In the West, vegan food is clearly the culinary revolution of our times, with an increasing range of plant-based products to choose from.
However, you may not realise but meat-free alternatives to chicken, pork and even abalone, among others, have been a regular feature of Chinese and Thai restaurants for a long time, allowing you to still enjoy your favourite Oriental dishes. In this blog, let’s take a look at mock duck, finding out what it is made from and how to cook with it.
What is mock duck?
This savoury product is a pre-cooked, gluten-based food which is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. It is made from wheat gluten (also known as seitan), which means it is high in protein, with the addition of oil, sugar, soy sauce and salt.
Mock duck gets its flavour by stewing the gluten in soy sauce and other seasoning, which in turn results in its distinctive ‘pulled’ texture. Canned mock duck is the most common way in which to purchase this product. Provided you don’t have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it’s perfectly safe to eat.
Cooking with mock duck
As the name suggests, this product is an ideal plant-based substitute for dishes traditionally containing actual meat, such as casseroles, curries, pies and stir-fries. Not only that, it is considerably cheaper than the real thing! You can even use it to give the Chinese classic dish of duck pancakes with hoisin sauce a vegan twist.
So, satisfy your cravings by checking out our recipe for the mock duck pancakes. All the ingredients are available from Sing Kee Foods, so making this dish couldn’t be easier.
Here, at Sing Kee Foods, we are committed to supporting our customers looking for flavoursome vegetarian and vegan options in the kitchen, you can find many more delicious meat-free recipe ideas on our website, as well as our Facebook and YouTube pages.
Buying mock duck
If you want to know where to buy mock duck, look no further than Sing Kee Foods, a family-run business with more than 20 years’ experience of offering a fantastic range of products from the Far East. Our recommendation is WuChung Vegetarian Mock Duck.
For our full range of vegan products, please visit our dedicated section on our website. So, whether you are a dedicated vegetarian or vegan or simply wish to reduce your meat consumption, we are confident that you will be inspired and amazed by what we have to offer.