (for reasons of which I'm not entirely sure.)

The reason I'm telling you this is that he did a review of May Wah's mock chicken legs which I hoped may be enlightening for you.

http://youtu.be/IWln0GVk--E


I'm not sure what I found more amusing - the clip or the advert for KFC that played before it.

post #20 of 24
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I didn't have my reading glasses when I bought the "shrimp." I read the package this morning and, I hate to say, these things are pretty nutritionally empty. They have less than 1% of the RSDA of protein, which is a real bummer.

 

I plan to cook them this evening, but unless they are "da bomb," this will probably be the last time.

 

There are mainstream meat analogs that are much more nutritionally sound. 

 

It says to boil them in hot water. No time is indicated. Any suggestions?

post #21 of 24
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It says to boil them in hot water. No time is indicated. Any suggestions?

 

I tried looking for that information on the Internet, but couldn't find it either. Real shrimp don't take that long to cook (depending on size), so I'd only boil them for 5 minutes and see if the color or texture changes. They might need a little more time, but this is really a shot in the dark since it's not in the directions. The goal is not to boil them so long that they become tough. I hope they turn out okay. smiley.gif

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post #22 of 24
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I tried looking for that information on the Internet, but couldn't find it either. Real shrimp don't take that long to cook (depending on size), so I'd only boil them for 5 minutes and see if the color or texture changes. They might need a little more time, but this is really a shot in the dark since it's not in the directions. The goal is not to boil them so long that they become tough. I hope they turn out okay. smiley.gif

Thank you, Aristede! I really appreciate your help.I think that's a good suggestion. Treat 'em like "real" shrimp. 

 

I'm going to cook them shortly. I'll keep everyone posted! 

post #23 of 24
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The verdict is in...

 

May Wah "shrimp" is a very realistic analog. They look almost exactly like giant, cooked prawns and the texture is pretty darn close. They have a satisfying "mouth feel." 

 

I am afraid that I can't tell you whether they really taste like shrimp. I think that they're close, but the flavors of the rest of my meal were very rich and complex and probably overpowered the shrimp flavor.

 

I made plain quinoa. While the shrimp boiled (about 5 minutes), I stir fried onions, mixed frozen veggies and fresh enoki mushrooms in sesame oil and about half a bottle of teriyake sauce. I added the boiled shrimp to the stir fry for five minutes so they could absorb some of the flavor.

 

The end result was an incredibly delicious, satisfying meal. Truth be told, I believe that I would have enjoyed it just as much without the shrimp.

 

I have leftovers, which I'll eat tomorrow. And I have another package of frozen "shrimp." Maybe I'll just boil them next time so I can provide an accurate assessment. Maybe not... 

 

Oh, and between the fake shrimp and the teriyake sauce, I consumed about a month's worth of sodium in one sitting. I'm so thirsty! 

post #24 of 24
Thanks for the update! Knowing how salty they are, I'll definitely will curtail the soy sauce if I choose to get them.

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