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#1 Old 07-04-2016, 09:26 PM
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I'm visiting Portland OR right now, and had an astonishing meal at a vegan restaurant called Blossoming Lotus. I don't eat meat substitutes every night or even every week. But they had this ingredient called soy curls that could very easily pass for pulled chicken or pork. I should add that I didn't stop eating meat because of disliking the taste and texture.

Soy curls are a whole soy product, kind of freeze-dried and stretched out. Amazingly meat-like, in case that grosses you out. This from someone who can't stand Beyond Meat products. I found soy curls at a Whole Foods and have been working with it the last couple of days. It reconstitutes by soaking it in water for 10 minutes, squeezing out the excess liquid, and then cooking it like meat. I've been pan-frying at that point to put a little bit of crispy on the exterior. If you haven't heard of soy curls and are interested, Butler is the name of the company that makes it and it's available online.

The last thing I did with it was to mix it up with a Thai-type sauce with scallions, peanuts, and sugar snap peas over rice. The whole dish would work without the soy curls, and I've fixed it that way before. But there's something in me that kind of enjoys having some brown food on my plate, and it's nice to have one more way to indulge that. It's also good to have another thing I can fix for omni company; my repertoire is solid but small, and this feels like a nice tool for branching out a little. If you're already cooking with it, I'd be real interested in hearing what you do.

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I'd come so close to ordering them from amazon.com--they get great reviews! But I never did...
https://www.amazon.com/Butler-Soy-Cu...tler+soy+curls
I'm pretty sure the cost went up since I last looked. Can't find them on other sites like iherb or vitacost or swansons, but the Butler site seems to have other foods I'd love to try.
http://www.butlerfoods.com/index.html

I've been caught up in 'finding different foods' bender, and have been making seitan every which possible.
Are these anything like TVP? I have the bag of tvp I bought when I first went veg'n back in 2009.

I have used the soy skin (yuba) knots that get soaked in hot water and then fried. OMG - so good as General tso's!
Then I tried the dried yuba skin thats sold as sticks as it didn't perform anything like that-spots wouldn't rehydrate and tasted very stale

Is this like more like yuba, or tvp?
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This isn't TVP, but a whole soy product, minimally processed. I haven't tried yuba knots (glad to hear about it!) but though it's made out of more than the skin, it sounds more like yuba. Ten minutes in water of any temperature. It's about five dollars a bag, and lists as 8 servings per bag. Maybe more like 6 typical adult servings. Whole Foods carries it out here, but when I get back East I might have to order it from the Butler site.
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Maybe that can be the last new thing I try....I have a Whole Foods near, I past it going to Trader Joes!
I've done nothing but cook, bake and clean the kitchen, and repeat, this past couple days.

The yuba knots were delicious rehydrated and deep fried. I shook them in corn starch, not too wet before frying. I haven't deep fried anything in a very long time. I just did a search and now want this-
https://lovewithfood.com/recipes/329...sed-yuba-knots

I really shouldn't keep thinking about food, I've never weighed as much as I do now
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I just read a little bit about yuba. So that's what "soy skin" means: the gunk at the top of soy milk as it's heating. I think that too is a whole soy product, and that might also be what soy curls are made of. Must try yuba next.
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Soy curls are an old staple and pretty darn good, imo. And I had one of my favorite meals ever at Blossoming Lotus!
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Yubas pretty cheap in Asian markets. Bet it's pricey at NFS
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I haven't seen yuba OR soy curls for sale here, anywhere (or seitan, for that matter) - and I've been in all the Asian markets and natural foods stores of course. I'm sure they're somewhere but I haven't found them yet. I have a book that teaches how to "harvest" the soy skin when making other products at home, but it would require me to actually spend a day making soy yogurt or tofu or whatever - which I haven't had time for as of yet lol, although that recipe looks really good, @silva - now I want to eat that too! Totally relate - vegan food is freaking delicious (and no, we do not eat junk food - just lots of really good homemade yumminess); I need to really be careful or I'm gonna get huge - my husband has been eating vegan with me at home and he's definitely gained weight - we are definitely NOT starving or deprived by any stretch of the imagination LOL.
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I want soy curls! If I don't find them at my WF I will order from Amazon.


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I didn't get to WF so I did order them from Amazon...they arrived yesterday. I'm so excited! I hope I like them.


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I think this will be my first recipe!

http://chezbettay.com/pages/dinners1...schicken1.html


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Okay, that looks amazing.
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