Vegetarian Chicken Burger

I haven’t had this for quite a while until lunch today, when I prepared some sandwiches for us. One bite and I wondered why I don’t have it more often. It’s tasty.

I got it from the vegetarian corner of the frozen food section of Jusco supermarket in Johor Bahru. I don’t know if it’s available in Singapore as I’ve never seen it in any supermarket here so far, including Mustafa Centre, which has quite the vegetarian section.

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After I prepared the sandwiches today, I actually wolfed down the whole thing before realising I had not taken photos yet, haha… Fortunately I have this last photo here in my image library. It is of the same burger patties, but from a previous meal some time ago.

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Day 72

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Gnocchetti and chickpea soup

I absolutely loved this dish Bert cooked up today. It took many hours of soaking overnight and then boiling the chickpeas. But even after that Bert still wished they were even softer, whereas I frankly prefer the tad of crunchiness the chickpeas still had. I thought it made for a nice contrast with the soft and chewy pasta he added, which he had made by hand.

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The few other ingredients included tomato, rosemary, olive oil, garlic and pepper. It’s one of those simple but hearty country dishes that you just dig in with some baguette for a satisfying meal.

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Day 30 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Happy meter: thankful

A different kind of Satay

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I’m not vegetarian but I enjoy vegetarian options. In fact I think if I were to track what I eat on a daily basis, I’d probably find I don’t eat meat all that much. And I think it would be the same for most people, that they would find they don’t eat as much as they think they do.

I was digging through my freezer and found this. It turned out surprisingly tasty. Not bad at all, considering it’s one of those ‘mock meat‘ stuff. Some people go all ‘eww‘ when they hear that, soy protein etc, but we tend to gobble up stuff like hamburgers and chicken nuggets without a second thought, and actually that’s far more gross if you know and are bothered by how they’re made. For example, check out how ‘regular’ food like burgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets are made in this YouTube video (about 2 minutes long) and this one (about 3 minutes). Or not, if you like to eat them and you want to continue liking to eat them, haha.

I had bought the vegetarian satay from Jusco supermarket in Johor Bahru. I hope the vegetarian corner of their frozen food section will make a comeback soon. It seems to be missing in action lately. I will definitely get us another pack or two of this if they are available again.

Satay are sticks of skewered and grilled meat, a dish originating from Indonesia, and also popular in Singapore, Malaysia and some other countries. In Singapore it is normally served with peanut sauce, cucumber and onion.

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Into the oven for just 10 to 15 minutes

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I just noticed this: “This product may contain traces of nuts, dairies, crustaceans, seeds and molluscs.” So it’s not 100% vegetarian, then, because of the crustaceans and molluscs? Then I realised there’s no ‘vegetarian‘ word on the packaging and therefore it never claimed to be vegetarian. On the other hand, it features the ‘Vegetarian Society Approved’ logo on the front part of the packaging. A quick check online turns out that this Society is from the U.K. and is the oldest vegetarian society in the world. And this product is indeed listed on their site as an approved product.

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Yummy with Thai chili sauce

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Day 28 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Happy meter: content

The hunk of VeganBurg

I read on Makansutra (via Yahoo!Singapore) last week that VeganBurg opened a new outlet at Marina Bay Financial Centre. But of course that’s not the main reason why I’m putting that news here. It’s more for the eye candy pictured below.

Cute couple at the launch of VeganBurgs’ 3rd outlet. Source: VeganBurg’s facebook. Click photo to go there.

Certainly the above attraction reminds me of the store openings of Abercrombie & Fitch stores, like the one in Hongkong I recently noted here. But unlike A&F, there was a girl model as well to greet visitors, although she was modestly dressed. As Makansutra’s writer Catherine Ling noted, her outfit was ‘tame even by Singapore standards’.

I too was thinking of the lettuce bikinis from PETA, like in the photo below.

‘Lettuce Ladies’ handing out vegetarian hot dogs. Source: The Peta Files. Click photo to go to source.

But as Ms. Ling wrote:

However VeganBurg denies that their campaign was inspired by the PETA “Lettuce Ladies” who wore lettuce leaf bikinis to promote veganism.

“No, we’re not trying to force people into vegetarianism,” says their spokesperson Katrina Lugartos. “We just want people to give something new a try, if they haven’t tried it before. Even eating vegan just once a week is fine.”

I don’t understand that. Personally I don’t see anything wrong with taking a leaf from the Lettuce Ladies idea, and how doing so would indicate trying to force people into vegetarianism. Oh well.

As for VeganBurg itself, I have tried it, I’m happy to say. Because I’m an ‘aspiring vegetarian’ LOL. Like since forever. It’s so damn hard! Nah, that’s just an excuse. Another excuse is that my partner is such an excellent cook and he cooks pretty often and he’s a hardcore omnivore. But when I eat alone it’s almost always vegetarian.

Anyway some months ago I came across its logo or advert I think while looking at the website of the Vegetarian Association of Singapore, and I was immediately curious and excited about it. A vegan burger joint, wow! In early April I dragged my partner to try it. We went to the one at Raffles Place, at the building called Golden Shoe Carpark.

That branch at the Golden Shoe Carpark is not exactly easy to spot. Look out for this signboard. Photo by me.

We balked at the prices a bit. Higher than regular burger sets at McDonald’s and Burger King. Naturally so not surprising. However it does remind me that all this ‘awareness’ about things like animal cruelty and environment, well that’s mostly the ‘domain’, the hobby of ‘people with money’, isn’t it? Regular blue-collar folks like myself want to care, but for most it’s like, “Shit, I don’t have time for all that tree-hugging, I can barely make ends meet with the prices of regular food and other expenses these days!” LOL

Anyway, I think we ordered the mushroom burger as a set meal. By itself the burger costs $7.85. The set comes with a drink ($3.50), non-soda I think so that’s healthier, and fries ($3.80). The set with all three items was $11.85.

Remembered to take a pic only after gobbling up half the food.

Oh those brown balls at the top left are like the Malay/Indonesian ‘bergedel’ (mashed potato balls). I remember they were very delicious, but also remember they were expensive at $3.80. Probably not many pieces in the portion then.

Overall a nice experience. And I like the simple and cosy ‘modern country’ decor.

No, I don’t have a super memory. This shot is how I ‘remember’ the prices of the food LOL