World Meat Free Week (June 17-23) has come and gone, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't continue our journey towards a healthier diet, given the negative effects eating too much meat has on our body and planet.
Thankfully, we live in a world where, through science, we don't have to settle for replicas that taste bland and boring. We're now blessed with many options that—through science—bleed, sizzle and taste like the real thing.
Here are just some of the plant-based varieties available in Singapore, and where to find them.
1. Beyond Meat
Grand Hyatt Singapore was the first to introduce Beyond Meat, founded by Ethan Brown, in Southeast Asia in 2018. Says F&B director Sebastian Kern, this was led by the hotel’s goal of redefining their plant-based options. “We chose Beyond Burger for its ability to cook and taste like conventional meat patties… it was a unanimous decision based on its taste and texture.”
The faux meat, served at mezza9, is made from a mixture of pea protein, canola oil, and refined coconut oil, but what gives it its red tinge (similar to medium-rare steak) is the beetroot juice extract and a substance called annatto—a type of food colouring derived from achiote seeds.
While Beyond Meat was originally exclusive to Grand Hyatt Singapore, more restaurants have added it to their menus, two of which are Wolf Burgers and Lime Restaurant. The product is also sold in selected supermarkets.