So, I was down in Portland a couple of weeks ago and stopped in at Food Fight Vegan Grocery Store (man, were they ever surly in there that day!) and found, in their freezer section, the most convincing looking rashers of vegan "bacon" ever. Long thick pink strips marbled with white streaks of "fat". I was never a huge bacon-lover even when I ate meat but the prospect was just so...IDK, fascinating and hilarious...that I had to buy it. So I did, and just this weekend we got around to trying it out. We fried it up in a little olive oil and, uh, WOW, is all I can say. Just, WOW. It was disturbingly convincing. We had it alongside tofu scramble with toast and my kids (who have never tasted meat) were like, "Ok, we can sort of understand why people would want to eat bacon if they didn't care about animals at all."
ANYWAY, the whole point of the story was to ask if anyone has seen this stuff for sale around town? Because unfortunately, it gave me a hankering for a BLT. Yeah, yeah, I've made them with the Yves "Canadian Bacon" slices in the past but truly, that stuff just pales in comparison to whatever the Taiwanese are doing with their soy products. Oh, did I not mention that? Yeah, it was imported from Taiwan. I stupidly did not save the label, but after some internet sleuthing I found this, which I am pretty sure is the same stuff.
There's the shop next to Bo Kong on Main Street, right? And there used to be one in Crystal Mall in Burnaby. And then there's another in Richmond that is part of an organic vegetarian sushi restaurant, and I'm thinking they're my best bets...but I am located in Surrey and would rather not trek all the way out to those places without having the presence of this veggie bacon confirmed. I do have a T&T market near me but I checked out the veg' freezer section this afternoon and it was a bust.
Thanks for any help you can give me on tracking this stuff down. If you haven't tried it yourself, I would recommend staying away, unless you want to develop a serious dependancy!