You already know my verdict, but here is the breakdown. The texture is similar, albeit a little more packed due to it being plant-based. Taste-wise, it is what would happen if a Chinese beef and pork dumpling with mushrooms migrated to Sweden, and decided to embrace its new Nordic identity. The classic combination of lingonberry and creamy gravy soothes the transition from meat, but you’ll definitely get a distinct burst of mushrooms. And, if you’re a fungi enthusiast like me, this would win you over instantly.
I don’t even pretend to have the willpower to resist a plate of beefy meatballs, slathered in a thickened gravy and a hefty side of lingonberry jam coming this close to Christmas. I’m all for going for a fresh plate of greens rather than a lookalike, but if it tastes this close to the real thing with the added bonus of being a little friendlier to our climate - why the heck not?
Note: The plant balls are vegan but the gravy has milk and eggs.
The Plant Ball is now served at all IKEA restaurants in Singapore & also sold frozen at IKEA’s Swedish Food Market.