(This sounds like an infomercial!)
What you need is a trip to Hong Kong Food Market on the Westbank! If you usually shop American-style, you've got to check it out. For inspiration, here are a few pictures from my recent visit. P.S. I've decided to celebrate the fact that I just learned to use captions. Hope your eyes are good!
|Tons of tofu...|
|...even fresh, unpackaged tofu!|
|Faux seafood (some of it vegan, some of it made with whey or egg)|
|This is faux lobster, in case you couldn't tell.|
|The vegetarian "meats" stretched out before us...|
|Canned faux meats abound.|
|This interesting vegetable matter looked like little green animals trying to swim around.|
|Our purchases (starting on the left, going clockwise): Rambutans, sweet potato flour, vegan ham, and a short, fat type of plantain.|
|Rambutans are related to lychees.|
|If you need something that feels like eyeballs (you know, like if you're hosting a Halloween party), buy a bunch of these and take the shells off. You'll have to be motivated though -- it's work getting to the inside of these things!|
Once upon a time, a couple of my Taiwanese ESL students threw me a vegan Chinese dinner party that was out of this world. The dish that most struck me was the "ham." They had bought one like the one you see three photos up, and they taught me to dip it in sweet potato flour and then pan-fry it. It's not something I eat often, but it sure is tasty! If you want to try it, check ingredients before choosing a brand of veggie ham...some of them are only vegetarian, not vegan.
Hong Kong Food Market ~ 925 Behrman Hwy ~ Gretna, LA 70056 ~ (504) 394-7075