Have you ever walked into a vegan restaurant – that one with the incredible hipster vibes and sleek polished industrial furnishings and low hanging lights? And then looking at the menu and feeling like you can only afford an appetizer instead of the main course you went in for?
From organic oat milk to plant-based meat, there’s a misconception that all plant-based alternatives are expensive and inaccessible. Glitzy celebrity endorsements and perfect influencer food shots aside, many Asian food cultures have their own incredible vegetarian dishes and ingredients before this trend even took off. With the rise of value-for-money plant-based brands like unMEAT, your meat substitutions should really not cost you more than traditional meats.
With delicious plant-based mains and pocket-friendly prices , you can access healthy-living easily. Here are some mouth-watering Asian dishes to start:
unMEAT Burger Patties are value-for-money and taste great with a punchy tandoori-rub. Photo: unMEAT
Bright red from the chili peppers and slightly charred on the outside from the Tandoor or clay oven, Tandoori chicken packs a punch with the spices and zing from the lime juice. This Punjabi roasted chicken delicacy is combined with the much-loved western hamburger to give you a zesty, spicy meal you can hold in one hand (or both!).
Turning this Tandoori Chicken Burger recipe into a plant-based version is super easy – simply replace the chicken chop fillets with unMEAT Burger Patties. Not only do they taste and smell like the real thing, unMEAT Burger Patties are also high in fiber and a good source of protein. And yes, you can use the same spicy sour marinade on the unMEAT patties overnight and sear them on the pan the next day to seal in all the juices. Stack your plant-based burger with pickling, yogurt dressing and vegan cheese (optional) with the patties and get ready for chomp time!
A drizzle of truffle oil completes this yummy Vegan Spinach and Mushroom Sushi Bake.
It’s hard to think of Sushi and not think of raw fish, but this Vegan Spinach & Mushroom Sushi Bake recreates those coveted savory umami flavors with truffle oil and mushrooms. The vegetables are sautéed together and the cream cheese – flexitarians can opt for normal cream cheese here – is melted into the mix to bring it all together.
Layer this mix evenly on seasoned sushi rice before baking till caramelized on the top. A drizzle of truffle oil completes this yummy snack – now who said good sushi had to be from the ocean?!
You can go wrong with unMEAT’s luncheon meat in a pot of simmering Korean Army Stew.
When it’s drizzling and miserable outside, there’s nothing more comforting than huddling around a steaming pot of Army Stew with your best mates. Expect nourishing, comforting ingredients like fat mushrooms, cabbage, sausages, meats to be simmering away in this well-seasoned stew that has the unmistakable sour spicy tang of gochujang or hot pepper paste. What’s more, we absolutely dig how the chewy sweet potato noodles and ramen soak up all that thick savory goodness.
This feast of a dish is great option for a plant-based meal. You can achieve the same rich broth with vegetable instead of chicken stock, and replace the must-have luncheon meat with unMEAT Luncheon Meat. With the plant-based unMEAT looking, smelling and tasting just as delicious as meat, your family and friends might even end up preferring these plant-based options over the previous meats!
This Matar Paneer is a great plant-based curry for big dinners, and can be enjoyed with either roti, naan or rice.
Curries are a staple of Asian cuisine, and there are plenty of vegetarian-based Indian curries thanks to large vegetarian population there. This Matar Paneer is a great plant-based curry for big dinners, and can be enjoyed with either roti, naan or rice. Both the paneer (cottage cheese) and Matar (peas) have a creamy texture that compliments the thick masala-based gravy, giving you a main dish that hits the spot quickly.
Turning up this plant-based snack is effortless - just add hand-torn bits of unMEAT Luncheon Meat.
Whether you feeling peckish in the mid-afternoon or craving a crispy fried dinner, Perkedel Kentang Kornet makes for a perfect snack or side dish for dinner. Crunch through the crispy golden layer of this Indonesian vegetable fritter to reveal the piping hot potato, vegetable and unMEAT’s delicious luncheon meat.
Turning up this plant-based snack is effortless - just add hand-torn bits of unMEAT Luncheon Meat. Unlike normal luncheon meat that is high in sodium and fat, unMEAT Luncheon Meat is trans-fat free, cholesterol-free and lower in sodium. With prices similar to meat, adding this healthier option is highly affordable and instantly dresses up any dish!