Yes, it’s that veat. I have a strange fondness for packaged meat alternatives… not because I’m vegetarian, mind, because I’m not. Some of them are just such gosh-darnedly awesome Future Foods. Particularly Quorn — really, who among you can resist a delicious flavored loaf of vat-fermented mycoprotein? — but also smokey tempeh “bacon”, Field Roast “grain meats,” Tofurky and a host of other meatless meat-alternatives.
Of all these, none can match the Veat® Vegetarian Breast for attempting to look like the animal it purports to replace. Tofu dogs and veggie burgers take the convenient form of other meat delivery systems — the better to fit into buns — but the Veat Breast actually has limbs. Molded to resemble a flattened Cornish game hen, the “breast” sports a gimpy wing and leg, as well as a severed neck-stump and tail. This is apparently a bid to underscore the fact that the Veat Vegetarian Breast “Eats Like Chicken!™” (yes, they trademarked that phrase).
Without further ado, behold… my Veat:
Surprisingly, it’s not so bad. The Veat Breast — mostly TVP and binding agents — has a smooth, chewy texture, and though it purports to contain spices, sea salt, and sugar, it’s pretty damned bland. The teriyaki marinade went a long way to infusing it with interest. It’s not vegan, however, since it includes whey protein. I can’t imagine preparing a Veat Breast as anything other than a novelty — the limbs really do push it beyond the pale — but Veat Bites or Veat Nuggets, chunky amorphous blobs that they are, would probably do fine in a stir-fry.
Note that Veat® is made in Taiwan, so factor-in the cost of shipping this meatless monstrosity from the Far East if you’re concerned about the absurd amount of fossil fuels that can go into putting food on your table.