Fake meat – one of the hottest food trends in US – is set to take over the Asian market this year and next. With a sizeable vegetarian population due to Buddhism (half of the world’s 628 million vegetarians come from India), the concept of mock meat is not new in the East. What’s the difference? The recent breakthrough in meat substitutes brings together a blend of plant proteins that look, taste and feel like actual meat or poultry. Its dense flavors and textures are a far cry from traditional meat substitutes like tofu skin, tempeh or lentils. More importantly, the fresh faces of mock meats pack similar amounts of protein compared to real meat, and contain the same vitamins and zinc found in animal products.
Here are five of the biggest meatless brands: