Well, the eating continues here in pays de boeuf, and it’s been remarkably easy to find vegan victuals.
There is a large Chinese supermarket, T&T, with a good offering of interesting things for vegans, including an impressive selection of faux meat from Vancouver’s West Best Vegetarian Market. Veggie shrimp, smoked chicken, roast chicken, crab stick and much more! Their hot food takeaway has a couple of vegan selections as well, and of course there are all of the interesting Chinese fruits and vegetables, including the very smelly durian fruit. (Novelist Anthony Burgess compared eating durian to “eating sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory”. Errr, I’ll pass on that, I think.)
Now on to the latest selection of vegan yummies:
Harvey’s veggie burger
Oh, this was soooo yummy! I really like the way Harvey’s assembles the burger in front of you, so you can choose exactly what goes on your burger. No accidental mayo mistakes! And only $3.79.
Subway veggie delite sandwich
The Subway chain has restaurants worldwide. This sandwich is piled high with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, olives, green pepper, onion and hot peppers, and topped with mustard and sweet onion dressing. Subway will lightly toast the inside of the bun on request, and this is definitely the way to go, as it keeps the sandwich from getting soggy. Cheap at $3.29 and oh so good!
T&T steamed vegetarian bun
I love love LOVE Chinese steamed buns. These are huge, and stuffed with all kinds of yummy vegetables. Great value… only $1.59.
Bean curd sheet & broccoli with rice noodles
One of T&T’s hot food takeaway selections is “bean curd sheet in mushroom sauce”. Yummtastic. With rice noodles (also from T&T), and broccoli, this made a delicious meal. A large container of bean curd sheet is $7.99, but that’s enough for four or five portions when served with noodles and veg.
Yves veggie bacon butty
Safeway (and probably the other supermarkets too) sell the Yves line of veggie faux meats, including these bacon strips, which are better than the Redwood ones that I buy at home. Makes one fine butty. Around $3.79 a package, but you get 12 strips.
Pasta with spicy red pepper sauce and veggie chicken
Rice noodles from T&T ($1.77 for 1 pound package) + Safeway Select spicy red pepper pasta sauce ($2.80 for 700ml jar) + Eating Right veggie “chicken” from Safeway ($4.99 for two breasts) = one scrumptious meal. The veggie chicken is made from Gardein, which is the same ingredient that’s in Grassington’s veggie peppered steaks & chicken fillets, available back home.
I am well impressed with the variety of vegan food available here. I even noticed three vegan cookbooks for sale at Safeway. Clearly those interested in healthy vegan food are making their voices heard, and restaurants and supermarkets are listening!