Veg-Jing Out: Your weekly guide to a guilt-free lifestyle in the capital.
Full disclosure, when we started this column we thought it would be a semi-weekly affair. After all, how much plant news could possibly be broadcast in Beijing in any given month? Well, it is becoming more and more clear that we were seriously wrong. So much so that we can barely keep up with all the new menu additions, events and treats in the industry. Make no mistake, we are not complaining! The veritable onslaught of news without showdown is remarkable. So, with that… here is some of the latest information to help you live an animal-friendly lifestyle in the capital.
Pebbles’ vegetal menu gets a boost from Zrou
Vegan and vegetarian options are certainly no stranger to Pebbles’ menu. From their nopales tacos and fried avocado sandwiches to vegan Tinga enchiladas, Mexican restaurant Wudaoying has long been an ally of meatless diners. Nonetheless, as a restaurant that constantly reinvents itself while staying true to its authentic recipes, it’s no surprise that they recently teamed up with Shanghai-based alternative protein producer Zrou to expand this menu even further.
The new menu, which is now available, includes four courses: Zrou Queso Fundido, a very hot bowl of baked mixed cheese topped with Zrou vegetable meat, roasted peppers and pico de gallo, served with corn tortillas or flour for steeping (RMB 78). On the lighter side is the Zrou Albondigas, aka meatballs with a salsa drizzle. Negra and sour cream (48 RMB). In the meantime, for those of you who were sad to see potato tacos taken off the menu a few years ago, you’ll be happy to know they’re back and better than ever, because this time they are Zrou Chorizo Potato. tacos (65 RMB). Finally – and perhaps the most decadent of all the dishes – is the homemade Zrou Tlayudas. tlayudas grilled and topped with beans, cheese, Zrou vegetable meat, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, diced avocado and sour cream (65 RMB).
Magnum’s vegan ice cream comes to Taobao
Finally, global luxury ice cream brand Magnum recently released its vegan almond ice cream bar on Taobao, two years after it hit shelves in the UK, US, Australia and Sweden. As well as being a must have pet-free option, the product is a boon to both you and the environment. For example, the pea protein used to make Magnum’s almond ice cream requires 98% less land, 87% less water, and produces 89% less greenhouse gases than the base equivalent. of dairy products. Likewise, all cocoa and vanilla beans come from Rainforest Alliance certified farms. Huzzah!
Unfortunately, the only thing that is certainly not less is the price. Bars range from 145 RMB to 191 RMB on Taobao, however, some come in deluxe packaging with a biodegradable plate to boot. So is it cool? Anyway, to find Magnum’s Vegan Almond Ice Cream, search for 梦龙 素 享 mèng lóng sù xiǎng Vegetarian magnum enjoy.
Shanghai butler and whites continue to impress with vegan delivery sets
As we’ve said time and time again, the capital is a delicious cornucopia of herbal options. Nonetheless, we know a good thing when we see it, and if that means ordering from a company based in Shanghai, we’re more than happy to get there. Step inside Butler & White’s, a British-inspired supplier of bacon, sausage, pies and more. Although it’s deeply rooted in the meat scene, Butler & White’s embraces plant-based meals in equal measure and continually comes up with innovative, not to mention delicious and vegan alternatives to their meat dishes. Most of what Butler & White does are delivery sets, which means you pay X amount for a box of goodies. The most recent set is 188 RMB and includes a maple and smoked apple sausage, a chili con carne meal, chicken nuggets, chicken patties, beef patties, meatballs and a trio of truffles. To see their ever-growing list of food, stay up to date with the latest developments and place an order, follow them on WeChat (ID: ButlerWhites).
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Images: Courtesy of Zrou, Unilever