Impossible Pork Review: New Plant-Based Meat Is Now Available In Singapore At 120 Restaurants
Impressed with Impossible Beef? Now there's a new plant-based pork to replace even more of your favourite meat dishes.
Launching on 18 November in 120 restaurants across Singapore, Impossible Pork is supposedly delicious enough that blind taste testers in Hong Kong preferred it to ground pork from pigs.
We tried a few dishes made using Impossible Pork to see if it lives up to the hype. Keep reading to check out our review!
Made as a plant-based version of juicy minced pork, Impossible Pork contains soy, coconut oil and sunflower oil, heme, vitamins and minerals.
It contains no gluten, animal hormones or antibiotics, has 18g of protein per 4 oz serving and is a good source of iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and B vitamins. Those who are concerned about fat content will be glad to know that it has 37% fewer calories, 59% less total fat and 36% saturated fat than pork from pigs, with similar amounts of protein.
These are some of the Impossible Pork dishes you can find in Singapore:
Privé Impossible Pork BBQ Ribs ($15)
Probably the most meat-like of the bunch, these skewers have a crispy charred outer and juicy insides that have a very convincing pinky grey colour, minced texture and even a fatty taste.
This dish is presented on sugar cane sticks and served with a thick sweet sauce, red cabbage and apple slaw.
Little Elephant Makua Yao Stir Fried Eggplant with Minced Impossible Pork ($12.90)
This is one of those foods that doesn't look appealing but tastes good. My favourite of all the Impossible Pork dishes on this list, this stir fry is packed with aromatic flavours with minced "pork" that had an identical mouthfeel and look to its real counterpart.
Tung Lok Braised Beancurd with Minced Impossible Pork in Spicy Sauce ($13/$26)
A comfort dish done right, I just wished it had a spicier kick!
Madame Fan Sweet & Sour Impossible Pork
These crispy plant-based balls come with a piquant sweet and sour sauce to dip in. It doesn't have quite the same muscle fibre texture of, say, a pork loin or shoulder.
Three Buns Impossible Hog ($18)
It's all about the patty with burgers, but it's a plus that this juicy, tender Impossible Pork patty is accompanied with a medley of flavours from red cabbage, pickled apple, brie de meaux, and XO mayonnaise.
Empress Braised Dong Po Impossible Pork Belly with Golden Mantou ($9.80)
How cute is this little shao rou lookalike? Made with thin layers of Impossible Pork and tofu, it's a novelty that tastes and looks worlds apart from pork belly. But take away the expectation of pork belly and it's a great dish with a flavourful sauce.
Da Paolo Gastronomia Mediterranean Impossible Pork Pie ($14.90)
Like the other minced varieties, the Impossible Pork in this pie was convincingly disguised as real pork, with a bright tomato sauce, portobello mushrooms, potatoes and chickpea.
The big question is, does Impossible Pork taste like real pork? Almost! It's 95% similar to minced pork but less when compared with other kinds like pulled pork. The most telling thing is that my unsuspecting family members didn't have a clue that they were eating plant-based pork! But perhaps the more important question is: does it taste good? And we can safely say that it's a yes. The Impossible Pork has a tender and juicy texture, probably from the coconut oil and sunflower oil, and a pleasant springy feel.
While I don't think it'll replace all the pork dishes I love, it's a pretty good way to adopt a more plant-based diet, whether for environmental or ethical reasons, while still indulging in meaty food. Impossible Pork uses 81% less water, 66% less land and generates 77% less greenhouse gas emissions based on ISO conforming Life Cycle Assessment.
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- 7-Eleven x Andes by Astons $6.50 Dishes, Western Treats & Onigiri
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Text by: GirlStyle SG