A Tale of Two Veggie Options

It’s Veganuary and vegetarian and vegan options seem to be everywhere in the UK.  This is a tale of how to, and not to go about entering the veggie market.

Gregg’s bakers made a major breakthrough last year with the introduction of their vegan sausage roll.  They therefore entered 2020 with a much publicised launch of a vegan steak bake.  Queues formed hours before the shops opened, as many people wanted to be one of the first to try this product.  Gregg’s had their fingers on the pulse.

I personally have a mixed take on the vegan steak bake.  Let me explain.  I bought one a couple of days after the launch.  It was early in the day, and the bake was hot and the aroma mouth watering.  The pastry lived up to Gregg’s traditional “96 layers of light and crisp puff pastry” standards, and the Quorn “steak” really did have a meaty flavour.  The gravy was thick and really complimented the other ingredients.  I really enjoyed it.

The bakes have 380 calories each.  There is 24 grams of fat (12 g saturated),  30 grams of carb (1 g sugars), and 9.5 grams of protein.  This is 28 calories fewer than the meat version,  though the fat is roughly equivalent.

The first one was so good, that I stopped in again a few days later, but one my way home from work.  Here I found that the “shelf life” of the product is not great.   The second bake was only moderately warm, and the gravy had become almost gelatinous.  The flavour of the “steak” as well had become more Quorn and less “beef.”  It was not bad, but it was far from being as luscious as its cousin earlier in the week.

All in all, this is a good product, and another feather in Gregg’s cap, but be sure you get it when it is fresh and hot.

The second tale is that of Burger King who have released the Rebel Whopper.  This plant based product is to be avoided by vegans and vegetarians (and even we pescatarians).  The veggie patty is cooked on the same equipment (and even alongside) the beef burgers.  Add to this that it is topped with egg based mayonnaise.  Meat eaters who have tried them find them surprisingly meat-like, but they are not for non-meat eaters.  One would think that the Burger King corporate bosses would have learned from the USA’s Impossible Whopper, where the cooking method even led to court cases by vegans.  But no, here in the UK the company has followed the same path.

So is you want to keep your Veganuary going, then Gregg’s is the place to head, not Burger King.  Unless you are in Barton Mills, Suffolk where the two shops are under the same roof.


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  1. Pingback: A Veggie Review of Burger King’s Try Number Two | Padre's Ramblings

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