There are very few meals or ingredients I miss from my pre-vegan days. What I tend to crave most are certain textures that are harder to replicate with plant-based foods. Sometimes I feel like only a certain type of mouthfeel will do. As a result of these elusive “feels” there are a handful of meals that I haven’t eaten since turning vegan. And so my Vegan Hoisin Duck Fried Rice was created as a way of delivering the satisfying chewiness I was craving.
As I seem to be the ONLY vegan in the world that hasn’t got around to sourcing a never-ending supply of Jackfruit I’ve been looking for something to give me that shredded, chewy vibe that I can really get my teeth into. I was thrilled to finally get hold of a packet of Linda McCartney Hoisin Shredded Duck. I have very fond memories of hoisin duck pancakes but with 3 hungry bellies to feed and a tiny bag of this stuff costing £2.50 I had to go a different route by adding rice and extra veggies to create a more substantial meal.
Just in case you’re screwing up your face in disgust right about now I suppose it’s a good a time as any to discuss the mock meat debate. I’ve been vegan for just over two years, I plan on being vegan for life. Knowing what I now know I cannot conceive of ever returning to my old ways, but that doesn’t mean to say I don’t like meat. As the highly processed, disassociated food product that was the mainstay of my meals for 36 years I often crave it. It’s the new-found awareness and connection between the living being and lifeless product that stops me from consuming it. The flavour, taste and texture was never a contributing factor.
Perhaps this is something that will shift and change the longer I’m vegan. I know many vegans are repulsed by meat alternatives simply because they’re too, well meaty. For now at least I personally have no problem with the idea of mheat, vegan butchers or naming things after their original counterparts. I know what Hoisin Duck is, I know what to expect and how to use it in a recipe, there are no surprises. I’d be much less reluctant to buy a bag of rehydrated textured protein, as would the majority of people. Listen to the podcast of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau who sums this idea up much more eloquently than I ever could.
Now all that’s out of the way let’s get back to the recipe.
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