One of the many reasons I love Gardein is that they make it possible to have plant-based Asian food right at home. Sweet and Sour pork used to be one of my favorite Chinese food dishes, and now I can enjoy that flavor once again.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of these Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites at first because just from the picture on the bag they look puffy like the Gardein Home Style Beefless Tips which is not in my top faves.
As soon as I took a bite of the cooked Porkless Bites from my plate, all that skepticism disappeared. These Porkless Bites are a good way to transition from eating real pork. For a plant-based version of sweet and sour pork, these bites are pretty darn delish and they have 13g of protein per serving which is awesome!
The Porkless Bites are best when you pan fry them in some oil so you get that nice crispy outside similar to the crispy outside you get when ordering real pork sweet and sour at a Chinese restaurant. I love that crispiness!
I use avocado oil for pan frying.
And speaking of Chinese restaurants, I added some carrots, onions, and red pepper to my Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites to make it restaurant style. So good! The sauce comes in a separate packet so if you do not like the sauce that comes with the bites or you want to try another sauce like an orange sauce or Peking sauce, you can totally do that.
The recipe for the whole meal pictured here is in our app.
One of the most popular coffee chains in California is Philz Coffee which not only has some good and fun coffee drinks but also serves vegan goodies like donuts, and cookies.
My favorite drink at Philz, and one of the most popular drinks in general there, is the Iced Mint Mojito which is sweet, creamy, and minty. This Mojito is a MUST.
The fresh mint leaves on top really make this drink incredible. Normally, the Mint Mojito is made with a signature cow milk cream but you can get a mojito made with soy or almond milk to make it plant-based. In the picture here, my mojito has soy milk.
The Mint Mojito also comes hot but it’s not really that good and the mint leaves shrivel in the heat and gets kinda yucky truth be told. Nice and iced cold is the way to go!
Hodo Soy became famous when Chipotle chose them to make their special recipe Sofritas option. Hodo Soy has an incredible line of ready-to-eat products they sell in retail.
One of my favorites is the Hodo Sesame Yuba Noodles which is organic and gluten-free.
What exactly is Yuba you ask?
From Hodo Soy’s website, here is more details on how Hodo makes Yuba, and here in a nutshell is what Yuba is.
“Yuba is a delicacy. Fresh Yuba, or in Japanese, Nama Yuba, is a category of fresh “tofu skin” harvested from rich and creamy soymilk. Hodo is the only maker of fresh, organic, non-GMO, fresh yuba in the US marketplace.
A delicacy made from only soybeans and water, yuba is the thin veil that forms on the surface of soymilk as the cream and protein rise to the surface.”
You can see in the photo of my Ginger Sesame dish above the strips of Yuba among the brown rice noodles. I like the texture of the Yuba noodles which feel like flattened firm tofu with a little spring to it. The Yuba takes on the flavor you add to it.
The Yuba strips are basically a new way to experience eating tofu and it’s fun!
The recipe for the meal pictured here is in our app.