For lunch today, I decided to try a vegetarian burger with ”meat” from Beyond Meat. It was served on coarse bread with sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickled red onion, and fried potatoes.
It all lived up to my expectations. The bread was soft on the inside with a crispy outside. The vegetables were fresh. The fried potatoes and the sauce were both well made and tasted good. The ”meat” was mushy, tasting like it had been fried a little too quickly. It had no texture. It was like a very well made copy of many of the hamburgers you can get elsewhere.
When I eat vegetarian, meaty isn't what I want. Vegetables naturally looks tasty and have their unique flavors and consistencies. Why try to make them look and taste something else? I still don't get this. I can't come to think of any vegetable that looks worse than a half-raw piece of ground beef.
A meat-lover probably would have eaten the vegetarian burger without thinking it could have been anything other than meat, but is that really what they want? I they had a chance to taste a well-prepared original vegetarian dish, would they push it away and ask for the soggy vegetarian burger instead?
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